Halloween Events In the Tri-Cities 2017
Family Friendly Halloween Events in the Tri-Cities
There are so many ways to have some fun with Halloween in the Tri-Cities and slightly beyond that I decided to dedicate a post just for these instead of including it in my regular Out and About Post. Here you are!
Boo at the Zoo at Knoxville Zoo
12 nights of safe and not-too-scary fun scheduled over three weekends; Friday through Sunday, Oct. 13-15 and Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 19-22 and Oct. 26-29, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. each evening.
BOO! at the Zoo, a Halloween tradition for 31 years, is a family event featuring trick-or-treating through the
zoo along the BOO! Trail, the Chick-fil-A Monster Mash tent with fun that’s perfect for preschool and
elementary-aged event-goers, friendly costumed characters and entertainers throughout the zoo.
Additional activities include the Scary-Go-Round, the only “haunted” carousel in East Tennessee and the
BOO! Choo Train. Tickets are $9 each. Four and under are admitted free. Must purchase tickets in advance. Click here for more details.
Kids Halloween Party at Real to Reel Theater
Saturday – October 14th, 2017 from 11 am to 1 pm
Free Halloween Party for Kids! Games, Prizes, Coloring and Costume Contests, Face Painting! Family Friendly Halloween Movie to Follow: $3.00 Movie Admission!
Stories From the Pumpkin Patch at Tipton-Haynes
Saturday – October 14th, 2017 from 4 pm to 8 pm
Enjoy a family-friendly evening with fun crafts and great stories at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site. Roast a hot dog over an open fire while the storytellers share some of their great stories. As daylight fades Spooky stories will be taking place in our very own cave! Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children twelve and under. Hotdogs are $1.00 extra.
The 3rd Annual Spooktacular Pumpkin Plunge Party at Kingsport Aquatic Center
Saturday – October 14th, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
The 3rd Annual Pumpkin Plunge Party is on. Children ages 12 and younger are invited to plunge into the Warm Pool and retrieve a pumpkin to decorate, participate in Halloween games and swim in the indoor pools. Admission is $4 per person. Everyone is welcome to swim during the Pumpkin Plunge Party with the entry fee, but only children ages 12 and younger will be allowed to decorate the pumpkins. For more information, please call 423-343-9758.
A Spot on the Hill at The Old Jonesborough Cemetary
October 20th, 21st, and 27th at 6:30 pm
A Spot on the Hill, the original, research-based play returns this October to the Old Jonesborough Cemetery. Returning for its fourth season this edition features new characters. New faces include Annis A. Bovell Mathes, who experienced a truly Victorian tragedy, Cpt Alfred Eugene Jackson, who died during the Civil War, and an unknown visitor, to help tell the story of the “strangers” section that was set aside in 1849. You’ll meet them and many more! Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Come and listen to real stories of real lives among real tombstones.
Performances for A Spot on the Hill will take place at 6:30 p.m. on October 20th, 21st, and 27th. There will be a 2:00 matinee performance on October 28th. Tickets are limited and sell out fast, so make sure you buy yours today. Tickets are $8.00 and proceeds benefit the Heritage Alliance’s cemetery preservation and tombstone restoration fund. Audience members should arrive 15 minutes prior to show time. Parking is available at the First Baptist Church and at the Jonesborough Senior Center. It is a short walk up East Main Street to the cemetery from the First Baptist Church lot. A golf cart courtesy shuttle will be available for guests who park at the Senior Center. This program is not suggested for children under 10 years of age. In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved inside to the Jonesborough/Washington County History Museum.
Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. To purchase tickets, please call the Heritage Alliance at 423.753.9580, or the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center at 423.753.1010. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://townofjonesborough.thundertix.com/events. On the day of the event, tickets should be purchased at the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center.
Great Pumpkin Celebration at Bass Pro
October 21st – 31st, 2017 (Click here for a detailed list of times by date)
Join Charlie Brown and The Peanuts gang at Bass Pro Shops’ free Halloween Event!
Crafts and games and get a free photo of your little ghost or goblin in their Halloween Costume! You will receive a free 4×6 photo, and have the option to purchase a photo pack for just $5.00 (includes (1) 6×8, (2) 4×6, Digital Download).
Super Spooky Saturday at Memorial Park Community Center
Saturday – October 21st, 2017 from 5 pm to 9 pm
All ages welcome. Families can enjoy free carnival games, an inflatable obstacle course, marshmallow roasting, a “non-haunted” hayride, face painting, a pumpkin hunt sponsored by Fenders Farm and many more surprises. For the brave there will be a haunted walk from 7-9 p.m. Tickets for the haunted walk are $2/person.
Ghost Train – Tweetsie Railroad
September 22 – October 28 – Friday and Saturday Nights Only
Tweetsie Railroad will host a Halloween celebration the whole family can enjoy. Ghost Train® includes trick-or-treating, the Freaky Forest, the Haunted House and more. The Ghost Train® has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society. A limited number of tickets are available; buying tickets in advance is highly recommended.
Ghost Train Ride – Haunted House – Halloween Shows on Main Street – 3-D Maze – Black Hole™ Trick-or-Treating – Freaky Forest – Warp Tunnel – Tweetsie Palace Spooktacular Black Light Show
Boo at the Zoo at Creation Kingdom Zoo
October 26th – 29th, 2017 from 6 pm to 9 pm
Come see the Zoo while kids visit candy stations throughout! Check out our festival of jack-o-lanterns, grab a free hayride and eat funnel cakes, hot dogs, tacos and more! Children under age 12 in costume are free with a canned food item. Ages 12 through adults are $10.
Scary Stories at Fort Watauga – Sycamore Shoals State Park
Thursday – October 26th, 2017 starting at 7:30 pm
Strange things happen around All Hallows Eve, especially at an old fort by the river. Bring the family and join us for tales of woe and terror, the weird and macabre, with a touch of wit thrown in for good measure. Don’t be afraid, Fort Watauga at Sycamore Shoals isn’t haunted… we think!
BOO!SEUM at Hand’s On Museum!
October 27th, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Join us downtown for our spooktacular, but not too scary evening of fun! Hands On! is hosting its annual BOO!SEUM event which will include candy, games, science experiments, crafts, and more! Stop by anytime between 5:30 and 7:30. Be sure to wear your most festive costume and bring your own trick-or-treat bag! (***Contains small parts and/or food allergens. While supplies last. BOO!SEUM is held in the Museum’s ballroom event space, the main Museum exhibition area is not open.) More information here.
Fall Fun Festival at Coalition for Kids in Johnson City
October 27th, 2017 from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Giant inflatables – cookie decorating, bean bag toss, PLINKO, Pie in the Face – Trunk of Treats and more. Admission and activities are free of charge! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors! For more information call Cindy Young at 423-424-2031 ext. 806
Halloween in the Campground at Warrior’s Path State Park
Friday – October 27th, 2017 from 5 pm to 8 pm
We have attended this event before and we had a blast! It’s really fun. Here are the details. Enjoy some traditional Halloween fun, with ghost tales, trick or treating, and costume contests! There will be a kids’ costume contest at 6:30 PM and a pet costume contest at 7 PM. We’ll also have free candy, a campsite decorating contest, ghost tales, and much more. This FREE, family-friendly event is sponsored by YOUR State Park and by the Friends of Warriors’ Path. Learn more here.
Pumpkin Swim at Memorial Park Community Center
Friday – October 27th, 2017 from 4 pm to 5:45 pm
Open to all ages. Admission: $5/person. Catch a floating pumpkin and decorate it to take home. For more info, call 423-434-5755
Witches Wynd at Exchange Place in Kingsport
October 27th and 28th, 2017 starting at 8 pm
Exchange Place needs no props after dark for a spooky atmosphere, with its shadowy corners of ancient log buildings where storytellers wait to relate chilling tales of the past. Guests assemble at the barn, divided into five groups, each of which is led by a lantern-bearing host to hear all of the five stories wind and through scenes relating to the story just heard. Autumn weather in Tennessee can be cool enough to bundle up and windy enough to enhance the evening. $8 Admission Charge.
Pumpkin Palooza and Downtown Trick or Treating on State Street in Bristol
Saturday – October 28th, 2017 from 9 am to noon
It’s time for the Annual Pumpkin Palooza and Trick-or-Treating on State Street! On Saturday, October 28, 9 am to 12 noon, kids of all ages can come to the Farmers’ Market at the Downtown Center, 810 State Street for a spooktacular event! Hosted by Bristol Tennessee Parks & Recreation Department and Believe in Bristol, there will be fun and games galore — children can decorate a pumpkin with a variety of fun craft materials. There will be treat bags for kids to take home (while supplies last), along with the pumpkin they decorated. The fun continues as downtown merchants are open for trick-or-treating at various shops along State Street from 10 am until 12 noon, or until the candy runs out! It’s fun for the whole family!
Halloween Haunts and Happenings on Main Street in Jonesborough
Saturday – October 28th, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm
Downtown Jonesborough is excited to bring you a day full of all things Halloween this year with the Annual Halloween Haunts and Happenings. From 2-8 p.m., join us for trick-or-treating, contests, games, pumpkin carving, activities for all ages, music and more. Stay tuned for more details and save the date for a spooktacular time in Tennessee’s Oldest Town! Learn more here.
Mall-O-Ween Fest & Food Truck Junction at the Mall of Johnson City
Saturday – October 28th, 2017 from 12 pm to 9 pm
Come join your friends at The Mall of Johnson City for a day of Halloween festivities. There will be hayrides, inflatables, food trucks, costume judging, and of course trick or treating.
*Please note that the annual mall trick or treating will be held on this day instead of October 31.
JC Penney Parking Lot
Halloween Festival at Carver Park
Tuesday – October 31st, 2017 from 6 pm to 9 pm
Open to all ages. Admission: $1/in costume $2/person if not in costume. Game tickets: 50 cents. Fun for the whole family! Cash prizes for best children’s costume in three age categories. Lots of games and inflatables. For more info call: 423-461-8830
Trunk or Treat at Bristol YMCA
Tuesday – October 31st, 2017 from 4 pm to 6 pm
Ghostly activities for you to have a Boo’tiful time from 4 –6 pm! Some of witch include Corn Hole, Spike Ball, Can Jam and our Bounce House. Entry will cost 1 non-perishable food item per person to benefit the 2nd Harvest Food Bank.
We shouldn’t have any trouble at all making this the most amazing Halloween yet! There are so many fun events to enjoy! If I have missed something that you love please share with everyone in the comments section below. Also please feel free to sign up for our monthly newsletter for more family-friendly posts!