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Capturing the Spirit Tours to Return in October

By Angie Wynne

Photo courtesy of Historic Oakland Foundation. A scene from the 2019 Spirit of Oakland tour

Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween tours are a favorite autumn tradition in Atlanta. The event returns to historic Oakland Cemetery for its 15th year, bigger and better than ever, offering three weekends of history and delight from October 14 through October 31.

Designed to enlighten rather than frighten, Capturing the Spirit of Oakland tours bring to life the stories of some of the cemetery’s notable and notorious residents and allow visitors to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark. A costumed docent guides you through the cemetery’s beautifully lit Victorian Gardens where you’ll meet some of Oakland’s most notable residents. The evening also includes musical performances, and guests are encouraged to arrive in costume to set the mood. 

A special Capturing the Spirit VIP night on October 25 will treat VIP ticketholders to a delicious three-course meal including drinks at Firepit Pizza Tavern. Guests will have the cemetery to themselves after dark as they enjoy a private Halloween tour experience.

Tickets for Capturing the Spirit, which sell out quickly every year, go on sale to the general public on July 15. Visitwww.oaklandcemetery.com/cso2021 for more information.