From costume parties to haunted houses to zombie apocalypses, here's a roundup of fun events to get you in the Halloween mood.
Chamber of Horror ATL’s best intown haunted house is back for another season of scaring the souls out of people! After evading from ghouls, quench your thirst at Masquerade’s full bar. There will also be live music. This is an 18+/adult-only house of horror. $17-$45. Through October 31. Sun.-Thurs., 8 p.m.-midnight; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 2-3, 8 p.m.-midnight. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.chambersofhorroratl.com.
Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse It’s zombie-hunting season! Shoot zombies in Zombie Shoot, flee from the living dead in Cursed of the Undead, or fight off zombies and the CDD (Center for Disease Development) in ZWAR. $20-$60. Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 25-28; Wed., Oct. 31. Safety Wolf Sports Facility, 4215 Thurman Road, Conley. www.atlantazombie.com.
Boos and Brews On Oct. 26, SweetWater Brewery will provide great-tasting brew to ward off evil spirits. The entry fee gets you a souvenir pint glass, SweetWater beer, and unlimited music. You can also enter the costume contest. $38. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri., Oct. 26. SweetWater Brewery, 195 Ottley Drive. 404-691-2537. www.sweetwaterbrew.com.
Capturing the Spirit of Oakland: 2012 Halloween Tours Venture through Oakland Cemetery with caution as you listen to stories of historical Atlantan figures ... along with tales of murder and mayhem. There will also be music and fortune telling. $10-$20. 5:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 26-28. Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave. 404-688-2107. www.oaklandcemetry.com.
The Goat Farm + Scoutmob Halloween Party Part II Escape the dreadful world and join the Goat Farm and Scoutmob for a night of spectacles and crazy fun. The event features live performances, the Avant-Garde Lounge, and light installations. The Anointed Voices of Higher Ground Gospel Choir will make a special appearance at the party. There will also be food trucks, a photo booth, party jams by DJs Kid Pyramid and Lash LaRue (aka the Thunderbuck Ram Soundsystem), science experiments, and more. $40. 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27. The Goat Farm, 1200 Foster St. secure.scoutmob.com/hand-picked/halloween-1.
Netherworld Haunted House Run into zombies, ghouls, and all types of creepy figures at one of the metro area's favorite haunted houses. Walk through two ghastly haunted houses into one place: the Banshee (an ancient city arisen from the ocean) and the Hive (underground bunker). $22-$50. Through Nov. 3. Sun., 7-11 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 7:30-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.-midnight; Wed., Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.-midnight; Fri.-Sat., Nov. 2-3 7-11 p.m. Georgia Antique Design Center, 6624 Dawson Blvd., Norcross. www.fearworld.com.
First Annual Dead Man’s Costume Ball Come in your best costume and celebrate Halloween with MCMA in historic Marietta Square. Festivities include costume contest, palm reader, photographer, art, music, full bar, and more. $8-$15. 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27. Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, 30 Atlanta St., Marietta. 770-528-1444. www.mariettasquare.com/mcma.
Dark Harvest Haunted House Families can enter three scary levels of this haunted house in Avondale Estates. Explore the Bradbury Farm, where souls of a dead town spring out of the cornfields. Also check out Mr. Dark’s Nightshade Odditorium and the Killer Clown Maze. 7-11 p.m. Fri.-Wed., Oct. 26-31. $10. Academy Theatre, 119 Center St., Avondale Estates. 404-704-8332. academydarkharvest.weebly.com.
Day of the Dead Festival Enjoy a day of cultural exploration during the Atlanta History Center’s annual family program, Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos). People can enjoy this opportunity to learn more about the ancient Mexican festival that honor deceased loved ones. And there’s also food, folk dancing, storytelling, and the chance to look at colorful altars created for lost loved ones. Free. noon-5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 28. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4000. www.atlantahistorycenter.com.
Al Smith’s Halloween Costume Gong Show Performers donning Halloween costumes will grab the open mic and compete for prizes. Actress Demetria McKinney (of "The House of Payne"), violinist Ken Ford, music execuitve Shanti Das, and vocalist Robin Latimore will make appearances as judges. $6. 8 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31. Apache Café, 64 3rd St. 404-876-5436. www.apachecafe.info.
Georgia A-Scary-Um This event kicks off with a sleep-over in the Ocean Voyager exhibit on Oct. 30, where you can listen to epic aquatic folklore. Then on Halloween, children 12 and younger in costumes will enter the aquarium for free. Families can partake in fun activities like arts and crafts, trick-or-treating, and costume contests while coming home with giveaways. Tues.-Wed., Oct. 30-31. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.
The Ghastly Dreadfuls The Ghastly Dreadfuls are looking to scare and entertain theater fans with eerie stories, spooky songs, and devilish dances. It’s their farewell run, so this is your last chance to see them perform scary stuff. Through Oct. 27. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 8 p.m. $15-$25. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org.
Halloween BOOnanza III Calling all zombies, PYTs, smooth criminals, Billie Jean lovers, and men in the mirror to party in honor of the King of Pop. Enter the Electric Zoo, a blacked-out rave cave with inflatable Neverland Ranch animals, lasers, and glow sticks. Also expect MJ mashups, craziness, and multiple DJs. $16. 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road. 404-843-2825. www.asocialmess.com.
Marietta Zombie Walk 2012 Join the undead in walking through the streets of Marietta Square. Bring canned goods for MUST Ministries to benefit the local living. Free. 5 p.m. Sat. Oct. 27. Glover Park (Marietta Square), 100 Cherokee St., Marietta. www.mariettazombiewalk.org.
Silver Scream Spookshow presents Bride of Frankenstein Brace yourself for a 30-minute live stage show that includes tricks, jokes, scares, and dancing women. Afterward, watch a screen of the classic horror film, Bride of Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff. $12. 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939. www.plazaatlanta.com.
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