The chill in the morning air and absence of the air conditioner turning on are two of the best things in my life right now. I can finally believe that the cursed heat of Tennessee’s humid summertime is past and we are officially into a new season. My kids are begging to plan Halloween costumes and we are ready to enjoy our favorite movie of fall: Curious George and the Boo-Fest. Hands down, it’s the best fall-feels-producing movie you can find for kids.
Depending on how comfortable your family feels with traditional activities, trick-or-treating might look different for you this year. Check our “All Things Fall” Pinterest board for social distancing ideas that keep the fun during this weird time. And if there ever was a time to appreciate masks, it is now! Check your neighborhood groups for local mask makers to match costumes, and your kids can dress in their “costumes” the entire month.
Chattanooga Halloween Events
Have you participated in a ghost tour? October is the month if you’re interested in seeing the “spooky” side of Chattanooga. Rated as one of the top 10 ghost tours in the United States by Trip Advisor and USA Today, there are a variety of ghost tours available to our community members to see our city’s most haunted spots. Ghost tours and ticket prices vary.
Kids are welcome to try out a ghost tour since no one will be jumping out to scare them. However, the stories might be a little too scary, depending on your child.
One of our favorite Halloween events, Boo in the Zoo is a great option for little people whose parents don’t want to stay up late or worry about social distancing. The Zoo is offering ticketed time slots and only online sales, so be sure to plan ahead if you want to get a space for this fun and non-scary evening!
Located in Chickamauga, GA, Trails End Ranch is a horse farm and event venue. This year, they are hosting a Trunk or Treat event on October 24th starting at 4pm with horse rides, hay rides and many other fall activities. Check out the link above for address and more information!
This isn’t technically a Halloween event, but parades mean candy and candy is definitely a Halloween event! Our family loves this parade; it is one of the few remaining military parades in the country. We love hearing the different school bands each year, so it’s sad to hear they won’t be able to participate (thanks, Covid), but there are lots of big trucks and flashing lights. It’s always a great feeling to be able to acknowledge veterans publicly, and attending this parade to watch them march or drive by is an emotional experience. The parade will start at the intersection of MLK and Market St. and will move north on Market toward Aquarium Way. Be aware that you’ll need to get there a bit early to avoid the streets that will be shut down.