Celebrate spooky season at DeKalb County attractions

DeKalb County residents don’t have to travel far to get into the Halloween spirit. From the world’s largest pumpkin light show to a popular haunted house full of scares, DeKalb County is home to some of the most unusual thrills and chills around.

Check out these Halloween happenings this October:

A Spooky Soiree
DeKalb History Center will host an evening of ghostly storytelling, lively amusements, plenty of tricks and treats and a dive into the history of early 20th century spiritualism with A Spooky Soiree on Oct. 26.

Costumes to go along with the 1922 theme are encouraged. Light snacks and desserts will be served, as well as an assortment of libations, said officials.

The party will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. inside of DeKalb History Center located at 101 E. Court Square in downtown Decatur.

Ticket prices start at $20 and include a drink. Visit https://dekalb-history-center.square.site/ to purchase tickets and for more information.

Decatur Ghost Tour
Although the Decatur Ghost Tour is a year-round event, the schedule beefs up in October with tours happening each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus some Wednesdays, Thursdays and the last Monday of the month, Oct. 14 through Oct. 31.

Led by Boo Newell, a self-described professional psychic medium and paranormal investigator, each walking tour begins in the heart of downtown Decatur’s Square. According to the Decatur Ghost Tour’s website, the attraction mixes the paranormal with the history of the area.

Stops include one of Decatur’s oldest—and according to Newell, most haunted—two-story homes, tucked-away streets where apparitions are said to hang out, and a twilight visit to Decatur Cemetery.

The tour is described as “an easy and accessible one-mile walk along paved sidewalks that lasts approximately two hours,” according to the Decatur Ghost Tour website.

The tour begins at the bandstand located at 101 East Court Square in Decatur.

Tickets are $20 per adult and $12 for children age 10 and younger. Advanced reservations are required and can be made at http://www.decaturghosttour.com/tour-info.php.

Halloween at Stone Mountain on October 18, 2019. Photo by Steven Bridges

Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park’s annual Pumpkin Festival is having a big glow-up this year, according to officials.

“Visitors are welcome to celebrate the splendor of autumn and enjoy a family tradition featuring a multitude of glowing experiences,” stated a press release. “Attendees can marvel at Stone Mountain Park’s new World’s Largest Pumpkin Light Show. The state-of-the-art light show celebrates all things Halloween with themed songs, an immersive canopy of lights, unique video, all-new special effects, and fireworks.”

Other glow-by-night attractions include the Treasure Island walk-through experience and hunt for buried treasure, the Queen of Heart’s blacklight maze, and the dinosaurs after dark Dino Glow Experience.

“Included in price of admission, guests can explore amazing glow-in-the-dark experiences throughout the festival including thousands of glowing lights, massive jack-o-lanterns, a giant glowing pumpkin tree, costumed characters and glow-in-the-dark mini-golf,” stated Stone Mountain Park officials. “Attendees can then end the night with a glowing nighttime parade featuring themed floats and storybook characters, dancing their way throughout the festival.”

The Pumpkin Festival will run through Oct. 30.

Stone Mountain Park is located at 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd in Stone Mountain.

Regular attraction passes are $39.99 and up. For tickets and an activity schedule, visit www.stonemountainpark.com.

NETHERWORLD Haunted House

One of metro-Atlanta’s most popular haunted house attractions, NETHERWORLD is back for its 26th season of scares with all new terrifying themes, monsters, and a Halloween carnival experience.
This year’s newest haunts include “The Undying Horror” described as “apocalyptic-themed action” and “Parasitic” described as “an escape mission from carnivorous plant and fungus-based creatures,” on NETHERWORLD’s website.

NETHERWORLD also includes a museum, gift shop and a Halloween-themed midway which “has been given a serious facelift this year,” according to officials.

“Attendees can jump into more epic photo ops, try one of our tasty new Bizarre Beverages, interact with roaming creatures, grab some good eats, or visit our expansive gift shop while wandering this outdoor area that’s fully imbued with the spirit of Halloween,” stated officials.

NETHERWORLD is located at 1313 Netherworld Way in Stone Mountain.

NETHERWORLD is now open every day (except Oct. 17) through Oct. 31. The attraction will remain open for part of November as well. Timed-entry tickets are $25 each. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://fearworld.com/index.php.

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