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

Even 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, haunted hotels, 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 visiting during a different month, I’ve also summarized all of the top annual events in Savannah.)

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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 favor spring in Savannah, 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.

Make Note: If you’re planning a visit to see the fall color, that doesn’t usually happen until November or later. Here’s what to expect from Savannah’s weather month-by-month.

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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 in October from 1 – 4 p.m.
Family Friendly!
Oktoberfest in the lively Plant Riverside District features plenty of live music, bratwurst-eating contests, and German-themed food and drink specials.

Phil the Park Music Festival

Forsyth Park (East Lawn)
October 7, 2023
This free event is Savannah’s largest outdoor concert, and it takes place in popular Forsyth Park. Most people just bring a blanket and sit on the grass while enjoying the performances, which are hosted by the Savannah Philharmonic. Expect plenty of food trucks in the area!
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Graveface 21st Anniversary Music Festival

415 W Boundary St. (Bay 6), Savannah, GA 31401
2023 Dates Coming Soon
Head to the Lodge of Sorrows venue and expect music from The Marshmallow Ghosts, Dreamend, Basically Nancy, and many, many more local favorites. There will be movie screenings, too!
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Downtown Savannah
October 21 – 22, 2023 – confirmed
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.
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SCAD Savannah Film Festival

Downtown Savannah
October 21 – 28, 2023 – confirmed
If you’re into celebrity spotting, this is the place to do it. SCAD debuts everything from student films to major international productions.
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Savannah Pride Festival

First City Pride Center
October 20 – 21, 2023 – confirmed
This event is one of Savannah’s biggest October festivals. It lasts for days and includes the Masqueerade, Pawrade (for the pets), drag shows, and even a virtual event for those who want to celebrate from afar.
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Terror Vision Fright Fest

Graveface Records, 5 W 40th Street, Savannah, GA 31401
October 6 – 7, 2023 – confirmed
Savannah just wouldn’t be Savannah without truly oddball personalities like Chloe and Ryan from Graveface Records + Graveface Museum + Terror Vision. Expect a string of spooky movies throughout the day, plus vendors hawking all things spooky!
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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
Every Weekend in October
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.
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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.

Holiday Farms

10884 Grays Hwy, Ridgeland, SC 29936
Every Thursday – Sunday in October
Family Friendly!
Their great pumpkin patch includes pumpkin picking, concession stands, a General Store, a petting barn, wagon rides, and more.
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Red Gate Farms

136 Red Gate Farms Trail, Savannah, GA, 31405
October 22, 2023 | 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. – confirmed
Family Friendly!
You can expect pretty much everything fall-related at this event. They’ll have s’mores stations, pony rides, coloring contests, sac races, carriage rides, corn hole, cake walks, and loads of pumpkins available for purchase. There will be live music and food trucks on site.
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Fall Food Festivals in (and around) Savannah

Savannah Greek Festival

Hellenic Community Center, 14 W Anderson St, Savannah, GA 31401
October 5 – 7, 2023 – confirmed
Family Friendly!
Celebrate Greek heritage during this 3-day festival held at St. Paul’s Hellenic Center. Fill up on spanakopita, baklava, gyros, and more — all while enjoying traditional Greek music and dancing. The marketplace features Greek clothing, cookbooks, and similar giftable items.
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Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival

521 Cedar Street, Richmond Hill, GA 31324
October 20 – 22, 2023 – confirmed
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!
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HHI Gullah Seafood Festival

Gullah Museum of HH, 12 Georgianna Dr, HHI, SC 29926
October 21, 2023 – confirmed
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.
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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 wrote a separate post that breaks down the options by walking tours, haunted house tours, trolley and hearse tours, self-guided tours, and more: A Local’s Guide to the Best Ghost Tours in Savannah.

Here are a few popular options…

Genteel & Bard Dark History Walking Tour

Downtown Savannah
Ongoing throughout October
Explore the dark side of Savannah on this interactive walking tour through the Historic District. The tour includes earbuds so you’ll always be able to hear your guide.
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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.
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Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour

Historic District
Ongoing throughout October
This one is rather cheesy, but it’s a popular option if you’re older or have mobility issues and still want to enjoy Savannah’s haunted locations.
Purchase Tickets

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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…)

NeverNotGoth Halloween Horror Party

415 W Boundary St. (Bay 6), Savannah, GA 31401
2023 Dates Coming Soon
This 3-hour event from the folks team at Graveface Records will feature three DJs and lots of dancing to punk/industrial/goth faves. Wear your most horrific Halloween costume and show up at the Lodge of Sorrows for a chance to win costume contest prizes.
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Nightmare on Congress Street

October 28, 2023 – confirmed
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.
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Crawl with Us Halloween Bar Crawl

The Warehouse, 18 E River Street, Savannah, GA 31401
October 28, 2023 – confirmed
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, cash prizes and an after party.
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Savannah Vampire Ball

Ghost Coast Distillery, 641 Indian Street, Savannah, GA 31401
November 3, 2023 – confirmed
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. I’m still posting this since it’s Halloween related, even though it will be held in November this year.
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Purchase Tickets This Haunted Pub Crawl Happens Year-Round

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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.

Sorrel-Weed House

6 W Harris Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Ongoing throughout October
Historic Sorrel-Weed House 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
Every Fri & Sat in October
Get spectacularly scared exploring the haunted house at Terror Plantation. This one benefits charity and is one of the most popular October events in Savannah!
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Parkside Haunted House

Corner of 49th & Cedar, Savannah, GA 31401
October 2023 Date TBD | 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.
Link Coming Soon

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.

Marsh Monster Masquerade on Skidaway Island

52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411
2023 Dates Coming Soon
Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This Georgia State Parks fall festival includes a mask-decorating contest (for kids and grown-ups), a dog costume contest, and trunk-or-treating activities.
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Oatland Halloween Hike

Oatland Island
2023 Dates Coming Soon
Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Take your trick-or-treaters for a non-scary stroll down the forested trail to meet friendly animals and collect some treats along the way. Mother Earth will be there, too. Costumes welcome!
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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?

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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.

Where’s Noble Bones?

Wormsloe Historic Site, 7601 Skidaway Road, Savannah, GA 31406
Every Saturday in October
This Georgia State Parks scavenger hunt takes families along the beautiful hiking trails at Wormsloe Historic Site to help Noble Jones find his “Noble Bones.” You’ll stop in the museum to scan a QR code, then head out on the hiking trail to search for skeletal remains of members of the Jones family.
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Wicked South Productions Haunted Forest

3001 Lawrence Church Rd, Pembroke, GA 31321
Every Friday and Saturday in October 2023
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!
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Poppell Farms Haunted Trail

1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, GA 31555
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.
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A trio of headstones beneath an old oak covered in Spanish moss in Colonial Park Cemetery

Cemetery Tours in Savannah

Savannah’s cemeteries are beautiful, but they’re known more for their history than their haunted factor. (It’s actually against city code to do ghost tours in the cemetery!)

Here are a few cemetery history tours to try…

Bonaventure Cemetery Daytime Tours

330 Bonaventure Road, Thunderbolt, GA 31401
Ongoing throughout October
The history of Bonaventure is incredible and multifaceted, and I highly suggest a guided tour to learn the secrets of the cemetery. Bonaventure Don and Savannah Cruzers (mobility-impaired option) both offer excellent historic tours of the cemetery.
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 Cemetery 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.

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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