Fall has arrived in Atlanta, and at the Center for Puppetry Arts, we’re excited to celebrate one of our favorite times of the year 🎃 Our original Halloween show The Ghastly Dreadfuls is back for another spooky season, Peter Pan is on with special sensory-friendly and Girl Scout STEM days, and we have a fun workshop for the older kids. And much more! Take a look at everything on the calendar this October and make your plans to come see us.

On stage in the Family Series through October 28: Peter Pan. Fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan and the Darling children in this vibrant, colorful adaptation of the time-honored classic tale. This show is presented in the Mainstage Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Cranky Crocodile Ultraviolet Puppet.

On stage in the Family Series beginning October 30: Brother Coyote and Sister Fox. Presented by Thistle Theatre of Seattle. Quick-witted Sister Fox stays one step ahead of Brother Coyote in this delightful Mexican folktale with English, Spanish, and plenty of chickens! This show is presented in the Downstairs Theater, and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop is the Cheerful Chicken Rod Puppet.

On stage in the New Directions Series October 10-27: The Ghastly Dreadfuls. They’re back! Some shows just can’t stay dead! Your favorite band of specters has returned and is ready to celebrate Halloween with a cavalcade of creepy stories, frightful songs, and devilish dances from around the world and beyond this mortal plane. Featuring new stories and old favorites, this ghostly jamboree is dreadfully fun for the living AND the dead. This show is presented in the Downstairs Theater, and a beer and wine bar will be open before the show and during intermission. Tickets include admission to the Worlds of Puppetry Museum.

In the Worlds of Puppetry Museum all month: Guided tours of the Global Collection take place Tuesday-Friday at 1 pm, Saturday at 11 am. Guided tours of the Jim Henson Collection take place Tuesday-Friday at 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. Behind-the-scenes tours take place Saturdays and Sundays at 3 pm.

New exhibit! Now on display in the Special Exhibit Gallery: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: World of Myth and Magic. Immerse yourself in a world of fantastical creatures and pure imagination: the world of Jim Henson’s visionary masterpiece The Dark Crystal. This exhibit will feature original Brian Froud artwork, animatronic prototypes, as well as iconic puppets, costumes and props.


Oct. 2: Toddler Tuesday. 9:30 am-1 pm. This interactive museum program is designed for ages 2-4, and includes special games, puppet making, dancing, story time and more!


Oct. 6: A Ghastly Ghathering. 7-10 pm. The Ghastly Dreadfuls are throwing a Halloween party! Dress up in your Halloween finest to be part of our costume contest for a chance to win great prizes. Mingle with the Ghastlies, munch on free hors d’oeuvres, and take a special spooky self-guided tour of the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Enjoy a host of frighteningly fun activities or just dance the night away as our DJ spins some deadly, danceable tunes. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Oct. 7: A sensory-friendly performance of Peter Pan. 12-2:30 pm. Performance alterations include theater lights dimmed down but not out, consistent sound levels and lower volume of show soundtrack, freedom for children to talk and to leave their seat if necessary, a quiet zone in the lobby, and permission to bring quiet, contained snacks and beverages. Learn more about our sensory-friendly experience here.


Oct. 13-14: Girl Scout STEM Days. Various times. Girl Scouts and their families will enjoy a special post-show presentation, Museum tour and Create-A-Puppet Workshop exploring the Science, Math, Engineering and Technology behind puppetry.


Oct. 21: LEGO Day. 12-3 pm. FUNgineers from LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta will be on-site doing Halloween LEGO builds! Build your own Halloween LEGO gift, included at no extra charge with paid admission to Peter Pan or the Worlds of Puppetry Museum. (While supplies last.)


Oct. 21: Junior Explorers Series: 10 Heads of Ravana. 5-7 pm.  Young artists will be inspired and moved as they learn about the symbolism behind the 10 heads of the demon King Ravana from the Ramayana and why it is burned each year during the Hindu festival of Dassera to celebrate the victory of good over evil.  They will use this inspiration to create their own puppet, a puppet that represents something they hope to release or overcome.


Oct. 26-27: Haunted Histories and Puppets Past. 6-9 pm. Join our ghostly guides as they take you on this special 45-minute Halloween tour through a dark and spooky version of our Worlds of Puppetry Museum. Hear tales of scary skeletons, legendary Punch devils, famous Muppet monsters, and puppetry secrets from beyond the grave.