For families looking to have a fun, safe and memorable Halloween season without traditional trick-or-treating, Atlanta has several options. Children can enjoy everything from corn mazes to the zoo with lots of fun activities including ghost tours, hayrides and parades.
4470 Bennett Road
Buford, GA 30519
Price: $12-$18 per person, free for children ages 3 and under
Dates: Now through November 3
The Buford Corn Maze invites families to an amazing experience this Halloween season. Guests are invited to take a stroll in over five acres of a corn maze. They also have a fun hayride to enjoy, navigating throughout the woods with an extended trail this year. Another favorite attraction is the Corn Box. It similar to a sand box but instead holds corn. Children and adults get a chance to shell corn with old-fashioned, hand-crank corn shellers that dump the shelled corn directly into the large Corn Box. There will also be face painting, pony rides, a high-tech treasure hunt and the Haunted Forest to enjoy.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
Price: $6-$15, free for children ages 2 and under
Hours: October 27
Join the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for its annual Trick-or-Treat Halloween event. Children and adults are invited to wear their costumes and carry around their favorite trick-or-treat bags. There will be a parade and additional activities to enjoy including dancing, Halloween-themed games, holiday crafts, light refreshments and door prizes. This event sells out every year so make sure you make it part of your Halloween fun.
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128 Pike St.
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Dates: Now through October 31
The Lawrenceville Ghost Tours take patrons on a 90-minute stroll, sharing tales of local legends and reported paranormal activities that are guaranteed to send chills down your spine. Lawrenceville is one of Atlanta’s oldest cities. At the turn of the century, many of the historic buildings downtown were renovated. These renovations are believed to have awakened many ghosts and been the cause of increased investigations for paranormal activities, ultimately setting the perfect stage for the ghost tours.
3644 Highway 42
Locust Grove, GA 30248
Date: Now through October 31
During the month of October, businesses, civic organizations and families display scarecrows in downtown Locust Grove. Visitors of Scarecrow Village can enjoy viewing the various pumpkin-esque displays in a fall setting. Entertainment is provided throughout the month. There is also a ‘Trunk or Treat’ event. Call (770) 957-5043 for specific dates and times.
800 Cherokee Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
Price: $15.99-$20.99, free for children ages 2 and under
Hours: October 27-28
Young children and their families are the target audience for Boo At the Zoo. Zoo Boom Town is where the Halloween festivities take place. There is a costume contest where the winners get to go home with a very special prize. Pint-sized guests will take a journey on magical paths, enjoy tasty treats and meet the amusing characters. An additional attraction is the new Hay Maze presented by Mitcham Farm provided at no additional charge.
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