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.


Nashville Ghost Tours

Daily Tours

Nashville Ghost Tours take place every day of the week. All of these tours offer Nashville facts, legends, and true ghost stories. There are two kid-friendly tours, including the Haunted Downtown Tour (all ages and 90 minutes) and the Hearse Ghost Tour (7+ years old and 60 minutes).

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Ghost Tours at The Hermitage

September 21, 2018 – November 10, 2018

The Hermitage offers lantern ghost tours on select dates from September 21 to November 10, 2018. The evening tours feature stories about Andrew Jackson, the Bell Witch, and the Battle of New Orleans.

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Boo at the Zoo

October 12-28, 2018

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 11 dates to choose from between October 12-28, 2018. This annual Halloween tradition at the Nashville Zoo is very popular. Tickets range from $13 to $17 per person (free for ages 2 and under).

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Twisted Tennessee: Two Sides to Every Tale

October 12, 2018

Twisted Tennessee: Two Sides to Every Tale is on Friday, October 12, 2018, 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 $8-$50.

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Nashville Zombie Walk

October 21, 2018 

The annual Nashville Zombie Walk is Sunday, October 21, 2018, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm starting at Public Square Park. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best zombie outfits and bring non-perishable food donations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. 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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Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas with the Nashville Symphony

October 25-26, 2018

The Nashville Symphony will perform the score live during Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Thursday and Friday, October 25-26, 2018, starting at 7:00pm. Come in costume, and visit the website for a coloring page to bring to the concert for a chance to win prizes. Tickets are $55-$78. All ages are welcome.

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Halloween at the Mansion

October 27, 2018

Halloween at the Mansion is on Saturday, October 27, 2018, 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 free. 

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Pumpkinfest

October 27, 2018

Pumpkinfest is on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10:00am to 6:00pm throughout downtown Franklin. This is the 35th 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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El Día de los Muertos 

October 27, 2018

El Día de los Muertos at Cheekwood is on Saturday, October 27, 2018, 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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Costume Paddle

October 28, 2018

Nashville Paddle Co. and Cumberland Kayak are hosting the annual Halloween Costume Paddle on Sunday, October 28, 2018, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. 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 $29 per person. Attendees will launch from the East Bank on the Cumberland River.

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Halloween Movie Night: Phantom of the Opera

October 30, 2018

The Nashville Symphony presents Halloween Movie Night: Phantom of the Opera on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The festivities begin at 6:00pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm. Enjoy the screening of the 1925 silent movie classic accompanied by the scary sounds of organist Peter Krasinski. Come in costume! Attendees can expect a photo booth, a costume contest, prizes, and ticket giveaways. Halloween cocktails will also be available for purchase. Tickets start at $18.

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Science Spooktacular

October 31, 2018

Science Spooktacular: A Family-Friendly Halloween Celebration is Wednesday, October 31, 2018, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the Adventure Science Center. The event will feature a variety of activities, exhibits, and presentations like the Moon Walk, Candy Carnival, Frankenstudio, Quarantine Zone, Spooktacular Variety Show, and much more. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and teens, $15 for youth, and free for children under 2. Members receive $5 off ticket prices.

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