Halloween, autumn’s cherished autumn holiday, means pumpkin carving, watching scary movies snuggled under the covers, finding the perfect costume, and of course, indulging in heaps of candy. In Sandy Springs, there are plenty of ways to savor the season and its traditions throughout the entire month of October. Here are seven events that range from spine-tingling frights to kid-friendly, trick-or-treating delights to get you into the Halloween spirit.

1. Spooky Springs

Got a gaggle of young trick-or-treaters who aren’t quite ready for Halloween’s ghosts, ghouls, and goblins? Spend a fun-filled evening at kid-friendly Spooky Springs. Tailored to young trick-or-treaters, the annual celebration at the Abernathy Greenway Park features plenty of family-friendly entertainment, including costumed characters, trick-or-treating stations loaded with goodies, and face painting.

2. Battle & Brew’s Annual Halloween Cosplay Party

Whether your inspiration is spooky or silly, dreaming up an imaginative costume is half the fun of Halloween. Once you’ve decided on the perfect get-up, Battle & Brew’s annual Halloween party is the perfect place to embrace your inner geek, and unveil your inventive Halloween get-up to win prizes! This year, there will be two cosplay contests, one for all-ages where the winner will be announced at 8 pm and a second 21+ contest where the winner will be announced at midnight. In celebration of the spookiest day of the year, the gaming pub will offer Halloween-inspired food and drink specials, along with music and dancing.

3. Dress Up Your Pup

Don’t leave your best bud at home! Plan a fun costume for your dog and take them to Pontoon Brewing for Howl-oween.  The Atlanta Humane Society will be at Pontoon to collect donations, both cash and pet supplies. Guests that donate will receive a free beer and a raffle ticket for gift cards from local restaurants. Anyone that brings their dog in costume or dresses up like a dog or cat themselves will get 15 percent off their tab. There will be food vendors, a DJ and truck-or-treat for the kiddos. For parents, the beloved brewery also offers plenty of appetizing seasonal fall brews, like the
The Great Punkin' Spice Ale or the decadent Nightmare Fuel, a Berliner Weisse absurd amount of fruit in it.

4. Spine-tingling Halloween Movies

Catch the latest spooky movies every day at Springs Cinema and Taphouse including Addams Family 2, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and Halloween Kills. On Wednesdays and Sundays, you can also catch classic Halloween movies like Beetlejuice and The Exorcist. At Springs Cinema & Taphouse you can combine a night at the movies with your favorite libation. Along with seasonal microbrews, including pumpkin-spiced ales and classic Octoberfest beers, the taphouse also offers two different wines by the glass and signature craft cocktails. There are plenty of scrumptious nibbles on the menu too, including BBQ chicken sliders, pizzas, and brats.

5. See an Illusionist

Looking for Halloween fun that is magical instead of spooky? See Mike Super- Magic and Illusion at City Springs on Friday, October 29! Through spectacular illusions and his own inimitable down-to-earth style and personality, Mike Super has pioneered a new form of magic that transcends the "trick." He was also a top finalist on “America’s Got Talent” and has appeared on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us.” This show is sure to be a fun way to kick off Halloween weekend!

6. Dine and Party with Dead at Gialloween

Il Giallo’s annual Halloween party is back, and this year there’s a costume contest! This 21+ event features live music from CJ & the Doughboys, delicious Italian food, and a full bar. Tickets are $69 per person. The celebration kicks off at 7 pm on Sunday, October 31. Il Giallo is a beloved local Italian restaurant known for their handmade pasta. This is the perfect way for foodies to celebrate the holiday.

7. Pumpkin Patch Visits

When the autumn air is crisp and cool, and the leaves are changing with a fiery flourish, a stroll through an open-air pumpkin patch is a timeless fall tradition. Whether you’re seeking out the perfect pumpkin for your next jack-o-lantern, picking up seasonal home decorations, taking atmospheric fall photos, or just soaking the scenery, a pumpkin patch visit has plenty to enchant visitors of all ages.

The seasonal pumpkin patch at North Springs United Methodist Church is a treasured city tradition. The church offers family-friendly activities on weekends throughout the month of October, including games and pumpkin decorating.

If you are looking for something a little more chic to decorate your home with, head to Gramma B’s Home and Garden. You will not only find a wide variety of colorful pumpkins and other gourds there, but they also sell flowers, plants, pots, gifts and accessories.

Why wait for October 31 to celebrate and have all the fun done in a day? Instead, take advantage of the festivities all month long in Sandy Springs. You are sure to have a spooktacular time.

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