October in Marietta: Frights, Films & Festivals

October in Marietta: Frights, Films & Festivals

Whether you are interested in ghost tours, theatrical classics like Little Shop of Horrors or pie eating contests, Marietta is the perfect place to make your October spooktacular.

Get Close with Ghosts

Walk through spooky cemeteries, hear about centuries-old buildings, and take guided paranormal discovery tours in downtown Marietta this month. Along with food and history tours, Tours of Marietta offers a full schedule of spooky excursions in our storied city. Every weekend in October, you can choose to experience a Haunted Walking Tour, a Scaryetta Haunted Trolley Tour or the Fright at the Museum, an interactive paranormal investigation that takes place in the Marietta History Center. The Marietta History Center operates in the Kennesaw House, a building that dates to pre-civil war days and is believed to have been home to a number of paranormal sightings.

Stage Frights

Marietta’s arts community thrives year-round and certainly does not take a break in October. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square will continue its 2022 season with an unforgettable run of the classic Little Shop of Horrors. Running October 14th-31st, this talent-filled show will have you wanting to return again and again before month’s end. Also this month, The Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre will showcase several frightful, featured films. Don’t miss the midnight showing of the iconic Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday, October 28th. On the 30th, enjoy the truly unique experience of the 1925 The Phantom Of The Opera Silent Film with Live Organ Accompaniment!

Fests for the Family

Marietta is a festival city, and the schedule for October is FULL. Art, beer and food intersect at one of Marietta’s favorite events. Chalktoberfest is returning to the Marietta Square on October 8th ad 9th to color the streets with vibrant chalk art. Complete with a craft beer and wine festival (ticketed), delicious food and live music, this free festival will become one you attend year after year. One week later, the City of Marietta will present HarvestFest. This festival is also free to attend and is sure to please the whole family. Festivities include the HarvestFest Arts & Crafts Show, a pie eating contest, touch-a-truck, Scarecrows in the Square, a Costume Contest and Halloween Happenings Kid’s festival.


Marietta is the place to be, now and always! Head to VisitMariettaGa.com for a full list of upcoming events, or call the Marietta Welcome Center at 770-429-1115 for assistance with planning your next trip.