FRIDAY, OCT. 29
Calling all ghosts and goblins! The Town of Farragut will host the 14th annual Freaky Friday Fright Nite from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mayor Bob Leonard Park on Watt Road. The event will provide a safe place for children to take part in Halloween activities while benefiting the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House. Children ages 12 and under and in costume are invited to "trick or treat" around the walk trail at the park. Local businesses, community groups and town volunteers will hand out the treats, provide games with prizes, assist with cookie decorating and serve refreshments.
The 100 block of Gay Street will turn into a nightmarish avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bring the whole family to the spine-tingling event. There will be live music, a costume contest, trick-or-treating at the different businesses, face-painting, a bounce house, storytelling, food vendors, kid's halloween games and more.
BOO! at the Zoo, a Halloween tradition for 24 years, is a family event featuring devilishly good music and games at the Monster Mash tent in The Clayton Family Kids Cove. Your favorite costumed characters can be found throughout the zoo, along with the only "haunted" carousel in East Tennessee, the Scary-Go-Round. Visit www.knoxville-zoo.org for more information about dates, times and tickets.
Historic Cherokee Caverns in Knoxville will reopen The Haunted Cave after a one-year break. The Haunted Cave was one of the longest-running haunted events in Knoxville, opening to the public every year for 20 years. The cave took a year off last year, but the owners then realized they missed it too much, so they are reopening this year with The Return of The Haunted Cave! This underground Haunted Attraction will be open this Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The cave is located at 8524 Oak Ridge Highway, Knoxville, TN 37931. Admission is $12 per person (cash only). Receive $2 off admission with a canned food donation to Hawks Helping Others. Children 6 and under are free. Plenty of free parking and restrooms are available. The cave is handicapped-accessible.
In Maryville, the Streamliners Swing Orchestra will get the place jumping and jiving at the Capitol Theater. Doors still open at 7 p.m. for video-instructed dance lessons. Check out the website www.bookthecapitol.com for ticket pricing and other information.
Knoxville Sightseeing will take you on a 2.5-hour sightseeing trip that will include some "short-distance" walking, a narrated driving tour around Knoxville, and a spine-tingling float down the Tennessee River on the SS Nightmare. Anyone wishing to attend should meet at 8:15 p.m. at Mast General Store on Gay Street. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students, seniors and military members. Contact Alyce at (865) 566-0634 for further information.
SATURDAY, OCT. 30
The annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure gets started around 8:30 a.m. in World's Fair Park. The Komen Race for the Cure Series raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Up to 75 percent of the net income from each domestic affiliate race stays in the local community to fund breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects.
The Market Square Farmers' Market gets going at 9 a.m. in downtown Knoxville. There's less than a month left in this season's market. Bring some cash and support your local farmers, artists and vendors.
Ijams Nature Center is inviting children ages 2-3 to explore the time that was nearly lost. "Dinosaurs were animals that lived a long time ago. All that's left are bones turned to stone. But some animals found at Ijams are related to these long-lost creatures. Join naturalist Sarah Brobst and explore fossils and living dinosaurs." You can call (865) 577-4717 for more information. Things will get started at about 10 a.m. in South Knoxville.
The Football Vols take a road trip down to Columbia to take on Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina Gamecocks. Game time is scheduled for 12:21 p.m. on the SEC Network.
The Museum of Science and Energy is inviting all the kids around the area to come dressed in their finest costumes to the Halloween Kidfest. Bring a carved natural pumpkin to be a part of the costume and pumpkin-carving contest. There will be "make and take" activity stations and museum games for children to enjoy. For more information, call (865) 576-3200. Kidfest is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Marble Springs Historic Site, in conjunction with the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association, will be hosting a Halloween Storytelling Event, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can expect to enjoy trick-or-treating at the historic buildings, face painting, period children's craft activities, apple-bobbing and, of course, storytelling for the young & young at heart! A costume parade and contest will commence at 5:15 p.m., so be sure to arrive early!!
The Tennessee Theatre will play host to the Broadway Musical: Legally Blonde. Now if you haven't brushed up on your Elle Woods trivia in some time, you can check out the musical rendition all weekend long. Tickets start at just $32. For all the ticket, time and other important information you can handle, you can call (865) 656-4444 or visit the Tennessee Theatre box office.
The Bijou Theatre is looking to scare the socks off you when it hosts an evening of scary movies and haunted tours. The 1980 American slasher film "Friday the 13th" will be shown at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. There also will be a ghost tour given, starting at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $6 for each event, or $10 for both.
SUNDAY, OCT. 31
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies will celebrate Halloween with lots of fun-filled Halloween activities for the kids at the Trick or Treat Kickoff Carnival on the plaza of the Aquarium on Sunday, Oct. 31 from noon to 3 p.m. Visit www.gatlinburg.ripleyaquariums.com for more information.
The Disney on Ice tour winds down on Sunday with its final run of "Princess Wishes at 3 p.m. Tickets start around $20. Check out Snow White, Ariel, Cinderella and all the rest of the princesses at the Civic Coliseum before it's too late.
The Knoxville Police Department hosts a Halloween event each year to provide a safe alternative for families on Halloween. The event was formerly known as Halloween in the City and was held at Safety City. Now the event is being held at Mary Costa Plaza at the Knoxville Coliseum and has been renamed to Halloween on the Plaza! It all happens from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.