Halloween Fun for Your Family

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Celebrate Halloween with local pumpkin farm activities along with scary and not-so-scary "haunts" for kids.

Halloween fun abounds in Middle Tennessee! Celebrate the holiday with a trek to a local pumpkin farm for seasonal activities, and head to an area haunt for spooktacular fun along with ones less frightening for young kids.

 

Middle Tennessee Pumpkin Farms:

FARM-Bottom ViewBottom View Farm

185 Wilkerson Lane, Portland
325-7017 • bottomviewfarm.com
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Kids can take a train ride and play on the giant slide, meet and greet farm animals, pick pumpkins, explore the corn maze, fly through the air on a zip line and more. $10 ages 3 and older.



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Brown’s Holiday Farm

31E Hwy. 1998, Gallatin
337-9768 • brownsholidayfarm.com
Sat 9 a.m. – dark, Sun 12 p.m. – dark
Pick a pumpkin, partake in a pumpkin race and enjoy swings, slides, mazes, farm animals, a shooting gallery and more. $10 ages 3 and older.


FARM-CedarwoodCedarwood Farms

6794 Nashville Hwy., McMinnville
931-939-3960 • cedarwoodfarmstn.com
Fri 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 9:30 am. – 10 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m.
Pick your own pumpkin, take a hay ride, navigate the corn maze, have fun at the petting zoo and more. $9 ages 11 and older, $8 ages 3 – 10.


FARM-GentryGentry’s Farm

1974 New Hwy. 96 W., Franklin
794-4368 • gentryfarm.com
Mon 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 1 – 5 p.m.
A four-acre corn field maze, hayrides, three fun-filled barns, nature trail, friendly farm animals, tire swings and more. Activity area is $7 ages 2 and older; pumpkins are extra.


FARM-HoneysuckleHoneysuckle Hill Farm

1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield
382-7593 • 
honeysucklehillfarm.com
Fri 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 12 – 6 p.m.
Activities include a pumpkin cannon, corn mazes, hayrides, games, a petting zoo, zip lines (including the new Little Rascals zip), a rock climbing wall and more. $10.95 ages 3 and older (zip line is extra).


FARM-KellersKeller’s Corny Country

542 Firetower Road, Dickson
441-4872 • kellerscornycountry.com
Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun (Oct. 19 and 26 only) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Go down the monster slide, roam through the corn maze, pet farm animals and visit the pumpkin patch. $7 ages 3 and older; pumpkins are 50 cents per pound.


FARM-LuckyLaddLucky Ladd Farms

4374 Rocky Glade Road, Eagleville
274-3786 • luckyladdfarms.com
Oct. 1 – 29: Mon – Tue (Oct. 13 – 28 only) 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wed 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri – Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun
It’s always fun down on the farm! Tennessee’s largest petting zoo and AG-Venture fun park. More than 75 activities for all ages.  Visit Lucky’s Barnyard Petting Zoo.  Check out the Duck Races, Bunnyville Toddlers Maze, Maizee’s Mega 40 foot slide, wagon rides. Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkin Sling and the Cedar Glad Wilderness trail.  Get Frightened in Pumpkin Hollar and the Corn Maze with special after dark events.  Don’t forget to stop by the Red Barn Country Store. $10 ages 2 – 64, $9 ages 65 and older, free ages 1 and younger. Some activities require additional fees. Pumpkin Hollar and Corn Maze after dark events are $12. Read Nashville Parent’s review of Lucky Ladd Farms here.


FARM-LyonLyon Family Farm

130 Bellview Road, Taft
931-438-9938 • lyonfamilyfarms.com
Wed – Fri 2 – 7 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 1 – 6 p.m.
Home of the giant seven-acre corn maze, Lyon Family Farm is located just south of Fayetteville. Enjoy a relaxed family atmosphere where children are free to play, run and jump. The whole family can enjoy the corn maze, petting zoo, hayrides, pig races, monster slides, ball zones and pumpkin blasters. Pick the perfect pumpkin in our 15-acre pumpkin field with more than 50 varieties of pumpkins. Admission is $7 ages 2 and older on weekdays, $10 ages 2 and older on weekends.


FARM-pumpkinHillPumpkin Hill

861 Benders Ferry Road, Mt. Juliet
758-5364 • pumpkinhilltn.com
Sat 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m.
Pumpkins, corn stalks, hayrides, camp fires and more. Hayrides are $4 per person; pumpkins are $2 – $8.


FARM-RingRing Farm

2628 Greens Mill Road, Columbia
931-486-2395 • ringfarm.com
Fri 3 – 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 2 – 9 p.m.
Wagon rides, a corn cannon, a pumpkin patch, corn maze, two 40-foot slides and more. $9 ages 3 and older.


FARM-ShucklesShuckles Corn Maze, Fun Fest and Pumpkin Patch

Located across the street from Station Camp High School (1040 Bison Trail) on Lower Station Camp Road, Gallatin
669-6293 • shucklescornmaze.com
Fri 6 – 10 p.m., Sat – Sun 12 – 6 p.m. (group reservations are available Tue – Fri mornings)
A six-acre corn maze, corn cannon, 40 foot super slide, 10 foot “tot” slide, see-saws, tug of war, phony hop races, face painting, pumpkin patch, animal corral, paint ball and much more. Admission is $12 adults, $10 ages 2 – 12, free ages 1 and younger (some activities require an additional fee).


FARM-WaldenWalden Pumpkin Farm

8653 Rocky Fork Road, Smyrna
220-2918 • waldenfarm.biz
Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Sun 12 – 4 p.m.
Pumpkins, candy and hayrides … Oh, My! Family owned and operated for more than 13 years — come spend your Halloween at Walden Farms. With a big variety of pumpkins, hayrides, farm animals, the TN Slip ‘n’ Slide, corn maze, pumpkin train and sand art, your family is guaranteed to have a spook-tacular time. You can also enjoy concessions including barbecue, corn dogs, funnel cakes and hamburgers. Free admission. Ask about Walden Bucks. Read Nashville Parent’s review of this family outing here.


NOT-SO-SCARY HAUNTS:

Bell Witch Fest (Oct. 4 – 31)

Bell Witch Cave
430 Keysburg Road, Adams
696-3055 • bellwitchcave.com
Tour the cave allegedly inhabited by Middle Tennessee’s most notorious spook, visit the cabin and embark on a haunted hayride. Fri 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. (12 – 9 p.m. on Halloween), Sat – Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; $12 cave tour ($18 includes the cabin), $10 hayride.

Ghosts of the Battlefield (Fri – Sat)

Lotz House
1111 Columbia Ave., Franklin
400-3808 or visit franklinonfoot.com to make reservations
Franklin on Foot leads this tour detailing the spirits in and around the 1858 house and battleground. After 6 p.m. or by appointment; $20 adults, $10 ages 12 and younger.

Haunted Franklin Tour (daily tours)

Franklin on Foot
Old Courthouse on Franklin’s Public Square
400-3808 or visit franklinonfoot.com to make reservations
Ghoulish tales for ages 6 and older. 8 p.m.; $18 adults, $10 ages 13 – 18, $5 ages 12 and younger .

Nashville Ghost Tours (daily tours)

Sixth Avenue North and Union Avenue, Nashville
884-3999 or nashvilleghosttours.com to reserve your spot
Learn the haunted heritage of Music City during a walking tour of downtown. Sun – Fri 8 p.m., Sat 8 and 9 p.m.; $15 ages 12 and older, $8 ages 7 – 11, free ages 6 and younger.

 

MillersThrillersHauntedWoods

This motley crew of creepers is ready to scare you at Millers Thrillers in Columbia. Find their info under “Really Scary Haunts.”

REALLY SCARY HAUNTS:

Bloody Acres Haunted Woods (Through Oct. 31)

Located at 318 Big Station Camp Blvd., Gallatin
974-8589 or bloodyacres.webs.com
Get spooked in the woods by the new killer clowns before exploring the old mine shaft. Fri – Sat 7 p.m. – 1 a.m., Sun 7 – 11 p.m. (Oct. 27 – 30 7 – 11 p.m.); $15.

Creepy Hollow Haunted Woods (Through Nov. 1)

Located at 2133 Joe Brown Road, Spring Hill
creepyhollowwoods.com
Three attractions in one: Trails of Terror Haunted Woods, Halls of Horror Haunted Barn and Merciless Maze. Fri – Sat and Thursday, Oct. 30 7 – 11 p.m.; $20.

Dead Land Haunted Woods (Through Nov. 1)

Located at 7040 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon
deadlandwoods.com
Experiences the frights of The Portal, The Curse and The Maze of Screams. Fri – Sat 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.; $15 per trail, $10 for the maze, $30 for all three.

Death Row Sanitarium of Slaughter (Through Nov. 1)

Located at 418 Harding Industrial Drive, Nashville
833-1433 or deathrowhauntedhouse.net

Nashville’s largest indoor haunted house features more than 80,000 square feet of fright. Fri – Sat (plus Sundays, Oct. 19 and 26) 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.; $13.

Death Yard (Through Nov. 1)

Located at 118 Midtown Ct., Hendersonville
deathyardhaunt.com
If you dare, enter this spook house complete with detailed sets and themes full of tormented souls. Fri – Sat 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.; $13.

Devil’s Dungeon (Through Nov. 1)

Located at 510 Davidson St., Nashville
256-0053 or devilsdungeon.net
Nashville’s most controversial haunted house features two floors of shocking gore. Fri – Sat 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., Sun 7 – 10 p.m.; $15.

Evilution Haunted Woods (Through Oct. 31)

Located at 7091 41-A S., Pleasant View
evilutionhauntedwoods.com
All kinds of ghouls and monsters are lurking in the woods to frighten you. Fri – Sat 7 – 11 p.m.; $14.

Jailhouse Industrys’ Haunted Woods Trail of Fears (Through Nov. 1)

Leiper’s Fork Village Field
4100 Old Hillsboro Road, Leiper’s Fork
477-6799 or jailhouseindustrys.com
Ages 12 and younger can get spooked in the woods (note that this tour is scary for some young children). Fri – Sat 7 – 10 p.m.; $7 adults, $3 ages 12 and younger.

Millers Thrillers (Through Nov. 1)

Located at 1431 Carters Creek Pike, Columbia
millersthrillers.net
Creep through the Haunted Woods and shoot at ghouls on the Zombie Paintball Hayride. Fri – Sat 7 – 11 p.m. (opens one hour early on Oct. 11, 18 and 25 for the less-spooky Kids Hour); $15 Haunted Woods, $20 Zombie Paintball Hayride, $30 for both, $5 Entertainment Zone.

Monster Mountain (Through Nov. 1)

Located at 273 McMurty Road, Hendersonville
338-4632 or monstermountain.net
Journey through the decrepit mining town of Cavern Hills for sheer terror.  This year’s theme is “Butcher of the Bayou.” Fri – Sat 7:30 – 11:30 p.m.; $17.

Nashville Nightmare (Through Nov. 1)

Located at 1016 Madison Square, Madison
752-5663 or nashvillenightmare.com
Two haunts with special effects include Night Terrors and Horror High. Fri – Sat 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m., Sun 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.; $17 each ($25 for both).

Scream Creek Haunted Woods (Through Nov. 1)

Honeysuckle Hill Farm
1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield
382-7593 or screamcreek.com
Get spooked in the Haunted Woods and House of Terror. New this year is Zombie Apocalypse Paintball. These haunted jaunts are not suitable for young children. Fri – Sat dark – 11 p.m.; $17.95 woods and house tours, $17.05 paintball ($25.95 for all three plus the flashlight corn maze.

 

 

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

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