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Top Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in Nashville

Published Sep 30, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Get in the Halloween spirit this year by taking the family to these amazing events! Here's the top kid-friendly Halloween events in Nashville 2019.

It is never too early to start planning for spooktacular Halloween events in Nashville!

This October there are so many exciting events - from face painting, pumpkin carving, bike rides, spooky houses, and even trick-or-treating! Here at Chatterblock, we won't let you miss any of these fun Halloween events!

1. Boo at the Zoo

Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for Boo at the Zoo. Bring the whole family out to partake in delightfully frightful fun during this annual Halloween tradition! Tickets include trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides, magic shows, and more.

When: Thursdays-Sundays from October 11-27, 5pm-9pm

Where: Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

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2. Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival

One of the State Museum’s most popular events is back at the NEW location. There will be chilling ghost stories from Tennessee’s past along with prizes, and craft activities. Wear your costume, the costume parade begins at noon. Refreshments available until supplies run out.

When: October 26, 10am-3pm

Where: Tennessee State Museum 

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3. Pumpkinfest

Pumpkinfest is Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival that's returning for its 36th year. With over 65,000 people in attendance, the festival stretches along Main Street in downtown Franklin and offers tons of festive fun for families! There will be costume contests, a kids zone, a chili cook-off, craft vendors, live entertainment, and much more!

When: October 26, 10am-7pm

Where: Historic Downtown Franklin 

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4. Cheekwood Harvest & Halloween Activities

There's heaps of special events brewing to celebrate fall and Halloween at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum. Their six-week celebration has activities for kids, adults, and families everyday from September 21 to October 27. Take a fall stroll through the garden or participate in Cheekwood's lineup of signature events, such as the Halloween Pooch Parade taking place on October 26 from 9am to 4pm. 

When: September 21-October 27, 9am-5pm

Where: Cheekwood

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5. Halloween at the Mansion 

Halloween at the Mansion is an annually event that occurs on the last Saturday in October before Halloween. It features activities for children, such as trick or treating, pumpkin painting, story telling, a candy trail, and lots more.

When: October 26, 4pm-8pm

Where: Two Rivers Mansion

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6. Nashville Zombie Walk 2019

Dress in your best zombie outfit and bring a non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennesee, then join in for the big group walk and scare your city! This event is free and open to all ages.

When: October 13, 3pm-5pm

Where: Nashville Public Square Park

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7. Hemitage Ghost Tours

What's spookier than visiting parts of your city and learning about the ghosts who have walked among us? The Hermitage offers lantern ghost tours throughout the month. You'll be taken on a lantern-lighted tour of the mansion grounds at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. You'll hear spooky stories and possibly and possibly even encounter ghosts. 

When: September 18-November 9, 7pm & 9pm

Where: Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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Photo Credit: Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

8. The GLOW: A Pumpkin Wonderland

In addition to ghost tours, Jackson's Hermitage is also hosting Jack's Pumpkin Glow this Halloween season. During evenings in October, families are invited to take a walk through the grounds to admire thousands of expertly-carved jack-o-lanterns. Master carvers will also be on site demonstrating their artistry. There will be snacks and drinks for purchase. This is NOT a scary event. 

When: October 3-27

Where: Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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9. Honeysuckle Hill Farm 2019 Fall Festival

Back for another year, the Honeysuckle Hill Farm Festival is a chance for families to create lasting memories. Starting in September, the festival has over 30 activities for kids and adults day and night including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, pig races, a zip line, house of fun, and much more. There will also be fireworks every Saturday night. 

When: September 21-November 2

Where: Honeysuckle Hill Farm

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Looking for more Halloween Events in Nashville? You can visit our popular Halloween Events page.

Know of another event worth sharing? Let us know in the comments!

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