Fernbank’s Woodland Spirits Returns for a Frighteningly Good Time

The museum’s popular fall exhibit returns along with special, seasonal programming

October 4, 2020

Beginning September 19, 2020 guests will find that Fernbank Museum of Natural History has become Fernbank Museum of Supernatural History with the return of Woodland Spirits and Fernbank’s Supernatural Science Fest. Come face-to-face with dozens of ghostly “visitors” lurking among the trails outside in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest.  

On view through November 8, 2020, Woodland Spirits returns for the third year, once again expanding to include new experiences. As guests wander throughout Fernbank’s outdoor areas, they will cross-paths with spirits who were unable to let go of the physical world and appear in the shadows, up in the trees and waiting in plain sight for their next scare. These ghostly sculptures were imagined by Fernbank, and transformed by local Atlanta artist, Laura Lewis. 

New ghastly encounters include a stroll through the Monster Garden, where guests will experience their own “Little Shop of Horrors.” Meanwhile, spiders, skeletons, bats and more spirits have taken over Adventure Outpost, transforming it into the Haunted Outpost. For those who want to immerse themselves in the seasonal feel, Nature Stories has become Harvest Stories, where scarecrows, haybales and pumpkins will be spread throughout for the perfect fall experience. 

Featured as part of the Supernatural Science Fest, Woodland Spirits provides daily seasonal Halloween experiences, with additional events and programming to capture the full Halloween vibe, including:  

  • Forest night walks will be taking place, where spirits found in the outdoor areas will illuminate in hopes of capturing a scream or two. Need the date time.  
  • Two family Discovery Days include Bugs, Bats and Bones Day on October 10 and Creepy Crawlies Day on October 31, 2020.  
  • Ghostly Gatherings offers evening access with a bewitchingly fun event series features evening hours at Fernbank, including Woodland Spirits, as well as special interactive activities, adult beverages, as well as special snacks for purchase. Ghostly Gatherings are offered on Saturday, October 17 and Saturday, October 24 from 6:30pm-10pm. ($10 for members, $20 for non-members) 
  • For souls 21-and-up,  Fernbank After Dark: Science and Spirits on October 9, 2020 features live-music by Russell Cook & the Sweet Teeth, access to the special exhibits Amazing Animals: Born to Survive and Woodland Spirits, full museum and WildWoods explorations, as well as specialty Halloween-themed drinks.  ($16.95 for members, $21.95 for nonmembers) 
  • Fright Night, for ages 21+, features a costume contest, twilight tours of outdoor experiences, access to indoor and outdoor exhibits (including Woodland Spirits), specialty drinks, as well as small bites available for purchase. Fright Night will take place Friday, October 30, 2020 from 7pm-11pm. ($21.95 for both members and non-members) 

Fernbank’s Supernatural Science Fest, including Woodland Spirits, will be held from Saturday, September 19-November 8, 2020. To purchase general admission and event tickets as well as see the full calendar of events, evening hours, and safety precautions (including required face covering policy), visit 

*Advanced ticket reservations are required for all visitors, including members and prices are higher if not purchased in advance. 

Woodland Spirits is sponsored by the Isdell Family Foundation.  

Fernbank, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural destinations in Atlanta. A collection of experiences rooted in science, nature and human culture, the attraction includes a natural history museum, giant screen 3D theater and 75 acres of nature adventures that include the largest urban old-growth Piedmont Forest in the United States. Visit for more information and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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