There are so many fun things to do for Halloween in Athens, Georgia! The creative energy Athens is known for is on full display for Halloween. Exhibit one is the only-in-Athens Wild Rumpus Spectacle, a costumed parade through downtown that YOU can join! There are also plenty of other Halloween events and happenings, like Zombie Farms, a haunted outdoor trail, haunted tours of Athens, and family-friendly Halloween fun, too. Check out these Halloween ideas and plan a getaway to Athens this October!
Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Classic Center - October 12
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running theatrical release in film history, celebrates its 48th Anniversary Tour at The Classic Center Theatre. The show will feature a costume contest, a performance by a local shadow cast, a memorabilia display with artifacts and costumes from the movie, audience interactions, and more. Fans will be able to meet and talk with Patricia Quinn, the acclaimed star of this original cult classic, in person. Her iconic portrayal of “Magenta” has thrilled generations of fans for nearly 50 years. Nothing beats a Rocky Horror screening where you can jump up and dance to the time warp live! It's a one-of-a-kind "happening." Come up to the lab and see what's on the slab!
Boo-le-Bark on Boulevard - October 15
Even pets can get in on the Halloween fun in Athens! Come out to Boo-le-Bark, a canine costume contest and parade benefitting Athenspets, an all-volunteer group dedicated to helping animals at the Athens-Clarke County Animal Control. This year's parade will be on Sunday, October 15, 2023. The costume contest begins at 3:45 and the parade will start at 4:15 at 298 Barber Street. This dog parade typically draws up to 1,000 participants and spectators to the Boulevard neighborhood. This year's theme: Shoot for the Stars.
Boobutante - October 27
Partying for a cause since 1989! Boybutante, and this October 27, 2023 BooButante edition is a fundraiser for Boybutante AIDS Foundation, Inc., which raises funds for HIV/AIDS support, education, and prevention efforts throughout the greater Northeast Georgia Community. General Admission is $25.
Wild Rumpus Halloween Parade & Spectacle - Saturday, October 28
Known as Athens' own Mardi Gras, the highly anticipated Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle on Saturday, October 28, 2023, is anything but ordinary. The Wild Rumpus is a large-scale crowd-participation Halloween holiday, music and arts celebration in downtown Athens. It is one of the Southeast’s premier Halloween celebrations and one of Athens’ most-loved festivals. The Wild Rumpus is FREE to attend, and All Are Invited.
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. will be hosting a "Rumpus Rally" parade pre-party from 5-8PM. At 8 PM, the Wild Rumpus Parade will start on West Hancock Ave. in downtown Athens adjacent to Creature Comforts Brewing Co. The parade winds through downtown Athens, with parade artists providing music and entertainment along the route (supported by the Rotary Club of the Classic City of Athens), ending on W. Washington St. at Pulaski St. for a massive DJ dance party in the street, with sound and lights, aerialists on a trapeze, and more. The dance party goes on until 11 PM. But, the fun's just beginning! Paloma Park will also be hosting a "Royal Rumpus Ball" after-party with a DJ and a video wall show as well as hosting a fashion show on October 28.
Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5K with One Mile Goblin Fun Run - October 29
Calling all goblins and ghouls! The Jack O' Lantern Jog 5k and Goblin 1 Mile Fun Run on October 29, 2023 are great opportunities to get active during the treat-filled fall season while supporting Sandy Creek Nature Center. Costumes are encourage, and kids in the Goblin Fun Run receive a finisher's medal and goodie bag in addition to a race t-shirt. The course is USATF certified and is an AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifier and is a part of the Clover Glove Race Series. The race starts and finishes at Sandy Creek Nature Center, and costs $22 to participate.
Shocktoberfest Drive-in Movies - multiple dates
Head to the Drive-In this October for some spine-tingling movies, presented by Cine and hosted at Southern Brewing Co. October Shocktoberfest Drive-In Movies start at 8pm! Check out Nope on Sunday, October 8, Friday The 13th on Friday, October 13, Midsommar on Sunday, October 15, M3GAN on Sunday, October 22, and The Ring on Sunday, October 29.
Zombie Farms - Multiple Weekends
Zombie Farms, North Georgia's number 1 haunted trail, is anything but your ordinary kiddie corn maze and predictable haunted house. Zombie Farms is an immersive Hollywood-style story theme that progresses throughout the 3/4 mile haunted trail. You'll walk through dark and spooky woods filled with scary monsters and creepy characters who will scare you, entertain you, and sometimes even make you laugh. You'll view many elaborate sets and scenes on your journey. Plus the Halloween Forest, a winding trail through the woods, with cool scenery and different paths, you will want to make sure you get here early enough to enjoy it!
The Halloween Forest opens at 7:30 p.m. and the main trail opens at 8:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October. Admission is $33-$40 depending on the night and group size.
Athens Haunted History Walking Tour- Tours Scheduled by appointment
Hear the tales of love and loss that haunt Athens on the Athens Haunted History Walking Tour with local historian, Jeff Clarke. Clarke has appeared on several programs for The Travel Channel, GPB, PBS, and the Discovery Network, including the Emmy-nominated series "The American Revolution." The walking tour is about 2 hours long on a 1.8-mile route and gives an exclusive look inside some of Athens' most haunted buildings. Participants will learn about the history of the town, and see historical sites and some ghost stories along the way. Reserve your spot today!
Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services
The ACC Leisure Services have many different Halloween adventures coming up for the month of October. Visit this link here to stay up to date on all their events.