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Halloween Haunts 2011: The Final Countdown!

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October is almost over, so it’s time to get in a few last minute scares at haunted houses before we get into November and the holiday season. Here’s our list of a few spooky joints to visit around town: Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse (Conley, GA), Chamber of Horrors (Atlanta), Netherworld (Norcross, GA), 13 Stories Haunted House (Kennesaw, GA), Folklore Haunted House (Dallas, GA), Frightmore Haunted Attraction (Morrow, GA), Gates of Misery (Rome, GA), Horror Hill Haunted Trails (Newnan, GA), and Paranoia Haunted House (Roswell, GA). All of these haunts are open this weekend and on Halloween night. Quite a few will be open every night up until Halloween. A select few will even be open November 4th and 5th for your very last minute scare and scream needs. Happy Haunting and Happy Halloween, ghouls and dolls! xo – Atlanta’s Zombie Marilyn Monroe

 

ATLANTA ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

In its 2nd year as a Halloween attraction, the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse (AZA) has received praise as one of the best immersive, interactive horror attractions around. (Read the Atlanta Backstage Beat’s review (with pictures) by Brook Hewitt: Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse 2011) The AZA is touted as 100,000 square feet of zombie apocalyptic terror where participants are led by post-military leaders through a zombie-filled abandoned truck stop with a 2-story motel, ransacked restaurants, businesses, tight offices, long hallways, courtyards, and truck garages. The place is filled with zombies, blood, and dead bodies – if you ever wanted to know if you could survive a zombie apocalypse or what it would be like to be in a horror movie, then this is the attraction for you! There is also a separate area where they hold the Zombie Shoot, which allows horror fiends a chance to “kill” zombies with paintball guns (remember to aim for the head!). AZA was created as the brain child of local Atlanta horror aficionados, SPFX creators, and actors/actresses from the Silver Scream Spook Show and Dear God No! movie in collaboration with the Plaza Theatre owners.

Open (ends 10/31):
Box office opens at 7:30 p.m. and closes when the attraction closes
Thursdays through Saturdays from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. (midnight)
Sundays from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Halloween from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Where:
Safety Wolf Combat Sports facility
4215 Thurman Rd.
Conley, GA 30288-1136
(404) 665-3992

Cost:
$3 for parking (no valet)
$20 for the Zombie Apocalypse only
$15 Zombie shoot only
$30 for a combo ticket which includes both the Zombie Apocalypse attraction and Zombie shoot
$100 VIP pass to skip the line
Box office accepts cash, Visa, Mastercard, or Debit/ATM cards
(No discount for children; not advisable for children under 13, but that’s up to parents’ discretion.)

The Pallookaville handmade gourmet carnival food truck will be outside selling food as well. Cash only (prices under $10).
http://www.pallookaville.com/

AZA merchandise will also be available for purchase.
Prints of photos taken in the photo booth can be ordered through http://wackomedia.com/aza/

Because parts of AZA are an outside attraction – this will be weather permitting, please check website for updates and further information:
www.atlantazombie.com

 

CHAMBER OF HORRORS

When you are looking to take a shockingly sick excursion through a haunted house, then head on out to the Chamber of Horrors at the Masquerade. Atlanta’s only extreme, adults-only, R-rated haunted house will take you through the TORTUREco facility where wealthy disaffected and psychotic sadists alike take their pleasure in torturing the young, beautiful, and innocent. If you liked torture porn movies like Saw and Hostel, then you will enjoy the blood, carnage, torture and nudity in the Chamber of Horrors. Opened in 2009, this will be the third year in business for Chamber of Horrors and the TORTUREco deviants. Be warned that you may be squirted with warm (fake) blood and (fake) bodily fluids during your trip through TORTUREco facility. Local Atlanta artist Rene Arriagada in association with Gorehound Productions and the minds behind Splatter Cinema and Atlanta HorrorFest are the masterminds behind the Chamber of Horrors torture facility.

Open (every night through 10/31; last two days are November 4 & 5):
Sundays through Thursday from 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. (midnight)
Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m.
Halloween from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m.

Where:
The Masquerade (line forms to the left of the Masquerade at the Music Park entrance)
695 North Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308 404-577-8178

Cost:
R-rated restriction – admission is 18 and up only!
Box office at the door, Splatter Bar & Lounge, and parking lot accept cash only. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Ticketmaster.com. Discounted tickets are available as add-ons to show tickets at the Masquerade.
$5 parking (limited free street parking is available, but park at your own risk)
$17 general admission, but admission price goes up to $22 for October 28 through the 31st.
$27 speed pass (limited availability) to skip ahead in line, but this price goes up to $32 on October 29 through the 31st.
$45 VIP Pass – speed pass, plus VIP-only limited edition Chamber of Horrors gift and coupon for free drink at the Splatter Bar (very limited availability).

While waiting in line to go through the attraction, visit the Splatter Bar & Lounge, which is a full open cash bar located outside next to the waiting line. On select evenings, you will be able to enjoy the musical stylings of various entertainers.

http://www.chambersofhorroratl.com

 

NETHERWORLD

Ranked as the #1 Haunted House in America by Hauntworld.com (in 2007, 2009, & 2010), and Fangoria.com (2009), Netherworld attracts huge crowds every year because of its cutting edge special effects, unique themes, extremely detailed sets and original monster and props. For the final chapter of Blood Night Saga, The Nightmare Kings are primordial clawed and fanged things wrapped in tattered robes that can shape-shift into anything to hunt human prey, feasting on human fear (and nightmares) before consuming their souls. The Forces of the Illuminati (Illuminati Warriors, Vampire Lord Goulich and his Vampire Brides, Werewolves, and Zombies among others) are trying to halt the Netherworld (Gargoyles and the Nightmare Kings amongst other monsters) invasion of Earth. The other attraction, Raw Meat, is a journey through subways and sewers filled with snakes, bones, cannibals, and giant alligators. Netherworld was founded in 1997 by TV and movie professionals, including costume designers, producers and creature fabricators. Halloween 2 (movie), Zombieland (movie), and currently The Walking Dead (TV show) have used portions of Netherworld for film, or utilized their props and actors, or crew in some way.

Open (every night through 10/31; last two days are November 4 & 5):
Sundays from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Monday through Thursday from 7:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. (midnight)
Halloween from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. (midnight)
November 4th & 5th – Open from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Where:
6624 Dawson Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093
(404) 608-2484

Cost:
Look for coupons in Subway locations and in the Creative Loafing (NOT accepted/valid for Fridays, Saturdays, or Halloween)
$22 for The Nightmares (main haunt)
$28 for The Nightmares plus Raw Meat
$50 Speed Pass available on select nights (gets you in front of the line for both attractions)
Tickets can be bought online through the Netherworld website and picked up at will call (not the ticket booth) with receipt print out and a valid ID and the credit card that was used to purchase the tickets. All advance tickets have a service fee at time of purchase. No refunds or returns will be issued for any reason.
(No discount for children; not advisable for children, but that’s up to parents’ discretion.)
Group tickets (20 or more) can be purchased by calling the Group Ticket Sales line (404) 536-0752.

http://www.fearworld.com

13 STORIES HAUNTED HOUSE

First off, there is no such thing as a haunted house that gives you your money back if you make it all the way through (myth busted on Snopes.com). In this haunted house, you will ride an old elevator down 13 floors and encounter rats, spiders, snakes, cockroaches, and clowns. You have to sign a waiver to even be allowed into the haunt and it has been said that people have been thrown out of windows here!

Open (every night through 10/31; last two days are November 4 & 5):
Sundays through Thursdays from dark until 10 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays from dark until 12 a.m. (midnight)
Halloween from dark until 11 p.m.
November 4th & 5th – Open from dark until 10 p.m.

Where:
13 Stories Haunted House
2975 Ring Road (near Town Center Mall)
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144

Cost:
$22 for one person to go through both “13 Stories Haunted House” attraction and “Big Top Secret in 3D”
Group rates for 20 people or more (reserve in advance on their website). Online coupon will actually give you a better entry rate (with restricted dates) in most cases (unless you have a group of more than 40 people).
Online coupon: $5 off for October 24 through 27th. (Check their homepage online because last time I checked, they were offering a web special for $10 off if you mention it.) You must bring coupon with you to redeem it. Only one coupon per person. (You can also show the coupon from your smart phone, but only one smart phone coupon per person allowed.) Coupons cannot be shared.
Tickets can be bought online through the 13 Stories Haunted House website and picked up at Online Ticket/VIP Window. All advance tickets have a service fee at time of purchase. No refunds or returns will be issued for any reason.
(No discount for children; not advisable for children, but that’s up to parents’ discretion.)
Box office accepts cash, Visa, and Mastercard (a small fee may be charged for using a card).

http://www.13storieshauntedhouse.com

 

FOLKLORE HAUNTED HOUSE

A curse has befallen Nightshade Manor and the Evil Demon Queen of the Succubi, Lilith, has been reborn. She has now begun her conquest of humankind as she opens a rift in time and space to allow the souls of the dead and worse evils to escape into the realm of the living. These creatures are dubbed, “The Fallen,” and will stop at nothing in their unrelenting bloodlust. All who enter will face malice and chaos as they try to esacpe the newly infected in Nightshade Manor.

Open (every night through 10/31; last two days are November 4 & 5):
Sundays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. (midnight)
Haunt doors creak open nightly at 7:30 p.m.

Where:
Folklore Haunted House
1265 Merchants Drive
Dallas, GA 30132-5036

Cost:
$22 for General Admission
$5 The Last Ride
$40 RIP Speed Pass (includes The Last Ride) – a limited number are available every night (gets you in front of the line for the attraction)
Tickets can be bought online through the Folklore Haunted House website and printed out. All advance tickets have a service fee at time of purchase. No refunds or returns will be issued for any reason. Onsite ticket office accepts credit cards.
(No discount for children; not advisable for children, but that’s up to parents’ discretion. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent.)
Group discounts are available via online ticket purchase only. Purchase blocks of 15 tickets for $255.00. (This is a savings of $5.00 per ticket.)

There will be food concessions on site.

http://folklorehauntedhouse.com

 

FRIGHTMORE HAUNTED ATTRACTION

Relive your worst nightmares at Georgia’s newest scary haunt. Ghoulish lairs, ghostlike visions, new characters, new scenes, and new animatronic surprises await you throughout this frightful haunt.

Open (every night through ends 10/31; final night 11/5):
Sundays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. (midnight)
Saturday, November 5th – Final romp through the haunt (pizza & drinks and meet & greet with the monsters. Tickets must be purchased in advance – $32.50 per person).

Where:
Frightmore
1912 Mt. Zion Road
Building 1865 C
Morrow, GA 30260

Cost:
$20 per adult
$12 per child (12 and under)
$32.50 VIP Adult ticket
$20 VIP Child’s ticket
Group tickets (15 or more) can be purchased by calling the Group Ticket Sales line (404)xxx-0752.
25% Discounts for Active Military and Veterans – bring your military ID or VA ID to show the ticket counter.
Tickets can be bought online through the Frightmore website and picked up at the ticket counter with ticket confirmation page. All advance tickets have a service fee at time of purchase. No refunds or returns will be issued for any reason.
Ticket counter accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Debit cards.

http://www.frightmore.com

 

GATES OF MISERY

No one has ever escaped the rein of terror after entering the Gates of Misery. Walk through countless rooms of misery and pain, listening to the endless screams of the tortured. Come face to face with your worst nightmares – torture, torment, terrifying screams, and someone or something breathing down your neck as you are trapped in this dark haunted house.

Open (every night through 10/31):
Tickets go on sale nightly at 7:00 pm; the haunted house opens at 7:30 pm
Sundays through Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
Halloween night they stop selling tickets at midnight and stay open until the last soul is devoured!

Where:
Gates of Misery Haunted House
174 Chatillon Road
Rome, GA 30161

Cost:
$15 per person
Tickets can be bought online through the Gates of Misery Haunted House website and printed out. All advance tickets have a service fee at time of purchase. No refunds or returns will be issued for any reason.
Use coupon code misery2 to get $2 off your online purchase.
(No discount for children; not advisable for children under 12, but that’s up to parents’ discretion. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by a parent.)
Group rates for 10 or more people available, please contact Gates of Misery for details.

http://gatesofmisery.com

 

HORROR HILL

Since 1984, a local Newnan family created and runs the Horror Hill Haunted Trails attraction and The Mortuary, Veritgo, and Clown Haus 3D. Throughout the years, the family has grown their attraction and added new technology and scenes. With many years of experience behind them, they have costumed actors with professional makeup, fog machines, lasers, strobe lights, trap doors and animatronics, which spook haunt goers on the trail and in large buildings, cabins, mazes, tunnels, and bridges.

Open (ends 10/31):
Fridays and Saturdays from dark until 12 a.m. (midnight)
Sundays from dark until 10 p.m.
Halloween from dark until 11 p.m.

Where:
Horror Hill Haunted Trails
181 Ware Road
Newnan, GA 30263

Cost:
$25 per person for a combo ticket (includes The Mortuary, Vertigo, Clown Haus in 3D, and the Horror Hill Haunted Trails)
Online coupon: $5 off for October 30th. You must bring coupon with you to redeem it. Only one coupon per person. Coupons cannot be shared.
Tickets can be bought online through the Horror Hill website and printed out. All advance tickets have a service fee at time of purchase. No refunds or returns will be issued for any reason.
(No discount for children; not advisable for children, but that’s up to parents’ discretion.)
Group reservations are available online only.

There will be a concession stand located at the event.

http://www.horrorhill.com

 

PARANOIA HAUNTED HOUSE

Paranoia Haunted House is self-dubbed, “one of Atlanta’s scariest and most disturbing haunted houses.” With 15,000 square feet or haunt, featuring 15 rooms and a maze of hallways, this is not a haunt for the timid. You will be terrorized, horrified, and running for your life!

Open (ends 10/31):
Friday through Sunday from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. (midnight)
Halloween from 7 p.m. until 12 a.m. (midnight)
Box office opens at 7 p.m.; Haunted House opens at 7:30 p.m.

Where:
Paranoia Haunted House
10895 Alpharetta Highway
Roswell, GA 30076

Cost:
$22 for a Regular ticket
$40 for a Paranoia Pass – only a select number available per night (gets you in front of the line). The Paranoia Passes can only be purchased at the box office (not for sale online).
Tickets may also be purchased at Andretti Karting and Games along with Special Combo tickets that offer a fun family night at Andretti and admission into the demented world of Paranoia Haunted House.
Tickets can be bought online through the Paranoia Haunted House website and printed out. All advance tickets have a service fee at time of purchase. No refunds or returns will be issued for any reason.
(No discount for children; not advisable for children, but that’s up to parents’ discretion.)

http://www.paranoiahauntedhouse.com

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Ghastly Dreadfuls Sell Out at Center for Puppetry Arts

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Reporters for The Backstage Beat recently had the pleasure of attending a performance of The Ghastly Dreadfuls, and were astounded by the beautiful mixture of live music and dance combined with incredible elaborate puppet shorts.  From the set design to the choreography, this production proved to be one of the most cleverly crafted and executed theater sets this reporter has seen in recent years.

With a well rounded production introduced the audience to the Dreadful Family of ghouls who rise from the grave during this time of years and take human form (in most cases).  Rising from the dead, it seems, involves a lot of wonderful showmanship and musicianship in Victorian inspired costuming. Each of the Dreadful is introduced in turn by the ring master of this frightful circus, Simply Dreadful.

The show continues by interspersing vaudeville styles shows with a selection of puppet vignettes representing puppet stories from around the globe.   Some of the vignettes include songs such as the opener, “La Petite Vampyr,” and others work through voice over or dramatization, such as the compelling “11:59”. Not one of the pieces or songs fell flat. In  a very real way, this production combined the best of early 20th century live theater with the best of modern puppetry.

While this reporter is not an expert in modern puppetry, The Ghastly Dreadfuls is more than just a marionette show and captivates by using a number of technologies. Some segments do use straight up marionettes, other use stick figure puppets, giant plywood cut outs, or even puppets that can be considered dolls manipulated directly the by puppeteer director.  One amazing set involving witches, skeletons, black cats and a sophisticated

Puppetry is an art form on the rise, and there is no better place to experience the best in puppetry than Atlanta’s internationally known, home for puppetry. The Backstage Beat urges you to get your tickets at the box office for the remaining shows, and advises readers to keep an eye future shows from the Center for Puppetry Arts, plus an exclusive 4 pack family tickets to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

 

More information:

Center for Puppetry Arts

Ticket Sales Office
tickets@puppet.org
Phone: 404.873.3391
Fax: 404.873.9907

Ticket Office Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm
Sun: 11am-5pm

 

Volunteer at the Center for Puppetry Arts

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Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse

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Do you remember when you were a little kid and you would “play like”? Meaning, “play like you are a bad guy and you are chasing me…”, you would actually make yourself believe that your best friend was a”bad guy” and you were running for your life. Your heart would pound anxiously as you tried to escape the evil scenario that you and your buddy had cooked up. I am happy to report that you can relive some of that childhood drama for around 25 minutes of your adult life at The Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse. AZA as it is known is an immersive, interactive haunt experience. In its second year, AZA has grown not only in square footage  to “100,000 square feet of terror” but it has increased its cast of trained actors and upped the story line that you become a part of. Thespians are one of the reasons that AZA is so much fun and enables you to feel like you are playing a fun but scary game.

You start the event out by being metal detected and questioned by very official looking law enforcers for the Center For Disease Development. You are warned to not touch a thing due to the recent outbreak of zombie that is highly contagious. Blood zombie and otherwise is EVERYWHERE so this becomes a challenging task and part of the fun. You quickly realize that the law enforcers who claim that they are trying to protect you are really trying to trap you into being used for their fiendish experiments. You spend the rest of your time there being led by an eclectic mix of leaders through the haunt, each time thinking you might be safe and quickly learning you are not.

When my tour started, I was a little worried that the teen age girls who were squealing at each hand that popped out and every creature that groaned would be a distraction to my enjoyment but on the contrary, they ended up being entertaining. I have never been to a haunt before where I actually had to run. On three occasions me and my posse escaped harm from running (not required but encouraged). At different times we were separately approached and personally spoken to by different leaders and zombies. This made each tour personal to each group that goes through. I was asked to lead my team down a very dark bloody hallway with zombies groping for our feet and brains. Fortunately, we made it to safety and out of the building with no visible zombie bites or contamination. WHEW!

Once we were safe, we had the option to shoot specially designated zombies with paint balls. You are instructed to aim for the head because as we all know that is the only way to kill a zombie.

You have two and a half more weeks to see how you would perform in the event of a zombie apocalypse. The tours are very well manged and run smoothly making your wait time minimal. While you are waiting, there are Palookaville treats available for purchase as well as some pretty cool t-shirts and other AZA memorabilia. AZA hours are Thurs-Sat 7:45-12:00 and Sun 7:45-11:00. AZA will run until Halloween night where it will close early.

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Steampunk Sunday in the Park

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Sunday in the Park : The Backstage Beat Traveled Back to Victorian Atlanta and Spent Time with Steampunks

Historic Oakland Cemetery is an amazing outdoor museum capturing the history of Atlanta by preserving one of the most amazing burial grounds in the nations.  Founded before the Civil War, the cemetery includes the final resting places of many of Atlanta’s most famous residents.  Recently, Oakland Cemetery, located off of Memorial Drive near Boulevard,  hosted thousands of guests who gathered to celebrate a simpler time during event known simply as “Sunday in the Park.”

Founded in 1979, Sunday in the Park is considered a Victorian Street Festival. This family friendly event fills the cemetery with life.  It may seem unusual in modern times to have a party in a cemetery, even one as beautiful as Oakland, but in the Victorian days it was common place to picnic in cemeteries. This ritual was the original inspiration for Sunday in the Park.

This year was the biggest and best Sunday in the Park ever. A record number of costumers donned top hats and mourning coats to recreate Victorian fashion.  Costume contests were held in several categories to be able to recognize as many amazing costumes as possible.

Vendors lined the walk ways with trinkets, costumes, arts, and crafts available at reasonable prices. Along with the historical re-enactors were thousands of moms and dads pushing strollers in comfortable jeans and sneakers and open minded citizens enjoying the beautiful weather, amazing funerary architecture and shopping.  Musical acts played both in the main stage area, and in smaller venues around the park.  The pleasant tunes of The Vauxhall Garden Variety Players could be heard from a small tent near the park visitor center. This popular local string ensemble can always be guaranteed to add that special touch of class to any event.

One thing many of the attendees enjoyed mightily was the food trucks. Food trucks have never been more popular, and the selection at Oakland for Sunday in the Park was outstanding. The most popular food truck would have been from the longstanding Atlanta favorites the Varsity, except for the appearance of the Pallokaville truck, providing Sunday in the Park with outstanding corn dogs, and causing very long lines.

Many more activities were taking place, but Oakland is so large it is hard to cover it all. Toward the end of the afternoon though, there was one sight that was completely unexpected:  A group of Victorians were being filmed for what is apparently a potential PBS documentary.  If more news on that arises, the Backstage Beat will keep you informed.

 

Steampunks Represented

This year the costume contest added a new category: STEAMPUNK. Where Victorians gather, steampunks are not far behind. This modern science fiction take on Victorian fashion blends fantastical ideas with the trappings of steam power and creates a motif that Jules Verne would surely embrace. If you are familiar with it, you are aware of the omnipresent gears, goggles, and steamships of steampunk.

There is a saying that steampunk is what happened when Goth’s discovered the color brown.  The clever turn of phrase does not lend justice to the beautiful outfits of the 1st Steampunk Costume Contest, Gretchen Jacobsen and Jennifer Jarrell.  Gretchen wore a fetching green dress in the style of the 1880s, and Jennifer wore a stunning gold bee keeper’s outfit, stylized to accommodate the Steampunk sensibility.  Jennifer noted that winning had a special significance. “I had been denied admission to a steampunk contest in the past because I did not have a proper accessory with my costume. Today I was justified and grateful that my costume was recognized.”

Famed Steampunk novelist Emilie P. Bush was having brisk sales day, and when I caught up with her for a brief chat on her involvement with steampunk, I found she was in the company of the popular steampunk band, The Extraordinary Contraptions, and Atlanta’s steampunk maven, Cindy MacLeod.

The Backstage Beat was glad to get the chance to cover this fun and festive event. Make room on your calendar now for Sunday in the Park, 2012!

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Website:

www.oaklandcemetery.com

 

Historic Oakland Foundation

248 Oakland Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 688-2107

 

More about Oakland Cemetery

The Cemetery is open 365 days a year from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The gates are now being locked at 8:00 p.m.

The Foundation office is open Monday – Thursday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except holidays and the week between Christmas and New Years. The office is located on the second floor of the Bell Tower Building in the center of the cemetery.

Tour Season

Our 2011 weekend tour season begins Saturday, March 12 and continues through November 27.

Private group tours for 5 or more may be scheduled year-round. Contact Mary Woodlan at (404) 688-2107, extension 15, to arrange for a group tour.

 

Upcoming Events:

Halloween Tours (Check link for details from 2010)

October 28, 29 and 30, 2011

 

Run Like Hell 5K Race & Run Like Heck Fun Run (Check link for details from 2010)

October 22, 2011

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