Halloween is Saturday night, but if you don’t want to wait in the garden to try and get a glimpse of The Great Pumpkin, there’s plenty of other activities taking place to help you celebrate:
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
- Blount Mansion will present its annual “Ghosts and Ghouls Walking Tour” of downtown Knoxville at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Costumed guides will lead groups by lantern light through downtown streets to the places where tales of bravery, murder and intrigue originally took place. Admission is $8 for adults ($6 for students), and the mansion is located at 200 W. Hill Ave. in downtown Knoxville. For more information, call 525-2375.
- James White’s Fort will be the launching point for “Hearthscares: The Ghost Tour of Downtown Knoxville,” which takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, starting at the fort, located at the intersection of Hill Avenue and Hall of Fame Drive in downtown Knoxville. The tours will cover about a mile. Admission is $8 for adults 13 and older and $6 for children ages 5-12. Call 525-6514.
THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY
- Maple Lane Farms (1040 Maple Lane, Greenback) is turning its 11th Annual Corn Maze into a haunted attraction starting at dusk on Friday and Saturday. Chick-Fil-A is sponsoring this year’s (not-haunted) theme of “Eat More Chikin,” and the events feature a 10-acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a rock wall and more. No pets are allowed, and the event wraps up this weekend. Admission is $11 for 12 and up, $9 for kids 6-11 and not recommended for 5 and under. For more information, call 856-3517.
- The Oakes Farm Corn Maze “Trail of Doom,” 8240 Corryton Road in Corryton, will operate Thursday through Saturday. Admission is $15 for adults and $13 for kids ages 10 and younger, although it’s billed as “not for the faint of heart.” The “Trail of Doom” opens at sundown. (Not recommended for small children). Go online to http://oakesfarm.com/trail_of_doom or call 688-6200.
- The “FrightWorks” haunted house is set up at 6634 Central Avenue Pike in Knoxville and is open 7-11 p.m. Thursday and 7 to midnight Friday and Saturday. Admission is $13 ($16 for a “fast pass” that bypasses long lines). For more information, visit www.frightworks.com or call 769-7273.
- “Frightmare Manor” is a double attraction located in the old Dandridge Seafood Restaurant on Highway 11-E between Jefferson City and Morristown (physical address: 7588 W. Andrew Johnson Highway, Talbott). Billed as “an intense, startling, often in-your-face haunted attraction.” Hours are 7-11 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $10 for one attraction or $15 for both; for more information, visit www.frightmaremanor.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- “Dead Man’s Farm,” a haunted house set up at 9567 Highway 11 in Lenoir City, is open 7-11 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 per person. Visit www.deadmansfarm.com or e-mail email@example.com. “This attraction is not recommended for people with health problems, pregnant women or for very young children.”
- Children’s Theatre of Knoxville will present the stage play “The Canterville Ghost” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday at the playhouse at 800 Tyson St. in Knoxville; tickets are $11 per show.
- The Wild Thyme Players theater company will present the stage play “A Kinder, Gentler Vampire” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5401 Tiffany Lane in Knoxville. Tickets are $15/$10 for seniors. For more information, call 932-6738.
- The Knoxville Police Department will hold its Halloween in the City from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Safety City, off Concord Street (between Kingston Pike and Sutherland Avenue) in Knoxville. Festivities will include free food and beverages, a costume contest, a magic show, a model train display, clowns, games and candy. Admission is free. For more information, call 215-7103.
- For the Last Friday Art Walk in downtown Maryville on Friday night, the 16-piece big band known as The Streamliners will transform into “The Screamliners” for a special Halloween show at The Capitol Theatre, 127 W. Broadway Ave. in downtown Maryville. Patrons are encouraged to dress up and swing to popular Halloween dance hits beneath classic horror videos on the big screen. It begins at 9 p.m.; admission is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 980-1966.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
- The Roane State Playmakers theater company will present the stage play “Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’” at 8 p.m. Friday and 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday on Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Suggested donation is $5. For more information, visit www.roanestate.edu/theatre.
- The second annual Trunks & Treats Halloween celebration will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at New Midland Plaza, located in Alcoa. Several churches have combined through Blount Family Ministries to host the event. Last year, 5,000 people attended, and organizers said they plan to hand out half a million pieces of candy. Everyone in the community is invited, and everything will be free of charge.
- If the temps are too chilly for your trick-or-treaters, the Mall at Knoxville Center (3001 Knoxville Center Drive, Knoxville) and West Town Mall (7600 Kingston Pike, Knoxville) both offer free alternatives on Saturday. At West Town, Dr. Despicable will be on hand to entertain the kids with a magic show in the amphitheater. Trick-or-treating will be open at Knoxville Center from 4-7 p.m., while the hours at West Town are from 5-8 p.m., with the magic show at 8. For more information, call 544-1501.
And here’s a roundup of your live music options for Saturday night, Oct. 31:
- AMERICAN LEGION POST 13, 224 Waters Road, Maryville: Stonemosis as KISS Halloween party at 8 p.m.; $5
- 4620 REINVENTED, 4620-A Kingston Pike in Knoxville: Soundtrack Black with Bootstraps Burlesque at 9 p.m.; $10
- BAKER-PETERS JAZZ CLUB, 9000 Kingston Pike, Knoxville: Tracy Ozier at 8:30 p.m.; free
- BARLEY’S TAPROOM, 200 E. Jackson Ave., Knoxville’s Old City: The Coveralls at 10 p.m.; $5
- BIG DADDY’S SCOOTS AND SPORTS BAR AND GRILL, 2641 U.S. 411 South, Maryville: Southbound at 9 p.m.; free
- BISTRO AT THE BIJOU, 807 S. Gay St., downtown Knoxville: Quartjar Halloween show at 9 p.m.; free
- BRACKINS BLUES BAR, 112 E. Broadway Ave., downtown Maryville: Blue Mother Tupelo at 9 p.m.; $7
- DOWNTOWN GRILL AND BREWERY, 424 S. Gay St., downtown Knoxville: Genuine Nothing at 10 p.m.; $3
- THE HILL, 1105 Forest Ave., Knoxville’s Fort Sanders neighborhood: Same As It Ever Was at 11 p.m.; $5
- LEVEL 10, 4525 Kingston Pike, Knoxville: SRV Experience at 9 p.m.; $5
- LONGBRANCH SALOON, 1848 Cumberland Ave. (“The Strip”), Knoxville: Bloodsoaked with Toetagged and Coathanger Abortion at 9 p.m.; $5
- MIDTOWN MUSIC VENUE, 513 Cooper St., Knoxville: Ninth Annual Halloween Masquerade Show, sponsored by The Pilot Light, feat. “Miinorr Thrreatt, Thhe Smiithhs, Kelltik Frrosst, Fliiperr” and Cheep Triick” at 10 p.m.; $10
- OLD CITY COURTYARD, behind Southbound Bar and Grill, 106 S. Central St., Knoxville’s Old City: “Twisted Hillbilly Halloween Metal Massacre” at 4 p.m. feat. Crome Molly, Shallowpoint, Scorned, Interdimensional, Headstone, One vs. One and Pick Up the Snake; $5/$7 under 21
- PATRICK SULLIVAN’S SALOON, 100 N. Central St., Knoxville’s Old City: 500 Miles to Memphis with Relentless Blues Band at 7 p.m.; $5
- PAUL’S OASIS, 8021 Kingston Pike, Knoxville: Frazier, Collins and West at 9 p.m.; free
- “THE PICKIN’ PORCH” at Wood-n-Strings Dulcimer Shop, 7645 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend: Don Pedi at 7 p.m.; free
- PRESERVATION PUB, 28 Market Square, downtown Knoxville: “Where the Wild Things Are” party featuring Faux Ferocious, Bangtail Cats and Slow Claw at 10 p.m.; $5
- THE PRINCE SPORTS BAR AND MUSIC HALL, 509 Lovell Road, Knoxville: Afterlife at 9 p.m.; $5
- RAY’S ESG, 7355 Kingston Pike, Knoxville: The Retroholics at 10 p.m.; $5 guys/$3 girls
- REMEDY COFFEE, 125 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville’s Old City: Richard Duke at 7 p.m.; free
- ROAMING GNOME PUB, 202 Collier Drive, Sevierville: “Whores and Gore” party featuring Gnome Patrol at 10 p.m.; free
- ROOKIE’S, 221 N. Peters Road, Knoxville: The Quorum at 10 p.m.; $3 guys/$2 girls
- “THE SHED” at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville: Mr. Nice Guy (Alice Cooper tribute) with White Lightnin’ Burlesque Troupe at 8 p.m.; $10/$5 bikers
- SIDE SPLITTERS COMEDY CLUB, 9746 Park West Blvd., Knoxville: Maurice Jovan performs stand-up at 8 p.m.; $6-$8 online/$8-$10 by phone/at the door
- SMOKY MOUNTAIN BREWERY, 11305 Parkside Drive, West Knoxville: The Reigns Trio at 9 p.m.; free
- SOBU LOUNGE, 6213 Kingston Pike, Knoxville: The Crystal Method at 10 p.m.; $20
- THE SPEAKEASY, 5712 Kingston Pike, Knoxville: Letters to Scarlet with Your Favorite Hero at 8 p.m.; $5
- TIN ROOF KNOXVILLE, 1915 Cumberland Ave. (”The Strip”), Knoxville: Clayton Anderson Band at 10:30 p.m.; $5
- TWO DOORS DOWN, 118 E. Broadway Ave., downtown Maryville: Dixie Highway Band at 9 p.m.; free
- THE VALARIUM, 940 Blackstock Drive, Knoxville’s Warehouse District: Annual Freakers Ball at 8 p.m.; $10
- WATERFRONT BAR AND GRILL, 404 Greenbelt Drive, Maryville: Avenue C Band at 9 p.m.; free
- WILD WING CAFE, 11335 Campbell Lakes Drive, West Knoxville: Super Dave 5 at 9 p.m.; free