Please see below for important information about Oakland Cemetery’s 2019 Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours:
Important: Capturing the Spirit entry is staged in two areas at Oakland: the main gate and the Bell Tower area. Your ticketed time is not when your tour begins. Instead, it denotes when you will depart the main gate area and head to the Bell Tower.
Upon arrival, if your ticketed time ends in :00 or :15, please queue to the right side of the entrance way. If your ticketing time ends in :30 or :45, please queue to the left side of the entranceway. There will also be signage on-site to direct ticket holders.
Gate attendants will announce when it is time to enter the cemetery and give you other information about the evening. Please have your ticket ready to be scanned. If your ticket is electronic, please turn your phone’s display to the brightest setting.
After having your ticket scanned, please continue to the Bell Tower, remaining on the lighted path at all times. Your tour will begin approximately 15 minutes after you arrive at the Bell Tower. Please use the time before your tour begins to purchase beverages and snacks, use the restroom facilities, and enjoy the performers.
On the Tour
Capturing the Spirit of Oakland tours last approximately 75 minutes. The route is approximately one mile. We encourage you to wear comfortable shoes. During your tour, always remain on the lighted pathway. Historic Oakland Foundation and the City of Atlanta are not responsible for injuries incurred as a result of leaving the lighted path.
Please note that as Oakland Cemetery is a historic site, some areas have uneven paths. We’ve made every effort to create an ADA-accessible route. You should address any questions you have about accessibility to your tour guide.
After the Tour
Be sure to pick up a commemorative Capturing the Spirit of Oakland program at the final stop of your tour. The program gives biographical information about the residents you visited on the tour.
Both the Pop-Up Shop and Visitors Center & Museum Shop will be brimming with limited-edition Capturing the Spirit prints and patches, unique gifts for the season, locally crafted goods, books for all ages and interests, and much more.
We encourage you to visit our Grant Park partner restaurants before or after your tour. Show the server your Capturing the Spirit of Oakland ticket to receive one of the following dinner deals:
- Fire Pit Pizza Tavern: 20% off food (dine-in)
- Doc Chey’s Noodle House Grant Park : 20% off food (dine-in)
- Milltown Tavern: Buy a beer, get the next one free when you show your program
- Farm Burger: $5 off $20+ dine-in or to-go food purchase
- Your Pie Pizza: $5 off $20+ dine-in or to-go food purchase
Also pay a visit to Parlor Game Psychic Victoria Rose, who will give readings inside the Rawson mausoleum. To ensure that tours remain on schedule, please visit the psychic after your tour.
Capturing the Spirit of Oakland T-Shirt
If you pre-ordered a Capturing the Spirit of Oakland t-shirt, stop by the Historic Oakland Foundation Pop-Up Shop after your tour and present your receipt to collect it.
A limited number of T-shirts will also be available for purchase at the pop-up shop in adult sizes Small to XXL.
Share Your experience
Stay up to date with Oakland Cemetery and Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours by following the Oakland Cemetery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share your tour photos using the hashtag #capturingthespirit.
For directions to Oakland Cemetery, please click here.
Vehicles will not be permitted inside the cemetery gates during Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours. We strongly encourage attendees to bike, walk, carpool, and use public transportation or ride-share services to visit Oakland Cemetery. King Memorial is the MARTA station nearest Oakland Cemetery.
Limited complimentary parking is available in the lot outside of Oakland Cemetery’s gates at the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Lot parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Handicap parking will be available in this lot.
Off-street parking is also available on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Biggers Street. Please remove all valuables from your vehicle. Historic Oakland Foundation is not responsible for theft and/or damage to vehicles.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if it rains during my tour?
Capturing the Spirit of Oakland is a rain-or-shine event. However, should serious inclement weather impact the event, we will email you with information on rescheduling.
This is a nighttime walking tour, so feel free to bring a flashlight. Be sure to wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable walking shoes.
Can I bring my dog along with me on the tour?
With the exception of service animals, dogs are not permitted at Capturing the Spirit of Oakland.
Will there be food available for purchase at Capturing the Spirit?
Along with soft drinks, beer, wine, and cocktails, light snacks will be available for purchase at the Bell Tower. No outside food or drink is permitted inside the cemetery.
- King of Pops will have popsicles available for purchase at Oakland’s main entry gate. In addition to its classic flavors, Halloween-themed popsicle flavors will available for purchase.
What forms of payment are accepted at Oakland Cemetery?
Cash, debit, and credit cards are accepted.
Is Oakland Cemetery a non-smoking venue?
Yes. Per City of Atlanta ordinance, no smoking is permitted within the cemetery’s gates.