Halloween may come only once a year, but Atlanta and Sandy Springs events held to celebrate this season of ghosts, goblins and other “things that go bump in the night” should create memories that will last at least until the next Oct. 31.
Here is a list of events that should put adults and children in the Halloween “spirit:”
The Atlanta History Center in Buckhead will host Haunted Halloween Oct. 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. There a witch and assorted ghouls will take over Smith Family Farm, while wizards work up magic potions outside Swan House. Meanwhile, a vampire saloon in Swan Woods has scares on tap, and a long-shuttered hospital will be haunted by tortured souls. Gentler Halloween fun for the youngest trick-or-treaters is reserved for the Atlanta History Museum.
Admission for this special holiday program is $20 for the general public, $15 for members and $10 for children. Cash bars will be serving drinks.
The fifth annual E. Rivers Shivers/Ansley Atlanta 5K and fun run will take place Oct. 26 at 8 a.m. at E. Rivers Elementary School, 8 Peachtree Battle Ave. in Buckhead. All race proceeds benefit the school through its PTA. The 5K race will start at the E. Rivers field, with the race ending on the E. Rivers track. Awards will be given for top age group finishers and best costume. There will be a DJ and snacks will be available. 5K registration is $25 through Oct. 18, $30 from Oct. 19 through 24 and $35 on race day, and fun run registration is $10.
The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation will host its Rhodes Race at the Haunted Castle 5K Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. It will start and finish at Rhodes Hall, the trust’s headquarters. In addition, this event is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. It is a dog- and stroller-friendly race which will wind through the creepy twists and ghoulish hills of one of Atlanta’s oldest and most “bootiful” neighborhoods, Ansley Park.
Those attending are encouraged to run or walk in their best Halloween costume. After the race, guests can join the trust for an after-race party at Rhodes Hall, which will include a costume contest, food and prizes.
Once inside, guests are invited to take a self-guided tour inside the “haunted castle” where one may get a glimpse of the resident apparition.
Throughout October, the center will host Brick-or-Treat featuring Lego Hidden Side, incorporating the new augmented reality mobile app by giving children chances to hunt ghosts in the attraction play areas. Guests can participate in a spook-tacular Miniland scavenger hunt and collect brick pieces around the attraction to build a Lego model to take home, while supplies last.
Also, the center will host the Brick-or-Treat Costume Contest Oct. 26 and 27 at 11 and 2 p.m. each day. Guests have a chance to win an annual pass, a Lego goody bag and a custom Lego trophy. In addition, there will be daily meet and greets with favorite Lego characters every hour.
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta downtown invites guests to its Monster Mash to the center at for its Halloween Happening Oct. 26 through 29 and 31.
Guests will be able to draw spooky skeletons in the art studio or build Halloween mobiles in the Build It Lab and ghoulish glow-in-the-dark objects at the science bar. On the museum stage the Imaginators will perform the mini-musical, “Kid Detective,” in addition to holding special music, movement and story-time activities.
The city of Sandy Springs will host its third annual Spooky Springs Halloween event Oct. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Abernathy Greenway Park, which will be transformed into a playground for the city’s younger ghosts, goblins and witches.
The free family event is boiling to the cauldron brim with trick-or-treat stations, face painting, food trucks and roaming costumed characters. Participants are likely to stumble across a pirate or witch and other fun characters.
Parking is available at Sandy Springs Christian Church but is limited, so residents in adjacent neighborhoods are encouraged to walk to the festivities.
The High Point Civic Association will conduct its annual Halloween Festival and Chili Cook-Off Oct. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. at High Point Episcopal Community Church, 4945 High Point Road in Sandy Springs. Although there is no admission fee, a $20 per-family donation is suggested. The event includes a chili cook-off, a cake-decorating contest, a cake walk, a pumpkin patch, a spooky trail, inflatable jump houses and face painting activities, plus many more family activities.
Trunk or Treat
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 3098 St. Anne’s Lane in Buckhead, will host Trunk or Treat Oct. 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in its parking lot. It will include spooky games, costumes, bounce houses and candy.