The state is famous for many musical styles – the country music of Nashville and the Blues of Memphis – and the Halloween parades in Tennessee are a combination of both styles. There are haunted country hayrides and spooky blues, and the Halloween parades in the state aptly reflect its slogan: America at its best.
Parades in Tennessee DNA
The original state slogan creates a parade if properly followed – “Follow Me To Tennessee.” Beyond Halloween, parades are part of many celebrations in Tennessee. The blues funerals, similar to those in Louisiana, are a band with a parade. These parades are like individual Day of the Dead parades. Add to that the numerous Independence Day parades and a couple dedicated just to Dolly Parton and you start to see a state with many parades.
Elvis May Have Left Building But Not Parades
Tennessee, the adopted state of Elvis Presley, has people of all ages dressed up as Elvis for Halloween. After all “He’s the Devil in Disguise,” and wearing “Blue Suede” shoes makes for great Elvis Halloween costume ideas. Anyone with a bedazzler and a white shirt can make a fast Elvis costume – just add the hair gel.
Tennessee Halloween Parades by City
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Bristol First Annual Bel Rae Ballroom Halloween Haunting
Oct 31, 2012 7 pm – midnight Bel Rae Ballroom
This exclusive dance and Halloween costume contest is limited to only 300 people. With exotic prizes, including a Grand Prize Cruise, the musical entertainment and hors d’oeuvres make this costume required event a hot ticket. Come parade your best Halloween costume and win one of the many prizes. There will be a special dance presentation by a group of local Ghouls led by their Crypt Keeper!
Chattanooga Festival of the Jack O Lanterns
October 27, 2012 2 – 9 pm 400 Garden Road
Capture the Halloween spirit and the 13th annual Festival of the Jack O Lanterns. This year, Chattanooga features even more fun. There will be horse and buggy rides, sack races, and animal presentations. The festival also offers guided hikes, canoe trips, pumpkin carving, storytelling, a bonfire for cooking s’mores, live music, petting zoo, hayrides and outdoor movies (such as as the Halloween favorite, “Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”). Pumpkins can be purchased at the event, or you can bring your own. Bring a blanket or chairs if you plan to stay for the movies.
Chattanooga Haunted Cavern
Oct 31, 2012 8 – 11 pm
This Haunted Cavern has restricted admittance, and you must be over 12 years old. It opens after dark, and this will be the 9th year Ruby Falls hosts the annual Haunted Cavern, awarded the #6 spot on the national haunt list by Rand McNally! This intense event takes place both above and 260 feet below ground, and is considered one of the area’s best haunted attractions.
Johnson City Halloween Extravaganza
Oct 29, 2012 6 pm Lakebridge Health Care Center
Johnson City has a Halloween Extravaganza for children 10 and under. Trick or treating through the Lakebridge Health Care Center halls will begin at 6pm. A costume contest will be held at 7pm. There will be games, refreshments, and prizes!
Linville Beary Scary Halloween
Oct 27, 2012 9 am to 5 pm Grandfather Mountain
Grandfather Mountain celebrates Halloween with crafts, nature programs, trick or treating, and a Halloween costume contest. Children in Halloween costume receive a reduced admission.
Memphis Fright Night on Beale
Oct 27, 2012 All Night
Beale Street’s annual street-wide Halloween Parade/Pub Crawl really becomes a street-wide costume contest in the clubs all night, culminating with the finals inside the New Daisy Theatre at midnight. This can be a lot of fun and a great place to show your adult Halloween costumes. This one is big enough to be sponsored by Miller Lite.
Memphis Monster Bash
Oct 27, 2012 from 10 am – 1 pm Children’s Museum of Memphis
The Children’s Museum of Memphis’ third annual Monster Bash at the Children’s Museum will include spooky crafts, a costume contest, and even a Halloween costume parade. So grab the kids and enjoy an organized Halloween trick or treat and other fun.
Spring Hill Halloween Spookfest
Oct 31, 2012 6:30 – 8 pm Longview Recreation Center
The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its 2nd annual Halloween Spookfest. There are prizes for group and family Halloween costumes, as well as a traditional best in show Halloween costume. They even hold a “scariest scream” contest. Children 2-12 can join the trick or treat and get their faces painted if their costume could use makeup. Cupcakes, candy, and games will be part of this family friendly event. Parents get in free, and must accompany children.