Please see below for important information about Oakland Cemetery’s 2021 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.
Your tour entry time can be found on your scannable ticket. If you cannot locate your tour time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please note: Masks are required at Capturing the Spirit except when actively eating or drinking. Please refrain from walking while eating or drinking, and practice social distancing when masks are removed for these purposes.
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.
The Museum Store Pop-Up 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:
Take your Capturing the Spirit of Oakland ticket to one of these restaurants by October 31 for a special dine-in deal:
Capturing the Spirit of Oakland T-shirt and Hoodie
If you pre-ordered a Capturing the Spirit of Oakland t-shirt or hoodie, 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 and hoodies 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 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 COVID protocols will be in place?
Masks are required at Capturing the Spirit except when actively eating or drinking. Please refrain from walking while eating or drinking, and practice social distancing when masks are removed for these purposes.
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.
I changed my mind. Can I get a refund or exchange my ticket?
Tour tickets are non-refundable. Exchanges are not permitted.
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?
Debit, and credit cards are accepted. Cash will be accepted as well, but no change will be given (COVID protocols). If you pay with cash, anything over exact change will be considered a donation to Historic Oakland Foundation.
Is Oakland Cemetery a non-smoking venue?
Yes. Per City of Atlanta ordinance, no smoking is permitted within the cemetery’s gates.