For non-stop chills and thrills during October, look no further than Cobb County. There’s something about this autumnal month that brings out the spookiness of the region, and we’ve got our share of haunted activities we suggest you partake in. If you’re hoping to get a head start on all things supernatural and eerie, why not check out these seven activities? They’ll be sure to make your heart skip a beat – while also coming back for more!
Six Flags Fright Fest at Six Flags Over Georgia
There’s something about visiting a theme park during the spooky holiday season, and Six Flags is no different. Running now until Halloween night, the Six Flags Fright Fest is the place to be if you’re looking to have a little bit of fun (while also scaring the daylights out of yourself!). This annual activity is a must for everyone, so feel free to bring the whole family. Here, you’ll find Fright Zones, haunted activities, and spooky treats galore.
Some of the highlights include Bad Bob the Bone Butcher (a wild-west-themed show on the Lickskillet Stage), Doc Snooker’s Halloween Time Machine (a display of some of the biggest monsters throughout history on the USA Stage), and Monsters of Rock (an epic concert of terrifying music at the Dare Devil Dive Stage). Your heart will be pumping the entire time from the horror and fun you’ll find here.
Running from September 17 to October 31, annual pass holders can get the Haunted Attractions Pass ticket add-on, or you can simply purchase them either online or at the gate if you don’t already have a members’ pass. With something for thrill-seekers of all ages, you definitely don’t want to miss this theme park thrill. So be sure to buy your tickets early so you can go back again and again!
The Folklore Haunted House in Atlanta
Hailed as “a breath-taking haunted experience,” the Folklore Haunted House is the premiere spooky event in October for all Atlanta-based denizens. This terrifying manor is two activities at two different locations, all rolled into one. Be sure to visit The Manor (highlighting the Winters family in this larger-than-life haunted house) and Maximum Overload (featuring the ISS Riker and dialed-to-the-max scares).
Be warned, though, that this is not for the faint-hearted. In fact, it’s so scary that the website warns that it’s not recommended for thrill seekers under the age of 13, and they don’t offer refunds to guests who get scared away. Prices start at $25 for tickets, but you can purchase a fast pass either online or at the venue. Don’t miss out on the special event on November 4-5, as well!
The Pope Drama Club Haunted Theater
If you’re looking for something unique to experience this Halloween, be sure to scope out the Pope Drama Club Haunted Theater. Just because this spooky event is hosted by a team of high schoolers, don’t let that convince you that you won’t feel your heart in your throat the entire time you’re there. This year, this troupe of Marietta-based thespians will be putting on a show that’s sure to delight – as well as frighten! – you with their Haunted Theater: Old Time Terror program.
Want to know more about what’s in store for you when you patronize this October event? Their website boasts a promise of frights and thrills at the Old Time Terror show, where an unhinged conspiracy theorist guides you through a graveyard and introduces you to some of the most frightening monsters of all time. Here, you’ll find zombies, the Werewolf, Count Dracula, and the Three Weird Sisters.
The show runs from October 27 to 29, and you’ll want to buy your tickets early, as they can sell out. Not only will you enjoy hours of spooky entertainment when you watch this program, but you’ll also be supporting aspiring local youth in this haunted theater group. Purchase your tickets online to guarantee your spot, or purchase them at the box office the night of the show.
The Kennesaw House in Marietta
Originally crafted as a cotton warehouse back in 1845, the Kennesaw House is one of the oldest structures in the entire city and has an incredibly diverse history. However, while it was originally meant to be a warehouse and even a hotel, its origins are much more spooky than you may have realized. In fact, during the U.S. Civil War, this building was used as both a hospital – and a morgue – for soldiers.
If you’re looking for a hearty history lesson, you’ll want to spend some time exploring the Kennesaw House. While it is open year-round (except for a few holidays, so be sure to check in advance), it dials up the creepiness factor to the max around the Halloween season. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance for just $7 for adults and $5 for students, and enjoy a bit of history while you give yourself a fright!
The Escape Woods in Powder Springs
If you’re wanting to take your thrills to the next level, then be sure to pencil in a day at The Escape Woods in Powder Springs. Sure, you’ve heard of escape rooms before, but have you ever experienced an entire forest dedicated to holding you hostage and not letting you leave that easily? Tucked away at Sleepy Hollow Farms, this event is nothing like you’ve ever seen before.
Designed for the entire family, the Escape Woods has been offering up year-round thrills for over three decades. Situated on the sprawling 60-acre farm, it combines high-tech movie settings with an inescapable labyrinth of delight and terror. Unlock doors, work in teams, and race against the clock to solve these puzzles before you get caught by the “government.” Book your tickets now, as they sell out closer and closer to Halloween!
Visit the Statue of Mary Meinert
You may be thinking that there’s nothing that scary about a statue, and you might be wondering what the big deal is about this stone edifice that warrants a visit from you and your family. That said, be sure to keep an open mind, as the Statue of Mary Meinert is one of the most terrifying and spooky landmarks not only in Cobb County but also in the entire state of Georgia!
You see, this is more than just an eerie statue. It’s also the grave of none other than the eponymous owner of the site. Rumor has it that if you get too close to it, it’ll start weeping crimson tears of blood. Be sure to get up close and personal to this marble statue featuring the fallen mother and her two babies by getting your tickets through the Ghosts of Marietta Tour website – and be warned that the agonized cries you hear just might be your own!
The Root House Museum in Marietta
As the oldest surviving house in the entire greater Atlanta region, the Root House Museum dates back to antebellum Georgia. Today, this museum has been restored to its original 1860s glory, and this historic site has much to offer guests who dare visit it. Not only is it a trip back in time to one of the more prolific Gone With the Wind structures, but it’s also a chilling reminder of our county’s grim history.
While here, be sure to partake in the Victorian Funeral Flashlight Tours. During the entire month of October, the various rooms within the Root House will be decked out in the garb of a Victorian funeral. You’ll be able to take a closer look at mourning jewelry (made from real human hair!), eerie embalming equipment, and other macabre artifacts. Tickets are included in the general admission price at just $9 for adults, so don’t miss out on this affordable, terrifying experience!
As you can see, there’s no shortage of terror and horror in Cobb County. From historical landmarks to the more modern attractions, you and your family should pencil these spooky events and shows into your calendar. And who knows… once you get a taste of all the eerie offerings on tap, you may discover that Halloween is your favorite holiday season after all!