Top Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in Nashville

Published Oct 4, 2018 | Updated Nov 7, 2018

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 2018.

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! We at Chatterblock 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 presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. Bring the whole family out to partake in delightfully frightful fun during this annual Halloween tradition! Tickets include: trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides and more.

Friday - Sunday October 12th-14th
Thursday-Sunday, October 18th-21st and October 25th-28th
5-9pm Nightly

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere


2. Haunted Museum Ghost Story 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.

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 10am-3pm
Tennessee State Museum 


3. Pumpkinfest

Pumpkinfest is Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival that will return in it’s 35th year. With over 65,000 people in attendance, the festival stretches along Main Street in downtown Franklin, and its avenues, and offers tons of festive fun for families!

Saturday October 27th, 2018 from 10am-6pm
Historic Downtown Franklin 


4. Cheekwood Harvest & Halloween Activities

There's heaps of special events brewing to celebrate fall, Halloween and more at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum.

Cheekwood Harvest - 5 weekends of Harvest activities from September 22nd-October 21st
Halloween Pooch Parade - Saturday October 20th, 2018 from 9am-5pm
El Dia de los Muertos - Saturday October 27th, 2018 from 9am-5pm
Goblins in the Garden - Trick or treating on Tuesday October 30th from 10am to Noon


5. Halloween at the Mansion 

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

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 from 4:30pm-7:30pm
Two Rivers Mansion


6. Nashville Zombie Walk

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! Free and open to all ages.

Sunday, October 21st, 2018 from 3pm-5pm
Public Square Park


7. Take a Ghost Tour

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, and Nashville Ghost Tours has certain tours designed specifically for families: the Haunted Downtown Tour (all ages and 90 minutes) or the Hearse Ghost Tour (7+ and 60 minutes).



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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