Ahhhh — October. The leaves are changing, we have full permission to pumpkin spice allthethings, and hallelujurrrr the blasted summer heat has begun to abate! If that wasn’t enough to bring a smile to your face, let’s not forget the month of October brings us Halloween! I don’t know about you, but I have a major sweet tooth. I trick-or-treated beyond what was socially acceptable. And now, I have my own little ghoul with whom I can carry on the tradition…and whose candy I will undoubtedly pilfer. But even if candy isn’t your thing, or your lil’ pumpkin has allergies, there is something in Nashville for everyone to enjoy during the month of October. And by all means, if you just simply cannot keep the leftover sweets in your house? Feel free to give it away!
September 21st-October 27th
Celebrate all things autumnal at Cheekwood Harvest! Stroll the gardens to experience the vast array of colors as the leaves change on the maple, oak, and dogwood trees. In preparation for Cheekwood Harvest, more than 5,000 chrysanthemums in gorgeous Fall hues are planted about the property. Scarecrows of every variety oversee the gardens; these scarecrows are created with love by our own Nashville community. You’ll find activities that appeal to kids and adults alike — such as pumpkin carving and painting. Popular events this year include the Halloween Pooch Parade on October 20th and Goblins in the Garden on October 31st. There is truly something for everyone!
October 26th 10am-7pm.
The 36th annual Heritage Foundation’s Pumpkinfest is the largest family fall festival with over 65,000 people in attendance. The festival stretches along Main Street in downtown Franklin; Third Avenue North will be transformed into a block FULL of free children’s activities such as bouncy houses, face painting, pony rides, a dedicated preschool area, and more! Costume contests for humans and pets alike will take place on the Public Square Stage (see website for additional details). Visit the Guitar Center Main Stage for a full lineup of dance performances and music in addition to the costume contests. Arts and crafts vendors offer unique shopping opportunities while street festival food favorites can be purchased around the Public Square and on 4th Avenue South.
Know before you go:
- Parking is offered in and around the downtown area. Parking and shuttle service will be available from Church of the City and Harlinsdale Farm for $1 per person each way.
- No pets, non-folding strollers, or food/drink except bottled water is allowed on the trolleys.
October 24th-27th. 5-9pm nightly. Tickets required for this event.
Come dressed in your favorite costumes for Boo at the Zoo, presented by The Children’s Hospital at Centennial. There are tons of festivities available featuring carnival games, bounce houses, a dance party, corn pit, and more! Children get to trick-or-treat around the zoo trail for treats. Afterward, hop aboard the Howl-O-Ween Hayride to explore the Zoo’s backroads, or visit the Frightful Farm to take a Dying Traditions home tour and brave the Haunted Barn!
Tickets include games, entertainment, carousel rides, hayrides, trick-or-treating and more.
Know before you go:
- Most animals will be in bed when the event starts.
- Don’t expect a plethora of candy; kids can expect about a dozen treat stations, collecting 1-2 pieces at each station.
- The event is rain or shine. No refunds or rainchecks.
- Food and drink available for purchase, but you may bring outside food and drink.
- Adult costumes are welcome, but masks, clown costumes, and scary costumes are not permitted.
October 26th from 1-3pm
This annual event at Veterans Memorial Park in La Vergne hosts thousands of children who can follow a candy trail, experience a hayride, and play games! This event is FREE and open to the public.
October 31st from 4-7pm
At the dead-end of North Maney Avenue, you’ll find a beautiful tree-lined drive to the most famous mansion in Murfreesboro! Trick-or-treating at the “Old Maney Mansion” is FREE and open to the public.
October 26th from 1-3pm
Goodlettsville’s Halloween in the Park takes place at Moss-Wright Park and consists of a DJ, fun games, a costume contest, storytelling, and treats from local businesses and organizations. There will also be carnival-style food available for purchase including popcorn, shaved ice, pretzels, lemonade, and more! This is a family-friendly event so no masks are to be worn by teens or adults, and no clown costumes are permitted.
October 29th from 6-8pm
Join Hendersonville Parks for a FREE night of trick-or-treating at Drakes Creek Park. Booths will be lined up along the trail providing games, candy, and prizes with hayrides to follow!
October 31st from 10am-2pm
Dress up in your Halloween best and come trick-or-trick on Gallatin’s Historic Downtown Square. This event is rain or shine and geared towards preschool-aged children.
Check below for our list of neighborhoods known for excellent trick-or-treating. Feel free to add others in the comments!
- Fatherland Street (East Nashville)
- Stratton (East Nashville)
- Greenfield (East Nashville)
- Eastland Street (East Nashville)
- Willoughby Station (Mount Juliet)
- Hampton Hall (Hermitage)
- The Reserve at Stone Hall (Donelson/Hermitage)
- Old Hickory Village (Old Hickory)
- The Ballentrae subdivision (Hendersonville)
- Moss-Wright Park (Goodlettsville)
- Belmont Boulevard and Oakland Avenue (Belmont)
- Sevier Park area (12 South)
- Barton Ave and Essex Ave (Hillsboro/West End)
- Richland/Whitland/Central Avenues (off West End near West End Synagogue)
- River Plantation (Bellevue)
- Meta Drive (Brentwood off McMurray Dr)
- Foxboro Estates (Brentwood)
- West Main Street (Franklin)
- Westhaven (Franklin)