By Zoe Hester
It’s October which means Halloween is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to partake in haunted trails, houses and spooky thrills that are all around Georgia.
Hell’s Gates is more than a haunted house. It is an interactive, outdoor experience guiding you through nine scenes of terrifying reality. This immersive drama leads you through events from the book of Revelation with incredible special effects.
When: Weekends Oct.18- Nov. 3 from 7 p.m.
Where: Lighthouse Baptist Church at 329 Harmony Church Road in Dawsonville
The Dark Rows Haunted Corn Maze
Uncle Shucks’ haunted corn trail is new and improved at their new location. The Dark Rows features fiendish family fun along the corn trail lit only by moonlight.
When: Haunted trail open on Fridays and Saturdays in October from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Uncle Shucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at 125 Bannister Road in Dawsonville.
Field of Fears at Warbington Farms
The North Forsyth High School Drama Department puts on a hauntingly entertaining experience at Warbington Farms. Expect your biggest fears to come out and haunt your nightmares after dark in the Fields of Fear.
When: Saturdays in October from 8-10 p.m.
Where: 5555 Crow Road in Cumming
Running Scared 5k/13k
This Halloween themed race will having running scared, or at least in a frightened walk. Come dressed in your best costume, or just come to participate in the fun atmosphere. There will be a 5k and a 13k, as well as Halloween goodies and great music.
When: Saturday, Oct.19 at 8:30 am.
Where: 445 Martin Road in Dawsonville
Folklore Haunted House
This haunted house in Acworth is worth the drive if you are looking for a true scare. It features 3 terrifying attractions to run and scream through: The Manor, Asylum ‘67, and Chromophobia. If you’re looking for an even more heighted experience, put yourself to the test on Glow Stick Fright Night. Get one glow stick per group and travel each attraction in complete darkness. General Admission gets you access to all three.
When: Sept. 13- Nov. 2. With Glow Stick Fright Nights on Nov. 1-2
Where: 5389 N Main Street in Acworth
Cumming Scare Fair
This haunted attraction features a walk through at the Cumming fairgrounds that tells a story sure to provoke nightmares. Find out what happens when Cumming Water Authority finds a parasite in the town’s drinking water.
When: Oct. 18-19 and 25-26 beginning at 7 p.m.
Where: 235 Castleberry Road in Cumming
Six Flags Fright Fest
At Six Flags Fright Fest, you can be thrilled by the roller coasters as well as the monsters. In October, the park gets taken over by spooky characters and decor. Enjoy the festivities until Nov. 2.
Where: Six Flags over Georgia at 275 Riverside Parkway in Austell
Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade
Come out and watch the parade while helping the community. Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade is a fun fundraiser for the Little 5 Business Association. It provides a parade from 4-6 p.m., and live music and food all day.
When: Saturday, Oct. 19
Where: Little 5 Points Community at 1083 Austin Avenue NE in Atlanta
Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival
This is Atlanta’s largest hot air balloon festival and it’s also a Halloween costume party! Come dressed in your scariest or cutest costumes and enjoy their many attractions, including spectacular live shows and attractions. It’s fun for the whole family at the kid’s stage and playfield.
When: Oct. 18-19
Where: Fifth Third Bank Stadium at 3200 George Busbee Parkway NW in Kennesaw
Boo at the Zoo
During Boo at the Zoo, both people and animals will be treated to Halloween goodies. There’s plenty of activities to do, including crafts, a foam zone, carnival games, a monster mash disco, and live music.
When: Oct.19-20 and 26-27 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Zoo Atlanta at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE in Atlanta
Cleveland Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo
Come dressed in your best costume and receive a free feed cup. Boo at the Zoo in Cleveland features a scavenger hunt, prizes and treasures to find in the company of the animals.
When: Oct. 25-27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 2912 Paradise Valley Road in Cleveland