From daring adventures through authentically haunted estates to harrowing journeys through some of the scariest attractions in the country, Nashville has plenty of options for Halloween terror in September and October each year. If you're a thrill-seeker who will be in Nashville during the Halloween season and are looking for some frightening fun, plan a visit to one of the spookiest haunted houses in town.
The Bell Witch, one of the most vicious spirits ever documented in paranormal science, tormented the Bell Family Farm in Adams, Tennessee, during the 1800s, and it is now said that her spirit haunts the cave on the property. 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 the Bell Witch Cave is only open during the daytime after Labor Day, this authentically haunted attraction 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 haunted hayride through the property after dark.
Sure to scare even the toughest with its blood-drenched forests and vengeful spirits portrayed by seasoned actors, Bloody Acres is not for the faint of heart. Located about 30 miles northeast of Nashville in Gallatin, Tennessee, Bloody Acres Haunted Woods challenges guests to journey through over 17 miles of haunted woodland trails.
Bloody Acres is open on Fridays and Saturdays in September and also on Sundays in October from September 20 through October 27, 2019. Guests are required to wear clothing that is appropriate for hiking through the woods like closed-toe shoes and long pants, but costumes are also highly encouraged. Tickets for this all-ages attraction must be purchased at Bloody Acres in cash, and drugs and alcohol are not permitted on-site.
The Devil's Dungeon is a controversial haunted attraction in downtown Nashville that's full of spirits, demons, and the Devil himself. 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.
Devil's Dungeon opens in mid-September each year, and tickets can be purchased in advance online. Although this haunted theatrical attraction is open to all ages, parents are encouraged to use discretion when bringing children under 14 to the dungeon. According to Slashville Haunts, who runs the attraction, Devil's Dungeon is "not real, nor is it politically correct. If you are easily offended, this haunt is not for you."
Expect the unexpected and prepare for adrenaline rushes and levels of fear you won't soon forget when you embark on a full night of terrifying adventures at Creepy Hollow Woods. Found about 35 miles south of Nashville in Spring Hill, this unique attraction features a haunted house, haunted woods, a zombie maze, wagon rides, storytelling, music, and concessions.
Creepy Hollow Woods is open on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 11 p.m. from September 27 through November 2, 2019, and on Halloween night from 7 to 10 p.m. Access to the maze, woods, and house are included in admission, but the wagon rides and storytelling sessions each cost a little extra. Children under 13 years old are not allowed, and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
At Millers Thrillers in Columbia, Tennessee, 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 firepit, and concessions.
Millers Thrillers is open on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 11 p.m. from September 29 through October 27, 2019, and the attraction is open an hour early on October 20 and 27, which provides a great opportunity for younger kids who are hesitant to be in the woods after dark to check out the fun. 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 while in the attraction.
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 over 13 years before being converted into the slaughterhouse.
Starting on Friday, September 20, 2019, Full Moon Slaughterhouse is open on Fridays and Saturdays in September and on a Sundays in October as well as on Halloween night. Separate tickets are available for the tour, a movie screening, or a meal at the on-site diner, and discount tickets can be purchased for a tour and movie or for all three options as well.
Be prepared to scream as you walk the scary trails in 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 evenings from mid-September through the first weekend of November and is also open for extended hours on Halloween night. Separate tickets are required for each of the trails and can be purchased in advance online to save you time in line. While this attraction has a family-friendly atmosphere—especially by the bonfire—Dead Land is not recommended for children under 9 years old.
Also operated by Slashville Haunts, Haunted Hell is located in Antioch and offers a terrifying theatrical adventure featuring a cast of more than 30 demons determined to scare you to death. Your travels through this 22,000-square foot space take you to an old plantation home, through a creek bed, and into a dark urban underground.
Like Devil's Dungeon, Haunted Hell is open on Friday and Saturday nights from mid-September through the first weekend in November each year, and tickets must be purchased online in advance to attend. However, Haunted Hell is not available to children under 12 years of age, and parents are encouraged to use discretion when bringing kids under 14.
Consistently ranked as one of the country's top haunted houses, Nashville Nightmare offers guests the chance to explore multiple haunted houses that feature 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 different thrilling adventures as well as mini escape games, carnival games, and even ax-throwing lessons at an on-site ax range.
Located in the center of the northeastern neighborhood of Madison, Nashville Nightmare is open from September 13 through November 9, 2019, on Fridays and Saturdays in September and November and on select Sundays and weekdays in October—including on Halloween night. The attraction is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.