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Put a Little Tingle in Your Spine

If you’re serious about your Halloween frights, get your fix downtown throughout the month of October. Go full-on zombie if you dare—we have not one, but two outdoor events for the wannabe undead—or scare yourself silly watching classic tales of horror on stage or screen. Plus tours, crawls, concerts, and more.

Here's your master list of fear-filled fun. 🧟‍♀️

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Theatre Knoxville is bringing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to life on stage October 14-30. It's the best time of year to get lost in a scary play on the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London! Purchase tickets here.

800 S Central St (865) 544-1999 Venue Details >
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Bats in the Belfry at Scruffy City Rooftops

All October long, Bernadette’s, Preservation Pub, and Scruffy City Hall are going all out for Bats in the Belfry at Scruffy City Rooftops. Halloween decorations galore, plus signature Halloween cocktails, all overlooking the spooky glow of Market Square! It's bound to be a wicked cool time.

26 Market Square (865) 524-2224 Venue Details >
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Brother Werewolf

Something wicked is brewing in the Old City at Brother Wolf, Tennessee’s only Italian Aperitivo cocktail bar is overrun by Knoxville’s first Halloween pop-up, Brother Werewolf. Prepare yourself for a spine-tingling, intoxicating experience with themed elixirs and staff in costume from October 7-31. Send your inner beast howling into the night!

108 W Jackson Ave (865) 247-4729 Venue Details >
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HearthScares Ghost Tours

James White Fort hosts tours of Downtown Knoxville's scariest landmarks. Hear stories about the legend of Knoxville's own "Frankenstein," a man's search for a simple drink "A Glass of Water," and other tales "Oysters in September," "Death by Fire," and "Murder at Church Door." Tours start at 7pm on October 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, and 28. Call 865-525-6514 for tickets and more information.

205 E Hill Ave (865) 525-6514 Venue Details >
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YMCA Halloween Classes

Join Halloween-themed classes at the Lindsay Young Downtown YMCA! First up, Spooky Spin with Fawn on October 26 at 5:30pm. Then, check out Skulltimate Fit with Michael on October 31 at 6pm. Both classes encourage costumes! Free for Y Members and Strong Challenge Participants. Child watch is available.

605 W Clinch (865) 522-9622 Venue Details >
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Witchy Broom Making Class

Able Trade is hosting a two-night broom making class! Students will make two cobweb brooms in a two-night class, October 26 & 27 from 6:30-8:30pm just in time for All Hallows Eve. All tools and materials will be provided by instructor. Find more information, call 865.396.0280.

203 W Jackson Ave (865) 296-0832 Venue Details >
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Angel's Envy

Start off your Halloween holiday with an Angels and Demons Costume party at Social Dove on October 28. Costumes are not required, but do make you eligible for a great prize. Live music hand crafted cocktails, and a delicious Lonesome Dove spread. Get tickets here

100 N Central St (865) 999-5251 Venue Details >
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Monsters at the Museum

Calling all monsters! Museum of East Tennessee presents Monsters at the Museum on October 29 from 11am–3pm. It's a free event highlighting the “monsters” and superstitions of East Tennessee! The event will have Halloween-themed children’s games, crafts, storytelling, and a costume contest. For more information, click here.

601 S Gay St (865) 215-8830 Venue Details >
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Not So Scary Tales

Join Blount Mansion for some Not So Scary Tales on October 29 at 7pm. It's a family-friendly, free event and open to the public. Children of all ages are invited. You can RSVP by calling 865-525-2375 or by emailing [email protected]. Or connect through Facebook messenger on their Facebook page

200 W Hill Ave (865) 525-2375 Venue Details >
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Thrill the World

Be a part a globally synchronized dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller!" The 13th Annual Thrill the World takes place on Saturday, October 29 at 5pm in Market Square (come early to get zombified by a make-up artist). Dress up as a zombie, learn the dance, and thrill the world. Watch videos that teach the choreography and follow along with the Facebook event.

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Knoxville Zombie Walk

Once again, the dead have their day in Knoxville! Dress as a zombie and invade Downtown on October 29! The Knoxville Zombie Walk is presented by Screamville Haunted Attraction and Scruffy City Hall. At ;2pm, zombies begin gathering in Market Square (arrive early to be zombified by a make-up artist), there's a costume contest at 3:30pm, then at 5pm, the walk begins! Find details on the Facebook Event page.

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Freaker's Ball Pub Crawl

The annual Freaker’s Ball Pub Crawl is Saturday, October 29 starting at 7pm. Make your way through the Old City and visit Old City Sports Bar, Wagon Wheel, Southbound, and Hanna’s. Dress your best – costume contest will have secret judges at each venue handing out $1,200 in cash prizes. Find details on the Facebook Event.

106 S Central St (865) 474-1039 Venue Details >
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

An annual tradition! The Tennessee Theatre presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday, October 29 at 11pm. Come dressed to impress as your favorite Rocky Horror character and you could win door prizes, plus the bar will offer thematic drink specials! Find more info and purchase tickets here.

604 S Gay St (865) 684-1200 Venue Details >
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A Tarantino Halloween

Five Thirty Lounge will be hosting a spooktacular celebration elevated to new heights of frightening fun! On October 29, comes dressed as your favorite character from Quentin Tarantino's films for chances to win prizes - plus drink specials. Reserve your spot.

530 S Gay St (865) 544-9977 Venue Details >
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Underground at The Vault

Go underground this Halloween at The Vault! Costumes encouraged. Dress your best on October 29 and enjoy spooktacular cocktails, a DJ, and dancing from 8pm-1am.

531 S Gay St (865) 544-8564 Venue Details >
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Help Solve a Mystery Scavenger Hunt

Sherlock and Watson will be manning the bar on October 29 and 30 at The Tea Bar at Addison's Books on the 100 block of Gay Street, solving mysteries afoot in the bookstore. Drop by the bar to say hello and assist in solving a kid-friendly mystery scavenger hunt! Come in costume for a discount on purchases.

126 S Gay St Venue Details >
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Trunk-or-Treat

Join First Baptist for their yearly Trunk-Or-Treat event on Sunday, October 30 from 4–6pm. Head to the rear parking lot for food, inflatables, games, prizes, and candy. This event is free!

510 W Main (865) 546-9661 Venue Details >
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Spooky Little Jazz Night

The Bistro at the Bijou is having a Spooky Little Jazz Night on Halloween night, October 31! Enjoy live music and a spooky cocktail, like the Corpse Reviver with white wine, orange-flavored liqueur, lemon juice, and absinthe rinse. Did you know? Jazz nights at the Bistro are every Friday, Saturday, and Monday.

807 S Gay St (865) 544-0537 Venue Details >
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Escape a Super Villain's Hideout

Looking for a fright? Grab a team and try to escape The Villain's Lair at Escape Game Knoxville! The Joker has planted a bomb in his underground lair, and you and your team must investigate this Super Villain’s hideout. Trust us: this rooms is CREEPY! Find details and book your room here.

815 S Central St (865) 279-6181 Venue Details >
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Paranormal Adventure Tour

Discover the scary secrets lurking through Market Square on a Paranormal Adventure Tour! This tour visits ground zero locations including: where a famous 3 way homicide took place, where the dead were prepared, and where the Children’s spirits are at play. Book your tour online. Every Friday and Saturday in October, plus private tours available.

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Spooky Ghost Tours

Hanged killers, tragic fires, reanimated corpses, cold-blooded murder, and sweet revenge. It all happened in Knoxville and restless spirits still haunt the city streets. Go on one, or all three, ghost tours to discover the gruesome details: Shadow Side Ghost Tour, Ghosts of the Old City, and Side Street Shadows. Call 865.309.4522 to book your tour!

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CATCH THIS NEXT YEAR! Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest

Bring your furry friend for Merchant of Beer's annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest supporting Young-Williams Animal Center on Sunday, October 16 at 1pm - 5pm. These doggos are always in the cutest and most creative costumes, so even if you don't have a pet, it's a fun day to come watch!

137 S Central St (865) 247-5503 Venue Details >
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CATCH THIS NEXT YEAR! Spooktacular Bark in the Park

Bring your four-legged friend to the 37th Annual Bark in the Park at World's Fair Park on October 16, 2022 from 1-5pm. This spooktacular event supports the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley. Costume contests for humans and dog, local vendors, adoptable animals, games, kids zone and more!

525 Henley St (865) 215-8160 Venue Details >
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CATCH THIS NEXT YEAR! Phantom of the Opera

Enjoy a FREE classic at a historic theatre this Halloween season! The Tennessee Theatre presents The Phantom of the Opera, a 1925 American silent horror film adaptation, on October 16 at 2pm. Murder, mayhem, and excitement! Free general admission seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

604 S Gay St (865) 684-1200 Venue Details >
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CATCH THIS NEXT YEAR! Costumes and Classic Cartoons

The Tennessee Theatre is hosting Costumes and Classic Cartoons on Sunday, October 23 from 2-5pm. So much fun for the whole family! Classic cartoons will be playing on the big screen, while trick-or-treat stations provided by Mast General Store will be set up around the theatre (coloring stations too!). Children are invited to dress up in family-friendly costumes, and for the parents, the Theatre will be open to the public for self-guided tours.

604 S Gay St (865) 684-1200 Venue Details >
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CATCH THIS NEXT YEAR! DIY Macrame Bat Class

Just in time for your Halloween decor, MacraMAKE a bat with Macrame Momma on October 25, 7pm at Pretentious Beer. Don't be scared...this class is perfect for beginners. Find details for tickets.

131 S Central St (865) 851-7693 Venue Details >