Fall is officially in full swing and the general consensus is that everyone is here for it. Whether it’s the crisp and cool sweater weather, peacoats, boots and scarves, beautiful fall décor, leaves changing colors, or pumpkin spice lattes- there’s nothing to not love about fall. Two very popular holidays take place during this season: Halloween & Thanksgiving! Here is a small list of things you can do in Atlanta.
- Georgia A-Scary-Um– Take your little ones to go trick or treat at Georgia Aquarium. Imagine getting all the candy your hearts desires, and then sharing it with the beluga whales. Okay, they can’t actually give the whales any candy, but they can see all the sea animals in each exhibit at the aquarium and turn their Halloween up a notch. This will be on Halloween, Oct 31st from 4pm-8pm. We’re taking Sanai and she’s going to love it. Get tickets here.
- Trick or Treat Experience– There are tons of neighborhoods that turn their entire subdivision into a trick or treating experience. Those are typically pretty safe and so much fun for the kids. The houses all have a theme and the neighborhoods really band together to put on a production. Here is a list of some of Atlanta’s best trick or treating neighborhoods. Please note that I did not formulate this list, and whatever neighborhood you choose to trick or treat in, you should always stay with your child and have an emergency plan.
- Trunk or Treat. If you prefer that your kids skip out on trick or treating in different neighborhoods because you don’t find it safe, then find a trunk or treat near you. This is when parents gather, usually at churches, and trick or treat out of their trunks. That way, the children can still get the trick or treat experience, but the parents can also have peace of mind. You can also check out your local malls, too.
- Visit a Pumpkin Patch– Richard and I took Sanai to the pumpkin patch this weekend and it was so much fun! They had a corn maze, face painting, a petting farm, a sunflower farm, a playground, and plenty of pumpkins. They even had a store that sold homemade ciders and other goodies. I may or may not have purchased some peach cider for a fall cocktail recipe. No judging. Click here for a list of pumpkin patches in or near Atlanta. We went to Sleepy Hollow, which is included on the list.
- Go Apple Picking– I went apple picking for the first time with my coworkers about a month ago. The weather wasn’t perfect, but I felt so liberated being able to pick my own apples. I can’t wait to have my own garden when we buy our forever home. Sanai loves fruit, especially apples, so I know she would have really enjoyed being able to pick them. Take your kiddos to pick some apples and then enjoy some delicious baked goods and home made apple cider. Here are three orchards nearby.
- Have a tween that’s over trick or treating? Take them to Clark Atlanta for Trick or Tennis! This is for youth 4-12 that are beginner or intermediate tennis players. They are encouraged to wear costumes, but nothing demonic or gory. This event is completely free and you don’t even need to have a tennis racquet. Click here for more details.
- Host a Friendsgiving! Thanksgiving Day is usually spent with family, but what if you’re in a city without your family? Hosting a Friendsgiving is a great way to still be around your loved ones and celebrate the holiday. And even if you will be with your family, you can host a Friendsgiving before the actual holiday. You can do potluck style and have everyone bring a dish, or if you’re anything like me, you can prepare the whole spread yourself. Either way, it’s a time to enjoy good food and be in good company.
- Visit the Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain! The theme is “play by day, glow by night”. There will be massive carved pumpkins, lots of glowing lights, park attractions, and plenty of fall entertainment. Check it out here.
- Schedule a Fall Photo Shoot. Fall photo shoots are my fave because I love the colors and the ambiance. There are some beautiful fall locations, but choosing a park is always a good option for me. Piedmont Park has such a good variety of scenery so if you’re looking for a place, start there. And you don’t have to break the bank if f you can’t afford a professional photographer. Find a friend that has a good eye and a DSLR (professional camera) and make it happen. The memories will last forever.
- Run for a Good Cause. Everyone is ready to stuff their face for Thanksgiving and I’m not judging! What better way to prepare our bodies than to run (or walk) a 5K? The entire family can do this together at Georgia State Stadium on Thanksgiving Day. Be sure to bring clothes you can donate to benefit the Atlanta Mission.
I hope you enjoyed this list. I am planning to tackle as many of these that I can this this season and I hope you do, too. Happy Fall!
Xo, Consuella ♥