Halloween will fall on a Sunday this year and there are plenty of spooktacular events planned around East Cobb County for all ages. Since Halloween has become an entire season, East Cobbers have plenty of time to put on their spookiest costumes, attend eerie ghost tours and/or just carve out a pumpkin picked at a local pumpkin patch. With that in mind, the EAST COBBER presents a list of events to help you celebrate Halloween locally!
ROSWELL GHOST TOURS
Select days year round
Unlike some tours and haunted houses, these Ghost Tours tell stories of real hauntings without costumes to enhance imagination. Private group tours offered. $20/ adults; $10/children 12 and under. Walking tour is 2 ½ hours. Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta Street, Roswell. More info/tickets: roswellghosttour.com or ghosttour@ roswellghosttour.com.
SIX FLAGS FRIGHT FEST
Select days September 18-October 31
A spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over the park. Fright Fest offers a wide variety of places to get your scare on including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurk around every corner as the dark of night washes over the park. The ghouls are set free for their daily hunting rituals. Nights and hours vary. $54.99-$64.99. Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway, Austell. More info: sixflags.com.
FOLKLORE HAUNTED HOUSE
September 25 – November 6
Everyone loves a haunted house, come explore the houses. Check website for hours. $27-$41. Folklore Haunted House, 5389 North Main Street, Acworth. More info: folklorehauntedhouse.com.
ACWORTH GHOST TOURS
Fridays and Saturdays in October
Acworth’s history and ghost stories are shared by a tour guide. Size of tour groups limited, purchase tickets in ad vance. 7:30 pm. $16. Walking tour is 1.2 miles meet in front of Acworth City Hall, 4415 Senator Russell Avenue, Acworth. Tickets: AcworthGhostTours.com. More Info: 770-653-0756.
PUMPKIN PATCH – MT. ZION UMC
Buy a pumpkin, take a sticker, some candy and a great photo. Check website for Pumpkin Patch hours. Mt. Zion UMC, 1770 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. More info: 770-971-1465 or mtzionumc.org.
PUMPKIN PATCH – ST. ANDREW UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (UMC)
Purchase pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and more! Check website for Pumpkin Patch hours. All proceeds from the patch support the Youth Ministry and Missions of St. Andrew United Methodist Church. St. Andrew UMC, 3455 Canton Road, Marietta. More info: 770-926-3488 or saumcmarietta.org.
The Strand Theater will show the 1974 version of the Halloween classic movie! The organ pre-show on the Mighty Allen Theatre Organ will begin a half hour before showtime. $10. 8pm. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. More info/ tickets: earlsmithstrand.org.
HARVESTFEST & SCARECROWS IN THE SQUARE
Annual arts and crafts festival held each October. In addition to a wide variety of arts and crafts items, the festival includes Scarecrows on the Square and Halloween Happenings for children. Carnival games and costume contest with lots of prizes to thrill the little ones. Free. Arts and Crafts Festival: 9am-5pm. Touch-A-Truck 10am–2pm. Pie Eating Contest: noon-12:30pm. Halloween Happenings: 1pm – 5pm. Costume Contest: 2-3pm. Glover Park, Historic Marietta Square, 50 N Park Square, Marietta. More info: mariettaga.gov/1258/Harvest-Fest.
October 22-23 & 29-30
Get ready to take a walk on the wild side and meet some wonderful costumed woodland creatures at night! Expe rience the mystery of a short half-mile guided night hike through the lighted woodland trails where you’ll meet friendly costumed forest creatures who will delight you with their dramatic antics. Crafts, music and campfire. Tickets: $12; children two and under: free. Hikes start at 6pm and end at 10pm. The trails are not suitable for strollers and chil dren must be accompanied by adults at all times. Chatta hoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. More info: 770-992-2055 ext. 236 or chattnaturecenter.org.
SPOOKTACULAR CHASE 5K/10K
The Spooktacular Chase is an annual event to help raise funds to support Visual Rehabilitation Services, a local non-profit, dedicated to serving those who are blind or visually impaired so that they may live independently. Dress in your costume and run,in person or virtual. 10k start: 8:45am; 5k start: 9am. $35-$40. 4485 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs. More info: www.spooktacularchase.com.
POPE DRAMA CLUB HAUNTED THEATER: MORBID MUSEUM
A classic tourist trap that boasts the largest collection of artifacts from classic urban legends from Hannibal Lector to Michael Myers, but most impressive are their photo realistic wax figures. All seems well as a tour group begins their journey through the museum, but things quickly heat up when the wax figures start to break the mold. 5pm. $5. Pope High School Theater, 3001 Hembree Road NE, Marietta/East Cobb. More info: popetheater.org or email@example.com.
HAUNTED HUSTLE 1M/5K
1M/5K Run. Join the YMCA for a morning of family fun. 1-mile walk: 8am; 5K Walk/Run: 8:30am. $15-$35. Northeast Cobb Y, 3010 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta/ East Cobb. More Info: runsignup.com/Race/GA/Marietta/ HauntedHustleRun.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
The Strand Theater’s silent film series features the classic tale of Phantom of the Opera. The film is accompanied by live music from organist Ron Carter. Tickets: $10/ Advance; $12/day of the show. 3pm. Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square Marietta. More info/tickets: earlsmithstrand.org.
This article originally appeared in the EAST COBBER September/October Issue. You can access the digital edition HERE.
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