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Hope you get only good stuff in your treat bag this year, but even if you don't there are some awesomely scary (and not so scary) things to do to make this Halloween weekend fun.

Hope you get only good stuff in your treat bag this year, but even if you don't you'll find some awesomely scary (and not so scary) things to do below. They'll make this Halloween weekend fun even if you only get circus peanuts.

For a more complete listing of Halloween events, visit the AJC’s Holiday Guide.


Stage: “The Ghastly Dreadfuls: Demi-Omnibus” offers a cavalcade of paranormal puppetry, macabre music and haunting horror stories from around the world and beyond this mortal plane. The show, recommended for ages 16 and up, runs through Oct. 3 at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

Stage: In “Rachel Teagle Believes in Ghosts,” storyteller Teagle offers a haunted evening in the great outdoors at Serenbe. 8 p.m. Oct. 29-30 at the  Serenbe Playhouse in Palmetto.

Visual art: Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Seymour showcases her artwork at 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at Wentworth Gallery at Phipps Plaza in Buckhead. She’ll be at the gallery’s Perimeter Mall location on Oct. 30.

Kids: The Ghostly Gathering at Heritage Green in Sandy Springs gives parents a worry-free haven where kids ages 2 to 12 can celebrate Halloween from 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Guests are invited to come in costume and there will be lots of activities and entertainment to keep the youngsters occupied.

Stage: After returning home from the funeral of an acquaintance, an evening of confessions turns into a nightmare for a married couple in “Albatross.” The latest Actor’s Express production continues through Nov. 20.

Dance: Atlanta Ballet opens its season with “Moulin Rouge” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre through Oct. 31.

Stage: Love gets dangerous when a young English teacher gets involved in the personal lives of two of her students in Synchronicity Performance Group’s “The Storytelling Ability of a Boy.” Through Nov. 21 at 7 Stages BackStage Theatre in Little Five Points.

Halloween: The Lost County Haunted House returns for another scary month, running through Oct. 30. At 538 Ga. 212 S. in Covington.

Stage: In Pearl Cleage’s “The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of their First One Hundred Years,” six elegant African-American debutantes are introduced to a world of wealth, privilege and social responsibility. Starring Jasmine Guy and directed by Susan V. Booth. Through Nov. 14 at the Alliance Theatre.

Halloween: Netherworld Haunted House was created by movie professionals Ben Armstrong and Billy Messina and named the No. 1 haunted house in America in 2009 by Fangoria. Through Nov. 6 at the Georgia Antique and Design Center in Norcross.

Stage: In a new version of the classic tale “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Dr. Henry Jekyll tips the scales with his dangerous experiments, bringing forth the horrifying monster Edward Hyde. Through Oct. 31 at Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

Halloween: Chambers of Horror Haunted House, Atlanta’s adults-only haunted house, was rated No. 13 must-see haunt in the nation by Horror Attraction Magazine. 8 p.m. nightly through Oct. 31 behind the Masquerade in Midtown.


Music: South Carolina-based Band of Horses‘ shimmering blend of Neil Young and melodic indie rock has inspired a fast-growing following. The band plays the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. Oct. 30.

Movie: The still-thrilling horror parody “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” recently featured on TV’s “Glee,” screens at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 30.

Festival, kids: Boo at the Zoo is  Zoo Atlanta’s annual spooky spectacular that brings kids and animals together
for some Halloween fun. 10 a.m. Oct. 30- 31. It’s free with general admission ($14.99-$19.99, children 2 and under free).

Festival, kids: Boo Bash! at Underground Atlanta brings some ghostly fun to downtown Atlanta. The free event starts at 1 p.m. Oct. 30.

Festival: Atlantic Station celebrates the holiday with the second annual Howl-O-Ween Festival. Dress up the kids and the pets and head to the free fest at 1 p.m. Oct. 30.

Music: Don’t miss Decatur’s party band extraordinaire as the Susi French Connection Halloween Bash invades Eddie’s Attic. Two shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

Festival, music: The multi-level Masquerade complex plays host to the 99x Brouhaha, the radio station’s annual Halloween soiree at 8 p.m. Oct. 30.

Festival: It’s all about reading at the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties’ Literacy Carnival. The fun, including games and activities based on popular children’s book characters,  happens 1-4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the AT&T Building off of Windward Parkway in Alpharetta.


Festival: Celebrate the Mexican holiday at the Day of the Dead Festival noon-5 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center.

Music: The Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra & Chorus  Halloween Spooktacular will delve into some of classical music’s most macabre music at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31. at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Cabaret: Dancing Monkey Cabaret performs the  vaudeville-inspired “Night of the Living Monkeys” at 7 p.m. at  Kudzu Playhouse in Roswell.

For more music happenings, check out our Live Music Picks on the Atlanta Music Scene blog. This is just a selective list of events happening around town, so if there’s something going on this weekend that you’re excited about and you don’t see it here, please feel free to share the info in the comments.

Follow me on Twitter at @ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.

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Sam Smith

October 29th, 2010
2:31 pm

There’s also a 10-year-and-counting live performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” every Friday night at the Plaza Theatre on Ponce. The theatrical group Lips Down on Dixie offers a wild and crazy pre-show starting at midnight, and then they act out the full movie while it’s playing on the screen. It’s a hoot and a half straight from “trans” Transylvania!