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

Wednesday, September 27th – Saturday, November 11th
Nashville Ghost Tours are offered from September 27, 2017 through November 11, 2017. All of these tours offer Nashville facts, legends, and true ghost stories. There are three different tours and the most kid-friendly tour is the Haunted Nashville Downtown Tour, which is 90-minutes and all ages. There is one other tour that allows kids 7 years old and up, which is the Nashville Hearse Tour and is 60-minutes.

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Halloween Movie Night: Nosferatu

Tuesday, October 31st
The Nashville Symphony presents Halloween Movie Night: Nosferatu on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, starting at 6:00pm. The 1922 vampire classic silent movie Nosferatu will be accompanied by live organ played by Peter Krasinski. Attendees can expect food trucks, a photo booth, a costume contest, prizes, and ticket giveaways. Halloween cocktails will also be available for purchase. Tickets start at $20.

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Ghost Tours at The Hermitage

Wednesday, October 4th – Tuesday, October 31st
The Hermitage offers lantern ghost tours on select dates from October 4, 2017 through October 31, 2017. The evening tours feature stories about Andrew Jackson, the Bell Witch, and the Battle of New Orleans.

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The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience

Thursday, October 12th – Sunday, October 29th
THE GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Experience
is opening October 12, 2017, at The Fontanel and will run Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night through Halloween. This is a family-friendly Halloween event that features 5,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns. Stroll through the grounds of The Fontanel in Whites Creek, Tennessee while enjoying the glow of the carved pumpkins. Other family-oriented activities will include costume contests, pumpkin painting classes, and face painting. Tickets are $10 per kid and $16 per adult.

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Boo at the Zoo

Friday, October 13th – Sunday, October 29th
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 do rides at the Nashville Zoo. There are ten dates to choose from between October 13-29, 2017. This annual Halloween tradition at the Nashville Zoo is very popular. Tickets range from $13 to $17 per person.

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Saturday, October 28th
Pumpkinfest is on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00am to 6:00pm throughout downtown Franklin. This is the 34th year of Pumpkinfest and one of the best family-friendly events in town. 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 great fall festival.

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El Día de los Muertos 

Saturday, October 28th
El Día de los Muertos at Cheekwood is on Saturday, October 28, 2017, 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

Saturday, October 28th
Nashville Paddle Co. is hosting their annual Halloween Costume Paddle on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from Noon until 1:30pm. Show up in your best Halloween costume. You can bring your own paddleboard for free or rent one for $29. Experienced paddleboarders only. If you’d rather kayak, bring your own kayak for free or rent one for $29 from Cumberland Kayak or River Queen Voyages.  They will launch from the East Bank on the Cumberland River.

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Twisted Tennessee: Two Sides to Every Tale

Friday, October 13th
Twisted Tennessee: Two Sides to Every Tale is on Friday, October 13, 2017, 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 $15 for adults and $7.50 for kids 10 to 15 years old.

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Photo Credit: Pumpkinfest / Heritage Foundation


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