It's always hard to come up with a fun date night plan, so this is the first of an occasional series of dinner date suggestions.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so first up...sushi and a haunted house! It may come as a surprise, but Atlanta is apparently home to the best haunted house in the country, according to people who'd know like Fangoria and USA Today. Netherworld is just off of 85 at Jimmy Carter Blvd in Norcross, and it's AMAZING.There are two haunted houses - Gargoyle and Dead Salvage Mangler 2. The former is much larger, but both are incredibly well done.
As you walk through each house, you go through a variety of gory scenarios with tons of creepy actors ready to scare the bejeesus out of you at every turn. They manage to keep the crowds spread out enough that you don't get your scares ruined by those just ahead of you. It's terrifying and hilarious good fun all at the same time.
I let loose no fewer than 20 blood curdling screams, so in my book, it was a very successful haunted house outing. It's not for the faint of heart of young children, but despite the fact that you couldn't pay me enough to watch Saw or the like, I loved every minute of Netherworld. And for a date, it's perfect. How can you walk through a haunted house without clinging to your honey?
It gets bananas crowded at Netherworld, so to avoid the lines, I recommend hitting it before dinner. Apparently there are a limited number of speed passes available, which given how the line can wrap around the building, might be a great investment. Regular tickets are $22 for Gargoyle and $27 for both.
6624 Dawson Blvd
Norcross, GA 30093
Next up, head to my personal favorite sushi in town, just down the road - Sushi House Hayakawa. Sushi celeb Art Hayakawa is serving up the freshest, most authentic sushi in town. No mayo covered rolls for you and your sweetie! If you really want to show off, go for the omakase, otherwise, one of the sashimi platters paired with some rolls makes for perfect sharing. If after some sake, you're feeling rowdy, you can always head to the karaoke bar in the same complex or better yet, back to your place...
Sushi House Hayakawa
5979 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30340