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Family-Friendly Halloween Events


It’s the spookiest time of year in Nashville! Halloween weekend is upon us and there’s truly something fun for everyone. Take a look below at the most festive events of the season!


1. Boo at the Zoo

When: Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 4-27, various times

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Where: Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

What: Trick-or-treating, Howl-O-Ween Hayride, animal/science/magic shows, carnival games, bounce houses, dance parties, and see some of your favorite zoo animals!



2. Halloween Costume Paddle


When: Oct. 26, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: East Bank of the Cumberland River

What: Dress up and paddle down the river with Cumberland Kayak and Nashville Paddle Company! Costume contests for dogs and owners, popsicle-eating contest, kid activities, and more! Rent a kayak or participate for free if you bring your own!


3. Halloween at the Mansion

When: Oct. 26, 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Where: Two Rivers Mansion

What: Storytelling, a haunted basement, pumpkin painting, hayrides, food, music and more!


4. Pumpkinfest

When: Oct. 26, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Where: Downtown Franklin

What: Dress up and stroll the streets of downtown Franklin for the largest fall festival in middle Tennessee! Costume contests, pumpkin carvings, food vendors, kid zones, live entertainment and more!


5. Halloween Movie Night – Metropolis – Silent Film

When: Oct. 30, 7:00 pm

Where: Schermerhorn Symphony Center

What: Come to the Schermerhorn in costume to enjoy the 1927 silent film, Metropolis, accompanied by the scary sounds of organist, Peter Krasinski.


6. Jack’s Pumpkin Glow

When: Now – Oct. 27, various times

Where: The Hermitage

What: A jack-o-lantern extravaganza! More than 5,000 pumpkin carvings including some larger than life displays!


7. Nashville Haunted Tours

When: Now – Nov. 9, various times

Where: Downtown Nashville

What: Explore the spooky side of Music City on a Nashville Haunted Tour! Your lantern-bearing tour guide will take you on a half mile journey around downtown Nashville and tell you haunted stories that might send chills up your spine!


8. Halloween Movie Series

When: Fridays during October

Where: Tailgate Brewery

What: Free outdoor Halloween movies starting at dark every Friday throughout October. Bring a blanket and your dog!



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