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Area offers autumn activities
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Jack’s Pumpkin Glow is open Thursday thru Sunday in October at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Tickets can be purchased online at
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Experience an underwater Halloween at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga on Friday, Oct. 25.

The fall season is packed with Halloween festivals and fun events, not just in Warren County but throughout Middle Tennessee. 

While it’s nice to participate in familiar fall events year after year, sometimes it’s rewarding to try something different. If you’re looking for new Halloween festivities happening this month, there are plenty to choose from in neighboring counties.

Jack’s Pumpkin Glow

This event allows for family and friends to take a leisurely walk and marvel at thousands of intricately carved pumpkins. Also enjoy their pumpkin patch, live carving demonstrations and tasty fall food and beverages. 

Location: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage

Ticket prices: $22.99 for adults and $16.99 for kids

Distance from McMinnville: Approx-imately 1 hour and 30 minutes 

Cheekwood Harvest

If you love nature, then the changing of the leaves and more than 5,000 chrysanthemums in deep autumn hues on display in the gardens is for you. Pair that with silly and serious scarecrows and not one, but two pumpkin houses for the perfect fall experience.

Location: Nashville 

Ticket prices: $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $16 for college students, $13 for youth (3-17) and free for children 2 and under

Distance from McMinnville: Approx-imately 1 hour and 40 minutes

Bell Witch Cave

and Farm

Want to get into the Halloween spirit with some historic stories and embellished tales? Then the Bell Witch Cave and Farm will definitely not disappoint. Tours often point out eerie characteristics of the cave and they typically have special nighttime tours around Halloween.

Location: Adams just outside of Nashville

Ticket prices: $12 for cave tours, $8 for cabin tours and $18 for cave and cabin combo

Distance from McMinnville: Approx-imately 2 hours 


Taking place on Saturday, Oct. 26, this street festival attracts over 65,000 attendees and features costume contests, children’s activities, food and drink vendors, artisans, and live entertainment. 

Location: Downtown Franklin

Admission: Free

Distance from McMinnville: Approx-imately 2 hours


Taking place at the Tennessee Aquarium on Friday, Oct. 25, everyone is encouraged to come in costume. Once inside, kids can make friends with mermaids and lounge with lemurs as they trick-or-treat at more than a dozen candy stations. Also, photo ops can be made with some of your favorite characters as they SCUBA dive with hundreds of fish. There’s also a Monster Mash dance party for kids to show off their best moves.

Location: Chatta-nooga

Ticket prices: $8 for adult and kid Aquarium members and non-member tickets are $45 for adults and $32 for ages 3-12.

Distance from McMinnville: Approx-imately 1 hour and 16 minutes