Family-Friendly Halloween Events & Activities

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If you’re looking for Halloween fun for the entire family, this is the guide for you! There are a lot of 18+ and 21+ Halloween events to attend in Nashville, but below we’ve highlighted the best family-friendly Halloween events and activities.

Ghost Tours at The Hermitage

September 18, 2019 – November 9, 2019

The Hermitage offers lantern ghost tours on select dates from September 18 to November 9, 2019. The evening tours feature stories about Andrew Jackson, the Bell Witch, and the Battle of New Orleans. Tickets are $35.

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Jack’s Pumpkin Glow: A Pumpkin Wonderland

October 3-27, 2019

Jack’s Pumpkin Glow: A Pumpkin Wonderland is a month-long attraction from Thursday to Sunday, October 3-27, 2019, at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. This family-friendly event takes place Thursday through Sunday each week and features a pumpkin wonderland with more than 5,000 decorated jack o’lanterns, a pumpkin patch, live carving demonstrations, and more!

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Halloween at Hogwarts

October 5, 2019

Halloween at Hogwarts with the Nashville Symphony is Saturday, October 5, 2019, starting at 10:00am at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Enjoy live music from the Harry Potter films, the Instrument Petting Zoo, crafts, a book nook, and more. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite costumes. The event is open to all ages.

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Boo at the Zoo

October 11-13, 18-20, 24-27, 2019

Boo at the Zoo is an opportunity for kids to dress up in their costume and trick-or-treat, play games, jump on a hayride, and enjoy rides at the Nashville Zoo. There are 10 dates to choose from between October 11-27, 2019. This annual Halloween tradition at the Nashville Zoo is very popular. Tickets range from $14 to $19 per person (free for ages 2 and under).

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Twisted Tennessee: Two Sides to Every Tale

October 12, 2019

Twisted Tennessee: Two Sides to Every Tale is on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Historic Travellers Rest. The event will take you through a journey of Tennessee history with impersonators telling twisted tales from the past. Tickets are $10-$60.

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Nashville Zombie Walk

October 13, 2019

The annual Nashville Zombie Walk is Sunday, October 13, 2019, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best zombie outfits. There will be a group photo, walk, and after party. The event is free to attend and open to all ages.

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Painting Pumpkins with Shenanigoats

October 20 & 27, 2019

Paint pumpkins to take home and pet goats during Painting Pumpkins with Shenanigoats on Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm or Sunday, October 27, 2019, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. The family-friendly event is open to all ages. The goats will be dressed up and guests are encouraged to wear their costumes, too. Tickets are $25 per person.


Costume Paddle

Saturday, October 26, 2019 

Nashville Paddle Co. and Cumberland Kayak are hosting the annual Halloween Costume Paddle on Sunday, October 26, 2019, from Noon to 2:00pm. Show up in your best Halloween costume. The event is free if you bring your own paddleboard or kayak. If you don’t have your own, paddleboard and kayak rentals are available for $32 per person. Attendees will launch from the East Bank on the Cumberland River.

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Halloween at the Mansion

October 26, 2019

Halloween at the Mansion is on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Two Rivers Mansion. The family-friendly event will feature pumpkin painting, hay rides, a haunted basement, storytelling, food, music, and more. Admission is $10 per car load.

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October 26, 2019

Pumpkinfest is on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10:00am to 7:00pm throughout downtown Franklin. This is the 36th year of Pumpkinfest and one of the best family-friendly events in the area. There are costume contests and activities for the kiddos as well as food vendors, live music, and artisan booths. Over 65,000 people attend this annual fall festival.

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Halloween Movie Night: Metropolis – Silent Film

October 30, 2019

The Nashville Symphony presents Halloween Movie Night: Metropolis – Silent Film with Organ on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The show starts at 7:00pm. Enjoy the screening of the 1927 silent movie classic accompanied by the scary sounds of organist Peter Krasinski. Come in costume! Tickets start at $42.

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El Día de los Muertos 

November 2, 2019

El Día de los Muertos at Cheekwood is on November 2, 2019, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The festival respects the Day of the Dead celebration for Mexican and Latin American cultures with decorations, music, and displays. There will also be a marketplace and kids activities.

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Did we leave off a fun family-friendly Halloween event or activity in Nashville? Tell us about it in the comments!

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