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PHOTOS: Oakland Cemetery Holds Annual Halloween Tour

Actors portray Atlanta author Margaret Mitchell and her husband, John Marsh at the "Capturing the Spirit of Oakland" Halloween tours.
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A 167-year-old Atlanta cemetery has become a popular Halloween pastime. Every year, the historic Oakland Cemetery offers “Capturing the Spirit of Oakland” Halloween tours.

Tickets sold out in less than two months, so another night was added to the event to accommodate more guests. Those tickets are gone too. Around 7,000 visitors are expected to visit Oakland this month to watch costumed actors tell stories of the famous graveyard residents who have had an impact on the Atlanta community.

Volunteers lead guests on multiple hour-long tours through the cemetery, stopping by various gravesites.

“The tours were designed to enlighten and not frighten,” said David Moore, Executive Director of the Historic Oakland Foundation. “It’s like little vignettes or mini plays. The attendees get a real immersion into our history.”

Read more about the tours here.