Pumpkins and parades: 7 Halloween events to check out in the Greater Nashville area

It's the last weekend before Halloween, and if you're looking to get the most use possible out of your Halloween costume this year, there are plenty of events in the Nashville area offering family-friendly activities.

Check out a "Stranger Things"-themed pop-up bar
Oct. 23-Nov. 2
Headquarters Beercade has transformed its bar into Hawkins Arcade, a place for all things "Stranger Things." The venue, which features a full-scale replica of Castle Byers, a 70-foot "Mind Flayer" and other show favorites, will host costume contests Oct. 25, 26 and 31. Mon.-Thu. 4 p.m.-3 a.m., Fri.-Sun. noon-3 a.m. No cover charge. Headquarters Beercade, 114 Second Ave. S., Nashville. 615-942-7436. www.hq-nashville.com

Head over to Boo at the Zoo
Oct. 24-27
The Nashville Zoo hosts its annual Halloween event, featuring carnival games, bounce houses, live entertainment and trick-or-treating around the zoo. Times vary by date. $14-$19. 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville. 615-833-1534. www.nashvillezoo.org

Parade with pets through Cheekwood
Oct. 26
Pets are welcome at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens for its fourth annual Halloween Pooch Parade. Dogs and their owners can participate in costume contests and parades beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Children's activities will also be offered. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-22. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens, 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville. 615-356-8000. www.cheekwood.org

Check out Franklin's Pumpkinfest
Oct. 26
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County hosts this 36th-annual fall event in downtown Franklin, featuring vendors, live music, games, food and, of course, plenty of pumpkins. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free (admission). Downtown Franklin. 615-591-8500. www.williamsonheritage.org

Listen to spooky tales at the museum
Oct. 26
The Tennessee State Museum hosts a Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival with ghost stories based on Tennessee History as well as games, art activities and a costume parade. The Nashville Public Library's Puppet Truck will also be on-site. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville. 615-741-2692. www.tnmuseum.org

Do some climbing or smash a pumpkin
Oct. 26, Nov. 1
On Oct. 26, The Adventure Park at Nashville will host Glow in the Park, a family-friendly event featuring climbing and zip-lining. 5-9 p.m. $29.

On Nov. 1, the park will host The Great Pumpkin Drop, where attendees can drop their jack-o-lanterns while zip-lining. Prizes will be given for the "best" pumpkin drops. 4:20-8 p.m. $29.

The Adventure Park at Nashville, 801 Percy Warner Park Blvd., Nashville. mynashvilleadventurepark.org

Learn about the Ryman Auditorium's haunted history
Oct. 31
The Ryman Auditorium is hosting guided tours about unexplained events reported at the Ryman throughout its 127-year history. The tour includes "once-in-a-lifetime" access under the stage, a drink from Cafe Lula, a commemorative photo and more. 10:30 p.m.-12:15 a.m. $40. Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N., Nashville. 615-889-3060. www.ryman.com

By Wendy Sturges

A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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