"Sunday Scaries" seem to somehow have a much more positive connotation when you associate them with fall. Now that October is creeping up fast, you may want to start sprinkling some cheery and spooky extravaganzas to your exploration checklist. This well-rounded mini bucket list is full of fun things to do for fall in Atlanta this year.
From pumpkin patches to Atlanta's only drive-thru haunted house, there is no shortage of cutesy and creepy adventures awaiting your spooky season-loving soul.
These must-see spots in and around Atlanta will take you on a multi-faceted scavenger hunt to discover the best Halloween-themed frights and the best views of the gorgeous fall foliage here in the "City in the Forest."
Whether you go it alone or bring your boo for a unique escape, you're gonna want to make room on your calendar for some fall-filled weekend fun, because these seven seasonal outings near Atlanta are a must for optimum autumn adventures in 2020.
Drive Through The Haunted Highway
When: October 16 through 31
Address: 2050 Lawrenceville Hwy., Decatur, GA
Why You Need To Go: You and your friends can cruise along Atlanta's only drive-thru haunted house coming to the North Dekalb parking lot. Opt for the "PG-13" version to get the scariest, bloodiest screams out of you and your crew. Don't worry, you'll be safe in the comfort of your car with the doors locked and windows up.
Pick Pumpkins At Big Springs Farm
Price: Free admission and parking
When: September 26 through October 31
Address: 2100 Sugar Pike Rd., Woodstock, GA
Why You Need To Go: There are tons of famous apple orchards and pumpkin patches in Ellijay, but you don't have to stray too far from the city to get to Big Springs. Pluck a unique variety of "Cinderella" pumpkins, "Polar Bear" pumpkins, and tons of homemade goodies. There's even a petting zoo with baby animals.
Eat & Drink Big At Oktoberfest
When: October 9 through 11
Address: 680 Dallas St. NE., Atlanta, GA
Why You Need To Go: There's no need to travel all the way to Munich (or even Helen) because ATL is bringing Oktoberfest right to Fourth Ward Park. Don your best kilt-clad attire and bring an appetite because the pretzels are even bigger than the beer mugs.
Watch A Horror Flick Drive-In Style
Address: 2000 Moreland Ave. SE., Atlanta, GA
Why You Need To Go: Atlanta's drive-in theater is a truly retro experience and with Halloween coming up, you can look forward to some fright-filled flicks popping up on the big screen, including Candy Man and Halloween. There's something extra spooky about watching a slasher film in the open air from your car.
Escape The Netherworld
Price: $28 per person
Address: 2076 West Park Place Blvd., Stone Mountain, GA
Why You Need To Go: One of Georgia's most famous (and wildly realistic) haunted houses now has a spin-off escape experience. Gather a big group for extra protection as you navigate these hyper-interactive puzzles to find freedom. Choose from multiple freakishly frightful rooms including "Sasquatch" and "Tiki Island."
Glamp In The West Georgia Treetops
Price: $209+ per night
Address: 205 Horseshoe Dam Rd., Whitesburg, GA
Why You Need To Go: Nestle up amongst the forest in these dome-like treetop cabins for a weekend. You'll get the true tree-house experience with your personal sky bridge and a back deck with views. There's even a jacuzzi tub inside the cabin for maximum relaxation goals. Did we mention these are inside one of the world's largest zipline parks?
See All The Fall Foliage At Fort Mountain
Price: $5 parking fee
Address: 181 Fort Mountain State Park Rd., Chatsworth, GA
Why You Need To Go: On a short road trip from Atlanta, you can hike a three-part trail at this stunning state park with an ancient, mysterious serpentine wall, a fort-style historic stone tower, and panoramic views of the vivid fall foliage from the bird's eye overlook.
If you're a fall fanatic, these ventures may just take a spot on your new and improved favorites list.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.