ATLRetro’s Haunted & Hellacious Halloween Guide 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Calling all ghouls and gals! Come see why we think you should raise hell in ATLRetro this Halloween season!

1. HEAD ROLLING TUNES. Get sinister for All Hallows Eve with a helluva lot of raucous rock ‘n roll across ATLRetro! Raise a hellacious ruckus during the Clermont Lounge’s Halloween 2017 Bash featuring Kool Kats the Casket Creatures, Captain & Maybelle, ELZIG and Dusty Booze & The Baby Haters (Oct. 26)! Or horror punk it up with Kool Kats the Casket Creatures at Mule Camp Tavern in Gainesville (Oct. 28)! The Georgia Players Guild pays tribute to Meatloaf and the Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre (Oct. 28)! The Star Bar dishes out a hellacious Halloween Bash with Dinos Boys, Paralyzer, Bad Spell and Black Cat Rising (Oct. 28)! It’s Halloween Tribute Night at The Earl with Nameless Nameless (Nirvana) and Rusty Cage (Soundgarden) (Oct. 27)!

2. FANGTASTIC FILMS.  Have a bloody good time during Kennesaw Friday Night Frights – Vincent Price Night, featuring a monstrous double-feature of William Castle’s HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959) and Crane Wilbur’s THE BAT (1959) at 7:30pm, hosted by Carnival of Doom (Oct. 27)! Spook it up with The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s diabolique double feature of Harold Lloyd’s HAUNTED SPOOKS (1920) and F. W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU (1922) at 3pm (Oct. 29)! Get horrorfied at The Plaza Theater with screenings of John Carpenter’s CHRISTINE (1983) and George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968) (Oct. 26), THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) (Oct. 27-28, 31); and Alexandre O. Philippe’s 78/52 (2017), an in-depth documentary about PSYCHO’s iconic shower scene (Oct. 27-31)! Get freakishly bizarre at Videodrome’s (JavaDrome) screening of Chester Novelle Turner’s TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE (1987) at 8pm (Oct. 27)! Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their killer “A Dish Best Served Cold” Classics Series with a screening of David Hartman’s PHANTASM (1979) at 7pm (Oct. 31)! Avondale Towne Cinema continues their Throwback Thursday Cinema event with a devilish double feature of Tobe Hooper’s THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (1986), followed by a screening of George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), starting at 8:30pm (Oct. 26)! Catch screenings of Tim Burton’s A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford)] (Oct. 27)! Get witchy during Atlantic Station’s Spooky Film Festival’s screening of Kenny Ortega’s HOCUS POCUS (1993) at dusk (Oct. 27)! Time-Warp it up at theatres across Atlanta with screenings of Jim Sharman’s THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) at 10pm [AMC Classic North Dekalb 16; AMC Classic Snellville 12; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Classic Mansell Crossing 14 (Alpharetta)] (Oct. 27-28)! Murder, mayhem and blood-thirsty plants invade Atlanta with screenings of Frank OzLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986), The Director’s Cut at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)] (Oct. 29 & 31)!

3. BOOGIE WITH THE DEAD. Get hellacious with the Fox Theatre’s Atlanta Horror Story Halloween Party (Oct. 28)! Or stagger on over to Ponce City Roof for their Day of the Dead Halloween Party (Oct. 28)! Tromp on down to Virginia Highlands for their Halloween in the Highlands Block Party from 6pm-2am (Oct. 28)! It’s a night of creepy clowns, carnival food and more during Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s’s Fright Night Halloween Party, dripping with devilish drinks, costume contests and more (Oct. 27)! Boogie down ‘80s-style at Tin Roof Cantina’s ‘80s Prom Halloween Party (Oct. 28)! Spend the night in the Upside Down during A Stranger Halloween Party at Live! At the Battery Atlanta (Oct. 28)! Rock on down to the Center Stage for their 8th Annual Boos & Brews Halloween Party (Oct. 28)! Geek it up with Radio Cult during their spooky all-ages Halloween Party at Galactic Quest in Lawrenceville (Oct. 26)! Do the Monster Mash at the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club’s annual Halloween Dance Party (10/28)!  Put on those dancin’ shoes and groove like a ghoul ‘90s-style at The Basement as they get down during their ‘90s Halloween Dance Party (10/28)! Eighties it up at Venkman’s with their Back to the Future Halloween Bash featuring Members Only (Oct. 26)! It’s a night of goo-core punk at Criminal Records Halloween Party with The Manx (Oct. 28)! Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade deliver a rockin’ ‘80s Halloween Party at the Wild Wing Café in Dunwoody (Oct. 27)!

4. TERRORIFIC TOURS. Get ghastly during the Historic Oakland Cemetery’s annual Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Ghost Tours, featuring music, a fortune teller and more! Come on out and tiptoe through the graves, make a few new spirited friends and hear the hallowed tales of some of their eternal residents, through Oct. 29! The Fox Theatre dishes out a spooktacular time as they haunt it up during their annual Fox Theatre Ghost Tours, chilling your bones through Oct. 31! Dead men tell no tales, or so they say, but the Aurora Theatre begs to differ. Creep on down and see during their Lawrenceville GA Ghost Tours, every night during the month of October. Stone Mountain Park gets ghastly with A Tour of Southern Ghosts, through Oct. 29!

5. GOTHIC & GHASTLY. Haunt on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Halloween Goth Industrial Music Video Dance Party featuring Goth, dark 80s and more (Oct. 28)! Get sinister with 1349 at The Earl (Oct. 28)! And experience Evanescence invading Chastain Park (Oct. 27)!

6. HORRIFYING HIKES & HAUNTS.  Nightmares are what this season’s all about! So get hellacious and creep on down to Six Flags’ Fright Fest and experience Kool Kat Shane Morton’s spooktacular haunted house, Madeline Mendoza’s Casa De Meurte, weekends through Oct. 31!  So, spook on down to Netherworld Haunted House and spook it up during their 21st and last season in the Norcross location, through Nov. 1 (7:30pm-10:30pm week days; 7pm-midnight weekends)! Get terrified at Sinister Suites Haunted Hotel in Griffin, GA, spooking through Oct. 31! A little blood splatter never hurt ya, so trek on down to Carrolton, GA for a helluva lot of haunted hillbillies ‘n’ dead rednecks at Camp Blood, horrifying through Oct. 31! Make your way to Lithia Springs for Containment Haunted House, a multi-media immersive theatrical horror experience, terrifying through Nov. 4! And 13 Stories Haunted House gores it up for another haunted season in Newnan!

7. THRILLING & CHILLING THEATRICS, FESTIVALS & PARADES.  Unleash ancient evil spirits with George Reinblatt’s EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL hosted by the Newnan Theatre Company, killing it Oct. 26-29! Make your way to Atlanta Symphony Hall as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra presents their live score to Tim Burton’s A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993) at 8pm (Oct. 27 & 28)! Theatre Emory presents Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN; OR THE MODERN PROMETHEUS at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at 3pm (10/29)! Get chilled to the bone with The Ghastly Dreadfuls at Center For Puppetry Arts, spooking through Oct. 28! Spook it up during the Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival in Kennesaw (Oct. 27)! Boogie on down to Hellbender Harley Davidson’s (Marietta) Monster Mash Anniversary Bash, featuring live music, freak shows, zombie pin-up contests, car/bike show, costume contests and more (Oct. 28)! Spend the night with Clownvis Presley at 529 (Oct. 28)! Spook on down to the Fall Fest & Haunted Trail at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, featuring a bonfire, s’mores, games and more (Oct. 28)! Be the Headless Horseman’s next victim and get your bones chilled at Serenbe Playhouse’s thrilling presentation of their immersive spooky attraction and show, THE SLEEPY HOLLOW EXPERIENCE, haunting through Nov. 5! Spook on down to the Buford Highway Halloween Parade and Pop-Up, from 5-8pm (Oct. 29)! Make your way to the Atlanta History Center for the Day of the Dead Festival featuring traditional dance, crafts, authentic Mexican food and more (Oct. 29)!

8. TRICKS, TREATS & A WITCHIN’ GOOD TIME. Make a trick or treat trek to North Dekalb Mall (Decatur) for their Halloween Bash (Oct. 28)! Get weird ‘n’ geeky during My Parents’ Basement’s October Bizarre Bazaar, from 12p – 5p (Oct. 29)! Get ghoulish and make your way to Halloween at Krog Street Market, with trick-or-treating and costume contests (Oct. 31)! Spook on down to Callanwolde Fine Arts Center for their Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain family-friendly party featuring trick-or-treating, live music with the Callanwolde Concert Band featuring Matthew Kaminski, costume contests and more (10/27)!

9. BOOLESQUE.  Get your spine tingled during the 3rd Annual Spookeasy Electro Swing Atlanta with Kool Kat Talloola Love, DJ Doctor Q, Nikki Nuke’m and more at the Red Light Café (Oct. 28)! Or chill your bones during Scarendipity ATL’s 12th Annual Halloween Bash: The Vaudeville Edition, featuring live tunes with Mayhayley’s Grave, Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics and more (Oct. 28)! City Winery transforms into Studio 54 during Clubesque’s Halloween Show (10/31)!

10. UNHOLY & UNDEAD. ATL Collective delivers an evening of rotting flesh as they raise the dead with their performance of Michael Jackson’s Halloween classic, “Thriller” at Aisle 5 (10/27 & 28)! Spend the weekend with the undead during the 5th Annual Walker Stalker Con at the Georgia World Congress Center (Oct. 27- 29)!


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