2017 Haunted Tours

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From not-so-scary fun for littles to legit frights for big kids, put some extra fun in your Halloween season!

Haunted tours are a big part of the fall season, and who doesn’t enjoy a fun little fright? Like a fresh grave, we’ve dug up Middle Tennessee’s best spook spots, haunted houses, ghost tours and other Halloween-themed festivities for families. There are a few suitable for your younger ones (9 & younger) that aren’t so scary, and then there are the really frightening ones for big kids only (10 & older). As all kids are different, keep in mind your child’s sensitivities before you go.


BEST BET:
MILLERS THRILLERS
Fun for little & big kids!

1431 Carters Creek Pike, Columbia
millersthrillers.net
Thru Oct. 31
Hours: Fri – Sat 7 – 11 p.m. (Saturdays, Oct. 21 & 28 from 6 – 11 p.m.); Halloween night 7 – 10 p.m. (haunted woods only)
Admission: $20 Zombie Paintball Hayride; $20 Haunted Woods; $30 both; $5 Entertainment Zone only; Slash Passes are $20 extra per attraction
Of all the spook spots in Middle Tennessee, Millers Thrillers is our hands-down favorite. Celebrating 10 years this season, the Zombie Paintball Hayride is suitable for young children ages 5 and older. The trailers have been upgraded with a party theme, and new areas along the excursion provide ample shooting targets. It’s easy to fire through your paintball arsenal fast, so snagging the extra 75 paintballs for $10 is a good idea.

The Haunted Woods part of the attraction is for BIG KIDS ONLY, ages 10 and older. It’s a legit fright with lots of twists and turns to scare the willies out of you. There are new monsters and new trails this year, along with an expansion to the creepy Clown Town 3D area.

The Entertainment Zone only is $5, and it’s cool for all ages with the zombie drumline, fire performers, jugglers, storytellers and a killer light show. Lines for both the paintball and woods attractions get long fast, so arrive early or splurge for the slash pass.


— LITTLE KIDS/ALL AGES —

 

BOO AT THE ZOO – EDITOR’S PICK!

Nashville Zoo
3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville
615-833-1534 | nashvillezoo.org
Oct. 26 – 29
Hours: Thu/Fri/Sun 5 – 9 p.m., Sun 5 – 10 p.m.
Admission: $13 members, $16 non-members ($1 more on Saturdays)
The zoo’s annual Halloween hootenanny invites kids to wear costumes for a night of not-so-scary fun with hayrides, animal encounters, carousel rides, trick-or-treating and more.

Instead of running into scary monsters, little kids will encounter friendly animals during their Boo at the Zoo trek at Nashville Zoo!

BOOVILLE AT NASHVILLE SHORES

4001 Bell Road, Hermitage
615-889-7050 | boovillenashville.com
Thru Oct. 29
Hours: Sat – Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $9.99
This fun Halloween-themed outing for little kids includes costume contests, face painting, crafts, the trick-or-treat trail, hayrides, mazes, Tennessee’s largest Frankenstein and more.

ENCHANTED FOREST AT OWL’S HILL

545 Beech Creek Road, Brentwood
615-370-4672 | owlshill.org
Saturday, Oct. 28
Hours: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Admission: $12 ages 3+
Little ones can show off their costumes during this friendly outing that includes guided walks, hayrides, animal encounters, face painting and more.

FLASHLIGHT NIGHTS AT OAKLANDS

900 N. Maney Ave., Murfreesboro
615-893-0022 | oaklandsmansion.org
Oct. 27 & 28
Hours: 7 – 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids
Bring a flashlight to experience mourning customs and creepy superstitions.

 

GHOSTS IN THE GROVE

945 E. Baddour Pkwy., Lebanon
615-443-2626 | fiddlersgrove.org
Saturday, Oct. 28
Hours: 6 p.m.
Admission: $7 adults, $5 ages 6 – 12, free ages 5 & younger ($20 family max)
Hop aboard a trolley in search for ghosts, enjoy live music, storytelling and more.

THE GLOW: A JACK O’LANTERN EXPERIENCE AT FONTANEL

4125 Whites Creek Pike, Nashville
203-900-5055 | theglowjackolantern.com
Thru Oct. 29
Hours: 6:45 p.m. (end times vary by day)

Admission: $22 adults, $16 ages 3 – 12 (Thursday tickets are $16 adults, $10 kids)
Nashville’s newest attraction this season takes your family into an enchanted wonderland of more than 5,000 illuminated carved pumpkins creating landscapes and scenes. Little ones are sure to love seeing the 16-foot-tall dinosaur made from pumpkins!

HAUNTED FRANKLIN TOUR

305 Public Square, Franklin
615-400-3808 | franklinonfoot.com
Daily at 7 p.m.
Admission: $20 adults, $10 teens, $5 kids
Franklin On Foot hosts this family-friendly walking ghost tour for all ages. It covers six blocks of historic downtown Franklin exploring the ghosts and haunts that linger on the brick-lined streets and landmark buildings.

 

 

NASHVILLE GHOST TOURS

511 Union St., Nashville
nashvilleghosttours.com

Ongoing
Hours: Sun – Fri 8 p.m., Sat 8 & 9 p.m.
Admission: $17 adults, $10 ages 7 – 11, free ages 6 & younger
A lantern-bearing guide leads you on this 90-minute tour through the dark mysteries of the streets of downtown Nashville, including landmarks like the Ryman Auditorium, Tennessee State Capitol, Printer’s Alley and more. Tour is suitable for younger kids.

SAM DAVIS GHOST TOURS

Sam Davis Home
1399 Sam Davis Road, Smyrna
615-459-2341 | samdavishome.org
Oct. 27 – 28
Hours: 7 – 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids
Hear real stories from the plantation’s past.

— BIG KIDS ONLY (ages 10+) —

 

BELL WITCH CAVE

430 Keysburg Road, Adams
615-696-3055 | bellwitchcave.com
Hours: Vary daily
Admission: $12 daytime cave tours ($18 includes cabin), $25 nighttime tours, $10 hayride
Tour the cave allegedly inhabited by Middle Tennessee’s most notorious spook, and tour the cabin to hear even more frightful tale’s of how the witch haunted John Bell and his family.

BLOODY ACRES HAUNTED WOODS

318 Big Station Camp Blvd., Gallatin
615-974-8589 | bloodyacres.webs.com
Thru Oct. 31
Fri – Sat 7 p.m. – 1 a.m., Sun 7 – 11 p.m.; Oct. 20 – 31 weekdays 7 – 11 p.m.

$15 (cash only
Real woods and real terror! Get spooked in the woods by the new killer clowns before exploring the old mine shaft.

CREEPY HOLLOW HAUNTED WOODS

2133 Joe Brown Road, Spring Hill
931-486-3063 | creepyhollowwoods.com
Thru Oct. 31
Hours: Fri – Sat 7 – 11 p.m.; Oct. 29 – 31 from 7 – 10 p.m.

Admission: $25
Three attractions in one designed to “scare the yell out of you” include Trail of Terror Haunted Woods, Halls of Horror Haunted House and the Zombie Maze. Embark on a hayride for an extra $5.

DEAD LAND SCREAM PARK

7040 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon
615-519-3116 | deadlandwoods.com
Thru Oct. 31

Fri – Sat 7 p.m. – midnight
Admission: $15 each Portal and Curse ($25 for both), $10 Crypt, $5 Freak Out; $40 for everything
Dead Land offers four frights in one location. The Portal and The Curse are wooded trails of horror not for the faint of heart. The Crypt is the newest addition — a spooky excursion through grave sites. Then enter one of the Freak Out escape games where you solve puzzles in hopes of finding your way out before it’s too late.

DEVIL’S DUNGEON

510 Davidson St., Nashville
615-256-0053 | devilsdungeon.net
Thru Oct. 31
Hours: Fri – Sat 8 p.m. – 1 p.m.; Oct. 22, 29, 30 & 31 from 7 – 10 p.m. (Oct. 30 is adults only)
Admission: $18 – $20

Nashville’s most controversial haunted house features 20,000 square feet of fright with two floors of shocking, bloody gore.

GHOSTS OF THE BATTLEFIELD AT LOTZ HOUSE

111 Columbia Ave., Franklin
615-400-3808 | franklinonfoot.com
Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $20 adults, $10 ages 13 and younger
Franklin on Foot takes you to the epicenter of the 1864 Battle of Franklin where you’ll tour the historic house while hearing stories of bloodshed and destruction — and unexplained paranormal phenomena!

GHOST TOURS AT THE HERMITAGE

4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville
615-8889-2941 | thehermitage.com
Wed – Sat in October + Oct. 30-31
Hours: Wed – Thu 7 p.m., Fri – Sat + Oct. 30 – 31 7 & 9 p.m.
Admission: $35 (get tickets in advance online)
Hear ghost stories about the Battle of New Orleans, the Bell Witch and General Jackson, plus other tales of paranormal activity.

GRAVE MATTERS TOUR AT REST HAVEN & OLD CITY CEMETERIES

Fourth Avenue North & North Margin Street, Franklin
franklinonfoot.com

Saturday, Oct. 28 from 7 – 9 p.m. — Registration Required
Admission: $15 adults, $5 ages 12 & younger
Franklin on Foot presents costumed re-enactors who portray several of the cemeteries’ most interesting people like the Carter father and son whose nearby home was the epicenter of the Battle of Franklin. You’ll also hear stories of teenager Fannie Courtney, a Union sympathizer who tended to wounded Union soldiers, and there are also non-Civil War related stories to hear along the way.

HAUNTED HELL

3930 Apache Trail, Antioch
615-832-4355 | hauntedhellnashville.com
Thru Oct. 31
Hours: Fri – Sat 8 p.m. – 1 p.m.; Oct. 22, 29, 30 & 31 from 7 – 10 p.m. (Oct. 30 is adults only)
Admission: $18 – $20

Face your fears among the rotting ruins and ghoulish landscapes seen in nightmares. The shock and mayhem include special effects and a demon cast of more than 35 live actors within 22,000 square feet.

MEYERS CREEK HAUNTED WOODS

4734 John Bragg Hwy., Murfreesboro
meyerscreekhauntedwoods.com

Thru Oct. 28
Hours: Fri – Sat 7 – 11:30 p.m.

Admission: $18 ages 10 & older, $10 ages 9 & younger (must be accompanied by adult)
The woods await, and you never know what’s crawling around them at night!

MONSTER MOUNTAIN

273 McMurty Road, Hendersonville
615-338-4632 | monstermountain.net
Fri – Sat 7:30 p.m. – midnight
Admission: $20
Journey through the decrepit mining town of Cavern Hills “where people disappear and the unspeakable horrors they bear witness to are never spoken of again.”

NASHVILLE HAUNTED WOODS AT PRIEST LAKE

4001 Bell Road, Hermitage
615-889-7050 | nashvillehauntedwoods.com
Thru Oct. 31
Hours: Sept. 29-30 from 8 – 11 p.m.; Fri – Sat, Oct. 6 – 28 from 7 – 11 p.m.; Oct. 15, 22, 29 & 31 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Admission: $19.99 – $24.99 depending on date of visit
Located at Nashville Shores’ property, the area’s newest fright takes you into a haunted woods experience with distinct areas. First, you’ll encounter Dark Harvest, a land of jack o’lanterns, scarecrows, witches and a headless horseman who watches your every move. You’ll also experience Tombstone: Town of the Dead featuring the undead from the Wild West. Some of your worst fears may come true in the Fear Zones where chainsaw-wielding maniacs, voodoo-cursed souls and cannibal clowns are lurking.

NASHVILLE NIGHTMARE

1016 Madison Square, Madison
615-864-7481 | nashvillenightmare.com
Thru Nov. 4
Hours: Sept. 29-30 & Nov. 3-4 from 8 – 11 p.m.; Fri-Sat, Oct. 6 – 28 from 7 – 11 p.m.; Thu & Sun (and Oct. 31), Oct. 8 – 29 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Admission: $29.99 for all four attractions; $44.99 includes the Slash Pass
Now in its seventh season, Nashville Nightmare features four distinct haunted houses within its 50,000-square-foot complex: Fairy Tale Hell, Phantoms, Reformatory and Industrial Undead.

SCREAM CREEK HAUNTED WOODS – EDITOR’S PICK

1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield
screamcreek.com

Thru Oct. 28
Fri – Sat 6 – 11 p.m.

Admission: $22.95 for all attractions; $45.95 VIP (includes slash pass, souvenir cup, glow stick, kettle corn and admission to Honeysuckle Hill’s Fall Festival)
It’s located at Honeysuckle Hill Farm, but don’t let the family friendliness of the farm by daylight fool you — Scream Creek is NOT for kids ages 9 and younger! Ages 10 and older only for this experience that’s touted as “Your Worst Nightmare!” It includes the horrifically haunted outdoor trail through the woods, the House of Terror featuring all kinds of creepers, a hayride and flashlight corn maze. Creatures of the night await in two new areas this year: 3D Circus of Terror is a clown-centric haunted house. Hackit the Clown is your host at the Monster Midway. Here, you’ll find games, monsters, live stage entertainment and special guests.

Scream Creek Haunted Woods at Honeysuckle Hill Farm is for BIG KIDS ONLY! It’s full of frights, and this year brings new creepers to scare the willies out of thrill seekers.

SLAUGHTERHOUSE

3445 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage
615-840-5069 | fullmoonslaughterhouse.com
Thru Oct. 29
Hours: Fri 8 p.m., Sat – Sun 7 p.m.

Admission: $25 Fri – Sat, $20 Sun
Nashville’s longest-running haunted attraction celebrates 30 years of intense slaughter, blood-and-guts haunted horror, now located at the Full Moon Cineplex.

 

ZOMBIE PAINTBALL AT RING FARM

2628 Greens Mill Road, Columbia
931-486-2395 | ringfarm.com
Thru Oct. 29
Hours: Fri – Sun 7 – 10 pm.
Admission: $20
Hop aboard a haunted hayride where you’ll be equipped with paintball guns to fire away at the walking dead as they try to take over the wagon.

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Chad Young is the managing editor and arts/entertainment editor for this publication.

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