Unearth Halloween events both spooky and sweet throughout East Tennessee

This Halloween you can get scared. And you can get candy. You can walk with ghosts, watch for zombies or explore cornfields populated with ghouls. You can see spooky plays or creepy movies or listen to Halloween-themed music. (For a list haunted events, see the Halloween Guide in Knoxville.com.) Join the zombie craze Oct. 19 as Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., hosts a "Zombie Movie Marathon." The adult program includes showing the 1968 "Night of the Living Dead" plus our zombie-themed shorts from the Knoxville Horror Fest. Gates open at 6 p.m., music starts at 6:30. and the movie begins about 7:30. Tickets are $10.

Brasen Mathis, dressed as a 'monkey,' is hoisted in the air by his mother Kesley Mathis 'Boo at the Zoo' on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Photo By Justin Fee

Photo by Justin Fee

Brasen Mathis, dressed as a "monkey," is hoisted in the air by his mother Kesley Mathis "Boo at the Zoo" on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Photo By Justin Fee

If candy is your Halloween goal, various pre-October 31 events can help. The Knoxville Zoo's Boo! at the Zoo is 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 18-21 and Oct. 25-30. The family-focused event invites children to wear Halloween costumes to trick-or-treat through the park. A Monster Mash tent provides music and games, and the temporarily "haunted" zoo carousel spins backward. Admission is $6; children under age 2 get in free. Parking is $5. Get advance tickets at 865-637-5331, www.knoxvillezoo.org, at the zoo ticket office during regular daytime hours or at Knoxville area Kroger stores. The zoo is off Interstate 40s Exit 392.

Oct. 26 is the Town of Farragut's 16th annual Freaky Friday Fright Nite. From 5 to 7 p.m. children ages 12 and younger and wearing their costumes trick or treat around the trail of Mayor Bob Leonard Park on Watt Road. There'll be games and cookie decorating. Freaky Fright is free but participants are asked to bring items for Ronald McDonald House. Requested items include paper towels, laundry and dishwasher detergent, individually wrapped snacks and breakfast bars; gallon and quart size freezer bags, kitchen trash bags, lawn and leaf bags, plastic forks and spoons or postage stamps. The Ronald McDonald House in Knoxville provides a home for families while their children are being treated at area hospitals.

Those who prefer to trick or treat underground can head to Historic Cherokee Caverns. The caverns at 8524 Oak Ridge Highway hosts trick or treating 5:30-8:30 p.m. nightly Oct. 19-20 and Oct. 26-31. Admission is $7 per person. On Oct. 27, the University of Tennessee Gardens off Neyland Drive hosts "Trick or Trees." The noon-4 p.m. event geared to children ages 12 and younger includes activity stations to learn about pumpkins and spiders and create crafts to take home. Cost is $6 per child; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway, combines costumes and candy with scary stories and a haunted trail. The home of John Sevier, Tennessee's first governor, partners with the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association for "Halloween Haunts & Haints" starting at 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Children can trick or treat at the historic structures. There's a costume contest and a haunted trail. Slightly scary stories around the bonfire begin at 6 p.m.; things get spookier at 7:15 p.m. with scary and "seriously scary" stories. Admission is $5 for ages 16 and up, $3 ages 4-15, free ages 3 and younger with a $20 family cap.

Get scared by walking. Two historic homes offer annual ghost-themed downtown tours. Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave., offers "Ghosts & Ghouls" tours at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Oct. 27 and Oct. 29. Costumed volunteers lead the walks while telling tales. Tickets are $10 for ages 13 and up, $5 ages 12 and younger.

James White's Fort HearthScares Tour is a 90-minute walk with stories and legends that starts and ends at the 205 E. Hill Ave. fort. Tours are 7 p.m. Oct. 18-19, Oct 22-23 and Oct. 29-30. Admission is $10 for ages 16 and up, $6 ages 6-15. The fort also hosts its second HearthScares Ball 7-11 p.m. Oct. 26. Those tickets are $75 at http://www.jameswhitesfort.org.

Ijams hosts a haunted lantern tour of its former Meads and Ross marble quarries 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Admission is $7 for Ijams members, $10 nonmembers. The program's for adults and children ages 10 and up. Bring a flashlight. Register at 865-577-4717 Ext. 110. Maybe you'd rather listen for owls than worry about ghouls. The University of Tennessee Arboretum Society's "Owl Prowl" is 6:30 p.m. Oct 27. There's a program and then a prowl at the arboretum on Highway 62 in Oak Ridge. Bring a flashlight.

Halloween can get artsy. The Oak Ridge Community Orchestra's free Halloween-styled concert is 3 p.m. Oct. 28. The concert at First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge includes Camille Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre" and selections from Harry Potter films. The Children's Theatre of Knoxville, 800 S. Tyson St., presents "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" as fall fare. The adaptation of Washington Irving's story about a headless horseman is told by child actors. Shows are 7 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 1-2; 1 and 5 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 3 p.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Tickets are $12, $10 for an adult and a child coming to the theater together and at 865-599-5284.

Tennessee Stage Company presents "The War of the Worlds" 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Laurel Theatre (see accompanying story.) Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St., hosts the musical revue "Gothic Cabaret: Behind the Veil" Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 28. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for Thursday and Sunday; $15 Friday and Saturday.

Then there's "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." The movie plays at 11 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 senior citizens age 60 and older or children under 13 with a parent. The movie plays at midnight Oct. 31 at the Relix Variety Theatre, 1208 N. Central St. This showing is accompanied by a performance by the Rocky Horror Transit Beams. Tickets are $10; doors open and music starts at 10 p.m.

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