When my kids were little, Halloween was a big deal – costumes, pumpkins, trick or treating with neighbors. Once they got older, it scaled back, as they were less interested in dressing up and more interested in hanging out with friends without mom and dad around.
Now they are in college, and Halloween isn’t an event at my house anymore. Sure, I still like to pass out candy and “BOOze” my friends, but the night itself will feel less festive this year. So, I did a little digging and found some fun alternatives for my husband and me to still be a part of the holiday, sans kids. If, like us, you are on your own on October 31 (or before), grab your partner or some girlfriends and try out one of these haunting ideas.
Halloween for Grown-Ups:: Atlanta’s Spooky Spots
Spot a spirit at one of these notoriously haunted restaurants, or enjoy the ambiance of a local eatery designed with Halloween in mind!
The Ellis Hotel – This was the setting of the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history. It happened at 2:48 a.m. in 1946, and guests have reported hearing the fire alarm going off at that exact time, seeing ghosts, and hearing odd sounds in the hallways. You can see for yourself at their Terrace Bistro and Lounge.
The Kimball House – Housed in an old train depot, there have been numerous sightings of “travellers” in this space. Not to mention unexplained light flickers and doors opening and closing when no one is nearby.
Bone Garden Cantina – October 31 also kicks off “Dia de los Muertos” – or day of the dead, a traditional Mexican celebration of loved ones that have passed. Check it out while surrounded by their extensive skeleton décor.
The Starlight Drive-In – What better day than Halloween to watch a scary movie? Head on over to grab a good spot and enjoy their Mexican and classic dine-in menu.
If you like a challenge, sign up for a more active Halloween with one of these creepy escape rooms.
Time To Escape – Join forces to find your way out of King Tut’s tomb.
Paranoia Quest – Run from zombies during an apocalypse.
Big Escape Rooms – There is nothing scarier than an insane clown!
There are plenty of haunted houses in town, but I prefer something a little less heart-attack-inducing.
Oakland Cemetery – Gather a group of friends or family for a day of spooky sleuthing on this self-guided scavenger hunt throughout historic Oakland Cemetery! From October 1-31, purchase your printable Haunted Hunt packet online (one per team), download, print, and follow all-new cryptic clues to solve riddles. No reservations are required to participate.
Atlanta Ghost Tour – Experience the paranormal firsthand, through the darker history of Atlanta.
Fernbank Museum – Have a screaming-good time at Fernbank’s annual adults-only Halloween event featuring spirited music, a costume contest, access to our newest exhibit, Journey to Space, and evening viewings of our outdoor Halloween experience, Woodland Spirits. Enjoy wicked potions and themed cocktails that our mad scientists are brewing up, and don’t forget the best dressed wins a prize. It’s time to get spooky! No souls under 21 permitted.
How will you spend your Halloween? Please share below!