Savannahians love to celebrate all things spooky, so it should come as no surprise that the Historic District is loaded with fun activities in October — especially ghost tours.

I can just picture it now: Groups of wide-eyed visitors packed into Wright Square, listening intently as their tour guide weaves tales of Savannah being “built upon its dead”…the clippety-clop of a horse drawn carriage echoes through the night while clumps of Spanish moss sway gently in the trees…and then a shadowy figure emerges from the dark to say, “That’ll be $30 — cash, check, or Venmo.”

Mwahhahaaa. Such a creepy city!

But seriously, if you’re not into chasing spooky spirits, Savannah also has fall festivals, pumpkin patches, a film festival, PRIDE events, pub crawls, costume contests, seafood festivals, and more. I’ve gathered them all together for you and created the ultimate list of things to do in Savannah in October!

If you’re new around here, first of all…welcome! My name is Erin, and I authored the Savannah First-Timer’s Guide. I have a lot of fun helping newbies plan their trips to Savannah.

You can use this handy table of contents if you want to skip to a specific section…

October in Savannah GA

Anyone who knows me knows that fall is my favorite time of year! In fact, I frequently tell visitors it’s the best time to visit Savannah. I know most people love spring, but hear me out…

Savannah is known for this horribly frightening thing called H U M I D I T Y (trust me, it’s much scarier than ghosts!), but towards the end of October the swampy air finally begins to dissipate and the morning air turns crisp and clear. Late October means there are six months of mild weather ahead, and that’s a very good thing.

FYI: If you’re planning a visit to see the fall color, that doesn’t usually happen until November…sometimes later.

B&W shot of a street corner at night with crowds of people milling about and a large sign that reads Savannah Film Festival

Fall Festivals in Savannah

I’ve tried to sort all of the events by category to help you out. I’ll also update this post regularly and add new events as I hear of them.

  • Oktoberfest Plant Riverside District | 400 W River Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    Every Sat & Sun in October
    Family Friendly!
    Plant Riverside’s Oktoberfest features plenty of live music, bratwurst-eating contests, and German-themed food and drink specials.
    Learn More: Plant Riverside Oktoberfest 2021
  • Wag-O-Ween | Downtown Savannah
    October 23 – 24, 2021
    Family Friendly!
    This pet-friendly Halloween event includes costume contests, trick-or-treating, raffles, and photo stations where you can take pics with your pet. It occurs in businesses throughout the Historic District, Victorian District, and Starland District.
    Learn More: Wag-O-Ween 2021
  • SCAD Savannah Film Festival | Downtown Savannah
    October 23 – 30, 2021
    If you’re into celebrity spotting, this is the place to do it. SCAD debuts everything from student films to major international productions.
    Learn More: SCAD Savannah Film Festival 2021
  • Skidaway Island Fall Festival | 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411
    October 30, 2021 | 1 – 8pm
    Family Friendly!
    This Georgia State Parks fall festival includes pumpkin carving, coloring activities, carnival games, a dog costume contest and parade, a Halloween-themed film (for all ages), and trunk-or-treating activities.
    Learn More: GA State Parks Skidaway Island Trunk or Treat 2021
  • Graveface Records Block Party | Graveface Records, 5 W 40th Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    October 16, 2021 | 3 – 10pm
    Family Friendly! Free!
    Savannah just wouldn’t be Savannah without truly oddball personalities like Ryan from Graveface Records + Graveface Museum + Terror Vision. Celebrate 10 years in business for one of Starland’s favorite personalities during a block party that will include live music, food trucks, vendors, and beer from Two Tides Brewery.
    Learn More: Graveface 10-Year Anniversary Block Party
  • Graveface Fright Fest | Graveface Records, 5 W 40th Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    October 31, 2021 | 2pm – Midnight
    Live performances from some of your local favorites (Dreamend, The Appleseed Cast, Basically Nancy, The Marshmallow Ghosts, and more) plus spooky movies throughout the day. The BowTie BBQ Food Truck will be on-site, too!

NOTE: Savannah PRIDE has been cancelled for October of 2021, but you can still see the After Dark Cabaret (which is also a fundraiser).

Two young girls in fall attire pull a wagon loaded with pumpkins through a pumpkin patch

Pumpkin Patches in (or Near) Savannah

Savannah’s Historic District is too small and crowded to allow for pumpkin patches, so you’ll have to venture beyond the outskirts of the city for that. These are the best options…

  • Poppell Farms | 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, GA 31555
    Open October 2 – 31, 2021
    Family Friendly!
    Poppell Farms features a huge 10-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, wagon rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin chunkin’, catch-n-release fishing, pony rides, Farmer Brown’s Playground for the littles, and more. They also have after dark haunted activities.
    Learn More: Poppell Farms Fall Festival 2021
  • Madrac Farms | 580 Ralph Rahn Rd, Rincon, GA 31326
    Every Sat & Sun in October
    Family Friendly!
    The pumpkin patch includes a pumpkin patch, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, farm animals, a big pumpkin display, and a rotten tomato sling shot.
    Learn More: Madrac Farms Pumpkin Patch 2021
  • Holiday Farms | 10884 Grays Hwy, Ridgeland, SC 29936
    Open October 1 – 31, 2021 | Thursday – Sunday
    Family Friendly!
    Their great pumpkin patch includes pumpkin picking, concession stands, a General Store, a petting barn, wagon rides, and more.
    Learn More: The Great Pumpkin Patch at Holiday Farms 2021

Man holding a plate of fresh raw oysters with lemons at a seafood festival

Fall Food Festivals in (and around) Savannah

  • Savannah Greek Festival | Hellenic Community Center, 14 W Anderson St, Savannah, GA 31401
    October 7 – 9, 2021
    Family Friendly!
    This popular annual event is being held online this year. Head to their site to order your spanakopita, baklava, gyros, (and more!), and then drive through the Hellenic Center to pick up your goodies.
    Learn More: Savannah Greek Fest
  • Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival | 521 Cedar Street, Richmond Hill, GA 31324
    October 15 – 17, 2021
    Family Friendly!
    This massive 3-day event is filled with incredible seafood, drinks, and live music. There’s a carnival with amusement rides, plus arts and crafts for the kids. Expect crowds, since people travel from throughout the South to attend!
    Learn More: Great Ogeechee Seafood Fest
  • HHI Gullah Seafood Festival | Gullah Museum of HH, 12 Georgianna Dr, HHI, SC 29926
    October 30, 2021 | 11 am – 4 pm
    Family Friendly!
    This annual cultural event celebrates traditions of the Gullah community of the Lowcountry. You’ll find seafood, song and dance, Gullah stories, and face painting events for the kiddos.
    Learn More: Gullah Seafood Fest

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Haunted Wright Square at night with gas lanterns illuminating red brick sidewalks and orbs visible in the photo

Ghost Tours in Savannah

In a city that celebrates spirits year-round, it should come as no surprise that October has ghost tours galore! From walking tours to trolley tours to hearse tours, you’ll find plenty of ways to connect with Savannah’s spookiest spirits.

Q: What’s the scariest thing about a ghost tour in Savannah?

A: The price tag!!

Hehe. A little Savannah humor for ya. ~Erin

There are far too many ghost tours to list here, so I’m going to create a separate post and divide them up by walking tours, haunted house tours, trolley and hearse tours, self-guided tours, and more. I’ll post the link here as soon as the post is live! In the meantime, I’ll just list some of my favorites, plus a few that are popular with readers.

  • Graveface Museum After-Hours Walking Tour | 410 E Lower Factors Walk, Savannah, GA 31401
    Ongoing throughout October
    Explore haunted Graveface Museum after closing hours. See the museum’s collection of serial killer memorabilia and use paranormal equipment to seek out evil energy in the building.
    Purchase Tickets
  • Historic Savannah Theater Paranormal Investigations Tour | 222 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    Ongoing throughout October | 10:30 pm
    Explore America’s oldest theatre with the experts at Truth in Evidence Paranormal Tours. You’ll have access to thermal scanners, EMF detectors, and night-vision cameras.
    Purchase Tickets
  • 2-Hour Paranormal Mystery Tour | Historic District
    Ongoing throughout October
    Take a spooky paranormal walking tour of the Historic District.
    Purchase Tickets
  • Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour | Historic District
    Ongoing throughout October
    This one is rather cheesy, but I want to include an option for those of you who have mobility issues and still want to enjoy visiting the haunted locations.
    Purchase Tickets
  • Mad Cat HellCat Tours | Historic District
    Ongoing throughout October
    Do you want to actually feel scared during a ghost tour? The HellCat tour is a good option!
    Purchase Tickets

A dapper vampire stands against a fireplace with a drink and cigar in-hand as an eerie blue glow shades the room

Halloween Events in Savannah [For the Grown-Ups]

In a city known for open-container laws and year-round bar crawls, there are plenty of options to toss on your favorite costume and grab an alcoholic beverage or two (or three or four…)

  • Nightmare on Congress Street
    October 30, 2021 | 4 – 10 pm
    Adults Only 21+
    This bar crawl hits the hottest bars along Congress Street, plus many others in the Historic District, and features a costume contest worth $2000 in prizes, themed koozies, and a free t-shirt for the first 250 participants to complete their scorecard.
    More Info: Nightmare on Congress Street 2021
  • Crawl with Us Halloween Bar Crawl | The Warehouse, 18 E River Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    October 30, 2021 | 4 pm – Midnight
    Adults Only 21+
    This bar crawl hits some of the hottest bars on River Street, Bay Street, and the City Market area. It includes a costume contest with a $1000 prize and an after party held at Elan.
    More Info: Crawl with Us Halloween Bar Crawl 2021
  • Connect Savannah Haint Misbehavin’ Party | Kehoe Iron Works, 660 E Broughton Street, Savannah GA 31401
    October 28, 2021 | 7 – 10 pm
    Adults Only 21+
    This fun costume contest includes live music, food trucks, and a cash bar on-site.
    Learn More: Haint Misbehavin’ Party 2021
  • Ghost in the Post | American Legion Ballroom on Bull, 1108 Bull Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    October 23, 2021 | 7 – 11 pm
    The American Legion is hosting a Halloween party with a costume contest ($100 prize) and DJ. There will be a cash bar, food, and lots of dancing.
    Learn More: Ghost in the Post 2021
  • Southbound Halloween Party | Southbound Brewing Company, 107 E Lathrop Ave, Savannah, GA 31401
    October 29, 2021 | 7 pm
    Adults Only 21+
    Southbound is partnering with Red Shoe Society of the Coastal Empire to host a Halloween costume party. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, raffles, and the Bow Tie BBQ food truck will be on-site. $2 from the sale of every pint of Strawberry Milkshake IPA benefits charity. Take Lyft to get there, and get 50% off your ride home.
    Learn More: Southbound Halloween Party 2021
  • Masquerade in the Museum | Jepson Center, 207 W York Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    PostponedOctober 23, 2021 | 8 – 10 pm
    Adults Only 21+
    This “creative black tie” masquerade ball features music, dancing, food, and alcohol all set in the contemporary backdrop of the Jepson Center.
    Learn More: Masquerade in the Museum
  • Savannah Vampire Ball | Ghost Coast Distillery, 641 Indian Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    Cancelled for 2021 – Rescheduled for October 15, 2022
    Adults Only 21+
    Grab your capes and fangs as Savannah’s creatures of the night party it up with live music, dancing, and plenty of spirits from Ghost Coast Distillery.
    Learn More: Savannah Vampire Ball

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Haunted House Tours in Savannah

You can tour haunted houses year-round in Savannah. In fact, there are so many that I decided to write a separate post about them, as well. I’ll link to it here as soon as it’s live. In the meantime…

  • Sorrel-Weed House | 6 W Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    Ongoing throughout October
    Sorrel-Weed is known for being one of the most haunted houses in Savannah. They offer nightly ghost tours of the property, or –if you’re brave enough — you can opt for the After-Hours Paranormal Lock-In.
    Sorrel-Weed House Tickets
  • Living History: Yellow Fever in Savannah in the 1820s | 324 E State Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    Every Fri & Sat Night in October | 7 pm
    The Davenport House Museum presents a dramatic recreation of the Great Yellow Fever Epidemic, where guests can learn about the psychological effects of the disease that caused death and ruin throughout 19th Century Savannah.
    Davenport House Tickets
  • Alee Shriners Terror Plantation | 100 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, GA 31406
    Oct 1 – 30, 2021 | Every Fri & Sat in October
    Get spectacularly scared exploring the haunted house at Terror Plantation. This one benefits charity!
    Learn More: Alee Shriners Terror Plantation
  • Parkside Haunted House | Corner of 49th & Cedar, Savannah, GA 31401
    October 31, 2021 | Sundown to Late Evening
    Go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood, and then head through the super-spooky pop-up haunted house on an otherwise empty corner lot in the Parkside neighborhood.

Related Reading: 432 Abercorn Street: Haunted Mansion…or Just a Rumor Mill?

Figurines of a witch, a ghost, and a fairy holding hands as they go trick-or-treating

Trick-or-Treating in Savannah

Trick-or-Treating in Savannah is something you need to be cautious about — especially if you aren’t familiar with the area. It’s not exactly safe to wander around knocking on doors in many neighborhoods in Savannah.

  • Trunk or Treat on Skidaway Island | 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411
    October 30, 2021 | 1 – 8 pm
    This Georgia State Parks fall festival includes pumpkin carving, coloring activities, carnival games, a dog costume contest and parade, a Halloween-themed film (for all ages), and trunk-or-treating activities.
    Learn More: GA State Parks Skidaway Island Trunk or Treat 2021
  • Oatland Halloween Hike | Oatland Island
    October 15 & 16 | 5 – 8 pm
    Take your trick-or-treaters for a stroll down the forested trail to meet friendly animals and collect some treats along the way. Mother Earth will be there, too.
    Learn More: Oatland Island Halloween Hike
  • Savannah Harley-Davidson | 1 Fort Argyle Road, Savannah, GA 31419
    October 30, 2021 | 9 am – 6 pm
    Bring your kids in for safe trick-or-treating at the dealership.
    Learn More: Savannah Harley-Davidson

If you want to take the kids trick-or-treating downtown, make sure you pick a family-friendly neighborhood (Ardsley Park is a popular one). Many churches in the area host trick-or-treating events, and sometimes the police precinct does, as well.

Related Reading: Is Jones Street Really the Prettiest Street in Savannah?

A spooky haunted forest with eerie bluish-toned fog

Haunted Forest Trails

Savannah isn’t exactly known for its forests, so you’re going to have to head outside the city limits for most of these options.

  • Wicked South Productions Haunted Forest | 3001 Lawrence Church Rd, Pembroke, GA 31321
    Various Weekend Dates in Oct
    Get spooked as you encounter zombies in an abandoned carnival encampment deep in the woods of Pembroke, GA. Creepy characters might chase after you, so be prepared to run!
    Learn More: The Haunted Forest 2021
  • Poppell Farms Haunted Trail | 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, GA 31555
    Open October 2 – 31, 2021 | Fri & Sat Nights in October
    Wander along Poppell Farms 800-foot walking trail through the woods…if you dare. It’s filled with ghosts and goblins that are spooky, but not too spooky for the whole family to enjoy.
    Learn More: Poppell Farms Haunted Trail 2021
  • Haunted Swamp | Savannah Ogeechee Canal Museum, 681 Fort Argyle Road, Savannah, GA 31419
    October 30, 2021 | Gates Open at 5:00pm
    Walk the haunted swamp and enjoy live entertainment, games, and costume contests. Food available!
    Learn More: Haunted Swamp 2021

A trio of headstones beneath an old oak covered in Spanish moss in Colonial Park Cemetery

Cemetery Tours in Savannah

There are cemetery tours year-round in Savannah, but it’s fairly rare to find a ghost tour that actually ventures into the cemetery after-hours. In fact, I only know of one…

  • Bonaventure Cemetery After-Hours Walking Tour | 330 Bonaventure Road, Thunderbolt, GA 31401
    Ongoing throughout October
    Learn taboo tales about the Illuminati and history of the occult from Shannon Scott as he guides you through beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery after dark.
    Purchase Tickets

Savannah’s cemeteries are beautiful, but they’re known more for their history than for their haunted factor. If you don’t need the spooky stories, I highly suggest a daytime guided tour. Here are a few to try…

  • Bonaventure Cemetery Daytime Tours | 330 Bonaventure Road, Thunderbolt, GA 31401
    Ongoing throughout October
    There are a couple fantastic tour guides who tell the history of Bonaventure, and I’ve written an entire post about the (highly recommended) experience.
    Bonaventure Cemetery Tours
  • Colonial Park History Tours | 200 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    Ongoing throughout October
    I haven’t been on this tour yet, but I plan to try it soon. I just wanted to mention it since there are very few tours that actually focus on the facts, while this one does.
    Colonial Park Guided Tour

Related Reading: Is Colonial Park the Best Place to Spot a Ghost in Savannah?

Savannah Travel Blog

If you’re just here for the ghosts, I created a haunted Savannah guide where you can find all of my ghost posts in one central area. But if you’re trying to plan a trip, I’ve created plenty of resources to help you out…

My Savannah First-Timer’s Guide is the most helpful resource you’ll find for planning your trip. It has all of my top tips all wrapped up in one easy-to-read guide, and then you can pick my brain in the Facebook group if you have any additional itinerary questions!

Are you headed to Savannah Georgia in October? If you have questions, drop them in the comments below!

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