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Where to Trick-or-Treat in Nashville 2016

Halloween is just around the corner!  That means it’s time for our annual round-up of the best places to celebrate Halloween and trick-or-treat in Nashville, right? Whether you’re an allergy mama  or hoping for some candy-free funget your costumes ready (or borrowed) and head out for a ghoulishly good time!

Trick-or-Treat in Nashville


Cheekwood Harvest

September 17 – October 30

Celebrate the changing of the seasons at Cheekwood! Get set to celebrate all things fall during Cheekwood Harvest, part of the year-round lineup of signature seasonal festivals. Find activities and experiences designed to appeal to kids, adults and families alike—making this six-week celebration the perfect time for a peaceful solo stroll, a crisp fall family day, or an afternoon date.

For one special day, Cheekwood will go to the dogs! On October 22, bring your favorite four-legged friend to Cheekwood for our first Halloween Pooch Parade. Costumed canines and their owners are invited to parade around the gardens for a fun morning stroll.

Activities Include:

  • Photo booth in the Pumpkin Patch
  • Parade around the gardens led by surprise grand marshall
  • Additional Harvest activities throughout the day
*El Día de los Muertos is one of their most wonderful events of the year.  On October 29th join Cheekwood for their 17th annual El Dia de los Muertos celebration, and  learn more about this unique holiday as you tour the altars, shop in the marketplace, explore traditional arts and crafts, and enjoy live music and dance.

Boo at the Zoo – Nashville Zoo

Oct 14-16, 21-23 & 27-30

Nashville’s littlest ghosts and goblins are invited to don their favorite costume for The Children’s Hospital at Centennial Boo at the Zoo. This year there are ten nights of delightfully frightful fun during this annual Halloween tradition! (Save $2 and beat the crowd by going this weekend, October 14-16.)

Tickets include: trick-or-treating, carousel rides, hayrides, and more.

Halloween at the Avenue

October 29th, 11:00am-1:00pm

Enjoy Halloween fun at The Avenue from 11 AM – 1 PM. Visit treat stations located throughout The Avenue, and trick or treat at participating stores. While supplies last. At 1 PM, join the costume parade at the Rutherford Parent Kids Fest Stage near Belk. Note: Fall Kids Fest location in the rear Belk Parking lot. Click here for a center map, updated periodically.

Booville @ Nashville Shores

Weekends, October 1 – 30th

Bring your little ghouls and goblins and enjoy the family-friendly Booville at Nashville Shores. Experience their hay bale maze, bounce houses, arts & crafts, costume contest, story time, trick-or-treat trail, games, Tennessee’s largest Frankenstein, and more.

Tickets are just $9.99 (plus tax) per person and can be purchased online or at the gate.

Spooks & Coups at Franklin Recreation Complex

October 15th from 6-8:30pm

Have a spooky evening of fun at Spooks & Coupes at the Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Rd., Franklin, TN 37064. This is Williamson County Parks and Recreation’s annual Halloween event for the whole family! Bring the kids in their costumes and enjoy trunk-or-treating from classic cars, Halloween characters, an entertainment stage, inflatables, and a craft tent. $6 at the gate (1yr. and younger admitted free).  Groups are welcome! Additional cost incurred for food truck purchases.  For more information, call (615) 790-5719, ext. 2010.  

Halloween Blowout at the Fairview Recreation Complex

October 15th from 6-8:00pm

Join in on this spooky evening and play all kinds of carnival games in the gym! At the end of the night, you can take part in the balloon drop where over 2,000 balloons will be dropped from the ceiling with goodies in them for you to enjoy! Ages 2-12 yrs old. $6 per goblin. Pre-registration required. Registration code: 7742

Trail of Treats at Veterans Memorial Park in LaVerne

Saturday, October 22nd from 2-4:00pm

The annual candy trail is a favorite event sponsored by the city and includes pumpkin bounce races, games, and a hike through the park to “trick or treat” from local organizations and businesses.

Hauntings at the Hermitage

Saturday, October 22nd from 4-10:00pm

One of our oldest community traditions, Hauntings at the Hermitage celebrates the spookiest time of year with ghostly tales and treats! Enjoy an evening tour of the Mansion, trick-or-treating, spooky 19th-century activities, storytellers, a haunted hayride through The Hermitage woods, and much more!

Activities between 4pm and 7pm will be completely child-friendly and geared toward the very youngest ghouls, while older ghosts and goblins (recommended 12 and up) can enjoy the dark and mysterious grounds after sundown beginning at 7pm.

Halloween in the Park – Mt Juliet

Saturday, October 22nd from 11am – 3:00pm

Costume Contests, Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Trackless Train, Vendor Booths, and LOTS OF FREE CANDY!!!!

Kidgets Boo Bash – Opry Mills 

October 29th 12:00pm-3:00pm

Join Opry Mills for Kidgits Halloween in the Food Court on October 29th from Noon to 3pm.  

Time for CANDY. Don your costume and bring your candy basket, Kidgits will be serving up 3 hours of activities, games, and loads of the sweet stuff.

Halloween Fest – Honeysuckle Hill Farm

Saturday, October 29th from 2-5:00pm

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to bag some yummy treats before Halloween at Honeysuckle Hill Farm. Kids can wear their halloween costume and trick or treat around the farm. There will be candy stations set up around the farm from 2pm till 5pm. Bring your trick or treat bags!

Pumpkin Festival – Moss-Wright Park

October 31st from 5 – 7:30pm

Pumpkin Festival takes place annually at Moss-Wright Park on October 31st from 5:00pm to 7:30pm.  

Come dressed in costume and enjoy a trail of treats from local businesses and organizations. At the end of the trail, you’ll find entertainment, music, and games provided by local churches and Parks and Recreation.

Local Neighborhoods

Below are a list of neighborhoods known for excellent trick or treating—feel free to add others in the comments!

  • River Plantation in Bellevue
  • The Richland Neighborhood off West End
  • Fatherland Street in East Nashville
  • Stratton in East Nashville
  • Greenfield in East Nashville
  • Eastland Street in East Nashville
  • Willoughby Station in Mount Juliet
  • Hampton Hall in Hermitage
  • The Ballentrae subdivision in Hendersonville
  • Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville

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9 Responses to Where to Trick-or-Treat in Nashville 2016

  1. Tata October 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm #

    Do you know the times for eastland?

  2. Ruth Rivas October 21, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    So I am new to Nashville and back in my old home town the Friday before Halloween was reserved for trick or treating. Is there a specific night that everyone goes out or is Monday the 31st the official night?

    • Meg Wicks October 22, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

      Everywhere we’ve seen is sticking with Monday.

  3. Staci Smith October 24, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    It was always the same day as Halloween, even if there was rain storm, most places didn’t cancel

  4. Becky October 28, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    what dates and time will the richland neighborhood be trick or treating?

    • Meg Wicks October 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

      Monday, Oct 31 (Halloween); we believe they begin at dusk!

  5. Aleks hoffman October 31, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    Do you know if 12 south is a good place to trick or treat?

    • Meg Wicks October 31, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

      We had a lovely time trick-or-treating in 12 South last year!

  6. Yolanda Scruggs October 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

    What time does Trick or treating usually end?

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