Family fun: 10 kid-friendly activities in metro Atlanta this October

Attendees invited to play by day, glow by night during Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park. CONTRIBUTED
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As autumn paints Atlanta with vibrant foliage, families are in for a treat with a multitude of exciting October events. Whether you’re seeking spine-tingling thrills or wholesome, family-friendly entertainment, Atlanta has it all. Join the little ghouls and goblins at Six Flags Over Georgia’s Kids Boo Fest or daytime delights and nighttime enchantment at Stone Mountain’s Pumpkin Festival, including a parade and a Pumpkin Light Show. For a high-energy spectacle, Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza brings your favorite characters to life on stage and much more. From thrilling adventures to heartwarming entertainment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Check out the 10 events below for family-friendly fun and to create lasting memories this fall.

Kids Boo Fest - Six Flags Over Georgia

Kids Boo Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia offers a thrilling twist on the Halloween season that’s perfect for families. On weekends throughout October, this daytime event allows families to enjoy all the excitement without the scares. Enjoy thrilling rides, cute Halloween surprises, Trick or Treat adventures, the new BOOtiful Manor haunted house, and fun activities like costume contests and dance parties. It’s the perfect, not-too-spooky adventure for all ages.

Location: Austell - 275 Riverside Pkwy.; Website:; Dates: Now until Sunday, Oct. 29

Pumpkin Festival - Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park’s Pumpkin Festival offers a double dose of enchantment for families. During the day, enjoy favorite park attractions, character meet-n-greets, storytelling, comedy shows, and fall-themed fun. As night falls, the park transforms with a Glow-a-Long Party Parade, a new Pumpkin Drone Show and the World’s Largest Pumpkin Light Show. It’s a festive day-to-night adventure filled with excitement!

Location: Stone Mountain - 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd.; Website:; Dates: Now until Sunday, Oct. 29

Disney Junior Live on Tour: Costume Palooza

Get ready for a Disney Junior extravaganza with Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza! This show features Disney Junior characters and Marvel Super Heroes in a high-energy concert-style performance filled with dancing, acrobatics, singing and more. Join Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Doc McStuffins and others as they prepare for a costume party. Don’t miss this exciting live show!

Location: Cumberland - 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy.; Website:; Date: Thursday, Oct. 5; Time: 6 p.m.

Scarecrows in the Garden - Atlanta Botanical Garden

Celebrate the 21st anniversary of Atlanta Botanical Garden’s beloved fall tradition, Scarecrows in the Garden! This exhibition features imaginative creations by local artists, crafters and youth groups, offering a delightful experience for all. Bring the family to explore the garden and discover the creative scarecrows adorning its pathways and landscapes.

Location: Midtown - 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE; Website:; Date: Friday, Oct. 6 - Tuesday, Oct. 31 (Closed Mondays)

Pumpkin Patch Festival at Oakland Cemetery

Join the festivities at Oakland Cemetery for their fourth annual Pumpkin Patch Festival. This family-friendly fall event offers pumpkin shopping, photo opportunities, an expanded children’s festival area, and a chance to shop for seasonal decor and treats. It’s a free celebration of the season you won’t want to miss!

Location: East Atlanta - 248 Oakland Ave. SE; Website:; Date: Saturday, Oct. 7 - Sunday, Oct. 8

Boo at the Zoo - Zoo Atlanta

Mark your calendars for Boo at the Zoo, happening the last two weekends in October. This Halloween festival at Zoo Atlanta offers trick-or-treating, themed entertainment, photo opportunities and more. Come dressed in your costumes and make lasting family memories at this rain-or-shine event.

Location: East Atlanta - 800 Cherokee Ave. SE; Website:; Contact: 404-624-5600; Dates: Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29; Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Howl on the Green - Duluth

Get ready for a night of family-friendly fun at Howl on the Green in Duluth! Bring your kids, friends, and even furry pets to enjoy sweet treats, delicious food and captivating entertainment. As the sun sets, the event transforms with mesmerizing fire dancers, enchanting mystical creatures, aerialists and iconic characters, all adding a touch of magic to the night. Expect a delightful evening of surprises and enchanting entertainment for all.

Location: Duluth - 3142 Hill St. NW; Website:; Date: Friday, Oct. 27; Time: 6 - 10 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat on the Roof - Ponce City Market

Take the family to the Ponce City Roof for a day of Halloween fun! Enjoy the annual trick-or-treat event with treats, boardwalk games, and costume parades. Your Halloween admission ticket also grants you unlimited access to The Roof’s rides and games. Don’t miss this all-ages adventure!

Location: East Atlanta - 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE; Website:; Date: Saturday, Oct. 28; Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Spooktacular Mini Golf and Trick-Or-Treat - Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf

Families are invited to The Fringe for a Spooktacular Mini Golf and Trick-or-Treat event! The event includes a special BOGO Mini Golf offer: buy one round and play the second course for free. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costumes and join in on the mini golf course trick-or-treating, where friendly goblins distribute candy and treats. The venue will be adorned with Halloween decorations, including giant pumpkins, friendly ghosts, and other spooky delights, providing excellent photo opportunities for all.

Location: Roswell - 5100 Commerce Pkwy.; Website:; Date: Saturday, Oct. 28; Time: 4 - 6 p.m.

Día de los Muertos - Atlanta Symphony Hall

Immerse yourself in the lively “Día de los Muertos” musical program at Atlanta Symphony Hall. This family-friendly celebration of Mexican heritage and Latino cultures features captivating altars, colorful swirling skirts, and intricately painted faces, creating an engaging and educational experience for all ages. With the addition of dancing skeletons and uplifting music, it’s a perfect family outing that truly embodies the essence of this beloved tradition.

Location: Midtown - 1280 Peachtree St. NE; Website:; Date: Sunday, Oct. 29; Time: 1:30 and 3 p.m.

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