It's officially October, which means Halloween is just weeks away! Halloween in Athens, GA is one of the best holidays of the year; from a family-friendly corn maze to super scary Zombie Farms and of course, the only-in-Athens Wild Rumpus Spectacle. With a month full of highly anticipated events and festivities, Athens is geared up for Halloween way before the 31st.
Located in the Watkinsville- Athens area, Washington Farms is home to the iconic corn maze with the Georgia "G" in the center and "Go Dawgs" written on the outer edge. With the maze as the centerpiece, Washington Farms also offers a pumpkin patch where you, your family and your friends can pick your own pumpkins. Other activities include a flashlight run through the maze after dark, a pig race and petting zoo, and a concession stand with copious amounts of delicious treats, including a fan favorite, kettle corn. Admission onto the farm is $14 for adults and prices drop depending on children’s age. So, make sure you take advantage of everything Washington Farms has to offer before the season is over!
Zombie Farms is a scary, yet fun Athens Halloween attraction. This farm is a unique alternative to all the kiddie corn mazes and predictable haunted houses, because of their out-of-the-box themes. This year, the theme is 'Horror Studios.' Take a walk through the farm as they shoot 13 new horror movies, see sets, watch the action, and enjoy the fun of the productions. You can even be a part of the action by enjoying a backstage pass tour! Other fun activities on the farm include storytelling and a campfire area for roasting marshmallows. Zombie Farms is perfect for big groups and parties, so invite all your friends and be prepared to be scared! Athens Zombie Tours will be be open from 8 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays beginning October 14. Admission to the farm is $20 for an individual and $18 per person for groups of 10 or more. If you love everything Halloween, this is the perfect activity for you!
2016 Harvest Festival
The 2016 Harvest Festival on October 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be at the Lyndon House Arts Center. The event is open to all elementary students and will include activities centered on arts and crafts, traditions, and histories of the 1800 – 1900’s. There will also be demonstrations of what life was like in this period including candle making, soap making, blacksmithing, wool spinning and more! This year, Sandy Creek Nature Center, and UGA Extension have partnered with the festival and plan to bring animals to visit with. There will also be special guest storytellers and musicians to keep the atmosphere upbeat and inviting. This festival is free and is a perfect opportunity to experience Georgia history in October.
UGA Ghost Tour
For two nights only, the UGA Alumni Association Student Council will be giving Ghost Tours of North Campus. The tours will take place on October 25 and 26. Tours will begin at the UGA Arch at 8 p.m. when the sun sets. Be prepared for some scary stories and rich history of the historic North Campus. Visit the UGA Alumni Association event page soon for more information about these upcoming tours!
Spooky POE-etry and POE-tober
The Athens- Clarke Country Public Library will be sharing a host of thrilling rhymes and helping you write a few of your own. On October 6 beginning at 3:30 p.m., join the Spooky POE-etry for an afternoon of poetry and crafts inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. The event is for children ages 7-11, admission is free and will be led by Keir Bridges in the story room.
You are also invited back to the library on October 15 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. for the Juried Poe-tober Art Awards and Exhibit to view the finalists of the art competition. Admission is free and attendees will be entered to win copy of an Edgar Allan Poe book!
Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe
Rose of Athens Theatre's fall touring production, Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe is having a one-night-only production on October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Seney Stovall Chapel. The production has been expertly crafted for the stage by Eric Coble and combines four tales by Poe. Come dressed as your best Poe and you could win a free copy of an Edgar Allan Poe book to take home! Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for UGA students.
Athens History & Hauntings Tours
For three Thursday's this fall, the Athens Welcome Center and the UGA Special Collections Library are partnering to host the Athens History & Hauntings Tours. On this tour, you will uncover ghost stories, spooks, specters, and oddities of the Classic City. This popular walking tour is about 90 minutes long and ends at Creature Comforts Brewing Company for a tasting and brewery tour. The 2016 Thursday tour dates are October 13, 20, and 27 at 5:30 p.m. Just before the October 27 tour, there will be a book signing with Tracy Adkins, author of the recently published book, Ghosts of Athens. Visit the Athens Welcome Center tour page soon for more information about these upcoming tours!
Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle
Known as Athens' own Mardi Gras, the highly anticipated Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle is nothing but ordinary. This October, the annual event will kickoff on Thursday, October 27 with a Halloween Party at Creature Comforts Brewing Company from 6-8 p.m.. On Friday, October 28, the Monster Mash Party for families and young adults will take place at the Foundry from 12-3 p.m.. Finally, on Saturday, October 29, the Pre-Party/ Meet Up will be at Live Wire Athens from 6 -8:30 p.m. with the main event, the Wild Rumpus Spectacle beginning at 8:30 p.m. in Downtown. The night will conclude with an Official After-party at the Georgia Theatre from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.. The Wild Rumpus gives all attendees the opportunity to join in on the fun by dressing up in their own costumes. Whether you want to dress up and join in on the parade, enjoy from the sidewalks, attend one of the other weekend events, the Wild Rumpus encompasses a massive display of creativity and promotes self-expression in a safe and inviting environment! What a perfect way to celebrate Halloween!
There is no other place to be this Halloween season than the Classic City! Check out our Festival and Events page for a complete list of all upcoming Halloween festivities, and start planning your October Athens getaway today!