October 18, 2013
Halloween Marsh Mausoleum at Historic Oakland Cemetery
Halloween Marsh Mausoleum at Historic Oakland Cemetery

Leading up to All Hallows’ Eve – when it is said the dead roam freely – opportunities for catching ghostly glimpses in Atlanta abound. Strange sensations, mysterious mists and disembodied voices are commonplace this time of year, giving grown-up thrill seekers ample opportunity to encounter the dead.

Patrons of the Masquerade report experiencing hair-raising sensations while on the dance floor, and audience members at The Fox Theatre confess to feeling the presence of Roosevelt, the boiler room phantom. Other locations for a ghoulish encounter include:

  • Historic Oakland Cemetery, home to spirits of Civil War soldiers and famous local leaders. Docents transform into cemetery inhabitants as they lead tour-goers through the immersive Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tour.
  • Stone Mountain’s Tour of Southern Ghosts is a lantern-lit stroll through a local plantation where tales of spirits from the old Antebellum South come alive.
  • Decatur Ghost Tours visit the oldest two-story homes in town where it has been said that ghosts haunt the walled-up fireplaces and move about the grounds.

Living ghouls are also active this time of year, showing visitors a wicked good time: 

  • Named as one of the Best Halloween Neighborhoods in the U.S. by AOL Travel, the Little Five Points Neighborhood Festival and Parade welcomes more than 35,000 revelers for a creepy lineup of elaborate floats, live music and Cirque du Soleil-inspired performances.
  • Containment, the city’s newest haunted attraction, is a quarter-mile maze of scream-inducing mayhem.
  • Named among the top five haunted houses in the nation by USA TODAY, Netherworld is renowned for its elaborate sets, special effects and extraordinary haunt actors.
  • Zombie Apocalypse offers three immersive zombie spectacles including Zombie Killer, a show that arms guests with 100 rounds of air-soft ammo for shooting the walking dead.

For more Atlanta Halloween ideas, visit www.atlanta.net/halloween.

Celebrating 100 years of haunted hospitality, ACVB is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism that benefit both the living and the dead.