With over 215 years of history and happenings, what better place to spend Halloween than in Knoxville, Tennessee? Knoxville has everything a fright seeker desires; from special ghost tours, pumpkin patches, monster mashes, eerie explorations through some of the region’s most historic sites, extravaganzas and more! There’s something guaranteed to raise every hair and chill every bone! Here’s a look at what lies ahead:
Frightworks (Now-October 31)
Be ready for a scaretastic time at Frightworks Haunted House at its new location in Powell. Opening night is Friday, September 28. This haunted house has various dates and times and admission is $20. For more information visitwww.frightworks.com.
Life Down on the Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (Now - October 31)
This corn maze and pumpkin patch has fun for all ages with hayrides, a critter corner, corn box, playground, cow train rides, jump pillows, bonfires and a pumpkin patch. Make your way through the corn maze and enjoy all the activities that the Life Down on the Farm location has to offer.
Admission is $11 age 3 and up. For more information visit www.lifedownonthefarm.com or call 865-229-MAZE (6293).
Terror in the Old City (Now - November 3)
Notorious serial killer Dr. Henry Howard Holmes aka Herman Mudgett once resided right here on E Jackson Avenue. In the late 1890′s Dr. Holmes fled his residence in Chicago, later dubbed “The Murder Castle” in fear that the authorities were nearing the truth about what went on behind those doors. Holmes had constructed an intricate three story home filled with more than one “torture chamber”. The home contained winding hallways that led no where, doors that opened to brick walls, secret panels, hidden passages in the walls and hidden stairways. We are opening the house for tours. The Old City will be filled with the screams of Dr. Holmes victims this Halloween for the first time in over 100 years. Are you ready for Terror in the Old City? A wristband from the Haunted House also gets you free admission to Southbound, NV, and Carleo’s. You get $2 off a large cheese pizza at DaVinci’s Pizza and Calzones as well as 10% of at Lil’ Vinnie’s Italian restaurant. Please call for ticket prices and group rates (865) 544-8835 or visit http://deviouscreations.com/admission/.
House of Fear (October 12-13, 19-20, 26-31)
Looking to feed your fears this October?!? THIS ISN'T YOUR AVERAGE HAUNTED HOUSE! The "House of Fear" is the BEST experience you will find in the Knoxville area! We have 9 "Fear Experiences" that will leave you thrilled...in a creepy kind of way! Is your fear spiders? What about Clowns? Maybe your fear is the #1 fear...death! It doesn't matter. Your "Fears" will be uncovered in the "House of Fear!" Cost $10 for all ages. For more information, visit www.thefearhouse.com.
Boo! At the Zoo (October 12-13, 18-21, and 25-30)
BOO! at the Zoo, a Halloween tradition for 26 years, is a family event featuring devilishly good music and games at the Monster Mash tent in The Clayton Family Kids Cove, your favorite costumed characters throughout the zoo, and the only "haunted" carousel in East Tennessee, the Scary-Go-Round. (How can you tell it's haunted? It goes backwards, of course.) The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 per person, two and under are free. Please visit www.knoxville-zoo.org/events-and-activities/boo-at-the-zoo for more information.
Haunted History Cruises (October 11 - 14, 18, 19, 21, 25-28, and 31)
Hop aboard the TRACE 1 for this family-friendly 45 minute Haunted History Cruise. Join Captain Sam Clemens and Ms. Drusilla for a fun and entertaining cruise to hear some of the spookiest events in the Knoxville riverfront area. Cruises depart at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.navcal.com.
Knoxville Zombie Walk (October 13)
The Knoxville Zombie Walk will take place in Market Square of downtown Knoxville. The walk starts at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Market Square Stage. For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/21004605206/.
HearthScares Tour (October 18 - 31)
Come and join the spirits for a tour of Downtown Knoxville’s scariest landmarks. The tours which last approximately 1 and 1/2 hours each, will visit the sites of some of Knoxville’s best kept secrets. Stories for this year include; the legend of Knoxville’s own Frankenstein, Knoxville’s first mass murderer, John Roberts, and the Spirit of the Tennessee Theatre. This year’s tour will also include the story of “Hank’s Last Ride” and will be about one and a half miles in length. All tours began and end at James White’s Fort located at the intersection of Hill Avenue and Hall of Fame Drive. Ample free parking is available for tour participants at the Fort. Tours are given Monday through Friday, October 18, 19, 22, 23, 29 & 30th. Tours will depart at 7:00 p.m. each evening. Each tour will end with a marshmallow roast around the fires at the Fort. Admission for Adults 16 and over will be $10.00 and $6.00 for children ages 6 – 15. Reservations are requested for large groups of 12 or more and may be made by calling the Fort at (865)525 – 6514. Visit www.jameswhitesfort.org.
Trick or Treating in the Cave (October 19-20, 26-31)
Cherokee Caverns will offer a family-friendly event for Halloween 2012 with the 1st Annual Trick Or Treating in the Cave. The new Halloween event will be safe and fun for all ages but focused on your kids! Make plans to deck them out in their favorite Halloween costumes and bring their treat bags so we can load them up with tricks and treats! The path through the cave is safe and well-lit and is stroller and wheelchair accessible. Trick or Treating in the Cave will be open October 19th & 20th from 5:30pm-8:30pm and October 26th thru the 31st from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Admission will be $7.00 per person for ages 2 & up. For more information visit www.cherokeecaverns.com.
Zombie Movie Night at Ijams Nature Center (Friday, October 19)
Come on, come all to a night of the undead. On October 19, Ijams Presents: Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Shaun of the Dead. There will also be zombie short films provided by the Knoxville Horror Film Fest. Enjoy a night of food, beer, music, fire hooping and more. Cost is $10 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and movies start at dusk, around 7:30 p.m. Come dressed as the best zombie and leave with a prize! www.ijams.org
See the official Zombie Movie Night flyer here
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Saturday, October 20)
While driving home during a rain filled night straight-laced, newly-engaged lovebirds Brad and Janet, by chance, end up at the castle of one Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his strange and bizarre entourage to find that he's having a party. This is no ordinary party and no ordinary night. This is the unveiling of the Dr's latest creation: Rocky; A man-made Adonis that will give...absolute pleasure. This is an exceedingly grand visual and musical camp satire of the golden days of the B-movie horror and science-fiction genres. Projected along with a musical soundtrack to give "audience participation" a new meaning.
Anyone under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Doors open at 10:00 p.m. Tickets will be $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for seniors 60 years of age or over & children under 13. Visit www.tennesseetheatre.com or call (865) 684-1200 for more information.
Knoxville Horror Film Festival (October 25-27)
The 4th Annual Knoxville Horror Fest features shocking short films with submissions from around the region and the world. This three night film festival has an admission of $10 per night or $25 for a festival pass. For more information visit www.knoxvillehorrorfest.com.
2nd Annual HearthScares Ball presented by James White's Fort (Friday, October 26)
On Friday, October 26, put on your favorite Halloween costumes and join the fun for this "howling" good party at James White's Fort. Event will include music by the Chillbillies, an appetizer buffet, spooky decorations, silent auction and assorted Halloween hi-jinks. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information visit www.jameswhitesfort.org/events/hearth-scares-ball or call 865-525-6514. All proceeds benefit James White’s Fort and its preservation and educational programs.
Freaky Friday Fright Nite (Friday, October 26)
Calling all ghosts and goblins! The Town of Farragut will host Freaky Friday Fright Nite from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Mayor Bob Leonard Park on Watt Road. The event will provide a safe place for children to participate in Halloween activities while benefiting the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House.
Children age 12 and under in costume are invited to “trick or treat” around the walk trail at the park. Local businesses, community groups and Town volunteers will hand out the treats, provide games with prizes, assist with cookie decorating and serve refreshments. For more information about Freaky Friday Fright Nite, visit www.townoffarragut.org.
Friday Night 5K Zombie Run (Friday, October 26)
The Friday Night 5k is a annual event hosted by Clinic Vols, a University of Tennessee student organization that staffs over 10 elementary school clinics in Knoxville with over 400 volunteers. Proceeds from the Friday Night 5k go directly to stocking clinics with all necessary supplies and training our volunteers, as well as to support the local Knox Area Chapter American Red Cross. This year's Friday Night 5k will be a "Zombie Run," so dress your best for the costume contest! The race begins on the Pedestrian Walkway on the UT Camppus at 6 p.m. You can register online at ZombieRun2012.edgereg.com.
Halloween Comedy Booze Cruise (Friday, October 26)
The 15th installment of the Comedy Booze Cruise is a costume party to celebrate our favorite holiday of the year. Comedians J.C. Ratliff, Taylor Hiner, Dugan Broadhurst, Grady Ray, Michael Dougherty and Dave Wright will be on hand bringing the funny. The Comedy Booze Cruise is a two hour riverboat cruise on the Tennessee River and Lake Loudon. An ADULT stand-up comedy show is held on the boat and two cash bars are available. This is the 1 year anniversary show for the Comedy Booze Cruise! For more information visit http://www.fanfueled.com/Event/Details/3584-halloween-comedy-booze-cruise-1-year-anniversary-cruise
"Halloween Haunts and Haints" at Marble Springs (Saturday, October 27)
Enjoy trick or treating at the historic buildings; haunted trail; period children’s craft activities; prize raffle, and, of course, storytelling for the young & young at heart! A costume parade & contest will begin at 5:15 pm. Admission: $5.00 16+, $3 ages 4 – 15, ages 3 & under are FREE; Family cap at $20.00; Parking is free. A Rain date is scheduled for November 3 in the event of cancellation due to inclement weather. For more information, visit www.marblesprings.net.
Boo at the Barn hosted by Horse Haven (Saturday, October 27)
Come and 'Nicker Treat' with the horses at Horse Haven of Tennessee. This is a free event that volunteers put on to say thank you to the public for their continued support. There are treats for the kids, smores by the campfire, donuts and cider, face painting, story telling and a special haunted barn for the not so weak of heart. This year there will be a pumpkin decorating contest. Bring your pumpkin and compete in different catagorys for special prizes. All the pumpkins will be donated afterwards to the childrens hospital to help them celebrate. The event takes place from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.horsehaventn.org/events/ or call (865) 609-4030.
Trick or Trees (Saturday, October 27)
Join us for the second Trick or Trees. Scare yourself silly as you take part in 5 different activity stations throughout the UT Gardens. Learn about bats, jack-o-lanterns, and other creepy crawly creatures, and make a ghostly craft to take home. Don’t forget to wear your best costume. Cost: $6 per child (12 and under) Time: Noon - 4 p.m. To register visit https://web.dii.utk.edu/agstore/p-2823-2012-ut-gardens-trick-or-trees-event-october-27-from-noon-to-400-pm-entry-per-child.aspx.
Philtoberfest Masquerade on Market Square (Saturday, October 27)
This event combines Phil Pollard's birthday, All Hallows Eve, Celtic pirates, bearded humans, and a masquerade ball for a Big Big Party with proceeds benefiting the children of Phil Pollard. At 3 p.m., Big Beer taps, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The Phileroompah Bearded Humans Band, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Hudson K & her Dark Karnival, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuatha Dea, Biz'Cirque & Dendarah (celtic drumming, fire dancers & vampyres) and 8:30-10 p.m. Cutthroat Shamrock pirate masquerade ball. For more information visit http://www.facebook.com/events/380856338650554/.
Happy Hollerpalooza (Saturday, October 27)
The 7th Annual Happy Hollerpalooza Street Fair. Saturday, October 27th, 12-5 PM. Free prize drawings, ice cream, kids bounce houses, live music, vintage motorcycle show and tons of other things going on all day. Best of all there is no admission and plenty of free parking! Come on down to the "Holler" and enjoy a day of fun for the the whole family! The event takes place in a closed section of North Central Street, between Baxter Avenue and Scott Street in Historic Happy Holler.
Thriller on the River (Saturday, October 27)
4th annual Costume Party hosted by 106.1 The River on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. Boarding is from 9:00-10:00 p.m. and the boat sails from 10:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Music, Dancing, Door Prizes, Grand Prize for best costume! $20.00 advance tickets, $25.00 at door. For more info or reservations call 865-525-7827.
Vampire Masquerade (Sunday, October 28)
Vampire Masquerade Party with boarding between 8:00-9:00 p.m. and boat sails from 9:00-11:00 p.m. Music, Dancing, Cash Bar, Light Hors d'oeuvres. $20.00 advance tickets $25.00 at the door. For more info or reservations call 865-525-7827.
Trunk or Treat (Wednesday, October 31)
Come one, come all! Family Christian Fellowships's Annual Trunk Or Treat is October 31st at 8 p.m. There will be FREE food, smiling faces, games, prizes, & of course CANDY! Our whole parking lot and facility will be decorated & you'll never forget this experience! We are located at 6518 Chapman Hwy (in Chapman Ford Crossing Shopping Center). Call 865-679-4738 for more details!
Halloween Murder Mystery Cruise (Wednesday, October 31)
Come join the Star of Knoxville for murder most foul on Halloween. A live action stage play unfolds while you enjoy a delicious bar-b-que buffet. Solve the mystery of the killer's identity and win a special "I Solved the Murder" Tshirt. Boarding is at 6.30 p.m. and the cruise sails from 7:00-9:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.tnriverboat.com.
Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours
Join Famed Haunted Knoxville Tours on a One-of-a-Kind Paranormal Investigation Ghost Tour. In their third year touring around Knoxville, see why Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours continues to receive rave reviews. Highlights include learning how the Professionals do it! Use real Paranormal Investigation Tools. Meet Certified Paranormal Investigators and Famed Ghost Hunters! Listen to the Case File from our Historians about some of Knoxville’s Infamous and Commonly deadly altercations’ which happened on the Streets you walk on. Come face to Face with Spirits who are Haunting the Streets of Downtown Knoxville. Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours, Knoxville's most exciting Late Night Adventure... Let our Certified Paranormal Investigator's guide you through Historic Knoxville teaching you the Cities History and help you, "BE The Investigator." Reservations required! For updated tour schedule, please visit us at: www.knoxghost.com or call 865-377-9677.