ATLANTA — It's time to pull out your costume and prepare some treats! Halloween is right around the corner.
This year, Halloween falls on a Thursday, but there are plenty of activities happening before then. 11Alive has you covered. We've compiled a list of some events happening around metro Atlanta. Take a look.
1. BOO AT THE ZOO
Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
If you are looking for a family-friendly event to go to, Boo at the Zoo may be for you. Wear a costume and bring along your children, as they will have a chance to sample treats at Zoo Atlanta and enjoy Zoo Boo Town.
There are activities each day that the zoo is hosting for the event. The zoo's address is 800 Cherokee Ave SE. Find out more information on its website.
2. GRANT PARK HALLOWEEN LANTERN PARADE
Oct. 25 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Get excited! It's almost time for the Grant Park Halloween Lantern Parade again. According to the Facebook event details, it's the ninth year for the parade. Everyone is invited to enjoy the event at the park, which is located at 840 Cherokee Street. Learn more here.
3. HALLOWEEN HALF MARATHON AND 5K
Oct. 27 from 8 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
If you're not into the tricks or the treats, put your running shoes on and head over to Piedmont Park. On the Sunday before Halloween, there will be a half marathon and 5K.
Get more information about registration and the event on its website.
4. HALLOWEEN ON THE ROOF AT PONCE CITY MARKET: NEON NIGHTMARE
Oct. 26 from 7 p.m. until midnight.
If you've seen the roof before at Ponce City Market, you haven't seen it quite like this. Organizers plan to transform the space for Halloween. There will be games and food. Get ticket information here.
Pone City Market is located at 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta.
5. PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT STONE MOUNTAIN PARK
Running until Nov. 3
You can "Play By Day" and "Glow by Night" at Stone Mountain Park's Pumpkin Festival. It started in late September and will continue through early November.
During the day, there are family-friendly attractions in the park, which features classic storybook characters. There are also carnival games and other activities.
At night, the website says you can take an enchanted evening stroll though some of those same classic storybook tales that will come to life. There will be displays, glowing lights and more.
The park ls located at 1000 Robert. E. Lee Boulevard in Stone Mountain. Visit the website for exact times for the Pumpkin Festival and for the schedule of events.
6. RHODES RACE AT THE HAUNTED CASTLE 5K
Oct. 26 at 9 a.m.
This event is one that the entire family can attend, including your four-legged friends. There will be costume contests, a post-race party and more.
The Rhodes Race at the Haunted Castle 5K is also an AJC Peachtree Road Race Official Qualifying Event, according to The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's website.
Strollers are also welcome. Rhodes Hall is located at 1516 Peachtree Street in Atlanta. For registration and more details, click here.
7. SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN
Running through Nov. 3
The Atlanta Botanical Garden has been holding its "Scarecrows in the Garden" since the beginning of the month. This event features creations by local artists, youth groups an more.
There's also a pumpkin-carving contest on Oct. 24. The Botanical Gardens will also have a costume contest, "Goblins in the Garden", on Oct. 27.
8. TRICK-OR-TREAT AT CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ATLANTA
Oct. 26 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
The Children's Museum of Atlanta, located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr., says it's transforming its space for some spooky fun. For one night, children will be allowed to do Halloween crafts, win prizes, and trick-or treat. According to it's website, tickets will not be sold at the door, so make reservations ahead of time.
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9. YULE FOREST
According to its website, Yule Forest is home one of the largest pumpkin patches in the state. Families from around the Southeast come to visit and take part in the experience. There are hayrides, a maze, and more attractions.
If you want some thing a little scarier, there's a "Fear the Woods" attraction on the weekends this month and on Halloween night at Yule Forest. It's good to note that the website says there are no age restrictions, but they suggest for attendees be at at least 13 years old for this specific attraction; bringing children is not recommended. Details here.
10. Fright Fest at Six Flags over Georgia.
September 21 - November 2
Haunted houses, scare zones, zombie's plus roller coasters. That's Fright Fest at Six Flags.
11. Dinosaur Trick-or-Treat
Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Halloween with the dinosaurs at Fernbank Museum. It's a Halloween party featuring games, hands-on activities, a kids’ DJ and special treats for kids.
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