Knoxville TN Halloween Events: 40 Top Picks (2019)

Whether you need a not-so-scary adventure for your little ghouls and goblins, or you’re looking for an adults only night on the town, these 50 + Knoxville TN Halloween events are sure to leave your family with a night of epic memories.

Knoxville really gets creative this time of year, so there are tons of unique and exciting events to choose from, including real live seances, treetop haunts, bat hunts, pumpkin carving contests, a masquerade ball, TONS of safe trick-or-treating, and much more!

The events below are separated by area, with Knox county listed first. The neighboring counties follow in alphabetical order.

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Knoxville TN Halloween Events

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Knoxville TN Halloween Events

Smart Toys and Books Halloween Events

  • Dates: various dates throughout the month
  • Location: Smart Toys and Books, Knoxville
  • Cost: varies based on activity

Enjoy a variety of Halloween story times and arts and crafts projects including pumpkin painting, a paper plate black cat, and much more! You can also play at their enormous indoor playground.

Boo at the Zoo

  • Dates: October 10-13, 17-20, & 24-27, 2019
  • Location: Zoo Knoxville
  • Cost: $9/pass holders, $10/general admission

Bring the kids out in costumes for a fun night of safe trick-or-treating with the animals. Please note that no real or fake weapons of any kind will be allowed. This means you CANNOT bring toy pirate swords, ninja accessories, guns, knives, etc.

All Hallow’s Eve Train Ride

  • Date: October 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, and 27, 2019
  • Location: Three Rivers Rambler, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: $8 – $30

Wear your costume and enjoy a 2 hour train ride complete with spooky(ish) stories. The stories are listed as being appropriate for kids.

Disney Store Haunted Halloween Party

  • Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from October 12- 27, 2019
  • Location: Disney Store West Town Mall, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Come dressed as your favorite disney character and play a variety of kids’ games. This event is intended for kids 3 +. Although the event is FREE you need to RSVP to reserve your spot.

Knoxville Horror Film Fest

  • Date: October 17 – 20, 2019
  • Location: Regal Cinemas Downtown West 8
  • Cost: varies

4 days of horror and terror for your viewing delight! Not recommended for kids.

Trick-or-Treat in the Cave

  • Date: October 18-19, 26-27, 2019
  • Location: Cherokee Caverns, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: $10

This one-of-a-kind experience allows kids to trick-or-treat underground, all throughout the cave walking path. There will also be a fun vortex tunnel. Be sure to come in costume!

Bewitching Beasts

  • Date: October 19, 2019
  • Location: UT Gardens, Knoxville
  • Cost: $8/child, adults are FREE

Allergy friendly trick-or-treating and animal education with spiders, snakes, and more. Oh, my! Be sure to wear your costume.

IJAMS Spooktacular Family Night

  • Date: October 18, 2019
  • Location: IJAMS Nature Center, Knoxville
  • Cost: $10/individual, $35/families

Enjoy spooky guided trail walks, games, family-fun activities and more!

Spooky Night Hike

  • Date: October 19, 2019
  • Location: Burnside Pavilion at Founder’s Park in Farragut
  • Cost: $5

Hunt for nocturnal animals on this fun and kid-friendly night hike.

Monsters at the Museum

  • Date: October 19, 2019
  • Location: East TN Historical Society
  • Cost: FREE admission for this event only

Explore the spookiest monsters and superstitions of East Tennessee throughout history.

HowlOWeen Pooch Parade and Pet Expo

  • Date: October 20, 2019
  • Location: UT Gardens, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission, fee for parade entries

Enjoy a costumed dog parade, costume contest, vendors, and more!

Bass Pro Halloween Event

  • Dates: October 20 & 21 and 26 – 31, 2019
  • Location: Bass Pro Shops, Kodak, TN
  • Cost: FREE

1 free printed family photo with a Halloween theme (+ $5 print + digital photo packages), free kids’ crafts, kids’ activities, in-store trick-or-treating, and more! Events vary by date.

Freaky Friday Night

  • Date: October 25, 2019
  • Location: Mayor Bob Leonard Park, Farragut, TN
  • Cost: FREE, but a donation to Ronald McDonald House is encouraged

Safe trick-or-treating along the greenway with a variety of local businesses, games, cookie decorating, and more!

Trunk or Treat

  • Date: October 25, 2019
  • Location: TN Conservatory of Fine Arts, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE admission for trick or treating, buy tickets for games

A unique scavenger hunt style trick-or-treat event!

Mabry Hazen House Victorian Seance Experience

  • Dates: October 25-27 2019
  • Location: Mabry Hazen House, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: $20/per person

In addition to taking part in a historical seance reenactment, you can enjoy tarot card readings, psychic readings, astrologers, and more. Due to the sensitive and realistic nature of this event, all participants must be at least 16 years of age.

Blount Mansion Days of Dread

  • Dates: October 25, 30, and 31, 2019
  • Location: Blount Mansion, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: $10

Look for ghosts as you tour the mansion after dark. There will also be spooky ghost stories and Halloween treats.

Pumpkin Fest

  • Date: October 26, 2019
  • Location: Turkey Creek, Knoxville
  • Cost: FREE admission

Enjoy trick-or-treating, a costume contest, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, entertainment, and more!

Naviat at Night: Trick or Trees

  • Date: October 26, 2019
  • Location: IJAMS Nature Center, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: $40 – $50

This after-dark rope course allows you climb through the tree tops decked out with spooky lights and music. There will also be a costume contest. Must be 7 and older to climb.

James White Fort

Date: October 26, 2019

This huge annual costume ball is a fundraiser for the fort.

Haunts and History

  • Date: October 26-27, 2019
  • Location: Museum of Appalachia, Clinton
  • Cost: $10/individual, $30/familily

Enjoy trick-or-treating, hayrides, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, games, spooky storytelling, and more!

Safe Trick-or-Treat at West Town

  • Date: TBD
  • Location: West Town Mall, Knoxville, TN
  • Cost: Free admission

Although it hasn’t been announced, West Town Mall typically holds a trick-or-treat event on October 31.

Fall Harvest Fest and Craft Fair

  • Date: October 26, 2019
  • Location: Horse Haven, Lenoir City, TN
  • Cost: TBA

In addition to craft vendors for adults, this festival boasts a variety of kids’ activities, including meet-and-greets with the horses, a pumpkin patch, crafts, games, pony rides, and more!

Trick-or-Treat Trail by Star 102.9

  • Date: October TBA, 2019
  • Location: TBA
  • Cost: historically $10

Enjoy safe trick-or-treating, costume contest, and more!

Halloween Events in Knoxville TN

Halloween Events in Anderson County

Grove Center Pumpkin Festival

  • Date: October 26, 2019
  • Location: The Grove Center, Oak Ridge, TN
  • Cost: TBA

Trick-or-treating, bounce houses, pumpkin carving contests, pie eating contests, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and more!

Oak Ridge Parks and Rec Halloween Party

  • Date: October 24, 2019
  • Location: Oak Ridge, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission, 25c/ticket to play games

Enjoy carnival games, glow room, inflatables, and a not-so-scary haunted house. Most things cost 1-2 tickets.

Blount County

Family Promise Spooktacular

  • Date: October 11 – 12, 2019
  • Location: Parkway Drive-In, Maryville, TN
  • Cost: $30/per car, $100/per church van

Come in costume and enjoy 2 drive-in movies, trick-or-treating, inflatables, and more!

Spooktacular Extravaganza

  • Date: October 25, 2019
  • Location: Downtown Maryville, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission

Break out the costumes and bring the kids out to enjoy trick-or-treating, games, music, vendors, food trucks, and more!

Foothills Mall

  • Date: TBD
  • Cost: FREE admission

Though it hasn’t been announced yet, Foothills Mall typically holds a safe trick-or-treat event on October 31.

Cocke County

Treat the Street

  • Date: TBD but usually October 31, 2019
  • Location: Fairgrounds, Newport, TN
  • Cost: Free admission

Grainger County

Harvest Pride Festival

  • Date: October 19-20, 2019 (awaiting confirmation)
  • Location: Main Street, Bean Station, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission

This festival will be decorated with hundreds of festive jack-o-lanterns. It will also feature a variety of food and craft vendors, kids’ activities, and more!

Hamblen County

Boo Fest

  • Date: October 28, 2019
  • Location: Fred Miller Park, Morristown, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission

A fun Halloween event with games, trick-or-treating, and more!

Downtown Trick-or-Treat

  • Date: October 31, 2019
  • Location: Downtown Morristown, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission

All your favorite shops and restaurants will be staying open late and handing out candy.

Spooktacular Mall-O-Ween

  • Date: TBD
  • Location: College Square Mall, Morristown, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission

Although it has not been announced yet, College Square Mall typically hosts a safe trick-or-treat event on October 31.

Jefferson County

Downtown Trick-or-Treat

  • Date: October 31, 2019 (awaiting confirmation)
  • Location: historic Downtown Dandridge, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission

Dress up the kids and come out for a fun night of trick-or-treating with your favorite downtown businesses. They’ll be open late for this special occasion.

Loudon County

Park After Dark

  • Date: October 24, 2019
  • Location: Wampler-Keith Park , Lenoir City, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission

Come in costume and enjoy games, hayrides, refreshments, candy, and more!

Monroe County

Community Trick-or-Treat

  • Date: TBD (awaiting confirmation)
  • Location: City Hall parking Lot, Madisonville, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission

Roane County

Fall Street Fest

  • Date: November 2, 2019
  • Location: Downtown Kingston, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission

Enjoy food and craft vendors, music, kids’ activities and more! While not specifically Halloween themed, this fall festival does take place on Halloween weekend, so it earns an honorable mention.

Sevier County

Legend at Hallow Mountain

  • Dates: weekends between September 13 – November 2, 2019
  • Location: Anakeesta, Gatlinburg, TN
  • Cost: included with general admission

Kid-friendly crafts, games, activities, movies, zombie ziplining, and more! There is also a scare zone for adults featuring a variety of pulse pounding attractions.

Pigeon Forge Spooktacular and Safety Day

  • Date: October 24, 2019
  • Location: Pigeon Forge Community Center
  • Cost: FREE

This combined mega event will feature indoor safe trick-or-treating, hayride, games and more! Outside there will be kid-friendly demonstrations from fire and rescue, the police, and K9s. Of course, kids will be able to see and touch a variety of emergency vehicles.

Gatlinburg Trick-or-Treat Off Karnival

  • Date: October 31, 2019
  • Location: Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza, Gatlinburg, TN
  • Cost: FREE admission

This local festival boasts candy, contests, and street entertainers.

Halloween at the island

  • Date: October 31, 2019
  • Location: The Island at Pigeon Forge
  • Cost: FREE admission, unlimited ride pass for just $5

Take the kids out for safe trick-or-treating, street performances, music, and more! Ride unlimited rides for just $5.

Union County

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Worth the Drive

Peanut’s Pumpkin Patch Express

  • Dates: October 4-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, 2019
  • Location: Great smoky Mountain Railroad, Bryson City, NC
  • Cost: varies by day

On this popular train ride, you and your kids will enjoy gorgeous scenic views and a sweet reading of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” The train will take you to a fall wonderland with a fun pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, kids’ actives, s’mores making, and more!

Halloween Eerie Express

  • Dates: October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 2019
  • Location: Tennessee Valley Railroad, Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: $25/2 and up

Enjoy a gorgeous scenic train ride and fun Halloween themed kids’ activities, including story telling, mini-golf, games, hot cider, and much more!

Books to Share

Help strengthen your parent-child relationship and boost academic performance in all areas, with family read alouds. The books below will make the perfect addition to your Halloween season.

  • Room on the Broom – A nice witch helps a variety of in-need animals along her long flight home. In turn the animals help to save her from a terrifying dragon!
  • Bonaparte Falls Apart – A young skeleton named Bonaparte can’t seem to keep his bones in order, but thanks to a few good friends, he’s finally able to pull himself together.
  • Where’s My Mummy? – In this pre-k and elementary aged book, a baby mummy is scared of the things that go bump in the night. Thankfully his mommy mummy is there to save the day.

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