Knoxville Halloween Events
Fall is the time of year for football, colorful leaves, fresh apple cider, pumpkins, corn mazes, hayrides and a multitude of spooktacular events for a frightfully fun time!
When you're done with the fun, come sit for a spell and have some brew at one of our local breweries or take in a bite of delicious cuisine at any of our area restaurants. You're in for a howling good time this fall in Knoxville!
Fall Fun for the Whole Family!
Autumn at Ijams
Fall is fantastic at Ijams Nature Center and we have plenty of ways to help you enjoy this crisp autumn weather and maybe even get a scare or two! Whether you are looking for something for your little trick-or-treaters or taking a first fright-day movie, Ijams has it all!
Boo at the Barn
Dust off your broomstick and get your best costume ready! It’s time to head out to the barn for Horse Haven’s Boo at the Barn! Enjoy Trick-or-Treating from decorated stall to decorated stall in our main barn. Some of our horses will also be in their favorite Halloween attire!
Boo! At the Zoo
Knoxville’s largest Halloween event featuring 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children.Each night of BOO! at the Zoo will have a variety of entertainment including dancing with some of your favorite characters in the Chick-fil-A Monster Mash Tent, the Zoo Boo Choo Choo and the only “haunted” carousel in East Tennessee, the Scary-Go-Round.
Halloween Downtown Knox
Looking for Spooktacular things to do in Downtown Knox during the Halloween season? There are spooky times ahead for kids and adults. Here is your guide for everything downtown from trick or treating, ghost tours, and other haunted happenings.
Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours
Go on an “Investigation” with trained paranormal investigators, to real Factual “Ground Zero’s” (Researched location of traumatic happenings) , and participants are given Tools used by REAL paranormal investigators (as seen on TV).
Spooky surprises await you at the 5th Annual HearthScares Ball! Come dressed in your most impressive costume! Dancing, frightening finger foods, silent auction, costume contest, and other Halloween hi-jinks! Catering by Rothchild Catering, Music by Split Decision, with more treats to be announced! by Proceeds benefit preservation at James White’s Fort. Must be 21 or over to attend.
HearthScares Ghost Tours
Come and join the spirits for a tour of Downtown Knoxville’s scariest landmarks. The tours, which last approximately two hours each, will visit the sites of some of Knoxville’s best kept secrets. The tour will be about one and a half miles in length. All tours begin 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.
The Haunting of Hill House
Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. Performances at the Knoxville Children's Theatre: October 28 – November 13
Hoot and Holler Autumn Express
Enjoy the crisp, fall air and colorful leaves on the outskirts of downtown Knoxville and ride along the Tennessee River. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the river and fields as we pass historic sites such as McNutt Farm and Lebanon-in-the-Forks Presbyterian Church. Hoot 'N Holler Express trains provide refreshments, autumn decorations, musical entertainment and special activities at the depot for the kids.
The UT Gardens Knoxville is pleased to present our third annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo, a fun Halloween-themed event sponsored by the UT Gardens Knoxville and the College of Veterinary Medicine. This fun event with a spooky twist will include a judged costume parade with prizes, an expo of educational booths, pet businesses, and rescue groups, food trucks and more. The event will be held rain or shine.
Mysterious Past of the Blount Mansion
Legends, Customs, and Myths will be the focus of these special, candlelight and flashlight tours of the Blount Mansion. Learn about deaths, customs, and stories from staff and visitors about the strange happenings and legends of this historic property. We will also allow the most adventurous visitors into the spooky Craighead-Jackson House for the first time in several years. You don't want to miss this special opportunity to learn some history, and maybe get a bit spooked!
2nd Annual Southern Railway Station Fall Festival
Enjoy tons of activities including Funnel Cakes, Games, Fire Truck, Train Car, Inflatables, Slide, Costume Contest, Obstacle Course, Haunted House, Hot Cocoa and more!