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The Atlanta History Center - Haunted Halloween

One-night-only annual event goes bump in the night on Friday, October 18, 2019

By Atlanta History Center September 11, 2019

Expect the unexpected as night falls across the History Center’s 33-acre campus: A witch and assorted ghouls will take over Smith Family Farm, while wizards work up magic potions outside Swan House. Meanwhile, a vampire saloon in Swan Woods has scares on tap, and a long-shuttered hospital will be haunted by tortured souls. Gentler Halloween fun for the youngest trick-or-treaters is reserved for the Atlanta History Museum during this one-night-only program.

Whether you are faint of heart or fearless, there is sure to be something to satisfy, with each haunted happening given a Scare Factor Rating to help individuals and families plot their evening.

Admission for this special holiday program, 6:30-9:30 pm, is $20 for the general public, $15 for members, $10 for children, available at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com. Cash bars will be serving favorite libations.

HAUNTED HAPPENINGS

Scare Factor Rating:
1: All Ages
2: Most Ages
3: Parental Discretion
4: Scary! Tweens, Teens and Above
5: Very scary! Tweens, Teens and Above

ATLANTA HISTORY MUSEUM

Trick or Treat
Ongoing until 9:30 pm
Scare Factor: 1
Allen Atrium and Atlanta History Museum exhibits
Meet an Ice Queen, Arabian Princess, Frog Princess, Tech Princess and a Panther King along with other fairy tale and superhero characters. Timed singalongs and fun hide-and-go-seek games make this the perfect stop for those looking for treats and photo-ops. Search through the exhibitions to find your favorite characters with whom to trick or treat.

Refrigerator Box Mystery Machine Haunted House
Ongoing until 9:30 pm
Scare Factor: 2
Coca-Cola Café
Perfect for little ones, this gentle Scooby Doo-themed haunted house encourages exploration through a maze of refrigerator boxes.

Mad Hatter Tea Party
Ongoing
Scare Factor: 1
Olympic Gallery
Welcome to a wonky and wacky play area designed for our littlest participants. Decorate tea party crafts and enjoy oversized toys, train tables and other games!

Music & Mischief
7 until 10:30 pm (21 and older after 9:30 pm)
Scare Factor: 1
Allen Atrium
Revel and dance in the museum as the DJ plays tunes old and new for you all night. Join us after the trails close at 9:30 pm as the cast cuts loose to Halloween tracks.

SWAN HOUSE

Wizarding World
Ongoing until 9:30 pm
Swan House
Scare Factor: 1
Our popular school of witchcraft and wizardry welcomes its second-year students with immersive classes and experiences. Magical tutors lead potion classes and read wizarding tales. Get sorted into your magical house and meet exciting characters from your favorite wizard story.

SMITH FAMILY FARM

The Farm!
Timed Experience (trail closes at 9:30 pm)
Scare Factor: 4
Every five years the Farm makes os appearance to weary travelers in the woods. Dodge scarecrows, trapped souls, a deadly witch, and watch out for Jack, as you attempt to make your way through the Farm!

Swan Woods & Wood Family Cabin
Vampire Saloon
Ongoing until 9:30 pm
Scare Factor: 4
Once a year all things evil converge at the old Carver Family Saloon for one hell of a party. Beware of the evil on the trails that lead to this industrial rock-style nightclub. Tonight could be your last dance.

McElreath Hall
Shady Oaks Hospital
Timed Experience (trail closes at 9:30 pm)
Scare Factor: 5
The Hospital on the old silent hill has been closed since the ‘80s but you wouldn’t know that if you ventured inside -- it’s haunted by tortured souls. Troops of blood-thirsty nurses pace the halls, surgeons are always looking for new patients, and horrendous victims roam the gardens just outside -- you won’t know whether to run in or out!

EXTRAS

Cash bars
Allen Atrium and Amphitheatre
Enjoy beer, wine, and cocktails available for purchase.

MORE UPCOMING FAMILY EVENTS

Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos)
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Noon–5:00 pm
Atlanta History Center
Visitors of all ages will learn about and experience a Day of the Dead festival. Guests enjoy traditional dancing, crafts, and authentic Mexican food and entertainment. View a display of altars honoring lost family and friends that are decorated with flowers, favorite foods, and beverages.  
This is a free admission day. Guests are invited to enjoy the program as well as Atlanta History Center’s historic houses, gardens, and exhibitions. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Candlelight Nights
Friday, December 13, 2019
5:30–9:30 pm
Atlanta History Center
Experience Christmas past with a candlelit stroll through our beautifully decorated gardens and grounds, and be transported into the warm glow of the holidays. Guests are welcomed by a lively Christmas Market filled with local crafts and artisanal creations. Visit our three historic houses to experience how Southerners celebrated Christmas during the pioneer days, the Civil War era, and the 1930s. Holiday traditions of years past come alive with interpreters, music, and special activities. Enjoy food for purchase and visit one of several cash bars for your favorite holiday libation.
This special holiday program is $20 for not-yet-members, $15 for members, and $10 for children.

Candlelight Nights
Friday, December 20, 2019
5:30–9:30 pm
Atlanta History Center
Experience Christmas past with a candlelit stroll through our beautifully decorated gardens and grounds, and be transported into the warm glow of the holidays. Guests are welcomed by a lively Christmas Market filled with local crafts and artisanal creations. Visit our three historic houses to experience how Southerners celebrated Christmas during the pioneer days, the Civil War era, and the 1930s. Holiday traditions of years past come alive with interpreters, music, and special activities. Enjoy food for purchase and visit one of several cash bars for your favorite holiday libation.
This special holiday program is $20 for not-yet members, $15 for members, and $10 for children.

The Atlanta History Center is open 10 am-5:30 pm Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5:30 pm Sundays (ticket sales until 4:30 pm daily). Parking is free. The Atlanta History Center is located at 130 West Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta.  They can be reached at 404.814.4000.  Follow the Atlanta History Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

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