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.

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, and more.

I’ve gathered them all together for you and created the ultimate list of things to do in Savannah in October!

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Note: This guide contains affiliate links to my trusted travel partners.

If you’re new around here, first of all … allow me to extend a warm welcome!

My name is Erin, and I authored the Savannah First-Timer’s Guide. It combines my top tips from this website into one handy downloadable guide.

You might also be interested in:
👻 A Local’s Guide to the Best Ghost Tours in Savannah
➡️ The Ultimate List of Things To Do in Savannah, Georgia
🏚️ The Three Most Haunted Hotels in Savannah, Georgia

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.

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.
    Learn More
  • 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!
    Learn More
  • Wag-O-Ween | Downtown Savannah
    October 21 – 22, 2023
    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
  • SCAD Savannah Film Festival | Downtown Savannah
    October 28 – November 04, 2023
    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
  • Savannah Pride Festival | First City Pride Center
    2023 Dates Coming Soon
    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.
    Learn More
  • Terror Vision Fright Fest | Graveface Records, 5 W 40th Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    2023 Dates Coming Soon
    Savannah just wouldn’t be Savannah without truly oddball personalities like Ryan from Graveface Records + Graveface Museum + Terror Vision. Expect spooky movies throughout the day and lots of live music. There will also be a raffle with prizes. Food trucks will be on-site, too!
    Learn More

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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.
    Learn More
  • 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.
    Learn More

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Fall Food Festivals in (and around) Savannah

  • Savannah Greek Festival | Hellenic Community Center, 14 W Anderson St, Savannah, GA 31401
    2023 Dates Coming Soon
    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.
    Learn More
  • Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival | 521 Cedar Street, Richmond Hill, GA 31324
    2023 Dates Coming Soon
    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
  • HHI Gullah Seafood Festival | Gullah Museum of HH, 12 Georgianna Dr, HHI, SC 29926
    2023 Dates Coming Soon
    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

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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.
    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
  • 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.
    More Info
  • Nightmare on Congress Street
    2023 Dates Coming Soon
    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
  • Crawl with Us Halloween Bar Crawl | The Warehouse, 18 E River Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    2023 Dates Coming Soon
    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.
    More Info
  • Savannah Vampire Ball | Ghost Coast Distillery, 641 Indian Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    2023 Dates Coming Soon
    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

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!
    Learn More
  • 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?

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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.
    Learn More
  • 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!
    Learn More

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.
    Learn More
  • Wicked South Productions Haunted Forest | 3001 Lawrence Church Rd, Pembroke, GA 31321
    2023 Dates Coming Soon
    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
  • Poppell Farms Haunted Trail | 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, GA 31555
    2023 Dates Coming Soon | 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

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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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