6 Spooky (and non-spooky) Halloween Activities in Savannah

Truth be told, October kicks off the fall/winter Holiday season with the celebration of Halloween! If you are a fan of spooky, Savannah is the perfect place to spend Halloween. From its eerie past to chilling testimonials of ghost activity, we’re sure you will find the right Halloween event for you. 

Here are South Key Management’s recommendations for ways you can experience Halloween in Savannah in 2022.

1 - Trick or Trot 5k - Oct 22

If you love running and celebrating Halloween, this is the event for you! The Islands YMCA is once again hosting a Trick or Trot 5k/10k race on Wilmington Island. 

This is a great local race with multiple distance options (5k walk, 5k run, 10k walk, 10k run) on an easy course. The race is made even more fun by those who dress up! You can go all out with a full costume or just accessorize your regular running gear with a Halloween t-shirt and socks or headgear! 

After the race, you will be treated to FREE pancakes provided by the Rotary Club of Savannah. 

For more information or to sign-up, click here

2 – Annual Candle Lantern Tour - Oct 22

Fort McAllister State Park in Richmond Hill is once again offering their annual candle lantern tour! Between 6:40pm and 10pm, you can purchase tickets for the whole family to go on a historical tour led by candlelight. With knowledgeable and friendly tour guides, horse-mounted soldiers, and night-time cannon firing, this will be a tour you won’t forget! 

Spots fill up quickly so if you are interested, make sure you call or visit the Park Office starting September 15th. You find more information here

3 – Wag-o-ween – Oct 22 & 23

Okay, if you have a four-legged friend you HAVE to check out the annual Wagoween weekend in Savannah. This year, starting on October 22nd and continuing on October 23rd, participants (and their dogs!) will be able to walk through Savannah to take part in this fundraising event. Due to COVID the event is spread out over two days – from 12pm to 5pm each day.

All proceeds from the weekend go to local pet rescue agencies. 

Make sure to dress up yourself and your furry friend as you navigate to over 100 businesses that are giving out dog treats and other goodies. Humans need to purchase a wristband to collect treats for their dog.

There will also be a costume contest, raffle, and photo ops! As a matter of fact, here’s a picture from last year’s Wagoween photo booth featuring our very own Founder, Chase, his wife Giovanna and adorable pup, Patti. 

For more information, to purchase an event t-shirt, or buy tickets click here

4 – SCAD Savannah Film Festival - Oct 22-29

For those who prefer to opt out of spooky, the 25th Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Savannah Film Festival will be back on October 22nd through October 29th to celebrate the creativity of award-winning professionals and student filmmakers. Over 63,000 people are expected to attend this eight-day event. 

The festival will offer:

  • Film screenings
  • Special screenings
  • Workshops
  • Panels
  • Lectures

Tickets will be available for purchase starting October 3rd and offer different levels of access. 

Find more information here

While this is not a Halloween themed event, it is an amazing way to support the Savannah community, especially the local students and filmmakers! 

5 - A Nightmare on Congress St IX Bar Crawl - Oct 29

Savannah is well known for their holiday themed bar crawls and the “A Nightmare on Congress Street IX” bar crawl is no exception! This is a large and creepy bar crawl hitting the following bars:

  • Barrelhouse South
  • Boomys
  • Club 51 Degrees
  • Octane Bar and Lounge
  • Pour Larrys
  • Rogue Water
  • Stafford’s Public House
  • The Crypt Pub
  • The Hideaway Lounge
  • Tree House

As always, there are drink specials available at each location as part of the crawl. 

Tickets are $30 each and participants will automatically be registered in the costume contest (if you want to participate). Find out more here

6 - Bonaventure After Hours – Saturdays

For a spooky night-time activity, sign up for an after-hours storytelling tour of Bonaventure Cemetery. October is the perfect month to go on a three-hour tour of the cemetery where you will learn more about the history of Savannah including the rituals, secret societies, and bootleggers who lived in the city.

The tour is led by author and filmmaker Shannon Scott. Click here for more information and to buy tickets. 

Fall is a great time of year to visit Savannah as the weather starts to cool down, but Halloween makes it even better by offering so many spooky local events to help you celebrate the season! It is not too late to schedule a trip to participate in one of Savannah’s many Halloween themed events.

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