Please see below for important information about Oakland Cemetery’s 2023 Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours:
Important Information about Parking
Parking is extremely limited at Capturing the Spirit. 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 and is a short walk from Oakland’s gates.
Limited, first-come, first-served parking is available for $20 in the Oakland Cemetery lot located at 342 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Limited street parking is also available in the surrounding neighborhoods. Please remove all valuables from your vehicle. Historic Oakland Foundation is not responsible for theft and/or damage to vehicles.
Vehicles will not be permitted inside the cemetery gates during Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours.
For directions to Oakland Cemetery, please click here.
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 enter 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 email@example.com.
Upon arrival, if your ticketed time ends in :00 or :30, please queue on the right side of the entranceway. If your ticketing time ends in :15 or :45, please queue on 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.
The City of Atlanta is currently paving some of Oakland’s roads. Walking surfaces may be dirt or mud, gravel, brick, and asphalt.
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 shirts and hoodies, unique gifts for the season, locally crafted goods, books for all ages and interests, and much more.
We encourage you to visit our neighboring 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:
- Republic Social House:
Get 20% off your food purchase when you present your ticket to the server. Valid on day of tour only.
Get 15% off your check for parties of two or more when you present your ticket or program in-store.
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.
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.
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 near the Bell Tower.
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. 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 a City of Atlanta ordinance, no smoking is permitted within the cemetery’s gates.