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From horror houses to scary movies, a list of Halloween entertainment options in and around Nashville

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Dead Land Haunted Woods: Choose your path carefully on this eerie trail just south of Lebanon on Highway 231 — one route leads to Confederate chills ("The Curse"), while the other rips open the world of the dead ("The Portal")! New this year: "The Maze of Screams!" Admission $15, $30 for all three attractions. Open 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2 and Halloween night; 7040 Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon

Death Row — Sanitarium of Slaughter: This reliable Music City bloodbath offers 80,000 square feet of fear — much of it given over to mad scientists practicing their home-surgery skills on unlucky stiffs. The dimly lit old prison facility gives off evil vibes galore, augmented by vintage props from local hospitals, funeral homes and jails. Admission $12, cash only. Open nightly through Halloween from 7 p.m. to midnight; Nov. 1 is "Blackout Night." 418 Harding Industrial Drive, 833-1433

Devil's Dungeon: This year, East Nashville's 20,000-square-foot repository of evil promises "A Night in Hell" and face time with Satan himself! Admission $15. Open 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 7-10 p.m. Sunday through Halloween; 510 Davidson St., 256-0053

Ghouls at Grassmere: Kids need scaring too — one reason the Nashville Zoo's annual Halloween bash draws more than 20,000 people each year. With goodie stations located throughout, games and rides aplenty, and scares adjusted for the under-12 clientele, it's more about the treats than the tricks, though the hair-raising cries of the zoo's unseen denizens add chills. This is the last weekend, 5-9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Tickets are $15, $12 for members; Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, 377 Nolensville Road, 833-1534

Gore House: No, man, Al's not here. Neither is Nashville set designer turned deranged ghoul Martin Cato ... or is he? That's the set-up for this brand-new Hendersonville house of horrors, entering its final weekend. Tickets $13; 118 Mid Town Court, Hendersonville, 530-4673

Millers Thrillers Haunted Woods: Wanna hear the most awesome innovation in haunted-house history? Three words: zombie paintball hayride! There's also a Haunted Woods, and for pacifists a cozy bonfire, a Zombie Drum Line and other attractions. Tempting though it may be, kids, no shooting the walking dead in the nuts. Admission $15 Haunted Woods, $20 Zombie Paintball, $30 combo. Open 7-11 p.m. weekends through Nov. 2 and Halloween. 1431 Carters Creek Pike, Columbia

Monster Mountain Horror Studios: Head out I-65 to Millersville, about 20 minutes north of Nashville, where this fest of free-range fright has developed a rep as one of the coolest haunted houses in the South. Beware the final cut as you enter more than 20 scenes of staged cinematic carnage, from a blood-soaked ritual in the Voodoo Bayou to a black Christmas with a very bad Santa. Admission is $15; open Friday-Saturday and Halloween through Nov. 2; 273 McMurtry Road, Millersville, 338-4632

Nashville Nightmare: Music City's monster mash of mayhem is a contender for the city's best, noted for a cast that's primed to scare. This year's 13 horrific tableaux include Big Mama's Meat Packing Plant, the Antioch Asylum, and Hillbilly Hell. Admission $17 or $23 for a two-attraction combo, $35 VIP for line preference. Open Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2, Sundays through Oct. 27, and Halloween; 1016 Madison Square, Madison, 752-5663

Scream Creek Haunted Woods: Why drive to Texas for a chainsaw massacre? Every fall, Springfield's Honeysuckle Hill Farm converts part of its vast acreage into corn mazes, pumpkin patches and other Halloween attractions. At night, though, it's not for small children, as the hills have eyes. Admission starts at $15.95, $20.95 for all on-site offerings. Friday and Saturday only; closed Halloween. 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield, 382-7593

Slaughterhouse 2013: Now in its 28th season, "Nashville's longest-running haunted attraction" serves up headbanger horror and gore galore to a throbbing soundtrack — only blood flows like Fanta at this gathering of the Juggalos. Admission $15. Open Oct. 30-31 and Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 2. 423 Sixth Ave. S.


• Few things were scarier than the era of mall hair and Hayzi Fantayzee, but damn, were the '80s ever a decade for horror cinema. Dust off your Daniel J. Travanti fan-club membership, cue up some Sigue Sigue Sputnik and ink some stars on your Trapper Keeper as The Belcourt serves up a late-night trifecta of terror from the Time of Tiffany. Friday brings the awesome double bill of Jim Wynorski's killer-robots-vs.-mall-rats gorefest Chopping Mall and Frank Henenlotter's monster-twin cult favorite Basket Case — still have your promotional surgical masks from the original run at Cinema South? — while Saturday serves up Clint Howard hobnobbing with Beelzebub via state-of-1981 computer technology in the crowd-pleasing bloodbath Evilspeak. It's paired with the Neve Campbell-Fairuza Balk teen-coven campfest The Craft, an '80s movie somehow time-warped to 1996. Only the coifs were changed to protect the decade. 2102 Belcourt Ave., 383-9140

• We love seeing Paris Hilton silenced with boiling paraffin as much as the next guy, but she can't hold a candle to Vincent Price in Andre de Toth's original 3-D shocker House of Wax, this weekend's dandy conclusion to The Belcourt's month-long Price salute. It shows Saturday and Sunday only. Three days later, on Oct. 30-31, you'll get the creeps aplenty from Randy Moore's uniquely disturbing feature Escape From Tomorrow, in which a family man uncovers a terrible conspiracy behind a theme park's grotesque plasticene cheer. Did we mention it was shot on location without permission at the Disney World and Disneyland theme parks? Also playing The Belcourt midnight Halloween through Nov. 2 is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 2102 Belcourt Ave., 383-9140

• On Thursday a capacity crowd will watch RiffTrax dismember the seminal 1968 zombie epic Night of the Living Dead at The Belcourt, but you can see the George A. Romero classic without the wisecracks 8 and 10 p.m. Friday at the Cult Fiction Underground in Logue's Black Raven Emporium. Come back Halloween night for a Mystery Science Theater party. Tickets $5. 2915 Gallatin Rd., 562-4710

• The Schermerhorn Symphony Center serves as a suitably cathedral-like backdrop as Lon Chaney's definitive Quasimodo takes to the rooftops of Paris as The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In what has become a Halloween-week tradition, the Schermerhorn features a silent classic with live organ accompaniment, and this year Peter Krasinski is the phantom at the console of the Martin Foundation Concert Organ. Show time is 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets $22-$38. One Symphony Place, 687-6500


• The Cannery complex becomes a musical mausoleum 9 p.m. Saturday with the Guilty Pleasures Halloween SPOOKtacular and My So-Called Band Presents "Saved by the HELL!" The Ultimate '90s Halloween Jam. Tickets $15-$20. Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom, The High Watt

• Will your best approximation of The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure or Elvis Costello and the Attractions walk away with the $100 prize at The Stone Fox's Cover Band Contest? Enter now, start drinking 8 p.m. Halloween night. Tickets $1. The Stone Fox

• The alt-rock of yesteryear will rise from its iTomb at 9 p.m. Halloween night as shambling hordes resurrect the sounds of The Misfits, Nirvana, Kyuss and The Dead Milkmen in a Night of the Living Cover Bands. Tickets $7. Exit/In

• "Nashville's turnt up tropical trip hop beat demon" Treekeeper joins Party Trash, Hype Taylor, Brootal Dudes (aka Awesome Shirt in Misfits-covers mode) and Baltimore's Chiffon for the Stay Magical Spooktacular house show 9 p.m. Halloween night. The Cool Ranch, 1008 W. Eastland Ave.

• British dubstep DJ Joshua Steele, aka Flux Pavilion, transforms (upgrades?) Municipal Auditorium into his own private Terrordome 6 p.m. Halloween night with guests Skism, Savoy and Roksonix. Tickets $25. Municipal Auditorium

• Good luck getting into Hank III's Halloween Party 9 p.m. Halloween night, which is beyond sold out — but the YouTube clips make us believe it's worth the effort. Tickets $12. The End

• Eek! Michael McDonald! Schermerhorn Symphony Center


• Maybe a church sounds like a strange locale for an evening of ghoulish comic theater, but they don't come any nearer my God to thee than the crypt-bound cast of Street Theatre Company's Macabaret. Watch emcee "Phil Graves" knock 'em dead with original tunes such as "Marriage Is Murder" and "Dead End Job." The show launches the new "Arts at Ann's" performance series at St. Ann's Episcopal Church 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday only. Tickets $15/person, $25/couple including dessert; pizza available for $2. 419 Woodland St., 254-3534

• Casper remains the sweetest li'l blob of paranormal ectoplasm ever — a bed-sheeted buddy whose message to young'uns (to the frequent discomfort of parents) is basically: Hey, kids, don't fear the reaper. Richard Stein's Olde Worlde Theater Company frequently packs out The Belcourt on Saturday mornings with its interactive spectacles joining music, dance, pantomime and activity; its current production of Casper: A Friendly Ghost Story should make for not-scary Halloween fun. Runs 10 a.m. Saturdays through Nov. 2. Tickets $8. 2102 Belcourt Ave., 383-9140


• A fall favorite in Music City, Cheekwood's 14th annual Day of the Dead Festival draws huge crowds as the mansion's grounds become an open-air market, a whirlwind of live entertainment and a fiesta for Nashvillians of all nationalities. Running 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2, the festival mixes food, crafts, Latin music and dance ensembles and participatory events with insight into the Latin American cultural celebration, which honors death as part of the ongoing cycle of living. Tickets $12, but members and ages 17 and under are admitted free. 1200 Forrest Park Drive, 356-8000

• Tour Music City's hot spots of supernatural affliction by foot and hearse with Nashville Ghost Tours, which offers special times this weekend for its famous tours of the city's most accursed taverns and townhouses. Especially popular is the Haunted Downtown Nashville tour, conducted by lantern. Prices range $8-$25. Reservations required by calling 884-3999;

• From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Franklin's 30th annual Pumpkinfest converts the picturesque town into a village of unearthly horrors — as well as the backdrop for a chili cook-off, live music, dance performances, children's activities, more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, and guided nighttime tours of the Old City Cemetery and Rest Haven Cemetery. Free and open to the public until 6 p.m., though some events require separate tickets; Downtown Franklin



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