2023 Fall Fun Guide Henry, Butts, Clayton, Spalding, Newton Counties

Apples, Corn Mazes, Pumpkins, Fall Colors, Fall Festivals, Craft Fairs, Halloween

By Katherine Rule, Publisher Macaroni Kid McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove May 6, 2024

Welcome to our Fall 2023 Family Fun Guide! 

The weather turns cooler, and the sweatshirts and leggings come out. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! Aren't you excited to pick pumpkins, check out the scarecrows in the square, and see the gorgeous fall foliage? I have scoured through all our sources to find lots of opportunities for fall family fun. This guide will be updated as we learn of new events so check back frequently!

We hope you have a fun and safe fall season!

Fairs, Festivals & Fun

🎑 2023 SPALDING COUNTY FAIR Kiwanis Fairgrounds, 1025 South Hill Street, Griffin, September 22 - September 30

πŸŽͺ The Georgia State Fair πŸŽ’, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Sept. 29 - October 8

πŸŽƒ Newton County Fall Festival, City Pond Park Covington, November 4, 10am - 4pm 

🐾Downtown Griffin Howl-o-ween 2nd Saturday, Downtown Griffin, October 8

🎢Porch Fest in Hampton, Downtown Hampton, October 8

🎑The Kiwanis Henry County Fair, Heritage Park, September 18-23

πŸŽƒ 2023 Butts County Fall Festival, Butts County Courthouse, Jackson, Ga, October 21

πŸŽƒ 2023 Clayton County Fall Festival, 9800 Tara Blvd, Jonesboro, October 31 4-8

πŸŽƒ Haven House Oktoberfest, Jason T Harper Event Center, October 7th 3-8 pm

πŸ‘» Fernbank Woodland Spirits September 30 - November 5

πŸ‘» Ghostly Gatherings October 14, 7 pm - 10 pm

πŸ‘Ί Monster Mash Fernbank Museum October 28, 10 am - 1 pm

πŸ‘» Fernbank Fright Fest annualβ€―adults-onlyβ€―Halloweenβ€―eventβ€―featuring dancing, a costume contest and more.β€―Atlanta, October 27, 7-11pm

πŸŽƒ Mansfield Fall Festival 3 W 1st Ave, October 21, 2 pm - 8 pm

πŸŽƒ Fall Fest 2023 Oxford Baptist Church, October 15, 5 pm - 8 pm

πŸŽƒ Fall Festival SENSORY FRIENDLY, Impact Therapy-Warner Robbins, October 26th, 6 pm - 8 pm

πŸŽƒ Bethany Baptist Church Fall Festival, October 29, 4 pm - 6 pm

  Halloween Party Henry County Moose Lodge, October 28, 8 pm

πŸŽƒ First Baptist Church of McDonough October 21, 2 pm - 4:30 pm

πŸŽƒ Indian Springs State Park Trick or Treat October 14, 3 pm

πŸŽƒ Harvest Fest Rock Spring Church October 22, 4 pm

πŸŽƒ  Family Fall Festival First Baptist Church Jonesboro October 21, 2 pm

πŸŽƒ Fall Fest First Baptist Church of High Falls October 28, Noon

πŸŽƒ Fun Fest Shed-O-Ween 979 Hwy 42 S, Jackson October 28, 3 pm

πŸŽƒ  Abiding Love Community Church Harvest Jubliee October 14, 5 pm - 8pm 

πŸŽƒ  Friendship Festival Social Circle Friendship Park, October 28, 10 am - 4 pm

πŸŽƒ Chili & Blues Fall Festival Porterdale Memorial Gym, November 4, 12 pm - 5 pm

πŸŽƒ McDonough Montessori and Ellenwood Academy Fall Festival, October 28, 11 am - 4 pm

All Season

Atlanta Botanical Garden Scarecrows in the Garden, October 6-31β€―

Great Wolf Lodge Howloween, September 28 – October 31 All month long, enjoy spooktacular events and treats

Six Flags Kids Boo Fest. September 16 - October 29 Family-friendly rides, Trick or Treat Town, Fall Festivities, Farmer Jordan's Pumpkin Patch, Costume Contest, Spookytown Arts & Crafts

Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival, September 16 - October 29 Play by Day and Glow by Night with family-friendly Halloween fun including a nighttime parade and Pumpkin Light Show

Pumpkins at Callaway, Weekends September 15 - October 29 2,500 acres of family fun packed with pumpkins, sunflowers and festive fall topiaries. Explore a brand-new corn maze growing in the heart of the gardens that transforms after dark into a glowing labyrinth of lights for not-so-spooky nighttime exploration! After sundown, watch the grounds come alive with illuminating experiences, including a towering Pumpkin Tree and an Enchanted Pumpkin Forest

Zoo Atlanta Boo At the Zoo, October 21, 22, 28, 29 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sample treats throughout the Zoo; meet whimsical, kid-friendly characters; take in the merry-not-scary sights; and make Halloween memories for the whole family

Pumpkin Patches & Hayrides

Mitcham Farm 770 Macedonia Church Rd., Oxford GA  (770) 855-1530 Activities: Corn maze, pumpkin patch, hay rides, farm stand, fresh donuts When: September – November

Southern Belle Farm 1658 Turner Church Road, McDonough, GA (770) 288-2582 Activities: Corn maze, pumpkin patch, cow train ride, corn cannon, jumping pillow, racing pedal carts, giant tunnel slide, Kid's play area, rubber duck races, barnyard animals, pig races. When: Check for daily hours. Prices: Purchase tickets in advance. 

Yule Forest  3565 Hwy 155 N. Stockbridge (770)954-9356 Activities: Pick-your-own pumpkin patch, tractor-pulled hayride adventures, a brand-new corn maze, the fun zone with inflatables and gigantic bounce pillow, live music each Saturday, food trucks, the farm animals experience, a sunflower field you can pick from, a hay maze, and the bee house When: September 30 - October 29 Prices: adults and kids $14, children under 2 are free, Seniors $12

Scarecrow Village - Locust Grove Mainstreet and McDonough Square Stroll along the main street, walk around the square and enjoy the scarecrows made by local businesses and organizations. Great location for family fall photos and selfies πŸ“·

Be sure to check out the Macaroni KID scarecrow display and give us a vote!

Haunted Attractions

πŸŽƒAtlanta Horror Film Festival, October 13-15 Outdoor, indoor, and online viewings at three destinations in Atlanta

πŸŽƒSix Flags Over Georgia Fright Fest, September 16 - October 29Haunted Houses, Scare Zones, Rides in the Dark Recommended for age 13+

πŸŽƒNetherworld 1313 Netherworld Way, Stone Mountain  (404) 608-2484 When: September 22 – November 11 Prices: $25 - $50 timed tickets One of the best Haunted Houses in the US with professional sets and actors. There are two themed experiences, an escape room, laser tag, and monster museum.

πŸŽƒ Mitcham Farm 770 Macedonia Church Rd., Oxford GA  (770) 855-1530A standard corn maze during the day, but in the evening, guests are sure to get spooked when experiencing the maze in the dark. Flashlight nights are on Friday and Saturday – be sure to bring a flashlight in case you “get lost!”  Flashlights are also available for purchase.

πŸŽƒ Terror Mills Haunted House 801 Mt. Vernon Church Road, Jackson, GA 30233 (678) 371-0957 Dare to visit an early 1900s chicken farm run by the Bugtussel Family for the scare of your dreams. Visit Thursdays (7-11 p.m.), Fridays, and Saturdays (7-Midnight) each week in October.

πŸŽƒ SWANSBROUGH MANOR 2023 Swansbrough Manor is returning for the 2023 Haunt Season. We will be open on Saturday October 28th from 6-9:30 pm and on Tuesday, October 31st (Halloween) from 6-9:30 pm. The theme this year is The Haunted Mansion Returns.

πŸ‘» Fox Theater Ghost Tours Oct. 17 – 28 times vary The Fox Theatre transforms into a cauldron of spookiness for top-rated Ghost Tours and spine-chilling tales of eerie spirits this Halloween season.

πŸ‘»Southern Ghost Tours Hear stories about the dead who still patronize the shops and restaurants refusing to cross over. Learn about recent sightings and interactions that we’ve been told by employees of several establishments on the Square and see if you’ve unknowingly rubbed shoulders with the supernatural. 

Trunk or Treat and Trick or Treat

  Atlanta Humane Society -  October 15, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

 FBC of McDonough & People First of Henry County Fall Festival - October 21, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

 Trunk or Treat Family Fall Night - McDonough Presbyterian Church - October 25, 6:00pm - 8:00 pm

 Trunk or Treat Movie Under The Stars - Nash Farm Park - October 28, 5 pm

 Trunk-or-Treat - McDonough Christian Church October 28, 10 am - 1 pm

 Pin Strikes Spookfest 3478 Mt Zion Rd Stockbridge, October 31, 6 pm - 10 pm

 McDonough First United Methodist Church, October 22, 5 pm - 6:30 pm

  Harvest Baptist Church Covington October 29, 4 pm

  First Baptist Church Locust Grove October 29, 4 pm - 6 pm

  Wild Safari Trunk or Treat October 26, 10 am - 2 pm

  Trunk or Treat on the Lake at Fire and Ice, Jackson Lake October 28, 1pm

  Butts County Square October 28, 4 pm

  Trucks, Trunks Trick or Treat  Pop Up, Clark Community Park, October 21, 5 pm - 8 pm

  Safety Trick-or-Treat 310 East Poplar Street, Griffin, October 31, 6 pm - 8 pm

  Trick or Treat with The Sellers Law Firm Park at Sixth Griffin, October 26, 4 pm

  Halloween in Hampton 20 E Main Street, October 31, 5:30 pm

  Trunk or Treat Avalon Park, October 28, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  Halloween Movie Night Locust Grove UMC, October 18, 6:30 pm

  Trunk or Treat McDonough Presbyterian Church October 25, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Trail of Tricks or Treats Peachtree Peddlers Flea Market October 28, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

  Trunk R Treat McDonough Christian Church October 28, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

  Trick or Treat McDonough Square October 27, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We will continue to update our Macaroni KID McDonough Fall Fun Guide with events as they are posted, so check back often, and let's give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to our sponsor this year, Precise Hise Contracting!!!

Do you know of a 2023 family-friendly fall event or attraction in our area that isn't listed here? Please submit your event here and we will add it to our Macaroni KID McDonough Fall Fun Guide sponsored by Precise Hise Contracting!