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Plan your October with fall fun
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Dead Land Scream Park, at 7040 Murfreesboro Road in Lebanon, is not recommended for children under 9 due to intense fear.

Want to spice up more than just your latte this October?

There’s usually several church and school-related fall festivals in our area along with two local fall favorites – Cedarwood Farms Pumpkin Patch open now through Oct. 31 and the Autumn Street Fair next Saturday, Oct. 6.

Although, these two attractions are worth attending, if you’d like to add a new fall activity to the mix, there are plenty to choose from in nearby counties.

• Dress up your kids and visit Boo at the Zoo at Nashville Zoo. This year, Boo at the Zoo is offering 11 nights from Oct. 12-28. The fun includes trick-or-treat stations, carousel rides, hayrides, bounce houses, dance parties and more. For ticket information, visit their website.

• Take a 90-minute train ride on the Halloween Eerie Express from Grand Junction Station in Chattanooga. Designed with younger children in mind, this trip features storytelling, tours through the “gentle thrills” Funhouse, hot cider, blacklight mini golf, coloring pages and a goody bag. Tickets are available throughout October, but a few days are already sold out. Ticket info can be found at

• Check out the historic town of Bell Buckle during its Main Street Arts and Craft Fair. From Oct. 20-21 beginning at 9 a.m., over 800 art, craft and food booths will fill the town to its brim. Expect a variety of tempting goods to choose from including jewelry, pottery, textiles and more.

• Celebrate El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville. On Oct. 27, Cheekwood celebrates one of the most important celebrations for the Latin community with demonstrations, energetic music and more. Additionally, a celebration of fall is offered during Cheekwood Harvest from now until Oct. 21 with more than 5,000 chrysanthemums, an 11-foot-tall Pumpkin House and plenty of scarecrows throughout the gardens.

• Visit Dead Land Scream Park in Lebanon to be pushed to your limits. On Fridays and Saturdays, this haunted house is open from 7 p.m. until midnight from now through Nov. 3. Once you make it through alive, a bonfire and concessions await. However, Dead Land is not recommended for kids under age 9.

With so much to do and see, plan your October accordingly. Whether it’s a month filled with family-friendly activities or just a date night for two, don’t miss out on experiencing a few fun seasonal outings.