Top Halloween Events in Chattanooga TN and the Surrounding Counties (2020)

As we enter into October, the thrill and excitement of Halloween is the air. From the costumes and candy, to the pumpkins and decor, there’s a smile waiting around every corner.

There’s no better way to celebrate with your family this season than with one of these awesome Halloween events in Chattanooga TN and beyond. Events include safe trick-or-treating, pumpkin festivals, costume parades, themed train rides, and much more!

Halloween Events in Chattanooga TN

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For your convenience, Chattanooga and Hamilton county are listed first, with all neighboring counties following in alphabetical order. As always, you can click on any blue event name to verify the details provided or get additional information.

Halloween Events in Chattanooga TN and Hamilton County That are Still On

Halloween Make-and-Take

  • Dates: Select Saturdays in October
  • Location: Michaels Craft Stores, most area locations
  • Cost: FREE – $3

Most Saturdays in October, Michaels’ will host a variety of VIRTUAL Halloween themed kids’ crafts including pumpkin decorating, slime making, and more. The cost for each activity varies between free and cheap.

Diy Under the Sky: Halloween Make and Take

  • Dates: October 2 and 9, 2020
  • Location: Cambridge Square, Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: $15

This fun outdoor event is being hosted by Board and Brush. Crafters will have miltiple jack-o-lantern themed wood craft projects to choose from .

Old South Pittsburg Hospital Ghost Hunt

  • Date: October 9, 2020
  • Location: South Pittsburg, TN
  • Cost: $65

This cost includes a historic tour, overnight ghost hunt, and a pizza dinner. Due to the intense nature of this event, it is exclusively for those age 16 and up. Guests ages 16 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Underwater Pumpkin Carving

  • Dates: virtual livestream in 2020
  • Location: TN Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: $35/adult, $22/child (included with general admission)

Every Saturday in October you can enjoy an awesome underwater pumpkin carving show, free with your paid admission. There will only be 1 show per day at 11 AM.

Boo in the Zoo

  • Date: October 16, 17, 23, & 24, 2020
  • Location: Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: $15 non-members, $10 members, kids under 2 are FREE

Due to current events, entry times will be assigned and staggered. Enjoy games, inflatables, characters, trick-or-treating, and more! Don’t forget to wear your costumes, but please leave any real or fake weapons at home.

Halloween Block Party

  • Date: October 30 & 31, 2020
  • Location: Mainstreet Cleveland, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy a variety of family-friendly entertainment, games, trick-or-treating, vendors, and more! Please plan to only attend 1 of the days to avoid crowding.

Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree

  • Date: October 31, 2020
  • Location: Town Square, Jasper, TN
  • Cost: FREE

This year’s event will be drive-thru trick-or-treating only. Enjoy tons of family-friendly games, trick-or-treating, food and craft vendors, entertainment, and more!

Hocus Pocus Film Screening

  • Date: multiple dates
  • Location: Downtown Public Library, Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: FREE

The library is hosting a variety of fun virtual events throughout the month of October.

Chattanooga TN Halloween Events

Pumpkin Festival

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Downtown Chickamauga, GA
  • Cost: FREE

This festival boasts a fantastic pumpkin carving contest, kids’ activities, food and craft vendors, entertainment, and more!

Canceled Halloween Events in Chattanooga 2020

Halloween House Party 

  • canceled 2020
  • Chattanooga Fire and Police Training Center, 3200 Amnicola Hwy.
  • FREE

Enjoy trick or treating, costume contests, games, and more!

Movie in the Park

  • canceled 2020
  • Miller Park, Chattanooga, TN
  • FREE

Enjoy a free screening of the Halloween classic Beetlejuice.

AquaScarium Halloween Party

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: TN Aquarium, Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: $45/adults, $32/children, $8 members (all ages), $35 adult member guests, $25 child member guests

This nighttime Halloween party boasts animal encounters, trick-or-treating, games, and more! Be sure to wear your costumes, but please leave any real or fake weapons at home.

Halloween Story Time

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Barnes and Noble, Chattanooga
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy kids activities and a silly read-aloud of “No More Monsters Under Your Bed!“.

Halloween in West Village

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: West Village, Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Come down an explore local businesses while the kids enjoy trick-or-treating and a variety of activities. There will also be music, food, family-friendly games, and more!

Cirque du Freak

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: 901 Lindsay St., Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: $40/general admission, $70/VIP

Fall Festival at Reflection Riding Arboretum

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Reflection riding Arboretum, Chattanooga, TN

Enjoy a variety of family-friendly fall and Halloween fun including pumpkin painting, spooky storytelling, music, and tons of games and activities. Events vary by day.

Halloween ComicFest

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Infinity Flux Comic Book Store, Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy free comics, treats, and costumed entertainers. Be sure to wear your costume.

Halloween BOOze Cruise

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Southern Belle River Boat, Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: $20

The primary draws of this 21 and up event are the music and drinks. Come in costume for a chance to win a $250 prize!

Haunted Market

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Chattanooga Market @ First Tennessee Pavillion
  • Cost: FREE

Bring the kiddos out to the farmers’ market for a little daytime trick-or-treating and a fun costume parade.

Halloween on the Square

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Cambridge Square, Ooltewah, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy safe trick-or-treating and family-fun in downtown Ooltewah!

Safe Trick-or-Treat at Northgate Mall

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Cost: FREE

Safe Trick-or-Treat at Hamilton Place Mall

  • Date:canceled 2020
  • Cost: FREE

Woodworking Make-and-Take

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Home Depot, most area locations
  • Cost: TBD

At this fun make-and-take geared towards adults, you will be using power tools to create an awesome rustic Halloween candy stand, with an adorable chalk board front for writing festive messages. Employees will provide instruction and assistance with the tools as needed.

Halloween Eerie Express

  • Dates: canceled 2020
  • Location: Tennessee Valley Railroad, Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: $24

In addition to a scenic train ride, guest will enjoy spooky storytelling, hot apple cider, treats, mini-golf, games, and more! Be sure to wear your costume for the costume contest, but please leave any real or fake weapons at home.

Lake WinnepeSPOOKah

  • Dates: canceled 20202
  • Location: Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, Rossville, GA
  • Cost: $27

In addition to enjoying all your favorite rides after dark, you can also get a good scare from a variety of costumed characters, and a fun Halloween parade. This is listed as an all ages event.

Monster Bash Halloween and Harvest Festival

  • Dates: canceled 2020
  • Location: Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: Members only (A family membership is $125, and includes FREE year-round admission, and members-only events throughout the year.)

Come in costume and enjoy games, dancing, treats, and more! For an additional fee, you can also enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet prior to the main event.

Bass Pro Shops Halloween Events

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Bass Pro Shops, Chattanooga, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy FREE kids crafts, trick-or-treating, games and more. Crafts and activities vary by day. Each family will also receive a FREE printed 4×6 family photo with a fun fall background. You will also have the option to buy digital and printed photo packages.

This adults only event will feature music, dancing, drinks, cirque-style entertainers, food, and more. Don’t forget to wear your costume to compete in the contests.

Bledsoe County

Boo Bash

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Main Street, Pikeville, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Guests will enjoy trick-or-treating, family-friendly games and activities, costume contest, hayride, spooky movie, and more!

Bradley County

Kids’ Pumpkin Painting Party

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: most Elder’s Ace Hardware locations
  • Cost: FREE

Come out for a free pumpkin painting craft project. Pumpkins are for kids only.

Marion County

Russell Cave Star Party

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Russell Cave, Bridgeport, AL
  • Cost: FREE

What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by gazing up at the moon and stars? While not officially Halloween themed, this after-dark stargazing party is sure to be a little bit spooky. Telescopes will be provided, though you are free to bring your own. Volunteers will be on hand to help you locate constellations and more!

McMinn County

Pumpkin Town

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Athens, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy food and craft vendors, a pet costume contest, games, entertainment, tons of pumpkins, and more!

Spooky Family Story Time and Trick-or-Treat

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: E.G. Fisher Public Library, Athens, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Enjoy a spooky reading and safe trick-or-treating through the wetlands.

Safe Trick-or-Treat

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Athens, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Meigs County

Downtown Halloween

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Downtown Square, Decatur, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Guests will have a great time with trick-or-treating, games, and more!

Polk County

Riverwalk Halloween Safety Zone

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Downton Copperhill, TN and McCaysville, GA
  • Cost: FREE

Come out in costume to support local businesses and enjoy a free and safe trick-or-treating event.

Rhea County

Pumpkin Fest

  • Date: canceled 2020
  • Location: Downtown Dayton, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Come on out for safe trick-or-treating, costume contests, games, food and craft vendors, entertainment, and more!

Sequatchie County

Scare on the Square

  • Date: TBD
  • Location: Downtown Dunlap, TN
  • Cost: FREE

Come in costume and enjoy a variety of family-friendly games, trick-or-treating and more!

Halloween Books to Share

Read-alouds are hands-down the best gifts you will ever give your children in their entire lives. Not only do read-alouds present an excellent opportunity for bonding, but reading to kids helps to improve their academic performance in all subject areas. Amazing!

  • Pumpkin Jack – This book explores the pumpkin life cycle through stunning illustrations and a fun narrative story.
  • It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse – This sweet book follows mouse, from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, as he tries to decorate every pumpkin in the patch.
  • Spooky Wheels on the Bus – Enjoy a fun take on the traditional story.

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