A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to meet Eddie Ray, Atlanta’s King of Halloween. Eddie is all about Halloween, and if you’re looking for an authority on how or where to celebrate in Atlanta, he’s the man. I’m turning over the post to Eddie- check out his picks for Halloween 2013 in Atlanta…
What are Atlanta’s “can’t miss” Halloween attractions?
1. Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse – I work in this one, and I play a bootleg ghosthunter taking you on a ghost hunt that goes terribly wrong. Together we will fight off zombies in an EVIL DEAD style horror adventure, with clues, the occult and pretty ladies!!!! You are literally running for your life and it’s exciting and scary as hell. Turns out I am pretty good at this stuff. I have done it for 3 years in a row now and this is my 4th year. There are 3 attractions here to find out more add us on Facebook. When you come ask for the Eddie Ray tour!
2. Chambers of Horror– This was the first haunted attraction I ever worked in and it’s adult themed, scary, and amazing. Check this Rated X haunt out for a good time and maybe a turn on. This is their 5th year!
3. Horror Hill and 13 Stories Haunted House– This haunted trail has been open since 1984 in Newnan, GA. It is one my favorite haunted attractions to visit. I’m glad to say that over the years I have become friends with a lot of them. This year Horror Hill and 13 Stories Haunted House have combined and moved into a new 54,000 square foot location in Newnan, GA! Watch us having fun there.
4. Camp Blood – I love the Friday the 13th films, creepy woods, and blood. So if you love those things as much as me then this is the haunted trail for you. You even go in out of houses and cabins there. City folks beware of hillbillies and rednecks there!
5. Nightmare Gate Haunted House – This one I have not been to but I am excited to check out!
Best places to celebrate Halloween with little kids?
1. Uncle Shucks Corn Maze – I go here to get lost in a gigantic spooky corn maze at night. It is huge and you can even buy a pumpkin there. Remember to take friends who will have fun with you here. Kid like personalities are a must, pretentious hipsters should probably stay home they will just irritate you.
2. Little 5 Points Halloween Parade – (Sat. Oct. 19th) I have been in the Halloween parade for about 5 years now and it’s so much fun to dress up and walk down the streets of Little 5 Points in a creepy costume. Not to be missed, and if you can be in it then get in it! Watch here for proof.
3. Boo at the Zoo – (Sat. Oct. 26th and Sunday Oct. 27th) Atlanta’s favorite fun family Halloween festival returns. I hope the animals wear costumes too.
4. Atlanta Zombie Walk– (Sunday Oct. 13th at 2pm) Over 800 people get together and dress up as zombies and roam the streets of Atlanta and scare the heck out of people for the day! This event is a BLAST. I have had the honor of leading it 3 years in a row. Kids are welcome and they have fun scaring people. Watch this video to see all the fun.
Any good Halloween events “after dark”?
1. Mary’s Hallo-Weenie Party (Friday Oct. 25th)- For a good time on Halloween call “Marys” it’s a cool place to go. They make Halloween a big deal and have the most outlandish costumes at any club or bar I have ever seen. I always go by there in October.
2. The Goat Farm Arts Center present Halloween 2013 (Sat. Oct. 26th)- Immersive, musical entertainment by the 36-piece junk-punk marching band Itchy-O, An interactive 12-ft walking astronaut constructed by master puppeteers Raymond Carr + Wade Tilton, A special appearance by Klimchak, Food trucks and ATM on site, Quadrophonic Soundscape installation by CD Howe and more.
3. “HAUNTED HOTEL” A Special 2-Level Event Party (Sat. Oct. 26th)- “Featuring…. DJ Verse & Jay Envy, 7 Amazing Areas, 2 Amazing Patios, Complimentary Glow Toys, Spooktacular VIP Packages, 1,000 people having the time of their lives!”
4. Rocky Horror Halloween Special Show– ummmm It’s Rocky Horror but Halloween style! Get real and get to the Plaza Theatre for this amazing night.