KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Halloween weekend is happening in East Tennessee with several events sure to give trick or treaters spooky and sweet activities. Here’s the working list of things to do Thursday through Sunday in East Tennessee to celebrate.


Oak Ridge Parks & Rec hosting 39th annual city-wide Halloween bash

The Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department is hosting the 2021 City-Wide Halloween Event (Monster Mash Bash) on Thursday, October 28, from 6-8 p.m. This annual event will be attended by hundreds of children and their families. This year’s event will be a literal walk in the park: Bissell Park which is located at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

UTK hosting trunk or treat event

The community is invited to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Trunk or Treat event hosted by the National Residence Halls Honorary. Officials say trunk or Treat brings the community together with our car trunks full of candy, right in time for the Halloween holiday. Come bring the family for fall games, catered Petro’s chili, fall food/sweets, and festive pumpkin painting. It’s happening from 6-8 p.m. along Circle Park Drive on the UTK campus.

Trunk or Treat at Roane State

Trunk or Treat festivities are returning to the Roane State Community College campus. The event begins at 5 p.m. and wraps up around 7 p.m. College students, employees and members of the community are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

The event will take place in the student parking lot next to the O’Brien Theatre on the Roane County campus, located at 276 Patton Lane in Harriman. Signage on campus will direct visitors where to go when they arrive.

Face masks are not required outdoors, but participants are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines whenever possible. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available at the event as needed.


Knoxville: Fall Festival Trunk or Treat is happening at 4-6 p.m. at the Walter P. Taylor Homes, 2223 Kenner Ave. Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon will be in attendance.

Farragut: The 25th annual Freaky Friday Fright Nite takes place from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at Mayor Bob Leonard Park. Children ages 12 and under are invited to “trick or treat” on the walking trail while local businesses, community groups and Town of Farragut volunteers hand out treats and provide games with prizes and cookie decorating. This is a free event, but participants are asked to bring items to benefit the local Ronald McDonald House. The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families with critically ill children who are being served by area hospitals.

The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, the Loudon County E-911 Center and the Loudon County Fire and Rescue are hosting “Trunk or Treat ‘21” from 6 to 8 pm at the Loudon County Justice Center. [This event has been canceled.]

New Market: The New Market Fire Department is holding a Halloween Dance on Friday, Oct. 29. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m.


Sevier County Sheriff’s Office Spooktacular Block Party

The community is summoned to visit Sheriff Ronald “Hoss” Seals and the SCSO for their 5th annual Halloween Spooktacular Block Party. The party is happening Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Sevier County Courthouse in downtown Sevierville.

Knoxville Urban Family Festival 

The Knoxville Urban Family Festival is happening at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park & Exposition Center. There will be fun activities for the whole family including trunk-or-treating. Attendees are invited to come dressed in their Halloween costume. Face masks will be required to enter the Jacob Building. Both the Knox County mayor and Knoxville mayor will be in attendance, as well as former UT athletes and the Austin-East Magnet High School West African Dancers & Drummers.

Knox County Parks & Rec hosting first-ever Trunk or Treat

The Knox County Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday will host its first-ever Trunk-or-Treat – a fun-filled afternoon of treats, games, and classic automobiles.

The Halloween event, which is free and open to the public, takes place from noon to 5 p.m. at John Tarleton Park, 2487 Sutherland Ave. All ages are welcome, and costumes are encouraged.

“This should be a great event for families,” said Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs. “Creative ideas like this show how much our Parks & Recreation Department care about Knox County kids.”

The event will feature a number of lawn games including tic-tac-toe, cone ring toss, sack races, pumpkin decorating contests, and a scarecrow toss. In addition, sponsors will set up a photo booth and children can trunk-or-treat for candy and prizes from several hundred classic cars, hot rods, and trucks. The Parks and Recreation Department is working with various local businesses, including Fierlis Enterprises, to fund the event through donations and sponsorships.

Sunday – Halloween

Sunsphere Sundays: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Visit Knoxville says the only thing you should be scared about this Halloween is missing the show Halloween night at the sunsphere. The Alabama-based band, St. Paul and the Broken Bones will be performing.

Drive Thru Trunk or Treat: Hardin Valley

A drive-thru Trunk or Treat event is being hosted by the Hardin Valley Free Will Baptist Church at 10415 Hardin Valley Road from 4-6 p.m.

Oct. 29-31: The Fanboy Expo will be in Knoxville from Oct. 29 to 31.  Star Trek co-stars William Shatner and George Takei will make appearances at the event. It will also feature some of the most famous artists and writers from the world of comics, including R.L. Stine Goosebumps illustrator Tim Jacobus.