From artificial frights to authentically haunted estates and harrowing journeys through ghostly caves, Nashville has plenty of scary places at which to find yourself celebrating Halloween. Some are bloody and outright gory (or made to look like it, at least) while others are more subtly creepy. Some—like the Bell Witch Cave—are actually possessed, real-life ghost hunters have said. So, whatever thrills you is likely within reach.
In 2020, many Halloween activities and events have been canceled or altered for the season. Check the website of organizers for updated information.
The Bell Witch, thought to be one of the most vicious spirits ever documented in paranormal science, tormented the Bell Family Farm in Adams, Tennessee, during the 1800s. These days, her spirit reportedly haunts the cave on the property. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2008, Bell Witch Cave and a replica of the Bell family's cabin can be toured from May through October. While it's only open during the daytime after Labor Day, this authentically haunted attraction normally extends its hours during the last two weeks of October for the Bell Witch Fest, which offers guests a chance to take candlelit tours of the cabin and cave or embark on a nighttime haunted hayride around the property. The cave has been closed throughout 2020.
Guaranteed to scare even the toughest with its blood-drenched forests and vengeful spirits (portrayed by seasoned actors), Bloody Acres challenges guests to journey through over 17 miles of haunted woodland trails in Gallatin, Tennessee. It's open on Fridays and Saturdays from September 8, 2020, and on Sundays throughout October only. Guests should wear hiking clothes and appropriate footwear for walking through the woods. In 2020, facial coverings are mandatory for guests and actors.
The Devil's Dungeon is a spooky theatrical attraction showcasing spirits, demons, and sometimes even the Devil himself in downtown Nashville. Located on the shores of the Cumberland River in a 20,000-square-foot warehouse, Devil's Dungeon will scare you out of your wits with more than 30 horrifying scenes of blood, gore, and demonic frights. It opens in September each year and can be toured on weekends only. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.
Although the Devil's Dungeon is open to all ages, parents are encouraged to use discretion when bringing children under 14. According to Slashville Haunts, the organizer, Devil's Dungeon is "not real, nor is it politically correct. If you are easily offended, this haunt is not for you." In 2020, guests will be required to wear masks and have their temperatures taken before entering the attraction.
Prepare for adrenaline rushes and unforgettable levels of fear when you embark on a moonlit adventure through Spring Hill's Creepy Hollow Woods. Located roughly 35 miles south of Nashville, this unique attraction features a haunted house, haunted woods, a zombie maze, wagon rides, storytelling, music, and concessions (for nervous snacking and the like). Creepy Hollow Woods is open on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 11 p.m. from September 25 through Halloween night, when it closes an hour early. Access to the maze, woods, and house are included in admission, but the wagon rides and storytelling sessions cost extra. Children under 13 years old are not permitted, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. In 2020, masks are required in the barn and recommended in the woods.
At Millers Thrillers in Columbia, Tennessee, guests can explore a dark and wooded trail haunted by old mutated miners or save the day by killing a horde of infected zombies on the zombie paintball hayride. This family-friendly attraction is scary but tasteful, and there's also an entertainment zone featuring escape games, musicians, jugglers, storytellers, a fire pit, and concessions. Millers Thrillers is open on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 11 p.m. from October 3 to 31, 2020, and the attraction is open an hour early on October 17, 24, and 31. This a great chance for reluctant kids to get into the woods before dark. However, children under 10 years old are not permitted at Millers Thrillers, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Established in 1986, Full Moon Slaughterhouse is the oldest continually operated haunted house in the Nashville area. Located in the eastern Nashville neighborhood of Hermitage at the Full Moon Cineplex—a classic movie theater and diner—Slaughterhouse is a truly terrifying attraction that takes guests on a self-guided tour of five historic screening rooms of the old Courtyard Theater, which sat abandoned for more than 13 years before being converted into the slaughterhouse. Starting on Friday, October 2, 2020, Full Moon Slaughterhouse will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to midnight, and on Sundays from 7 to 10 p.m. In 2020, a limited number of tickets will be sold to make room for social distancing. The organizers recommend purchasing them early.
Be prepared to scream as you walk the dark woods through three unique haunted attractions at Dead Land, a "scream park" in Lebanon, Tennessee—just 30 miles east of Nashville on Interstate 40. This family-friendly attraction also features a bonfire area where you can seek shelter from the terrors, grab some concessions, or pick up a spooky present from the gift shop. Dead Land is open on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to midnight through October 2020. Separate tickets are required for each of the trails and can be purchased in advance online. While this attraction has a family-friendly atmosphere—especially by the bonfire—Dead Land is not recommended for children under 9 years old. The event is all outdoors.
Also operated by Slashville Haunts, Haunted Hell is located in Antioch and offers a terrifying theatrical adventure featuring a cast of more than 30 actors determined to scare you to death. Your travels through this 22,000-square-foot space will take you to an old plantation home, through a creek bed, and into a dark urban underground. Haunted Hell is open on Friday and Saturday nights from September 26, 2020, through Halloween night, and tickets must be purchased in advance online. On the last two weeks of the month, the attraction will open on Thursday nights, too. Children under 12 years of age are not permitted, and parents are encouraged to use discretion when bringing kids under 14. In 2020, guests will be required to wear masks and have their temperatures checked before entering.
Consistently ranked as one of the country's top haunted houses, Nashville Nightmare offers guests the chance to explore multiple haunted houses, each featuring state-of-the-art animation and special effects. Navigate your way through all the dark passages of this 50,000-square-foot space as you try to escape the clutches of wandering monsters and evil beings. Nashville Nightmare offers six thrilling adventures as well as mini escape challenges, carnival games, and ax-throwing lessons at an on-site ax range. Located in the center of the northeastern neighborhood of Madison, Nashville Nightmare is open the entire months of September and October and the first two weekends of November. Opening times vary depending on the proximity of Halloween. On the week of the holiday, the attraction is open almost every day. It is not recommended for children under 12 years of age. In 2020, guests will be required to wear masks.