As Halloween quickly approaches, college students may be stuck in a rut. Should you gorge on candy or see a haunted house that most likely has the words “murder,” “dead” and “terror” in the title? Although those are all great plans, here’s Sidelines top ten things to do this Halloween weekend and week that promises to put a twist in your Halloween routine.
12 Hours of Terror belcourt.org/events/12-hours-of-terror.491215
Oct. 27 | Noon-10:30 p.m. | $18 adults, $14 Belcourt members
Think Halloween is a silly holiday for kids? Think again. Adults 18 and up are invited to check out the horror happenings at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville. Seven different movies all with appropriately scary titles — The Burning, Messiah of Evil, An American Werewolf in London, Bay of Blood/Twitch of the Death Nerve, Demons and Society --will be playing. Surely at least one will satisfy your need for fear.
29th Annual Pumpkinfest historicfranklin.com/events/pumpkinfest
Oct. 27 | 10 a.m.-9 p.m. | Prices vary
If you’re looking to do something more wholesome and low-key, head out to Franklin’s 29th Annual Pumpkinfest. Besides having a cute name, the Pumpkinfest offers a chili-cook off, costume contests, a haunted cemetery tour and more than 75 arts and crafts venders. Admission is free, but some activities cost money, so check out their website for more details.
Bell Witch Fest bellwitchcave.com/ghost_hauntings/bell_witch_halloween.htm
Oct. 26-28 & 31 | Times vary | $8-$20
The Bell Witch is an important part of Tennessee legend. If you don’t know the story, take some time to read up on the many books written about her. If you don’t want to read or want to feel chills down your spine, go to Bell Witch Cave & Farm, the site where the Witch still haunts today. Once there, you can tour the Witch’s cave, cabins, take a hayride and partake in psychic readings. It’s sure to be one of the eerier Halloween happenings.
Haunted Walking Tours
Oct. 26-27 | 7-9 p.m.| $5
Oct. 26-27 & 31 | 8 & 8:30 p.m. | $15
Want to work off all that candy? Take a haunted walking tour! Be lead through the spookiest, most haunted places in Downtown Nashville and around the Murfreesboro. In Nashville, you’ll have the opportunity to see haunted places such as the Ryman auditorium and the state Capitol. In Murfreesboro, you’ll be guided by lantern through one of Tennessee’s oldest towns where there will surely be ghosts walking alongside you.
Cheekwood’s Scarecrows and Pumpkins cheekwood.org/Public_Programs/Scarecrows_and_Pumpkins.aspx
Sept. 22-Oct. 31 | Tues.-Sat.: 9: 30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.| $5 with student ID
Cheekwood Botanical Gardens will have a fun and relaxing Halloween celebration for you. With more than 40 scarecrows plotted along Cheekwood’s beautiful gardens and pumpkins galore to paint and carve, there’s no going wrong with some low-key fun.
Cheekwood’s 13th Annual El Día De Los Muertos cheekwood.org/Public_Programs/El_Dia_de_los_Muertos.aspx
Oct. 27 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | $5 with student ID
If you’re tired of traditional Halloween festivities, Cheekwood is hosting its annual El Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Fall Festival. Americans think of this day as the “Latin American Halloween.” It will feature live music and dances, a marketplace with traditional Latin American arts and crafts, and it will demonstrate the culture and celebration behind the day. It’s definitely worth checking out to become more cultured and experience a Halloween like none other.
Demonbreun Street Zombie Crawl tinroofnashville.tunestub.com/show.cfm?id=85183&cart
Oct. 31 | 8 p.m.| No cover
If you love zombies and $2 domestic beers, there’s no better place than Tin Roof’s Zombie Pub Crawl. Tin Roof has teamed up with other pubs, such as Dan McGuiness, Red Rooster and South to bring you the liveliest party with the undead.
Nightmare on MStreet nightmareonmstreet.com/
Oct. 27 | 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. | $25 advance, $30 at door
The Gulch is offering up a twist for your Halloween weekend. Outside of Whiskey Kitchen, Nightmare on Mstreet, a block party, will have deejays and drink specials. So put on your best striped red and green sweater, and go party.
Bar Louie: https: facebook.com/events/148802688599081/ Oct. 30 | 7 p.m. | Drink specials range from $2-$7
The Gulch’s Bar Louie will be hosting a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Halloween party. If you dress up, your first drink is free. Halloween-inspired drink specials will run and 80s music has been promised. Time Warp, anyone?
Haunted Tavern Tours http://www.hauntedtaverntours.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Haunted-Tavern-Tours/104344680252?ref=ts
Nightly | 6 p.m. | $15
If you’re looking to combine drinks with fear, then Nashville’s haunted tavern tours are the perfect mix. Every night, patrons can hear ghost stories, participate in “haunted” trivia to win prize and explore different taverns in Nashville. To quote its Facebook, “Come share a drink with the living and the dead!”