Our home city of Atlanta, Georgia, celebrates the Halloween season by rolling out several spooky tours and venues.
So stroll the orange carpet, if you dare!
By Hope S. Philbrick
Scream your way through what’s called “the most over-the-top haunted house on earth” by Travel Channel and ranked as the nation’s top haunt by USA Today, Netherworld is a walk-through attraction known for its special effects, elaborate costuming and makeup, skilled actors, and creepy details.
Now in its 16th season, Netherworld offers new themes each year. Current themes “Banshee” and “The Hive” boast new scares around each corner. Some iconic characters return each season, but redesigned sets and new characters offer new reasons to scream for returning guests. Among the special effects that most impressed us: a bridge that appears to tilt and spin through space and a swamp in which you’ll find yourself stranded neck-deep without getting wet.
Netherworld is co-owned by Ben Armstrong and Billy Messina, both of whom are former TV and movie professionals. For a sneak peek watch this short clip from “The Secrets of Netherworld,” filmed by Travel Channel.
For details including location, ticket prices and hours of operation, please visit fearworld.com.
*Odds of Encountering Children: High. Officially, Netherworld is not recommended for anyone under the age of six–though we’d caution parents against bringing any sensitive child under the age of 12. A representative reports, “It really is up to the individual; some children have a fun time while some adults get a little too scared.” Due to strobe lights, no one of any age who is prone to epileptic seizures should visit.
Legends & Lore Tour
Hosted by City Segway Tours Atlanta—our favorite tour operator in Atlanta—the Legends & Lore Tour offers insight into the city’s darker side. Tour guides share legends and spine-tingling anecdotes while leading segway riders through Downtown and Midtown.
Riding a segway is fantastic fun, quickly mastered by first-time riders. If you can stand upright, have a decent sense of balance and a thirst for adventure, odds are high that you’ll enjoy riding this unique vehicle.
During the Legends & Lore Tour, learn about sinister characters and haunted places from the famous to the not-so-famous throughout the history of the capital of the nation’s 13th Colony. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, Atlanta’s history boasts some spooky twists.
Legends & Lore Tours are offered every night from 6-8 p.m. through Thanksgiving for $60 per person. Click for additional details.
***Odds of Encountering Children: Tours are limited to persons age 12 and older.
Ghosts of Marietta
Join Ghosts of Marietta for a lantern-led stroll through the historic streets of Marietta, Ga. While walking a leisurely pace for 90 minutes (covering less than a mile), listen to a skilled storyteller share details about Civil War battles and soldiers, mysterious area residents, haunted places and more. From oral histories to historical facts, each goose-bumping tale intrigues.
In addition to walking tours, the company also hosts a “Scary-etta” Trolley Ghost Tour, a “Spirits & Spirits” tour that includes wine and a “Haunted Pub Crawl.”
For more information or reservations call 770-425-1006.
*Odds of Encountering Children: High on general tours but low on tours that include alcoholic beverages–so raise a glass and say 21 Plus Salute!
The Ghastly Dreadfuls
The 2012 season is the last opportunity to see the popular The Ghastly Dreadfuls at the Center for Puppetry Arts. This show features a range of puppetry arts—including costumed actors, marionettes, shadow puppets, cardboard cutouts and more—to stage a series of spooky stories, eerie songs and devilish dances.
A winner of the 2012 UNIMA Citation of Excellence Award, The Ghastly Dreadfuls has become one of Atlanta’s favorite Halloween traditions. Created by Jon Ludwig and Jason von Hinezmeyer in 2006, this cult classic has included a variety of 11 characters, 14 stories and 18 songs over the course of its run.
The Ghastly Dreadfuls’ farewell run is October 11-27, 2012. Though it won’t return in 2013, the Center for Puppetry Arts stages other seasonal shows, including several for adult audiences. So keep it on your To-Do list.
****Odds of Encountering Children: Low at adult shows. The Ghastly Dreadfuls is recommended for ages 16 and older; guests under age 14 are not admitted. *Editor’s Note: This show was so popular, we anticipate the Center for Puppetry Arts will stage a new and different adult-oriented show during future Halloween seasons. Stay tuned….
-Photo Credits: top zombie, © HSP Media LLC; Neth Zombie, courtesy Netherworld Haunted House; segway, courtesy City Segway Tours Atlanta; Ghastly Dreadfuls, photo by Clay Walker ©2010 Center for Puppetry Arts.
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