Halloween season is upon us, and with it come tons of fun events around the Scenic City. Grab your costume and get ready for the fun!
Chattanooga Area Halloween Events
Boo in the Zoo – One of Chattanooga’s most popular annual Halloween events is the Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo. Running the last three weekends of October, this event is fun for the entire family. You can find the zoo filled with merry-not-scary decorations, trick-or-treat stations, scavenger hunt, costume contests, and more! Hours for this weekend event are 4pm – 8pm, with timed entry tickets available online only!
ODDtober – Running the entire month of October, this fun event at the Tennessee Aquarium is fun and educational for all ages. When visiting in October, guests can celebrate and discover the weird and wonderful side of nature as they set out on a scavenger hunt to identify some of the Aquarium’s strangest inhabitants.
Dread Hollow – Rated one of the best haunted houses in Tennessee, this spooky spot can be found in Lookout Valley and is run by Ruby Falls. If you have a brave teenager or two looking for some fun, this may be their place. Due to its nature, it is NOT recommended for young children.
Monster Bash – Join CDM for our annual family-friendly Halloween Bash from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, October 14. Explore the museum in your kid-friendly costumes and enjoy monster-themed activities and games. Scurry through Tennessee Riverplay to escape ghosts, meet a creepy crawly critter in Excavation Station, play Halloween Bingo, and even meet Owl at our newest exhibit, Treehouse Adventure! Enjoy a bounce house, pumpkin bean bag toss, trick-or-treating, and meet Disney Princesses at this fun-filled event. Admission includes access to all the museum’s exhibits and a great time. It’ll be so much fun and scary. This is a members only event.
Rocktoberfest – This premiere Rock City Fall Event includes live German music, German food, specialty beer, Birds of Prey shows, costumed characters, and fun for the whole family!
Pumpkin Painting Party at The Chattery – Carving pumpkins can be messy, time consuming, a lot of work…and maybe even dangerous! Painting pumpkins, on the other hand, is much easier, just as cute, and the new “it thing” for fall decor. Grab your friends or significant other and join us for a pumpkin painting party! We’ll provide the pumpkins, all of the supplies and a bit of inspiration for you to use while you create your masterpiece. Spooky snacks will be available. BYOB.
Halloween Cocktails at The Chattery – In this cocktail class, we will be discussing, making, and tasting drinks inspired by our favorite Halloween movies: Hocus Pocus, Practical Magic, and Beetlejuice. Participants will learn the basic skills needed to replicate these tasty drinks at home, as well as fun ways to impress your friends and families with homemade ingredients and fun garnishes. At the end of the class, everyone will leave with recipe cards and instructions on how to make fun, Halloween-y drinks at home (we’re positive everyone will want to come to your Halloween party again next year!).
The Haunted Market – Bring your little ghosts and goblins for our annual Trick or Treat and costume parade! There’s no tricks here, we love seeing your fun and clever costumes—kids and adults! Costume parade at the Lodge Cast Iron Sizzle stage at 1pm!
Drink and Discover: Witch’s Brew – Creative Discovery Museum is closing the museum to kids and letting adults 21 and up explore with a drink in hand and alongside friends on Friday, October 21 from 7 – 10pm Wear your costume while you listen to ghost stories, create your own witchy wand, and participate in a broom relay race. Guests will also get to hunt for the perfect spell to conjure a potion! Admission includes access to the museum’s exhibits, a costume contest, and light snacks.
Aquascarium – Come in costume and celebrate a family-friendly night of spooky critters and yummy treats. Make friends with mermaids, lounge with lemurs, and beware of pirates as you Trick-or-Treat at candy stations throughout both buildings. Don’t miss an unforgettable photo op with some of your favorite characters as they SCUBA dive with hundreds of fish. Stop by the dance party and show off your best moves. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Check-in begins at 4:00 PM with last entry at 7:00 PM. Both buildings will close promptly at 8:00 PM.
Trunk or Treat Events
First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe – Sunday, October 30th from 4pm – 6pm
Spook-Tacular at the River – October 29th from 10am – 4pm.
Ringgold Trunk or Treat – The Catoosa County Library and community partners will hold a Trunk or Treat event on Monday, October 31, from 5:30pm to 8pm at The Colonnade at 264 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold.
Scare on the Square – The city of Lafayette, GA is hosting their annual Scare on the Square on Monday, October 31st from 5:30 – 7pm.
First Baptist Church of Chickamauga – This event will be held on Sunday, October 30th from 5pm – 8pm.
Trunk or Treat at the Post – Bring out the whole family for some Trunk-or-Treating on October 15th from 2pm – 6pm.
Ball til You Fall Festival – Saturday, October 22nd from 4pm – 8pm
Mount Carmel Baptist Church – Saturday, October 29th from 5pm – 7pm
Bessie’s Bash – Wear your Halloween costume and Trick or Treat around our lawn with local nonprofit and community organizations! Each booth will have educational and fun activities for kids!
Oakwood Baptist Church – You are invited to this free event for our community! Trunk or Treat is a safe and fun Halloween option for your whole family. The night kicks off at 6:00pm and will last until 8:00pm. You will have the opportunity to visit decorated car trunks or truck beds to receive candy and/or play a fun game. We will also have music, hot dogs by the fire, and more!