Frightful Fun: Halloween Events & Activities abound
By Collin Kelley
What is Halloween in Atlanta without the annual Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade? What began 10 years ago as a community festival, has become a nationally recognized event. The festival opens Friday, Oct. 15, 5 to 10 p .m. with live music, street entertainment, outdoor beverage vendors and restaurant/retail promotions.
On Saturday, Oct.16, the festival begins at noon with three stages set up for music and entertainment: L5P Music Center on Colquitt, Findley Plaza and the Star Bar Stage. There’s also the Freaky 5K road race, an artist market on Colquitt Avenue, a Halloween costume contest, outdoor beverage vendors, and the festival highlight – the Halloween Parade starting at 4 p.m. parade, starting at 4 p.m.
The parade will include giant skeleton puppets, the Tiki Terror float and Cirque du Soleil inspired performers in the parade. The Grand Marshal is Unknown Hinson who will ride in the parade and later perform at the Variety Playhouse on Saturday evening.
“We are excited about plans for our 10th Anniversary celebration this year and encourage everyone to stop by and join in the festivities,” said Brian Baj, Vice President Little Five Points Business Association. “The festival is produced with the community in mind so there is something for everyone. If you have not experienced at least the parade you are missing out on a true Halloween celebration.”
More Halloween Events
Dali-ween: Bring the kids to the High Museum of Art on Halloween from 1 to 4 p.m. for activities, including storytelling and crafting a Salvador Dali-inspired mask. Children who come in costume get in free. www.high.org.
The Ghastly Dreadfuls: Celebrate the spooky season at The Center for Puppetry Arts with macabre music, ghost stories and more. This show is recommended for ages 16 and up, no one under 14 admitted. Oct. 13-31. www.puppet.org
Cool Costumes Contest: The Atlanta History Center will host this children’s event as part of its monthly Magic Mondays on Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m.. The event is open to toddlers through age 5. Admission is $5 for kids, $6.50 for adults. www.atlantahistorycenter.com
Howl-O-Ween at Atlantic Station: Parents, dress your kids and pups in their favorite costumes and head down to the Station’s Central Park for the second annual Atlantic Station Howl-O-Ween Fall Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 30. Pumpkin decorating, costume contests for kids and dogs and entertainment. www.atlanticstation.com
Goblins in the Garden: Get the kids to don their favorite costumes for an afternoon of treats and activities at this annual Halloween-themed event at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Sunday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12 to $15. While you’re there, make sure to check out the Scarecrows in the Garden on display for Halloween. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org
Mummies and Milkshakes: The sixth annual event will be outside the Carlos Museum on the quad at Emory University. Enjoy a milkshake as you watch funny vintage mummy cartoons and films. Friday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.. $5. www.carlos.emory.edu
Pumpkin Festival: Stone Mountain is holding the ninth annual event all month long with entertainment and activities kids of all ages. Costume contests, scavenger hunts, trick or treating, storytelling and the Laser Show are all part of the fun. www.stonemountainpark.com
Halloween Ball: Put on the Ritz and your masquerade mask for the Atlanta Halloween Ball at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m. There will be music, dancing, comedy, magic and unlimited cocktails. Tickets are $125 per person. Proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. www.atlantahalloweenball.com