Knoxville Halloween 2016: Parties, parades, haunted houses and more

Halloween and fall events across East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – It’s that time of the year again, where costume-wearing is encouraged and haunted houses are no longer avoidable.

In East Tennessee, Halloween parties are just about everywhere. Here are some of the most spooktacular events around the area:

Saturday, October 22

West Town Mall Trick-Or-Treating

Grab a broomstick and fly to West Town Mall to get in the spooky spirit with mall-wide trick-or-treating for the costumed candy-lovers from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

In addition, shoppers can arrive at 4:30 p.m. in their most angelic or alarming fashions to register for Hot 104.5’s Hot-O-Ween costume contest taking place from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Please note that only children 12 and under are permitted to trick-or-treat or wear masks. No toy weapons are allowed, and costumes may only be worn during event hours. Adults participating in the costume contest are asked to only wear their masks in the event area and during the contest.

Saturday, October 23

Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo

The UT Gardens Knoxville is pleased to present their third annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo, a fun Halloween-themed event sponsored by the UT Gardens Knoxville and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The event is from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p .m. It is free to attend, but their is a $15 fee for parade participants.

This fun event with a spooky twist will include a judged costume parade with prizes, an expo of educational booths, pet businesses, and rescue groups, food trucks and more. The event will be held rain or shine.

Saturday, October 28

Freaky Friday Fright Nite

Superheroes, princesses, ghosts and goblins – get ready! The Town of Farragut will host the 20th annual Freaky Friday Fright Nite on Friday, Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mayor Bob Leonard Park on Watt Road. The event will provide a safe place for children to participate in Halloween activities while benefiting the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House.

Children age 12 and under and in costume are invited to “trick or treat” around the walk trail at the park. Local businesses, community groups and Town volunteers will hand out the treats, provide games with prizes, assist with cookie decorating and serve refreshments.

The Town has partnered with the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House each year of the event since 2000 in order to collect essential items that the House needs to continue day-to-day operations. The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families with critically ill children being served by area hospitals and depends on community donations to operate. Families are provided all services for a nominal fee or for free of charge if they are unable to pay.

“What a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some family fun and to help those in need at the same time,” said Sue Beverly, Director of the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House. “All the donations that are collected during Freaky Friday for our Ronald McDonald House are so deeply appreciated and put to good use by the grateful residents of our ‘House that Love Built.'”

While Freaky Friday Fright Nite is a free event, participants are asked to donate one or more of the following items for the House: household items including hand sanitizer, wet Swiffer mop pads, pump hand soap, paper plates, 8 oz. coffee cups, disposable bowls, paper towels, plastic forks and spoons, fabric softener, CFL light bulbs, Lysol spray, air freshener, trash bags (kitchen size, lawn & leaf size and 4 gallon for waste baskets); food items including breakfast bars, granola bars, brown sugar, powdered sugar, ketchup, mustard, mayo, bacon bits, BBQ sauce, individual packs of crackers and jars of gravy; office items including copy paper and postage stamps; and gift cards to Pilot, Home Depot, Walmart, Food City and Lowe’s. Cash donations will also be accepted. Collection stations will be located at two areas: next to the cookie decorating station and next to the entrance from the Harrison Road parking lot.

TICA Halloween Cat Show

The Volunteer Cat Club presents Halloween cat show in the Hills at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, located at 4010 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

Watch regional and international cat competition winners compete. There will also be candy for the kids.

The cost is $3 for children and $6 for adults.

Saturday, October 29

Boo at the Barn

Horse Haven of Tennessee invites the entire family to Boo at the Barn.

Enjoy games, ride a carousel, join the lollipop trott and if you dare, enter the “Barn of Terror.” Organizers say there will be smores galore.

The event is from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come in costume to 2417 Regan Road in Knoxville. Admission is $10 per car load.

Tennessee Theatre ‘Costumes and Classic Cartoons’ free open house

‘Costumes and Classic Cartoons’ open house (Tennessee Theatre)
‘Costumes and Classic Cartoons’ open house (Tennessee Theatre)

The Tennessee Theatre invites families and children to wear their best family-friendly costumes and enjoy the free ‘Costumes and Classic Cartoons Open House’ on Saturday, October 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Families will enjoy Looney Tunes classic cartoons on the Tennessee’s screen, Mighty Wurlitzer organ music, self-guided dressing room tours, face painting and old-fashioned candy provided by Mast General Store. The Tennessee Theatre open house series is sponsored by McCarty Holsaple McCarty.

“At last year’s event, many of the children who came through our doors were experiencing the grandeur of the Tennessee Theatre for the first time,” Tennessee Theatre Executive Director Becky Hancock said. “This daytime event is a great way to introduce the next generation to our beautiful venue, as well as honor our theater’s long tradition of daytime children’s clubs. I am excited to be able to open our doors for Halloween family fun this fall.”

During the open house, a short reel of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoons will be shown at intervals between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Each screening will be introduced with organ music played by house organist Bill Snyder on the Mighty Wurlitzer.

In between screenings, the dressing room areas will be open to the public for self-guided tours, and face painting and Mast General Store will be handing out old-fashioned candy at stations throughout the lobby and foyers. Popcorn, soda, candy and other basic concessions will be available for purchase, as well as gift shop items, with all proceeds going to the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation.

Children ages 12 and under are invited to come dressed in festive Halloween costumes. The Theatre requests that costumes be family-friendly and not scary. Toy weapons will not be permitted.

Ijams Sugar Skull Halloween Project

Sugar Skull (Ijams)
Sugar Skull (Ijams)

Halloween is almost here and what better way to celebrate that creating your own sugar skull?

Join Ijams Nature Center at 2:00 p.m. and 3 p.m. with artist Jackie Hardin for Sugar Skull classes. Learn a little about the history of the Day of the Dead and make a sugar skull for your own celebration.

The class fee is $12.00. Call 865-577-4717 ext.110 to register. Make sure to specify which class time you want.

Sunday, October 30

FEATURED: Star 102.1 Trick-Or-Treat Trail

Safe and free trick-or-treating for all kids 12 and under and a costume contest at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Pavilion.

Costume contests for 3 different age groups for great prizes starting at 1 pm. Trick or Treat Trail open 2-4 pm. Free parking across the street.

Ijams Harvest Festival

Harvest time is here and Ijams wants families to celebrate.

Visit Ijams Nature Park from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to enjoy storytelling, hikes, vendor marketplace, kids crafts, pumpkin patch, festive foods and more. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for kids ages 4-12, kids 3 and under are free. The whole family rate is $20.

Fall Festival at 1st

Fall is in the air and at 1st United Methodist Church anticipation is building for what is one of the biggest events of the year. More than a thousand people from the community are expected to come and enjoy a couple of hours of trunk-or-treating, jumping on inflatables, eating popcorn and hot dogs, getting faces painted, and much more. Since it is the Halloween season, you are certainly welcome to come dressed in costume .

This event is FREE, but this year the church is asking everyone to bring canned goods for “admission.”  All the food collected will be taken to the Blount County Food Connection.  For more information visit

Monday, October 31

Knoxville Center Mall Wide Trick or Treating & Costume Contest

Mall wide trick or treating will occur from 5:30 to 8:00 Knoxville Center Mall.

Participating stores will have a pumpkin posted in their window. The mall will also have a costume contest at center court for children 12 and under. The winner will receive a prize.

Trick-or-treating is only available for children 12 and under. Costumers should only be worn during event hours. No toy weapons allowed.  Mall Management reserves the right to allow or deny exceptions.

Holyween 2016

Come get your praise on, grab some treats and have a good time at World for Christ Church. The event is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 4611 Central Avenue Pike in Knoxville.

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Follow your children around, whether they like it or not.
  • When the children knock on the door to get a treat, stand behind them on the porch. That way the kids are free to enjoy themselves, and the person opening the door can clearly see an adult is caring for these children.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Purchase or make costumes that are light, bright and clearly visible to motorists.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Never walk near lit jack o’lanterns, candles or luminaries.
  • Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
  • Costumes should fit well and not drag on the ground to guard against trips and falls.
  • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Oversized high heels are not a good idea.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
  • Tie hats and scarves securely to prevent them from slipping over children’s eyes and obstructing vision.
  • If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely, provides adequate ventilation, and has eye holes large enough to allow full vision.
  • Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • We recommend adults remain present and just as vigilant at sponsored Halloween events.
  • Provide each child with a wristband with your name and cell phone number. Or, write this information on a piece of paper and place it in each child’s pocket.
  • Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.

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