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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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The Haunted Art Show

Rala will be hosting the first ever "Haunted Art Show", curated by Esther Sitver. Drop by if you dare for a collaborative exhibition of creepy, eerie, spine-tingling, and all-around haunted art pieces from multiple local artists. October 6-30. And it's family friendly!

112 W Jackson Ave (865) 525-7888 Venue Details >
Brother Werewolf

Something wicked is brewing in the Old City as Brother Wolf once again transforms into Brother Werewolf, Knoxville's first Halloween pop-up bar. Prepare yourself for a spine-tingling, intoxicating experience featuring pop punk music, ghoulish glassware, decor inspired by classic horror movies, and transformative elixirs that will send your inner beast howling into the night! See what the hocus pocus is about October 6-31.

108 W Jackson Ave (865) 247-4729 Venue Details >
Night of the Living Dead

Theatre Knoxville is bringing Night of the Living Dead Live! to stage October 13-29. Six strangers in a lonely farmhouse, surrounded by brain-eating zombies – what could go wrong? It's the best time of year to experience the fun and hilarious re-imagining of the legendary classic! Purchase tickets here.

800 S Central St (865) 544-1999 Venue Details >
Horror Movie Season

Looking for your new favorite horror movie? Us too! And Regal Riviera on Gay Street has a full slate for the month of October from slasher to family-friendly. Take your pick from The Exorcist: Believer, Saw X, It Lives Inside, and Five Nights of Freddy. Looking for something a little less chilling? There's Hocus Pocus 30th Anniversary! Find dates, times, and purchase tickets here. And then spend some time exploring the Wicked Cool things that Downtown has to offer.

510 S Gay St (865) 522-5160 Venue Details >
Spooky Spin

Sunrise or Sunset. The Lindsay Young Downtown YMCA has two Spooky Spin Classes scheduled for Wednesday, October 25. 6 AM and 5:30 PM. Get ready for a hair-raising, blood pumping ride to the beat of ghoulish grooves.

605 W Clinch (865) 522-9622 Venue Details >
A Not So Scary Halloween

For a not so scary Halloween treat, Beth Lou's Fabulous Gift Shop is hosting children's book author Rania Rizk for a reading of Layla And The Not So Scary Halloween. Thursday, October 26 starting at 5:30 PM. Bring a pad to sit on and come dressed in your not so scariest best. There's a gift card prize for best costume!

110 S Central St (865) 312-5003 Venue Details >
HearthScares Storytelling Sessions

Come to James White Fort for an evening of spooky stories by the bonfire for HearthScares Storytelling Sessions on October 26 & 28, 7 PM both nights. Reservations must be made in advance by calling 865.525.6514.

205 E Hill Ave (865) 525-6514 Venue Details >
Historically Haunting Halloween Tours

Explore the hallowed ground of Blount Mansion October 26-28 for a night of terror and intrigue on their Historically Haunting Halloween Tours! Explore the dark and twisted corridors of the house where you'll hear tall tales of ghosts, spirits, and other supernatural phenomena! Tours at 8 PM, 8:30 PM and 9 PM. Reservations can be made by visiting their Facebook page. Plus, don't miss out on seeing the Jack-o'-lantern Garden.

200 W Hill Ave (865) 525-2375 Venue Details >
Halloween Bar Crawl

Join the scariest bar crawl ever on October 27 & 28! Two full days of bar crawl adventures including 8 Market Square and Gay Street venues, 2-3 drinks or shots with ticket, exclusive drink specials, food specials, waived cover charges, awesome after party, and $1,000 costume contest. Get tickets here. Tickets are valid Friday, Saturday, or both days. For venue locations, click here.

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Pick Your Poison

Spice & Tea Exchange will be featuring their Pick Your Poison Recipe series, with tea infused cocktail recipes and free samples in store from October 27‑31. From Witch’s Love Potion, Bloody Mary’s Curse, Boozy Pumpkin Pie Malt, and more. Plus special pricing on poison recipe bundles including teas, spices and sugars.

522 S Gay St Venue Details >
Monsters at the Museum

Calling all monsters! Museum of East Tennessee presents Monsters at the Museum on October 28 from 10 AM–3 PM. This free event features a variety of Halloween-themed children’s crafts, story times, and walking tours. Fill your treat bags while trick-or-treating and learn about Halloween histories and eerie Victorian morning customs. For more information, click here.

601 S Gay St (865) 215-8830 Venue Details >
Downtown Ghost Tours

From who haunts the Farragut, to blood-stained streets, and ghosts who haven't faded away. Join Knoxville Walking Tours to hear the tales of ghostly history in Downtown Knoxville. All month. Three different kid-friendly (6+) tours are available. Check the website for details, dates, reservations, and starting locations..

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Knoxville Zombie Walk

Once again, the dead have their day in Knoxville! Dress as a zombie and invade Downtown on Saturday, October 28! The Knoxville Zombie Walk is presented by Screamville Haunted Attraction and Scruffy City Hall. At 2 PM, zombies begin gathering in Market Square (arrive early to be zombified by a make-up artist), there's a costume contest at 3:30 PM, then at 5 PM, the walk begins! Find details on the Facebook Event page.

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Thrill the World

Be a part a globally synchronized dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller!" The 14th Annual Thrill the World takes place on Saturday, October 28 at 6 PM in Market Square. 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.

Center of Downtown Knoxville Venue Details >
Haunted Rooftop Disco

Bring your favorite dance partners to Radius Rooftop Lounge on Saturday, October 28 for a night of spine-tingling beats and hauntingly good drinks. Check social for more information.

507 S Gay St (865) 770-5989 Venue Details >
Old City Freaker's Ball

The Old City Freaker's Ball is back on Saturday, October 28. A wristband gets you free entry to all five Old City venues with prizes and costume contest. No pre-sales, so arrive early to avoid lines. Find venue locations and details here.

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

An annual tradition! The Tennessee Theatre presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday, October 28 at 11 PM. 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 >
Trunk or Treat with First Baptist Church

Looking for a fun fall festival in Downtown Knoxville? First Baptist Church of Knoxville’s annual Trunk or Treat celebrates the fall season with a free community-wide, family-friendly event. The fun starts at 4 PM on Sunday, October 29. Decorated car trunks, games, inflatables, food, and, of course…lots of candy! Find more information here.

510 W Main (865) 546-9661 Venue Details >
Trunk or Treat with Juniper Church

Bring your little ghosts, pumpkins and super heroes to Trunk or Treat with Juniper Church at Jackson Terminal on Sunday, October 29 from 4-6 PM. Plenty of candy and games for all the family. Find details on the Facebook Event page.

213 W Jackson Ave (865) 521-1300 Venue Details >
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.

Center of Downtown Knoxville Venue Details >
Monster Mash

Kick off the night with a Halloween Drag Show at the Melting Pot on October 31. And come dressed in your Halloween best for costume contest and prizes. Call 865.971.5400 for required reservations. 

111 N Central St (865) 971-5400 Venue Details >
Halloween Escape Room

Can you help save our city under attack from a mysterious villain in the Villain's Lair or can you and your team work together to take on the enchanted forest in Once Upon a Time: The Enchanted Forest? Take on these challenge and more at Escape Game Knoxville. All month. Find more info and reserve your spot here.

815 S Central St (865) 279-6181 Venue Details >
Here Come The Mummies

THIS EVENT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED. Concerts for Our Own have planned the perfect October event for supporting local charities. Here Come The Mummies will be at the Amphitheater in World's Fair Park on Thursday, October 12. Here Come The Mummies (HCTM) have been delivering their brand of Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave since the year 2000 AD. Get tickets here.

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Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest

THIS EVENT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED. The Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest is back at Merchants of Beer on Sunday, October 15 at 2 PM. Take your sweet furry friends by in their Halloween best for the pet parade and costume contest, with partial proceeds from the days event donated to Young-Williams Animal Center.

137 S Central St (865) 247-5503 Venue Details >
Night of the Living Drag

THIS EVENT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED. Imagine if you will, you're traveling through another dimension...Sashay into The Twilight Zone this Halloween with the queens of RuPaul's Drag Race for the 12th Annual Night of the Living Drag Tour at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium on Tuesday, October 17. For more info and purchase tickets here.

500 Howard Baker Jr. Ave (865) 215-8900 Venue Details >
Rocky Horror Music Show

THIS EVENT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED. Rocky Horror Music Show presents the songs of Rocky Horror in a rock club setting on Friday, October 20 at the Bijou Theatre. Think of it as a Rocky Horror Tribute. Costumed characters play the songs live along with movie dialogue and on-stage narration. Rocky Horror Music Show hits ALL the songs including deep cuts and even deleted scenes. Get tickets here.

803 S Gay St (865) 522-0832 Venue Details >
Costumes and Classic Cartoons

THIS EVENT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED. The Tennessee Theatre is hosting Costumes and Classic Cartoons on Sunday, October 21 from 2-5 PM. 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 >