The spooky season October brings  is more exciting than a zombie apocalypse in Middle Tennessee with haunted houses and other creepy attractions.

We've rounded up a list of not-so-scary tours and happenings appropriate for all ages. In addition, with your older kids in mind (ages 10+), we've put together a frightfully fun collection of haunted happenings this month.

Always keep in mind the sensitivities of your child no matter his age in regard to any spooky excursion.


EDITOR'S PICK: MILLERS THRILLERS
Thru Nov. 2

When it comes to serving up Halloween hoots and serious scares, no one beats Miller's Thrillers in Columbia (1431 Carters Creek Pike. The awesome Zombie Paintball Hayride is for everyone, but beware of the Haunted Woods; it's for big kids only (ages 10 & older), and that jaunt stretches out to a one-hour experience this year.

This year's new attraction in the Haunted Woods is Arena X. Millers Thrillers Owner David Miller says it's "a mix of The Hunger Games, a crazy circus, Survivor, extreme escape games, flag football, Gladiator, a DJ dance party and The Amazing Race." Guests can choose to be a competitor or a spectator in the race against the clock. Competitors must watch their backs and not lose their flags as the clowns lurk for action.

In addition, this year's stage show features entertainers from all over the country. Miller says some of them hold Guinness world records, and the variety act stage show "could rival the likes of shows in Vegas."

Hours are Fri - Sat 7 - 11 p.m. (6 - 11 p.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 19 & 26). Tickets are $20 per attraction, $35 for both. The Slash Pass ($15 - $20, depending on how you bundle) is worth the extra dough if you don't have patience for long lines — and the lines at Millers Thrillers are insanely long!

Learn more and get tickets at millersthrillers.net.


NOT-SO-SCARY FUN FOR LITTLE KIDS (all ages)

JACK'S PUMPKIN GLOW
The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane, Hermitage
Reserve tickets at glowpumpkin.com/nashville
Thru Oct. 27: Thu 6:45 - 9 p.m., Fri - Sat 6:45 - 10 p.m., Sun 7 - 9:30 p.m.
$22.99 adults, $6.99 ages 3 - 12

This Halloween experience features a pumpkin wonderland with more than 5,000 decorative jack o' lanterns, a pumpkin patch , live carving demonstrations and more activities.

BOO AT THE ZOO
Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville
615-833-1534 | nashvillezoo.org
Oct. 24 - 27 | 5 - 9 p.m.
$19 adults, $13 ages 2 - 12, free ages 12 months & younger

The Nashville Zoo hosts one of the biggest and best Halloween hoots of the year during its annual Boo at the Zoo festivity. It's a safe place for costumed kids to enjoy trick-or-treating fun along the zoo's paths. Along the way, they'll encounter a few friendly animals at select stations. The zoo's festival field is popping with inflatables, a variety of carnival games and a corn pit. Get your groove on at the dance party and enjoy the fun of science and magic shows, too. Princess, superhero and villain characters will rove about ready for photo ops with their pint-sized pals. You can also hop aboard the Howl-O-Ween hayride, and older kids can mosey into the Haunted Barn, if they dare.


See pumpkin sculptures, carvings and other decorative delights during
The Glow: A Pumpkin Wonderland at The Hermitage.

SAM DAVIS GHOST TOURS
Sam Davis Home
1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna
615-459-2341 | samdavishome.org
Oct. 25 - 26 | 6 - 10 p.m.
$15 adults, $10 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 & younger

Tour the historic property in the dark, meet ghosts from the past, hear Tennessee's haunted tales, embark on a haunted hayride and more.

OAKLANDS FLASHLIGHT NIGHT
Oaklands Mansion
900 N. Maney Ave, Nashville
615-893-0022 | oaklandsmansion.org
Thursday, Oct. 24 - Saturday, Oct. 26 | 7 - 10 p.m.
$10 ages 12 & older, $5 ages 6 - 11, free ages 5 & younger

Bring a flashlight for a unique, dimly lit mansion tour with guides in mourning attire sharing creepy superstitions.


Make Boo at the Zoo a family affair by nailing the group costume initiative like this incredible family!

BARFIELD BASH TWILIGHT TRAIL & CARNIVAL
Barfield Crescent Park
697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro
615-893-2141 | murfreesborotn.gov/parks
Friday, Oct. 25 - Saturday, Oct. 26
$4 for the hayride, carnival is free

This happy, non-spooky hayride in the back country is followed by games, puppet shows, stories, live animals and trick-or-treating.

CASTLE OF VILLAINS
Historic Rock Castle
139 Rock Castle Lane, Hendersonville
615-824-0502 | historicrockcastle.com
Friday, Oct. 25 | 6 - 8 p.m.
$5 adults, $8 ages 2 & older in advance/$10 at the gate

Wear your costumes and stroll the castle and grounds interacting with favorite dastardly villain characters while trick-or-treating.

GHOST AND LANTERN TOUR (REGISTER)
Historic Mansker's Station
705 Caldwell Drive, Goodlettsville
615-859-3678 | historicmanskersstation.evenbrite.com
Saturday, Oct. 26 | 6 - 9:45 p.m.
$5 ages 6+ in advance; price goes up to $10 starting Oct. 16

A night tour through the grounds with historical interpreters dressed in 1700s attire, followed by live music, a hay ride and refreshments.

HALLOWEEN AT THE MANSION
Two Rivers Mansion
3130 Two Rivers Pkwy., Nashville
615-885-1112 | friendsoftworiversmansion.org
Saturday, Oct. 26 | 4 - 8 p.m.
$10 per car

Pumpkin painting, hayrides, the haunted basement tour, storytelling, food and music.

NASHVILLE GHOST TOURS
Sixth Avenue North & Union Avenue
, Nashville
amerighost.com/nashville-ghost-tours
Hours: 8 p.m. Sun - Fri, 8 & 9 p.m. Sat
$17 ages 12 & older, $10 ages 7 - 11, free ages 6 & younger

A lantern-bearing guide leads you on this 90-minute tour through the dark mysteries of the streets of downtown Nashville, including landmarks like the Ryman Auditorium, Tennessee State Capitol, Printer's Alley and more. Tour is suitable for younger kids.
 

HAUNTED HOOTS FOR BIG KIDS (ages 10+)

HERMITAGE GHOST TOURS
The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane, Hermitage
615-889-2941 | thehermitage.com
Thru Nov. 9: Wed - Sat 7 & 9 p.m.
$35

Explore the haunted side of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage while exploring the mansions, grounds and cemetery by lantern light as guides share stories of the ghosts of the Battle of New Orleans and Jackson's meeting with the Bell Witch.

 
You never know what kind of monster will hop aboard the Barfield Bash
Haunted Hayride in Murfreesboro!

BARFIELD BASH HAUNTED HAYRIDE
Barfield Crescent Park
697 Barfield Crescent Road, Murfreesboro
615-893-2141 | murfreesborotn.gov/parks
Wednesday, Oct. 23 - Saturday, Oct. 26 | 7 - 9 p.m.
$5

Hop aboard the wagon for a scary adventure down Old Scream Road.

BELL WITCH CAVE
430 Keysburg Road, Adams

615-696-3055 | bellwitchcave.com
Hours: Vary daily

$12 daytime cave tours ($18 includes cabin).
Tour the cave allegedly inhabited by Middle Tennessee's most notorious spook, and tour the cabin to hear even more frightful tale of how the witch haunted John Bell and his family.

BLOODY ACRES HAUNTED WOODS
318 Big Station Camp Blvd., Gallatin

615-974-8589 | bloodyacres.webs.com
Hours: Fri - Sat 7 p.m. - 1 a.m., Sun 7 - 11 p.m.; Oct. 23 - 31 daily 7 - 12 a.m.
$15
(regular admission) $20 (Fast pass, CASH ONLY)
Real woods and real terror! Get spooked in the woods by the new killer clowns before exploring the old mine shaft.

CREEPY HOLLOW HAUNTED WOODS
2133 Joe Brown Road, Spring Hill

931-486-3063 | creepyhollowwoods.com
Fri - Sat: 7 - 11 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 31: 7 - 10 p.m.
$28
Three attractions in one designed to "scare the yell out of you" include Trail of Terror Haunted Woods, Halls of Horror Haunted House and the Zombie Maze. Embark on a hayride and storytelling for an extra $5.

DEAD LAND SCREAM PARK
7040 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon

615-519-3116 | deadlandwoods.com
Fri - Sat 7 p.m. - midnight
$15 each Portal and Curse, $10 Crypt, $5 Freak Out; the $50 Slash Pass gets you everything plus front-of-line access

For ages 10 and older, Dead Land offers four frights in one location. The Portal and The Curse are wooded trails of horror not for the faint of heart. The Crypt is this year's newest addition — a spooky excursion through grave sites. Then enter one of the Freak Out escape games where you solve puzzles in hopes of finding your way out before it's too late.

DEVIL'S DUNGEON
510 Davidson St., Nashville

615-256-0053 | devilsdungeon.net
Fri - Sat 8 p.m. - 12 a.m., Halloween night 7 - 10 p.m.
$20

Nashville's most controversial haunted house features 20,000 square feet of fright with two floors of shocking, bloody gore.


One of the creepies you'll encounter at
Bloody Acres Haunted Woods.

GHOSTS OF THE BATTLEFIELD AT LOTZ HOUSE
111 Columbia Ave., Franklin

615-400-3808 | franklinonfoot.com/tours/ghost-tours
Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
$20 adults, $10 teens, $5 kids

Franklin on Foot takes you to the epicenter of the 1864 Battle of Franklin where you'll tour the historic house while hearing stories of bloodshed and destruction — and unexplained paranormal phenomena!

GRAVE MATTERS TOUR AT REST HAVEN & OLD CITY CEMETERIES
Fourth Avenue North & North Margin Street, Franklin
By reservation | franklinonfoot.com/tours/cemetery-tours
$20 adults, $10 teens, $5 kids

Franklin on Foot presents costumed re-enactors who portray several of the cemeteries' most interesting people like the Carter father and son whose nearby home was the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin. You'll also hear stories of teenager Fannie Courtney, a Union sympathizer who tended to wounded Union soldiers, and there are also non-Civil War related stories to hear along the way.

HAUNTED FRANKLIN TOUR
305 Public Square, Franklin
615-400-3808 | franklinonfoot.com/tours/ghost-tours
Daily at 7 p.m.
$20 adults, $10 teens, $5 kids

Franklin On Foot hosts this family-friendly walking ghost tour for all ages. It covers six blocks of historic downtown Franklin exploring the ghosts and haunts that linger on the brick-lined streets and landmark buildings.

HAUNTED HELL
3930 Apache Trail, Antioch
615-832-4355 | hauntedhellnashville.com
Fri - Sat 7 p.m. - midnight, Halloween night 7 - 10 p.m.
$18

Face your fears among the rotting ruins and ghoulish landscapes seen in nightmares. The shock and mayhem include special effects and a demon cast of more than 35 live actors.

MEYERS CREEK HAUNTED WOODS
4734 John Bragg Hwy., Murfreesboro
meyerscreekhauntedwoods.com
Fri - Sat 6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
$18 ages 10 & older, $10 ages 9 & younger (must be accompanied by adult)

The woods await, and you never know what's crawling around them at night!

NASHVILLE NIGHTMARE
1016 Madison Square, Madison
615-752-5663 | nashvillenightmare.com
Fri - Sat 7:30 p.m. - 11:30, Sun 7:30 - 10 p.m.
$30 for all attractions; $40 includes the Slash Pass

Now in its sixth season, Nashville Nightmare has expanded to include six distinct haunted attractions within its 50,000 square feet of space: Reformatory, Twisted Tales, Phantoms Reincarnation, Rigor Mortis, Sector 615.

SLAUGHTERHOUSE
3445 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage
615-840-5069 | fullmoonslaughterhouse.com
Fri - Sat 7 - 12 a.m., Halloween night 8 - 12 a.m.
$25

Nashville's longest-running haunted attraction celebrates 30 years of intense slaughter, blood-and-guts haunted horror, now located at the Full Moon Cineplex.

 

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