Fear factor: 11 fright-filled Halloween events in Atlanta

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Fear factor: 11 fright-filled Halloween events in Atlanta

This just in: Halloween isn't just for kids anymore. 

All around Atlanta you'll find festive and "grown-up" Halloween events and parties. Of course there's the usual party route in Midtown, but others take place in stranger locations like museums, outside on a farm and even one at a cat cafe

Here are the details on 11 fright-filled haunts in Atlanta this Halloween:

Serenbe Playhouse’s “The Sleepy Hollow Experience” features Laura Floyd (from left), Jessica Miesel, Brandon Partrick, Chris Mayers and Jacob Cooper. CONTRIBUTED BY BREEANNE CLOWDUS

The Sleepy Hollow Experience. Sept. 28 through Nov. 5. $15- $40. Serenbe Playhouse. 9110 Selborne Lane, Palmetto. 770-463-1110. www.serenbeplayhouse.com.

Following four sold out seasons, "The Sleepy Hollow Experience" is back and armed with a new adaption by Serenbe Playhouse's Brian Clowdus. The spooky production takes place in the evening (day shows available for those who can't handle it) and is staged throughout the Serenbe stables, inviting viewers to follow the action. There's even a Headless Horseman on a live horse. Buy your ticket now because you'd have a hard time finding a Halloween show more fun and immersive than this one.

A Ghastly Ghathering. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 7. $25 members and $30 nonmembers. Center for Puppetry Arts. 1404 Spring St. NW, Atlanta. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org.

Come alive and celebrate this Halloween event with supernatural musical numbers performed by the Ghastly Dreadfuls throughout the chilling night. During this special one-night-only event, attendees are invited to dress up in their ghouliest Halloween attire to enter a costume contest. In addition to the costume contest and party, there will also be a self-guided tour of the Worlds of Puppetry Museum, featuring some of the most interesting puppets in the collection. The event includes free appetizers as well as beer and wine for purchase.

Fernbank After Dark: Strange Science. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 13. $10-$20. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. 767 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta. 404-929-6300. www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Take a walk on the stranger side of science through a variety of activities and "experiments" for a special Halloween event. Learn about cryptozoology and aluminum foil hats. Or take a self-guided tour through the museum − all indoor exhibits will be open. 

Some of the cast members from The Rocky Horrow Show. Courtesy of Out Front Theatre Company's Facebook page

The Rocky Horror Show. Oct. 19 through Nov. 5. $15-$25. Out Front Theatre Company. 999 Brady Ave. NW, Atlanta. 425-891-0570. www.outfronttheatre.com.

Kicking off a spooktacular second season, this canny production is unlike any others you've seen before. Complete with Richard O'Brien's music and lyrics, sass from the audience and the most diverse and energetic cast -- this rock 'n' roll musical is more fun than ever. 

Mummies & Mixers. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 26. $40 general admission. Michael C. Carlos Museum. 571 South Kilgo Circle NE, Atlanta. 404-727-2623. www.carlos.emory.edu.

Join one of the liveliest fall parties at the Michael C. Carlos Museum -- back from a sold-out smash year. There will be music, costumes, film and cocktails crafted by guest mixologist Julian Goglia. You can even spice it up by getting your face painted Ancient Egyptian style. And if that wasn't enough, attendees seeking a bigger thrill can purchase a host committee member ticket, which includes early access to the event, a champagne toast and a special tour of the Egyptian galleries with Carlos Museum curator Dr. Melinda Hartwig.

Sofar Atlanta Halloween Show. 8 p.m. Oct. 27. $20 in advance or apply for a ticket. A secret location revealed the day before. www.sofarsounds.com.

If you've never heard of Sofar Sounds, you'll want to pay attention because it is something a little different. Sofar describes itself as a "grassroots network of artists, hosts, and guests...helping to bring the magic back to live music. We curate secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces, from living rooms and churches to hoodie shops and fancy furniture showrooms."

Because Atlanta never stops producing incredible performing artists, you can catch one on the way up at the next Sofar (which just happens to be scheduled for an intimate special Halloween event edition). There aren't many better ways to discover live music than through unique experiences. Reserve your spot by buying a guaranteed ticket or apply for one via lottery; if you get in through the application process, tickets are on a pay-what-you-want model, and allow for a plus one.

Freak Me-OWT. 9 p.m. to midnight. Oct. 27. $20 per person. Java Cats Café. 415 Memorial Drive SE, Atlanta. 470-305-7575. www.javacatscafe.com.

There's always joy to be found in a night of good ol' Halloween fun, especially when you have access to a cat lounge. Whether it's your first stop of the night or one of the only Halloween events you have planned, you don't want to miss out on the dancing, food and beer, and of course, cats in costumes.

Midtown Halloween. 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Oct. 27. $20 for advanced tickets, $25 after Oct. 15. Registration at Rí Rá Irish Pub. 1080 Peachtree St. NE #1, Atlanta. www.atlantabartours.com.

Over the last five years, Atlanta's largest Halloween event has taken over. Dress up for a night of fantasy and mischief and prepare to have your picture taken for the $1,000 costume contest at the photo booth. Tickets include special event wristband, free admission to all 14 bars, clubs and restaurants, complimentary shots, a DJ and much more. Some of the participating bars and restaurants include: Ri'Ra' Irish Pub, Fado Irish Pub, Front Page News, Flip Flop, Tin Lizzy's, Sutra Lounge, Lava Lounge, Joe's on Juniper and more.

An attendee dressed up as a Sim at last years Saints & Sinners ball. Megan Ellis for the AJC

Saints & Sinners Ball. 8 p.m. to midnight. Oct. 28. $20 per person. Park Tavern. 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta. 404-249-0001. www.parktavern.com.

Join radio station 105.7 at the 4th Annual Saints & Sinners Ball, taking place at the beautiful Park Tavern on Oct. 28. With spooky decor, live music from The Struts, and a costume contest, this Halloween party will surely be a rockin' good time.

Boos and Brews. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Oct. 28. $15 for advanced tickets, $20 after Oct. 19, $25 day of event. Center Stage - The Loft - Vinyl. 1374 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. www.atlantabeerfestivals.com.

Bring your best costume down to the 8th annual Boos and Brews Halloween. All through the night you'll enjoy live music, dancing, DJ's, a costume contest, drinks, food and more.

Clubesque Halloween Show. 7 p.m. to midnight. Oct. 31. $25- $40. City Winery. 650 North Ave. NE. #201, Atlanta. 404-946-3791. www.citywinery.com

Enter the world of Clubesque as City Winery transforms into Studio 54 for a one of a kind Halloween event. The evening will begin with pre-show drinks and dinner with internationally renowned jazz percussionist Yemi-Conga and his five piece band accompanied by DJ Mello Dope. At 8 p.m. the show will begin its 90-minute production that features live music, drag performances, classic and neo-burlesque acts, aerialists and contortionists. Some would say it's the Cirque Du Soleil of Cabaret. Whether you are with friends, your partner, or alone, you'll be sure to have an experience that's not so average Halloween.

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