Year after year, Halloween bewitches Atlanta with spooky revelry and terrifying events. Itching to try something out of the box to celebrate All Hallows Eve? Plan a weekend trip to various destinations throughout Georgia. Whether heading near the north Georgia mountains for hayrides and barn fun in an old horse stable or trick-or-treating in the great outdoors on paved trails, there's something for everyone.
Roughly three hours south of Atlanta, Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club in Cordele has plenty of eerie fun planned for Halloween. Explore the South Georgia woods with a little fright with The Dark Forest Haunted Trail at the nearby Georgia Veterans State Park at nightfall on Oct. 21 and 22 as well as Oct. 28 and 29 for an admission price of $8. For more lighthearted fun there's The Crisp Days of Fall Festival — hayrides, pumpkin decorating, games and arts and crafts on Oct. 21-22, Oct. 28-29 and Oct. 31. Admission is $3 per person. Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club, 2459 U.S. 280, Cordele. 229-276-1004. lakeblackshearresort.com
A quick hop, skip and drive away from Atlanta under three hours, Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge in Helena has frightful fun and a movie slated for All Hallows Eve. Little O's Fright Nights — on Oct. 28 and 29 — features a haunted cabin from dusk until 11 p.m. for $5 admission for all children with an adult accompaniment. Halloween movies will be shown on Oct. 28, free with a valid $5 park pass per vehicle entry into the park. Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge, Spanish Moss Drive, Helena. 229-868-7474. littleocmulgeelodge.com
Take in the fresh air and the beauty of Mother Nature at Amicalola Falls State Park Lodge for a spooktacular twist on trick-or-treating. From the lodging, paved trails mark where trick or treaters can show off their costumes and rack up on sweet treats on before sundown on Halloween. Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road, Dawsonville. 706-344-1500. amicalolafallslodge.com
Rest and relaxation is typically the pull for this resort and spa in Young Harris in the north Georgia mountains. For Halloween, family fun events and activities are planned — trick-or-treating, marshmallow roasting by campfire, hayrides and a barn decorated in full, creepy fashion. Halloween at Stables is one day only on Oct. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under the age of 14. Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa, 6321 U.S. 76, Young Harris. 706-379-9900. brasstownvalley.com