It’s the spooky season of the year again, and several events in Middle Tennessee are scheduled to celebrate the holiday.
If you’re looking for happenings to fill your to-do list for Halloween 2021, a list of offerings is below.
Boo at the Zoo
October 19-24, October 26-30 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night
3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, Tenn.
Boo at the Zoo returns at Nashville Zoo starting Friday, October 15. Promised are lit scenes, pumpkin patches, hay creatures, a Monster Mash dance area, and what the zoo calls the Scary Go-Round carousel, along with nightly animal shows. Ten trick-or-treat stations will also include a glow-in-the-dark souvenir cup for children.
For the safety of guests and employees, each night of Boo at the Zoo will have capacity limits. Masks are required indoors and encouraged outdoors.
Tickets for Friday through Sunday walk-throughs are $20. Tuesday through Thursday tickets are $18. Children under 2 have free access. Because of the reduced capacity, the Nashville Zoo expects Thursday through Sunday tickets to sell out quickly and recommends the advance purchase of tickets for those days.
More information is available on the Nashville Zoo website.
Barfield Bash Carnival – Free
October 22-23 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night
Barfield Crescent Park
697 Veterans Parkway, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
The City of Murfreesboro is putting on the Barfield Bash Carnival at Barfield Crescent Park on Friday, October 22. Games and prizes, along with a costume contest, are promised. Guests can also expect storytime, a "paranormal petting zoo" and a fortune teller. Admission to the Barfield Bash is free. More information is available on the Murfreesboro website.
Halloween Pooch Parade
October 23 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, Tenn.
Cheekwood is throwing its annual Halloween Pooch Parade on Saturday, October 23. Cheekwood members have free access, while non-members must pay up to $20 for adults. Pooch Parade tickets are "gardens only" tickets. Cheekwood notes that dogs are not allowed inside any of the buildings on site.
More information and tickets are available on the Cheekwood website.
Pumpkin Painting Party – Free
October 23 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Linebaugh Public Library
105 West Vine Street, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
In preparation for their annual pumpkin painting contest, Linebaugh Public Library is holding a painting party on Saturday, October 23. Pumpkins can be painted and decorated with the library's supplies. Pumpkins that have already been decorated can also be brought in for submission into the contest; however, carved pumpkins are not being accepted.
This event is free. More information is available on the Rutherford County Library System website.
Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival – Free
October 23 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tennessee State Museum
1000 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, Tenn.
After being presented virtually last year, the Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival will return this year to the Tennessee State Museum. The event is free. Guests can enjoy snacks, crafts, a scavenger hunt, demonstrations of the museum's 18th-century printing press, and games on the lawn of the museum.
In keeping with the name of the festival, storytellers will also be present to deliver ghost stories. Additionally, the Nashville Puppet Truck will be there to present "The Ordeal of Dr. Trifulgus," an adaptation of a short story originally penned by Jules Verne. That presentation is recommended for ages 8 and up.
All information for this event is available on the Tennessee State Museum website.
Halloween in the Park – Mount Juliet – Free
October 23 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Charlie Daniels Park
1075 Charlie Daniels Parkway, Mount Juliet, Tenn.
The City of Mount Juliet is hosting Halloween in the Park at Charlie Daniels Park. This is a free event.
Details can be found on the Mount Juliet website.
Halloween in the Park – Goodlettsville – Free
October 23 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
745 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Halloween in the Park in Goodlettsville promises games, food vendors, inflatables, a pumpkin patch, a DJ, dancing, photo booths, and crafts. The event is free.
Details are on the Goodlettsville website.
Goblins and Goodies at the Park – Free
October 23 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Park
115 Floyd Mayfield Drive, La Vergne, Tenn.
Another free event, Goblins, and Goodies at the Park will include games and a hike through the park, which will offer trick-or-treating opportunities from local organizations and businesses. Details are available on the La Vergne website.
Halloween in the Park – Smyrna – Free*
October 23 – 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sharp Springs Park
1000 Espey Drive, Smyrna, Tenn.
Smyrna Parks and Recreation is putting on Halloween in the Park at Sharp Springs Park this year. Games and a costume contest will be available. The event itself is free, but additional activities at the event will charge. That includes a $2 corn maze and a $1 hayride.
Additional information is available on the Town of Smyrna website.
October 23 – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
The Avenue Murfreesboro
2615 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
October 29 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gallatin City Square
October 30 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Honeysuckle Hill Farm
1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield, Tenn.
Trunk or Treat at Lakeshore Christian Church – Antioch and Smyrna – Free
October 30 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
5434 Bell Forge Lane East, Antioch, Tenn.
6600 New Nashville Highway #110, Smyrna, Tenn.
October 30 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2807 Memorial Boulevard, Springfield, Tenn.
October 30 – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friendship Community Church
15285 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory, Tenn.
October 31 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Music City Food Truck Park
400 East Davidson Street, Nashville, Tenn.
October 31 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Stones River Town Centre
1720 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
October 31 – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
First Baptist Church, Gallatin
205 East Main Street, Gallatin, Tenn.