WEEKEND OF FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 – MONDAY, OCTOBER 31
Since Lincoln is now almost two-and-a-half, this is the first year he’s starting to “get” Halloween. We’ve got his costume and trick-or-treat bag all ready to go…so that means packing another weekend full of as many fun events as possible!
First I’ll give you our plan for the weekend, but keep reading for a complete listing of what Rutherford County has to offer this Halloween.
Remember this weekend is your last chance for the pumpkin patches, corn mazes, etc. to be open. (Most are open on Monday the 31st but close for the season after that). We love Lucky Ladd and Walden Farms, but if you’ve done those and are looking for more of a drive, check out my very favorite – Grandaddy’s Farm in Estill Springs. Everything at Grandaddy’s Farm is less expensive than at its Rutherford or Williamson County counterparts, plus you get to enjoy a beautiful drive along the way! There’s an array of games, a corn maze, a long hay ride that takes you out to the pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin, an animal barn, half mile nature trail you can hike, and a playground with great tire swings. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for kids 2-9 and children under 2 are free. The farm is open from 9 am – 6 pm Tuesday – Thursday, and 9 am – 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Click here for more information.
When you’re done with the pumpkin patch, venture into Winchester and stop at the town square. Make time for lunch at John T’s BBQ and shop for some deals at Hammer’s! If your little one is into tractors like mine, don’t miss their entire wall of John Deere toys upstairs. Hammer’s also carries a ton of heavily discounted Melissa and Doug merchandise too.
If you need to stay a little closer to home, another one we tried this week and really liked was Rabbit Foot Farm at 11131 Bradyville Pike in Readyville. Here you can also pick your own pumpkins and go on a hay ride. They also have a small petting zoo. (The two Donkeys – Jack and JoJo – were our favorites). Its not as big or commercialized as some of the other farms, but definitely gives the kiddos a look at a real farm in a less crowded setting. Admission is $8, and children younger than 2 are free. Rabbit Foot Farm is open from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturdays and noon – 6 pm on Sundays. For more info, call 615-893-5944 or click here.
On Monday you do not want to miss trick-or-treating on the Murfreesboro Square. Our city has such a beautiful square (prettiest, I think, in the fall), so that coupled with the unique shops and warm, friendly business owners is a recipe for Halloween success. The event runs from 3pm – 6pm. Your little ones can show off their costumes and get lots of good candy! This is especially great for those like us with toddlers.
Another great idea for the little ones is the Preschool Pumpkin Patch at Patterson Park Community Center. This event, just for ages 2 – 5, will take place from 5pm – 7pm on Friday (the 28th). More costumes, games, etc. The cost is $3 per person. Call 615-993-7439 for more info.
We are also going to try to stop by the trick-or-treating event at the Avenue Shopping Center. There will be candy stations, a balloon artist, and face painting 4 pm – 6 pm. At dusk (approximately 6:30 pm), Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet will be playing in Central Park. Be sure to bring your chairs/blankets for that! Click here for a map you can download showing you where the candy, movie, and activities will be.
That’s probably all we can handle in one weekend, but here are some other great activities going on this weekend as well: (I wish we could get to all of them!)
Today (Thursday Oct. 27) the Discovery Center will host The Great Pumpkin Festival from 4 pm – 7 pm. Admission is $3 (free for members), plus a canned food item for the local food bank. Dress in your favorite fantasy literature character and cook up your own potions with Mr. Bond the science guy and enjoy other activities. The costume contest is a $1 entry fee. Click here for more info.
The annual Barfield Halloween Bash runs Oct. 26-29 at Barfield Crescent Park. Old Scream road haunted hayrides from dark until 9 pm. Cost is $5 per person. The Not-So-Haunted Hayride for the little ones is 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday and Saturday. The cost for that ride is $3 per person. A carnival will be going on from 5 pm – 9 pm also on Friday and Saturday, featuring prizes, games, costume contests, candy, live music and more. Admission is free, but there are fees for food and game tickets. Call 615-890-5333 for more info.
And finally, Smyrna’s 15th annual Halloween in the Park festivities will take place from 3 pm – 8 pm on Saturday (Oct. 29) at Sharp Springs Park. Costume contests will start at 3:15 and run every 30 minutes for each age group beginning with ages 3 and younger up to ages 15 and older. Hayrides will run from 3 pm – 5:30 pm, with haunted hayrides going from 6 pm – 8 pm. There will be a children’s train, inflatables, games, races, egg toss, pie-eating contest, door prizes, vendors with crafts and foods, and candy for trick-or-treaters. Call 615-459-9773 for more info.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween everyone!