From September 30 through October 29, Nashville Shores is hosting its Halloween event, Booville, on Saturdays and Sundays. The family-friendly event, which is held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., features a hay bale maze, arts and crafts, bounce houses, a Monster Mash dance party, a trick-or-treat trail and Tennessee’s tallest Frankenstein (over 19 feet!) At 2 p.m., children ages 10 or younger can take part in a costume contest. The winner receives two 2018 Nashville Shores waterpark season passes. Tickets to the event are $9.99 plus tax, and parking is free.
Once October arrives, fall festivals and Halloween events fill up the calendars of cities everywhere. In Nashville, there are plenty of things to do on Halloween and the weeks leading up to the holiday. These range from family-friendly festivities to spooky grown up parties. Read on to find out what you should be doing in Nashville in 2017.
Booville at Nashville Shores
Ghost Tours at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
Take a haunted tour through the grounds of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage with the mansion’s Ghost Tours. The after-hours experience takes visitors through the mansion and President Jackson’s tomb, while they learn about the rumored spirits who have been spotted on the property. The 90-minute tour shares stories about the Battle of New Orleans and the Bell Witch. Tickets are $35 and tours run from October 4 through October 31 during evening hours (7 p.m. and 9 p.m.).
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 889 2941
Halloween Pooch Parade
On October 21, dress up your four-legged fur babies and head to Cheekwood Estate & Gardens for the Halloween Pooch Parade. The event happens at 11 a.m. and helps support the Nashville Humane Association. Items will be collected for donation at the parade, which is basically just costumed animals taking a stroll around the gardens.
Returning for its 34th year is Middle Tennessee’s annual Pumpkinfest event. The celebration takes place on October 28 along Main Street in downtown Franklin, south of Nashville. Third Avenue North will turn into a children’s activity zone from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pony rides, bouncy houses, face painting and more games for children will be available. There will also be a costume contest for various age groups, starting at 1:45 p.m. Additionally, the Guitar Center stage on the Public Square will feature live music and dance performances all day. Food and drink vendors will have corn dogs, funnel cake, chicken tenders, beer and more. A chili cook-off is also set to take place in the parking lot of Landmark Booksellers.
Haunted Hell Nashville
Now in its fifth year, Haunted Hell is a 22,000 square foot haunted house that sends visitors through a frightening maze of special effects, twisted chambers and in-your-face encounters with hellish creatures sure to scare. Along the way, find an old plantation home that leads to an underground world of darkness, while searching for the only exit out of Haunted Hell. The fun happens from September 15 through October 31. Tickets range from $18 to $20.
Boo at the Zoo
For 10 nights in October, the Nashville Zoo will hold its annual Boo at the Zoo event. Children can have fun on the Howl-O-Ween Hayride, the bounce houses, the Story Tail Treat Trail and on the carousel. In the Enchanted Village, superheroes and talking pumpkins will be available for photo opportunities, and children can enjoy a special animal show and magic show. Boo at the Zoo runs from October 13 through October 29, beginning at 5 p.m.
Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 833 1534
Truth or Dare: A Halloween Party
For the first time, 21c Museum Hotel Nashville is hosting a Halloween party inspired by the Truth or Dare: A Reality Show exhibition. The event (for guests aged 21+) will have DJ AyDamm mixing up tunes, burlesque dancers, tarot card readings and more. Included with each $150 ticket is an open bar, food, and an overnight stay at the venue. The guest with the best costume will also get a one night stay for a future visit.
Day of the Dead Tequila Festival
On Friday, October 27, The Pavilion East is having its Day of the Dead Tequila Festival. The 21+ event benefits the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children and takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. General admission tickets are $39 and include samplings of 15 different tequilas, sugar skull face painting, a DJ set by Jared Corder and other Halloween fun. Food from Las Palmas will be available for purchase.
The Pavilion East, 1006 Fatherland St, Nashville, TN, USA
At the Wilson County Fairgrounds on Fiddlers Grove on October 22 will be the Spooky Stroll. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., parents and children can enjoy a a trick-or-treating experience, receiving candy from local merchants. Apple cider and popcorn will be included in the ticket price, which is $35 and covers one adult and up to two children under 12. Each child will be provided with a bag for carrying goodies, as well as a Spooky Stroll glow-in-the-dark t-shirt. Entertainment by jugglers and musicians will take place, and the stroll will end with a viewing of a kid-friendly Halloween movie on an outdoor movie screen.
Nashville Scares: Night of the Dead
Benefiting Nashville Cares, Studio 615 presents East Nashville’s Nashville Scares: Night of the Dead event. It takes place Friday, October 27 from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. on October 28. There will be live music, haunted attractions and cocktails by Inglewood Lounge. Musical performers include New Narrative, DJ Tore and DJ Jared Foldy. The event is 21+, with tickets ranging from $15 for early bird admission to $85 for general admission groups of 4.