Celebrating Halloween With A Getaway or Day Trip

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Make a Halloween day trip! Wondering what to do for Halloween this year? Here’s a list of destinations with Halloween events that are worth the drive. These make a stellar day trip and an even better weekend getaway.

Don’t forget to let us know how you’re celebrating Halloween in 2022 in the comments.

If spending the night in a haunted cabin or hotel sounds like an excellent way to spend Halloween, don’t miss our list of Haunted Cabins, Hotels, and Tours.

This article includes:
Halloween Events in Georgia
Halloween Events in Tennesse
Halloween Events in South Carolina

Halloween at Stone Mountain on October 18, 2019. Photo by Steven Bridges

Celebrating Halloween In 2022

We found some great day trip activities to celebrate Halloween this year. They are not only entertaining, but they will get you exploring a new town. These festivities make a great day trip or a weekend getaway! We’ve compiled extra info if you decide to make a trip of it! 

Halloween Getaways In Georgia

If you’re thinking of making a weekend out of Halloween this year, check out our Guide to Travel in Georgia.

Walk With The Spirits in Augusta, GA

Downtown Augusta, Georgia

Augusta is hosting its annual historic cemetery tour. Notable “spirits” come to life! This event aims to increase awareness of Augusta’s past by connecting current residents and visitors with the people and places that still influence us today by their contributions to Augusta’s cultural legacy.

  • October 22nd and 23rd, 2022
  • 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • 2022 ticket pricing has not been announced (2021 pricing: $20 for adults; $10 for children)

Tickets may be purchased on the Explore Historic Augusta website.

Photo provided by Stone Mountain
Halloween at Stone Mountain on October 18, 2019. Photo by Steven Bridges

Stone Mountain Pumpkin Festival 

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain GA 

The Glow By Night Experience is a journey through a  storybook tale that comes to life with thousands of glowing lights, massive carved pumpkins, bubbles, fog, and plenty of kid-friendly, glow-in-the-dark adventures after dark.

  • September 17th – October 30th, 2022
  • Adult (ages 12+) $34.95 / Child (ages 3-11) $29.95 / Children two years and younger are free.
  • Pumpkin Festival Tickets

Six Flags Over Georgia Frightfest

275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell GA 

In addition to all of the fun Six Flags Over Georgia normally offers, guests will experience Halloween-themed extras. Live character interactions and shows top off the list of themed things you can expect. Kids Boo Fest is spooky fun for all ages, including trick-or-treating, family-friendly rides, and other fall activities.

  • September 17th – October 30th, 2022 (select dates)
  • general admission prices varies
  • $25 per car parking fee 
  • Purchase Tickets

Check out a local dad’s review of Six Flags Over Georgia.

Halloween Getaways In Tennesee

If you’re thinking of spending Halloween weekend in Tennesee, check out our Ultimate Guide to Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Dollywood Great Pumpkin Luminights

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Dollywood guests will be invited nightly to glow with Great Pumpkin LumiNights. This event was named the “#1 Theme Park Halloween Event in 2019″ by USA Today.

  • Thousands of Jack-O-lanterns, special fall treats and more are waiting for you this Halloween at Dollywood, September 243rd – October 29th, 2022
  • Purchase tickets online

Halloween Day Trips In South Carolina

Carowinds Halloween Events

14523 Carowinds Boulevard Charlotte, NC

  • Select Dates September 16th through October 30th, 2022
  • SCarowinds tickets begin at $45, Great Pumpkin Fest tickets are general admission tickets


SCarowinds is one of the Carolina’s biggest Halloween events, happening September 16, 2022 through October 30th, 2022. The evening event contains haunted mazes, scare zones, live entertainment, and more. It is a scary event, not for small children!

SCarowinds scene
SCarowinds Ripper Alley scene, Photo Credit: Carowinds

The Great Pumpkin Fest

Carowinds’ fall and Halloween event for families, the Great Pumpkin Fest has all the regular Carowinds fun, plus great fall and festive Halloween activities with just a tiny bit of spooky. It’s happening Saturdays and Sundays September 17th, 2022 through October 30th, 2022. Enjoy a haybale maze, craft corner, soapy mummy pit, trick or treat trail, festive games, live entertainment, and lots more!

Here is more information on Carowinds.

Carowinds Great Pumpkin Fest
Great Pumpkin Fest Show, Photo Credit: Carowinds

South Carolina Railroad Museum: Pumpkin Patch

110 Industrial Park Road, Winnsboror, SC

Hop aboard for a train ride to the pumpkin patch! When guests arrive at the patch, kids will choose a pumpkin and decorate it with provided supplies. There will also be a maze and games at the patch to enjoy for about 40 minutes before heading back aboard the train to return to the museum.

  • October 22nd and October 29th, 2022
  • Purchase tickets in advance. They range from $15 to $50 depending on seating class purchased.

SC State Museum- Dark History Tours

Visit the SC State Museum for a special kind of history tour full of spooky legendary tales from South Carolina’s history. Tours are self-guided and are available every day, or you can attend an educator-led guided tour any Saturday in October at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm. These tours are included in regular museum admission.

Eudora Farms Safari Fall Festival – 2022 Dates TBD

219 Salem Lane, Salley SC |  803.606.6325

Eudora Farms offered extra fall fun activities in 2022, and we hope they plan to do the same in 2022. (2022 dates have not been announced at the time of writing this article.) In 2021, this drive-thru safari offered guests extra fun with a hay maze, a petting zoo, pig races, pony rides, and more. Please check the Eudora Farms Safari website and social media for updates; inclement weather sometimes influences operating hours.

  • The fall festival is every Wednesday through Sunday in October (Friday – Sunday)
  • Safari Monday – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm // Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm
  • $36 per vehicle (up to 6 passengers) for safari

Learn more from our review of Eudora Farms

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom of two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures!

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