When witches go riding above the Sunsphere, and black cats are seen on Market Square, the moon laughs and whispers, 'tis near Halloween in Downtown Knox!

Looking for spooktacular things to do in Downtown Knox during the Halloween season?  Check out the guide below for fun and spooky times ahead for kids and adults. 


Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Historic Tennessee Theatre

Thursday, October 21, 10:00 pm doors open, 11:15 movie

Come dressed to impress as your favorite Rocky Horror character and you could win door prizes from 10-11 p.m. The bar will offer thematic drink specials, and Willemina Snyder will kick off the stage show with the Mighty Wurlitzer at 11 p.m. The movie begins at 11:15pm, complete with a live shadow cast, leading fans in audience participation. 

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Freakers Ball 2017 at Carleo's

Saturday, October 28

It's time to get to work on that Halloween costume...FREAKER'S BALL 2017!

5 Costume Contests with over $1,500 in cash & prizes, Locations include: Carleo's, Wagon Wheel, Southbound Knoxville, Hannas Old City, Merchants of Beer.  Pay $10 at the door & get into all locations.

For more info, click here. 

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Monsters at the Museum of East Tennessee History

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Join us for a spooky Saturday to learn about the “monsters” and superstitions that have called East Tennessee home over the years. From the wampus cat to eerie Victorian mourning traditions, we’ll delve into the region’s history of supernatural beliefs and sightings! The event will also feature games and crafts for all ages, as well as a costume contest, so dress to impress!  This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 865-215-8824.

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Costumes and Classic Cartoons at the Historic Tennessee Theatre

Saturday, October 28, cartoons will be shown at intervals between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

Join us for costumes, cartoons, tours, face painting, and old-fashion candy treat bags provided by Mast General Store! This open house pays homage to the memorable Saturday morning clubs of our history that offered children’s programming, movies, and cartoons. Children (ages 12 and under) are welcome to come dressed in their family-friendly Halloween costume. A short reel of Warner Bros. 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. All activities are free, and popcorn and soda will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation. For more info, click here.

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Knoxville Zombie Walk

Saturday, October 28

Knoxville Zombie Walk, presented by Creature Seeker!  3-5pm: Vendors and zombie makeup inside Scruffy, 4:30pm zombie costume contest inside Scruffy, 5pm zombie walk begins!  As always, this event is free to attend!

We will be collecting item donations for The Love Kitchen at the walk.

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Spooky Halloween Cocktail Class at PostModern Spirits

Thursday, October 26, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening of spooky Halloween inspired concoctions! Guest bartenders from Knoxville will be demonstrating 4 cocktails sure to make you cringe (with delight!) and will make perfect additions to your Halloween party or simply to sip on while handing out candy to all the ghouls and goblins! Each attendee (21+ only) will also receive 10% off purchases made that evening. Guests are encouraged to dress for the holiday!! To reserve your tickets, click here.

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Thrill the World Knoxville 2017 at Scruffy City Hall

Saturday, October 28 at 6 PM - 6:10 PM

Globally synchronized dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller".  Have you ever wanted to dress up as a zombie and dance to Thriller? Well, here's your chance! Join us for the 9th Annual Thrill the World Knoxville event. All donations benefit Young Williams Animal Center!  Learn the Dance! Thrill the World!

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Scared Stiff Stories!

October 26, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Professional storytellers Susan Fulbright and Stephen Fulbright have gathered frightful tales for adults.  The event is free but attenedess must be 21 years or older.  For more information contact 865.429.1783.

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Trunk or Treat at First Baptist Knoxville

Sunday, October 29, 4 pm - 6 pm

Join First Baptist for the yearly Trunk-Or-Treat event, hosted in the lower parking lot. Face painting, games, inflatables, prizes, refreshments, and more will be available for an afternoon spent with the community.

If interested in donating candy to Trunk-Or-Treat, First Baptist will be accepting donations of prewrapped candy only, with donation baskets available at both the second and third floor crossways. Do not bring nut products.  Rain location for this event is in the Bank of America parking garage and Trentham Hall.

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Get Zombified at Downtown Knoxville's Painting with a Twist

Tuesday, October 31 at 6 PM - 9 PM

Who wants to zombie-fy themselves this Halloween?! You can with Artist Hannah! Send us your zombiest -faced selfie before class and we'll have your pre-sketch ready for you by class time! Studio184@paintingwithatwist.com (Must pre-register and submit photo before October 28th to attend this event.)

Click here for more information.

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Tell Us What Happened to Our Witch at Coolato Gelato

Do you have a good Halloween story?  We are giving away a free piccolo on Halloween to the best story posted on our Facebook page about what happened to the witch.  Her picture is posted on Facebook, click here to view.  We will announce the winner on Facebook on Halloween at 6:00 pm.

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Trick or Treat Trail at the Mary Costa Plaza, Civic Coliseum

Sunday, October 29, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Join Star 102.1 and Mountain Motorsports on Sunday, October 29th at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum Pavilion from 1p-4p! Costume Contests for ages 0-4, 5-8 and 9-12 start at 1 and the trail opens at 2.

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7th Annual HearthScares Halloween Ball at James White's Fort

Friday, October 27, 2017  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Spooky surprises await you at Knoxville’s premier Halloween Event: the 7th Annual HearthScares Halloween Ball! The Fort will be transformed into a scary landmark for an evening of Halloween costumes and dancing. Come dressed in your most impressive costume! The event includes dancing, frightening finger foods, silent auction, costume contest, and other Halloween hi-jinks! Proceeds benefit preservation at James White’s Fort. Must be 21 or over to attend. Reservations required.  For more info, click here.

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Paranormal Adventure Tour, History, and Ghost Hunting

Led by Famed Ghost Hunter and Film Star, J-Adam Smith, J will bring history alive by sharing how we can interact with the dead. It sounds scary, but truthfully history drives the tour not fear. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the shadow side of downtown Knoxville, no better place than Haunted Knoxville Ghost Tours.  This is a walking tour, lasting 2 1/2 hours, leaving from Market Square Cafe.

Tickets can be purchased here online.  For more information call 865.377.9677.

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Juice Bar's Monster Shots

October 24 - 31

Juice Bar will be celebrating Halloween with $1 off all Monster Shots.  Our shots may look scary but they are great for reducing inflammation, providing energy, and boosting immunity!

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Mysterious Past of Blount Mansion: Legends, Customs, and Myths

October 28 with tours at 8, 9, and 10 P.M; October 30 with tours at 8 and 9 P.M; and October 31 with tours at 8 and 9 P.M. 

Come to the Blount Mansion for the spookiest tour of the year. We will be telling ghost stories, local legends and talking about death and mourning customs of the period. Refreshments and candy will be provided. Bring a flashlight it will be very dark.  Tickets are $10 and are available here.

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HearthScares Ghost Tours with James White Fort

October 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th, 28th & 30th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come and join the spirits for a tour of Downtown Knoxville’s scariest landmarks. The two-hour tours will visit the sites of some of Knoxville’s best kept secrets. All tours begin and end at James White’s Fort with ample free parking available for tour participants at the Fort.  Each tour will end with a marshmallow roast around the fires at the Fort.

Admission for Adults 16 and over will be $10.00 and $6.00 for children ages 6–15.Reservations are requested for large groups of 12 or more and may be made by calling the Fort at (865) 525–6514. In case of inclement weather, please call James White’s Fort to find out if the tour is cancelled (865) 525-6514.

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12th Annual Halloween - Sapphire Strikes Back at Sapphire

Saturday, October 28

Our 12th Annual Halloween Theme Party is Star Wars! Costume Contests for best Star Wars and non-Star Wars Costumes.  The evening includes a selfie station, professional cosplay photographer Amanda Swanson, Cocktail Specials, DJ 4matiks signature Halloween Set and NO cover charge.  For more information, click here.

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A Ghostly Evening at the Bijou Theatre

Sunday, October 29, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For one night only the Bijou Theatre will transform into the haunted house of your dreams, or nightmares.

Join us for our Halloween Open House and experience all the spooky nooks and crannies of the Bijou as you’ve never experienced it before. Our ghost tour will take you through all the parts of the theatre that are normally off limits to the public and you’ll learn all of the tales and stories that have haunted this building for the past 200 years. We’ll also have games and activities including a costume contest, the winner of which will receive a pair of tickets to a show of their choice. At 7:00 PM we’ll be screening Ghostbusters in the auditorium. This event is free and open to all ages!  For more info, click here:

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Haunted Trolley Excursions

Pull your family out of the House for a perfect October Adventure and participate on America’s First Investigation based Ghost Tour on Haunted Trolley Excursions. This limited ticketed events takes tour goers to Historically Haunted sites by Trolley. Grab your tickets before the cease to exist. Trolley leaves from Market Square, near Market House Cafe.  

Tickets can be purchased here online.  For more information call 865.377.9677.

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Chef's Table Food Tour & Bountiful Food Tour

October 27, 28, & 29

This year we will have three straight days filled with amazing Hocus Pocus themed food tours.  Friday and Saturday's Chef's Table Food Tour will consist of 5 restaurants in 3 hours and Sunday's Bountiful Brunch Tour will feature 3 restaurants in 2 hours.  We will be adding spooktacular Hocus Pocus trivia, fun facts, games, prices, and more! To view the different times/dates or book your tour online.  If you have questions, call 865.410.8687.


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Movies on Market Square: Hocus Pocus

Friday, October 13, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

To get your Halloween kicked off early, Knox County Public Library is hosting the last movie of this season with Hocus Pocus.  

For more info, click here.

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Pumpkin Patch Event and Family Fun at Pretentious Glass Company

Sunday, October 15, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for the inaugural PUMPKIN PATCH event here at Pretentious Glass Co. This family-friendly event is sure to become a fun annual Fall tradition!

We'll have the studio packed with hand-blown glass pumpkins in all colors, shapes, and sizes (various prices) available for purchase. We'll be demoing how we make the pumpkins and hope to have a few other fun surprises as well.  If that wasn't enough fun, we plan to offer FREE face painting and balloon twisting art for the kids too so bring the whole family and enjoy getting in the Fall spirit with us in the Old City. F
or more information, please click here.

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