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Spooky-Free Halloween Adventures in Tennessee

As the leaves begin to change and a chill creeps into the air, Halloween enthusiasts across the state of Tennessee eagerly anticipate the arrival of their favorite holiday.

While Halloween is traditionally associated with spine-tingling scares and haunted houses, not everyone revels in the thrill of the spooky season.

If you're among those who prefer a more lighthearted approach to Halloween, fear not!

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Tennessee offers a variety of enchanting and family-friendly Halloween adventures that are sure to leave you with smiles instead of shivers.

Join us as we embark on a journey through the Volunteer State to discover the best Spooky-Free Halloween Adventures that are perfect for all ages!

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Nashville Zoo

3777 Nolensville Pk, Nashville, TN 37211

(615) 833-1534

October 13-29, 2023

from 5-9pm nightly

Enjoy fall-themed scenes and activities at Nashville's favorite family Halloween event!

This event will feature special animal shows, free rides on the Scary-Go-Round Carousel, 10 trick-or-treat stations, and a souvenir bag for kids ages 2-12.

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Chattanooga Zoo 301 N Holtzclaw Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37404

(423) 697-1322

Weekends in October 2023 (select nights)

from 4pm - 8pm

The Chattanooga Zoo’s annual Boo in the Zoo is a family-friendly celebration filled with merry-not-scary decorations, trick-or-treat stations, scavenger hunt, costume show, and more!

All animals will be on exhibit during the event, with some of our larger animals going to bed at 7pm.

Timed entry tickets available online only!

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Memphis Zoo

2000 Prentiss Pl, Memphis, TN 38112

(901) 333-6500

October 13-31, 2023 (select nights)

from 6pm-9:30pm

Calling all candy lovers and party goers!

Go all out and wear your best costumes and bring your trick-or-treat bags to make sure you satisfy all your candy cravings.

This year, the all-new Candy Lane inside the Monogram Foods Loves Kids Foundation Splash Park is your one-stop-shop featuring eight different candy stations for you to enjoy!

Along with tons of delectable goodness to enjoy, light up your very own monster at the Monster Creation Studio, then boogie down at the hit Dracula Disco dance party!

Unleash your inner genius at the incredible Mad Scientist Lab, and enjoy TONS of harvest themed decor, and much more.

Don’t delay on buying your tickets today. JUST BOO IT!

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Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site

2620 South Roan Street, Johnson City, TN 37601

(423) 926-3631

Saturday, October 14, 2023

from 2-7pm

Enjoy a family friendly evening with fun crafts and great stories.

Halloween crafts for kids will be offered during daylight hours.

Story tellers will be within the mid-1800s barn.

Take a spooky hayride around the historic grounds.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under while members of Tipton-Haynes are also FREE!

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Historic Cherokee Caverns

8524 Oak Ridge Hwy Knoxville, TN 37931

(865) 275-5196

Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 27-29, 2023

Everyone is welcome to wear your favorite Halloween costume and trick-or-treat along the cave path collecting tricks and treats!

This family-friendly event is fun for all ages!

Enjoy themed scenes and photo ops, thousands of lights, festive music and lots of candy & fun among the stalagmites and stalactites!

Grab dinner at The Grotto or enjoy a cup of coffee or hot cocoa by the campfire!

The Cave is always a comfy 58 degrees.

The path is stroller and wheelchair friendly.

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The Avenue

2615 Medical Center Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

(615) 893-4207

Saturday, October 21 , 2023

from 10am - 2pm

FREE family-friendly activities, giveaways, plus performances by popular children's entertainers.

Trick-or-Treat fun, carnival games, live performances and demonstrations, food vendors, kids' costume parade and giveaways at The Avenue in Murfreesboro (behind Belk).

You can visit an array of local vendors and enjoy live entertainment throughout the day.

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Pigeon Forge Community Center

170 Community Center Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

(865) 429-7373

Friday, October 27, 2023

Safety Day: 3pm – 7pm

Spooktacular: 6pm – 9pm

Looking for fun and safe ways to take the kids trick or treating this year?

Bring your costumed trick or treaters to the Pigeon Forge Community Center where local businesses will be decorating for Halloween and handing out candy.

There’s plenty of fun things to do for the whole family during the Halloween Spooktacular in Pigeon Forge!

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Memphis Botanic Garden

750 Cherry Rd Memphis, TN 38117


Saturday, October 28, 11am-3pm Give your kiddos pumpkin to talk about this Halloween!

This not-so-spooky celebration features friendly Halloween characters, music to boogie-man down to, and some hair-raising fun at the Memphis Boo-tanic Garden.

Halloween Hike is a safe, daytime alternative to traditional door-to-door trick or treating with stops for treats, hands-on activities, learning opportunities, and more.

Plus there will be food trucks on-site for a picnic lunch. Costumes are encouraged! Visit website to purchase tickets.

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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza

88 River Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

(865) 430-8808

Tuesday, October 31st, 2023

from 11am-3pm

Activities include games, toys, food, candy and a costume contest.

Some of the games will be 50 cents each play for the larger prizes.

Money collected for the cost of games will be donated to the Forgotten Child Fund.

There will also be a lot of free prizes and candy from vendors that will be participating from the Sevier County area.

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Courthouse Square, Cleveland, TN 37311

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

from 5-10pm

Don’t miss this 35-year downtown tradition complete with tons of Mars chocolate on Treat Street, live music, delicious foods, games, and costume contest.


For more information about events in Tennessee, visit the Tennessee Family Vacation Calendar.


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