We finally hit the first day of Fall. And in the Atlanta area, that means a big fat nothing. We’ve still got highs in the 90s! It’s not acceptable. But, we were invited to come check out the Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival for the first evening of their annual with a Play by Day and their new Glow by Night features that include massive pumpkin displays, parades, dinosaur flashlight tours and plenty of other not-so-scary, glow-in-the-dark fun for guests to explore after sunset.
It’s a new update and refresh since our last couple trips (the kiddo in the pink shirt in one of those posts…that’s THE OLDEST).
I’ve included a few pictures here, but make sure you go check out the video to get the full effect of the day and night time in the Stone Mountain Park.
After grabbing a quick bite to eat, we checked out the Pumpkin Festival decorations during the day. We still had a few more hours of daylight to burn. To attend the Pumpkin Festival, you will need an all-access pass or an annual Mountain Pass.
Thankfully, there isn’t a single thing spooky and it’s just good Halloween fun. Like this tiny little Itsy Bitsy Spider hanging out on the roof. The kid though it was quite hilarious that it was made from pumpkins.
And we had to stop for pictures with Cinderella and her ride, too. (And that darn Sprite bottle that the kids grabbed at dinner and carried everywhere with them!)
The pumpkin tree with the mountain in the background is pretty amazing during the day, but when you see it lit up it night, you will be completely wowed!
Since we had some more time before the Glow by Night events started, we walked over to the Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf and played our first round ever. Turns out the kids thing miniature golf is pretty fun. It is a little challenging playing with 6 people, but we made it through.
We all have to work on our golf putt swings a little more.
After our golf game and some playing in the Dinotorium, it was finally dark enough to enjoy the Glow by Night!
Check out the Itsy Bitsy Spider all a-glow!
Remember the pumpkin tree? This is it at night. Those faces? They move and sing and talk! Check out the video for a little clip of them.
If you’ve ever been to Stone Mountain Park at Christmas, you know how fun the parades are. We didn’t make it this time, but I have no doubt The Enchanted Glow-A-Long Parade with your favorite fairy tale characters is amazing. It’s the perfect way to wrap up your evening with a lively dance party.
The Pumpkin Festival happens on select dates September 22 to October 28.
During the day, Pumpkin Festival offers The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Games with prizes to delight little ones. Other family friendly activities include Peter Peter’s Pie Eating Contest, story time with Mother Goose and Spookley’s Pumpkin Patch Meet and Greet. Families are invited to be actual performers in Spookley’s Dance-A-Long Party Parade that passes through Crossroads.
The fun continues after dark with new Glow by Night attractions like Jack’s Glowing Pumpkin Tree and Down the Rabbit Hole Dance Party and Mad Hatter’s Costume Contest. This year’s Azalea for Stone Mountain Park’s pie eating contest also includes a twist when contestants try to eat as much pumpkin pie as they can—in the dark! A second, Enchanted Glow-A-Long Parade is overseen by Mother Goose and the whole family is invited to sing along during Little Red’s Railroad Adventure.
Fall is also the last opportunity for families to visit Dinosaur Explore. During Pumpkin Festival, Dinosaur Flashlight Tours offer a spooky stroll through this soon-to-be extinct attraction!
All-Attractions Passes are on sale now at stonemountainpark.com. In addition to daytime and Glow by Night Pumpkin Festival activities, passholders still have unlimited access to their favorite attractions like Summit Skyride, SkyHike, Geyser Towers and Dinosaur Explore.
Check out our Stone Mountain Park Pumpkin Festival Video:
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