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January 18, 2022

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Top Things To Do With Your Kids in October

Boo at the Zoo; Goblins & Giggles at Gaylord Opryland and more!


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1. Visit Middle Tennessee Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

Click the link to see our 2020 roundup of Middle Tennessee farms offering fall fun!


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Sat. Oct. 15 – 18 (Thu – Sun) / Oct. 20 – 25 (Tue – Sun) / Oct. 27 – 30 (Tue – Fri / 5 – 9 p.m.

Members start at $14; Nonmembers start at $16

Middle Tennessee's largest family Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo is back and better than ever. Pick your date and time to take a socially safe journey through the Zoo's animal trails while enjoying trick-or-treat stations, themed walk-through areas, carousel rides, special animal encounters, a visit with a magical pumpkin and much more.


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3. Goblins & Giggles at Gaylord

Available from Sep. 11 – Oct. 31

Family-friendly Halloween activities purposely redesigned to respect social distancing with activities including a jack-o-lantern walk, trick-or-treating, scavenger hunts, animal encounters and more! Getaway packages alos available.


4. Tennessee Titans

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READ MORE: Titans Fans To Return To Nissan Stadium in October


5. Fall Days at Deer Run

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Day passes are $15 and includes wagon rides, community campfire, outdoor movie, as well as all of your favorite Open Recreation activities like wiffle ball, sand volleyball, human foosball, cornhole tournaments, basketball, Noah's Park Playground, hiking trails, catch & release bank fishing.


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6. Fall Into Science Festival

Oct. 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This event will feature outdoor activities focused on the science of fall, Halloween, chemistry and magic! A costume contest will be held on October 31st and the prize will be tickets to a showing in the Sudekum Planetarium. Since the 31st is also our 75th birthday, we’ll be celebrating with a fun birthday twist on the festivities. 


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7. Flashlight Nights in Oaklands Mansion

Oct. 30 and 31 from 7 – 11 p.m.

Explore Murfreesboro’s most mysterious mansion after dark. These special nighttime tours will feature some of the unusual and creepy details and characteristics of the over 200-year-old house while it is decorated for the Halloween season. As the doors creak open to reveal the town’s spookiest historic home, the ghosts and goblins are waiting to welcome you to Oaklands Mansion at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with admission of $15 for adults and students ages 12 & up and $10 for children ages 6-11. For your safety, please bring your own flashlight. 


Tennessee STEAM Festival slated for Oct. 9-18 across the state

8. Great Pumpkin Festival

Oct. 29, 4 – 7 – p.m.

Put on your Halloween costume and come to Discovery Center at Murfree Spring for outdoor family fun! Enjoy food trucks, a costume contest with local celebrity judge panel and a not-so-haunted walk-through experience. $4 per person for all adults & children ages 2+ (free for members). Advance registration strongly encouraged.


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9. Howl'Oween at Cheekwood

Oct. 31, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Bring your favorite four-legged friend for Howl'Oween at Cheekwood! Costumed canines and their owners are invited to parade around the gardens during our daytime hours and enter the virtual costume contest. Free for members and babies 2 and under, $19 for adults and $12 for youth.


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10. Hermitage Ghost Tours

7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday through Nov. 8

“The ghost tours are a way for visitors to safely explore the haunted side of history after dark this fall,” said Howard J. Kittell, President and CEO of the Andrew Jackson Foundation. “Visitors will journey through the mansion, grounds and cemetery by lantern light with their guides sharing stories of strange encounters along the way.”  

*not suitable for young children


About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing and Entertainment Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 18-month-old Ezra.