UPDATED FOR 2020 AND HALLOWEEN COVID-19 RECOMMENDATIONS
The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidance suggesting that people should avoid traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating for Halloween this year due to the pandemic. This doesn’t mean you have to miss out on everyone’s favorite spooooky holiday.
These CDC recommended lower risk activities can be safe alternatives:
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
- Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
- Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
- Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
- Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house
Cobb County Trick-or-Treat Hours
- Marietta, GA – traditional hours canceled.
- Powder Springs, GA– traditional hours canceled.
- Kennesaw, GA – traditional hours canceled.
- Smyrna, GA – traditional hours canceled.
- Mableton, GA – traditional hours canceled.
- Atlanta, GA – traditional hours canceled.
Note that even though most cities have cancelled official Trick-or-Treating hours, many neighborhoods are conducting their own with safety guidelines in place and many local churches and businesses are doing limited Truck-or-Treating.
For neighborhood trick-or-treats, here are some safety tips:
- Have kids wear reflective, fire-resistant costumes that are short enough to prevent tripping.
- Have them use makeup instead of masks that impair their vision.
- Have them carry a flashlight and be careful crossing streets.
- Keep pets inside during trick-or-treat times.
- Have an adult accompany small children.
- Inspect treats before children eat them.
Local Events Round Up:
Experience haunting history and visit filming locations. Fri. and Sat. in Oct.
Enjoy the spooktacular Haunted Highway from the safety of your own vehicle, take photos, get a gift bag, trick-or-treat and more at this unique experience. Oct. 15-31.
Come meet some of Decatur’s ghosts on this historical, paranormal walking tour of downtown Decatur. Reservations required. Oct. 16-18, 22-25, 27-31.
Dress in your Halloween costumes for a dance party, scavenger hunt, costume contests, trick-or-treating, crafts and more. Oct. 17.
Celebrate Halloween ghostly figures, engaging activities exploring iconic scary characters, twilight tours, treats and more. Oct. 17, 24 and 31.
Wear your costume to sample treats throughout the Zoo, enjoy the whimsical Zoo Boo Town, and see more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Oct. 17-18, 24-25 and 31.
Find your numbered pumpkin to decorate and take home. Oct. 20.
Go on a hike to meet costumed nature characters and learn about their lives in the wild. Oct. 23-24 and 30.
Trick-or-treat at decorated stations around the museum, enjoy wagon rides, and eat fall-themed refreshments. Oct. 24.
Celebrate Halloween with the “Beetlejuice.” Oct. 24.
Enjoy trick-or-treating, crafts, entertainment, a costume parade, petting farm and more. Oct. 24.
Dress in costume to trick-or-treat with Buford Village merchants, take photos in the fall photo booth, meet Spiderman, get your face painted, make crafts and more. Oct. 24.
Celebrate Halloween with a themed storytime, dance party, spider science in the Science Bar and paper pumpkin lanterns and puffy paint ghosts in the Creativity Cage. Oct. 24-31.
Show off Halloween costumes for a day of treats and activities. Oct. 25.
Come dressed in your Halloween costume to see the creature crew, make art, enjoy a picnic and more. Oct. 25.
Dance all night in your Halloween costume, and enjoy a catered dinner and raffle prizes. Oct. 29.
Drive through a haunted display of spooky decoration, special effects and music for a fun Halloween experience. Oct. 29.
This virtual performance presented by the Aurora Theatre features some of the most chilling songs from Broadway and beyond. Oct. 30-Nov. 1.
Magician Arthur Atsma captivates with sleight of hand magic, comedy and audience interaction. Oct. 31.
Come out in costume for a storytime with the Good Witch, a digital scavenger hunt, photos in Big Bird’s Halloween Nest, pumpkin puppets and more. Oct. 31.
Enjoy family-friendly fun with trick-or-treating, temporary tattoos, crafts, popcorn, treats and more. Oct. 31.
See the spooky sights and sounds of Haunted Hall of Fame. Oct. 31.
Listen to vivid stories of the strange and supernatural as guides lead groups on a 90-minute adventure around the square. Through Oct. 31.
Enjoy 31 days of virutal FestEvils and FUNdraising. Through Oct. 31.
Take a walk through the square to glimpse local businesses’ scarecrow displays. Through Oct. 31.
See the creative scarecrow display from families, neighborhoods, organizations, businesses and more. Through Oct. 31.
Stroll through the park to view the amazing scarecrow displays from local organizations, businesses and schools in this annual contest. Through Oct. 31.
View scarecrows handcrafted by businesses, individuals, schools and organizations on display throughout the garden. Through Nov. 1.
Brave your way through the different areas of this scary haunted house with “Extreme” haunts. Through Nov. 1.
Enjoy park attractions, games, live shows, displays, a Glow by Night experience, pie eating contests and more. Through Nov. 1.
Enjoy family-friendly fall activities during the day, and at night, the amusement park transforms into a ghoulish place with ghosts and goblins and haunted attractions. Through Nov. 1.
Wear your Halloween costume to enjoy Monster Dance Parties, find spooky scenes in MINILAND, snap fun photos and more. Through Nov. 1.
More than 100 scarecrows line the streets. Through Nov. 1.
Celebrate the fall season by visiting Logan Farm Park to see all the wooden pumpkins created by families and local businesses, and children can participate in a scavenger hunt. Through Nov. 1.
Take on “Halloween Nightmares,” based on classic harvest and horror themes, and find out if you can survive the “Cyborg Shock.” Through Nov. 1, 6-7 and 13-14.
See downtown Acworth decorated for the fall season with themed “Totally 80s” scarecrows. Through Nov. 6.
Folklore Haunted House has two haunted experiences, and you can test your skills at the Midway of Mayhem. Through Nov. 7.
The veil that protects the living from the dead is torn, so the dead are free to wreak havoc and try to drag the living to the other side in “Spirits.” Through Nov. 7.
Explore WildWoods and Fernbank Forest and encounter dozens of ghostly visitors who inhabit the shadows. Through Nov. 8.
Tour guides tell stories based on documented sightings, firsthand experiences and history. Fri.-Sun. through Dec. 27.