Halloween is almost here, which means plenty of fun, and spooky, activities in and around Nashville. From family-friendly trick-or-treating, to haunted history tours and more, we’ve found 12 things to do this weekend in Music City.
1. Nashville Predators Drive-Thru Fangfest
Ice hockey might look different this year, but the Nashville Predators are still engaging with their fans. The ice hockey team will host Nashville Predators Drive-Thru Fangfest at the Ford Ice Center in either Bellevue or Antioch, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 31, for trick-or-treating, costume contests and more, all from the comfort of your own car. Registration is strongly encouraged.
2. Nashville Farmers Market Monster Mash
Nashville Farmers Market is hosting a free Monster Mash on October 31. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume, with apples and candy given out while supplies last. A separate area for dancing for those in costume will also be available.
3. Ryman Auditorium Haunted History Tours
The Ryman Auditorium will host a Haunted History Tour on October 30 and 31, from 7:00 to 11:00 PM. Tours will begin every 15 minutes, and groups are limited to sizes of ten people or less. The Haunted History Tour includes “history behind unexplained sightings and occurrences,” as well as access beneath the stage, and a photo to commemorate your evening. Guests are encouraged to dress in costume.
4. Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage House Ghost Tours
The Hermitage Ghost Tours run through November 8, so if your Halloween weekend gets too busy, there’s still time to catch this fun attraction. The tours, which take place Wednesday through Sunday, at both 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, explores the mansion and its grounds by the light of a lantern. Tours also include a tasting from the Natchez Hills Winery tasting room.
5. Fable Lounge Halloween Costume Competition
Dig out that costume and head to Fable Lounge for their annual Halloween costume competition on October 31. In addition to enjoying specialty cocktails and fall menu items, there will also be a contest for the best costumes. The judging begins at 8;30 PM, with winners announced at 10:00 PM. Categories include Best Couple, Scariest, Funniest, Most Sultry and Most Unique. Prizes will be awarded.
6. Cheekwood Estate & Gardens Howl’Oween
Cheekwood Estate & Gardens will host Howl’Oween, letting even dogs get in on the Halloween celebration. Guests are invited to bring their dogs (on a leash) during the day, from when Cheekwood opens at 9:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Pets will also be entered in a virtual costume contest.
7. Nashville Zoo Boo at the Zoo
The Nashville Zoo is hosting a Boo at the Zoo, running through October 30, from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM nightly. The event includes Pumpkin Town photo opportunities, Gourdon the Talking Pumpkin, a hay maze, Monster Mash dance area, a scary merry-go-round, trick or treat stations and more. Advance ticket purchase is required.
8. Gaylord Opryland’s Goblins and Giggles
Explore the six acres of indoor gardens at Gaylord’s Opryland Hotel. The Goblins and Giggles event, which runs through October 31, includes a scavenger hunt to find Spookley the Square Pumpkin, a Jack o’ Lantern Walk, trick or treating, animal encounters and more.
9. Hermitage Hotel High Tea and Treats
The Hermitage Hotel is taking a twist on its daily afternoon tea event with the High Teas and Treats, taking place on October 31 at 2:00 PM. The socially-distanced event will include food, music, entertainment and more. Costumes are encouraged, with prizes given. Reservations strongly encouraged.
10. Redneck Riviera Halloweekend
Enjoy two days (and nights) of fun at John Rich’s Redneck Riviera, for their Halloweekend. Costume contests will be held at 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 and 10:00 PM both days, along with specialty drinks, including Jello shots.
11. Adventure Science Center Fright Light
Adventure Science Center will add a spooky twist to their laser show, with Fright Light, taking place from October 29 to October 31. The 40-minute show is set to a backdrop of scary music, including “Dead Man’s Party,” the theme song to The Addams Family, “Thriller” and more.
12. Pumpkin Patches
Most pumpkin patches are open at least through October 31. From Waldern Farms to Lucky Ladd and more, we’ve compiled a list of nine of our favorites.