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Frightening fun: where you can go for haunted thrills and chills this month
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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

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