Get candy, get scared, get artistic: It's Halloween time in Tennessee

Get candy, get scared, get artistic: It's Halloween time in Tennessee

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Visitors explore Ijams Nature Center’s Rose Marble Quarry on Oct. 3, 2013. Ijams will host a haunted lantern tour Oct. 24 and Oct. 29-30, and a kid-friendly “enchanted forest” on Oct. 26.

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ADAM LAU/KNOXVILLE.COM Visitors explore Ijams Nature Center’s Rose Marble Quarry on Oct. 3, 2013. Ijams will host a haunted lantern tour Oct. 24 and Oct. 29-30, and a kid-friendly “enchanted forest” on Oct. 26.

Want to get candy simply by dressing up as someone — or something — else and asking? There’s a place for that. Want to pay to get really scared? You can do that. What about taking the spooky, creepy theme of Halloween and turning it into an artistic venture by enjoying a movie or play? No problem.

It’s October in East Tennessee. So, it’s the season for haunted houses, farms and corn mazes. It also means family-friendly trick-or-treat. And scary movies. And Halloween-themed tours by foot, boat or train. History-lovers can combine the past with the scary at several locations.

So whatever your choice — or choices — to celebrate the Halloween season, East Tennessee likely has got it.

Below are a listing of Halloween-themed events sent to after our entertaining ghouls asked for the information. They enjoy the season so much the haunted information is still being accepted. Send your Halloween event no later than every Monday through Oct. 21. Send that information to “Haunted Happenings” at; put Halloween in the subject line. Send the information about what the event is, who puts it on, times, dates and admission prices. (If you have already sent us the information, you don’t need to do that again.)

Now, for your spine-chilling planning, here’s an alphabetical list of Haunted Happenings:

“Bell Witch: The Movie”: 7 p.m. Saturday, Lyric Theatre, 320 Grove St., Loudon. $10 at 865-458-9020. Showing of 2007 film starring Betsy Palmer based on The Bell Witch of Adams, Tenn., story.

Boo at the Barn: 4-8 p.m. Oct. 26, 2417 Reagan Road, Knoxville. Presented by Horse Haven of Tennessee. $10 includes carload admission and parking. Candy, camp fire, face painting, haunted barn.

BOO! At the Zoo: 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 11-13, Oct. 17-20, Oct. 24-27, Knoxville Zoo, off Interstate 40’s Exit 392. Admission $7 per person, free for children under 2 (zoo members $2 discount), tickets at zoo or area Kroger (no member discount at Kroger); parking $5 a vehicle. Not-too-scary Halloween event includes trick or-treating through park, Monster Mash tent, backward “haunted” carousel

Comic Halloween Fest: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 26, Snake Eyes Comics, 9317 Kingston Pike (Market Place Shopping Center), Knoxville. Free admission. Costume contest for adults and youth 5:30 p.m.

“Dead Man’s Farm Haunted House: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 17, Oct. 24 & Oct. 29-30; 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-19 & Oct. 25-26, 7-11 p.m. Nov. 1-2; closed Oct. 31, 9567 Highway 11E, Lenoir City. $17 admission. High-intensity, interactive haunted house.

“Deathtrap”: 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday Oct. 18-Nov. 3, Theatre Knoxville Downtown, 319 N. Gay St., Knoxville. Tickets $10 Thursday or Sunday show, $15 Friday or Saturday at Play with comedy-thriller plot features thriller writer in a slump ready to do anything to improve his fortune.

Dungeon of Darkness Haunted Castle: dark-11 p.m. Thursday, Friday & Saturday through Nov. 2, 2146 Big Springs Road, Maryville. General admission $13. Classic style, self-guided walk through indoor haunted attraction in the old Alnwick School now Alnwick Community Club.

Fall Festival, Cansler Family Y: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 25, 616 Jessamine St., Knoxville. Free festival admission. $2 per person “Haunted Swamp” rides in pool. Carnival games, bounce house, chili cook-off. Each “Haunted Swamp” boat/family given “fear factor” option to tailor how scary their experience is.

“Freaky Friday Fright Nite”: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25, Mayor Bob Leonard Park, Watt Road, Farragut. Free; participants asked to bring items for Knoxville Ronald McDonald House. Children age 12 and younger in costume “trick or treat” around park walking trail, games, cookie decorating. Items for Ronald McDonald House include individually wrapped snacks, canned chicken/tuna, chicken broth/cream soups, trash bags, gift cards to grocery/hardware/gas stations.

Frightmare Manor: 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-19, Oct. 25-26; 7 -10 p.m. Oct. 24, Oct. 27 & Oct. 30, 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 7588 Andrew Johnson Highway, Talbott. Admission $25 for three haunted attractions; $40 for three haunted attractions plus fourth “Nightmare at Frightmare Money Back Challenge.” The challenge is for ages 18 and older. Haunted house, barn, woods and “Nightmare” attraction.

Frightworks Haunted House: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 13, Oct. 17, Oct. 20, Oct. 24, Oct. 27 & Oct. 30; 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-19, Oct. 25-26; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 1904 W. Emory Road, Powell. Tickets $19.95. “Tremble Morbidtorium” theme.

Haunted History Cruises Above the S.S. Nightmare: 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Oct. 11-13, Oct. 17-18, Oct. 20, Oct. 24-27, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, NavCal Rides, Star Landing, 300 Neyland Drive, Knoxville. $15 a person at 865-765-3407. Family-friendly, 45-minute haunted history trips.

Halloween Rehearsal Day & Costume Competition: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26, Smart Toys and Books, 9700 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Free. Children invited to wear Halloween costumes to get treat bag; make Halloween craft, participate in costume contest with photos posted on store’s Facebook page for voting.

“Halloween Haunts and Haints”: 3-7 p.m. Oct. 26, Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway. $5 ages 16 and older, $3 ages 4-15, free ages 3 and younger; family cap at $20. Trick or treating at site’s historic buildings; children’s craft activities; games, spooky stories. Costume parade and contest at 5 p.m. Costume contest registration $1 per person with best fictional, cutest, scariest, most historic and most creative categories.

Haunted Hay Ride: dusk-midnight Oct. 11-12, Oct. 17-19, Oct. 21-26 and Oct. 28-Nov. 2, Nelson Springs Farm, 715 Mill Creek Road, Andersonville. $10 adult, $8 ages 12 under. Unsuitable/scary for small children. Forty-minute haunted hayride, concessions, bonfire.

Haunted Lantern Tour: 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Oct. 29-30, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville. $7 Ijams member, $10 nonmember. For ages 10 and up. Night tours by lantern of Ijams quarries. Register at 865-577-4717, Ext. 110.

Haunted Train in the Old City: 6-10 p.m. Oct. 18, at 318 W. Depot Ave., Knoxville. Admission $5 a person. Presented by New Life United Methodist Church Youth Group.

A Haunting at Ramsey House: 4-8 p.m. Oct. 22, 2614 Thorngrove Pike, Knoxville. $10 per person. Ghost stories by storytellers and celebrities in historic house; Halloween decorated cakes, campfire.

Hauntings of Historic Harriman: Oct. 25-26, Walden Street, Harriman. Tours start at 8 p.m., leaving every 15 minutes. Last tour Oct. 25 10:30 p.m., last tour Oct. 26 10 p.m. $10 at the gate. Guided walking tour through Cornstalk Heights Historic District with ghostly stories. Not recommended for children under age 10.

Third annual HearthScares Ball: 7-11 p.m. Oct. 25, James White’s Fort, 205 E. Hill Ave., Knoxville. Tickets $75 a person at or 865-525-6574. Music by Chillbillies, appetizer buffet, guests invited to wear Halloween costumes.

HearthScares Tour: 7 p.m. Oct. 18, Oct. 21-22, Oct. 28-30, leave from James White’s Fort, 205 E. Hill Ave., Knoxville. $10 for ages 16 and older, $6 ages 6-15. Walking tour of “ghostly Knoxville” covers about 1.5 miles of downtown Knoxville with stops to tell legends, spooky stories; tour takes about an hour and a half and ends with marshmallow roast at the fort.

Ijams Enchanted Forest: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 26, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville. $5 Ijams member, $8 nonmember, free age 2 and younger. Non-scary family event includes walk on “magical” woodland trails where creatures/animals share stories. Walks leave every 20 minutes. Register at 865-577-4717, Ext. 130.

Island in Pigeon Forge inaugural Halloween Celebration: 5:30-9:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Island Drive, Pigeon Forge. Free hayrides, costume contest, face painting, candy stations at stores. Wheel rides free for children in costume up to age 11 with one paid adult ticket rider for every five children. Adult wheel tickets $13; senior citizens age 60 and older tickets $11.

“Little Shop of Horrors”: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18-19, Oct. 25-26, Oct. 31, Rogersville Playhouse, 1924 American Legion Road, Rogersville. $12 adult, $10 under age 12 at 423-293-0882 or . (Show information says the play is not child friendly.) Musical about a blood-eating plant and the people around it.

Loudon County Humane Society’s “Howling in the Park”: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26, Lenoir City Park adjacent to Fort Loudon Dam & Marina. Free. Vaccinated dogs displaying rabies tags, leashed and under control welcome. Costume parades for dogs, children, dog trick competition, entertainment, pet adoptions.

Monster’s Ball: 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 31, Rockwood Event Center, 116 W. Rockwood St., Rockwood. $10 at door. Costume contests, appetizers, dancing.

Naturally Yucky Halloween: 4 p.m. Oct. 31, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville. $3 Ijams member, $5 nonmember, free age 2 and younger. Program shows some of natural world’s slimiest, yucky parts. Register at 865-577-4717, Ext. 110.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure “Experiment in Terror” 15th annual Fright Nights: starts 6 p.m. nightly Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October plus Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at Ripley’s, traffic light #8, Gatlinburg. Tickets $13.99 plus tax age 12 and older, $7.99 plus tax ages 6-11. No one under age 6 allowed; those under 12 must be accompanied by guardian. Year-round haunted house Fright Nights shows for Halloween season.

“Rocky Horror Picture Show”: 11 p.m. Oct. 19, Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St., Knoxville. Tickets $9 adult, $7 senior citizen or child at 865-684-1200, or Cult film. Viewers invited to dress as favorite film character. Live shadow cast leads fans in audience participation. Approved moviegoer props are newspapers, water pistols (no larger than palm of the hand), flashlights, rubber gloves, noisemakers, toilet paper, neoprene toast/hot dogs/prunes, party hat, bell, cards. Not allowed: rice, candles, confetti, glitter or real food items.

Secret City Halloween Spooktacular Train Rides: 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 26, 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 27, at Heritage Center, Highway 58 in Roane County. $19 adult, $15 ages 3-12. One-hour ride through former K-25 uranium enrichment site and rural Poplar Creek Valley to Blair, Tenn., Riders, especially children, invited to wear Halloween costumes.

Sinister Chaos haunted house: 7-11 p.m. Oct. 11-12, Oct. 17-19, Oct. 25-26, Oct. 31, 402 N. Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville. $12; $10 military personnel; $10 Oct. 17 only for students with student ID cards. Concessions by nonprofit USCAV (United States Citizens Aiding Veterans) to help local homeless vets.

Spooktacular Saturday: 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Southwest Point, 1226 S. Kentucky St., Kingston. Free. Children invited to dress in Halloween costumes. Games, ghost stories, treats.

Trick or Treat in the Cave: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18-20, Oct. 25-31, Cherokee Caverns, 8524 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville. $8 age 3 and older. Trick-or-treat along trail inside cave; meet cave “creepies,” walk through underground vortex tunnel.

Thrill the World Knoxville: 5 p.m. Oct. 26, Market Square, downtown Knoxville. $10 suggested donation, proceeds go to Young-Williams Animal Center. Part of international “Thrill the World” event based on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Dress as zombies. Registration at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 or see

Trail of Doom: dark-10 p.m. Oct. 11, Oct. 17-18, Oct. 25, Oct. 31, Nov. 1; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 24; dark-11 p.m. Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Oakes Farm Corn Maze, 8240 Corryton Road, Corryton. $19.95 plus tax general admission. Multi-“haunted attractions.” Also “Thriller Nights of Lights,” family friendly nighttime hayride with synchronizes lights and music with Halloween theme , $5 per person, starts dusk with last ticket sold at 10 p.m.

“Trick or Trees”: noon-4 p.m. Oct. 26, University of Tennessee Gardens off Neyland Drive, Knoxville. $6 per child age 12 and younger. Advance registration required at Dress in costume, walk the gardens, trick-or-treat at five activity stations. Learn about pumpkins, spiders, creepy crawlies, make crafts. Children must be accompanied by adult.

Trunk or Treat: 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 27, Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley St., Knoxville. Free. Games, bounce house, trick-or-treat.

Trunk or Treat: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 27, First Baptist Church of Knoxville back parking lot, 510 W. Main St., Knoxville. Free. For children in fifth grade or younger and their families. Inflatables, games, food, face painting, candy. Children may dress up if they wish.

Trunk or Treat: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Grace Lutheran Church parking lot, 9076 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. Free.

Trunk or Treat: 4-6 p.m. Oct. 27, Central United Methodist Church, 301 Hickory Creek Road, Lenoir City. Free admission. Trunk or treat, family friendly costumes welcome.

Second annual Zombie Movie Marathon: 6 p.m. Oct. 11, Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Ave., Knoxville. $10 admission. Ijams and Knoxville Horror Film Fest present films “Zombie,” (rated R) and “Cockneys vs. Zombies (not rated.) on center lawn. Participants are invited to dress like zombies. Event includes food, beer. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, no coolers.

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