Pub crawls, costume contests, parties


The ghosts and ghouls are out, which means it’s time to dress up and head to town for Knoxville’s best Halloween nightlife.

With plenty of time to spare, here are nine spooky happenings to check out at Knoxville’s bars, restaurants and breweries this October. Now all you need is a costume.

October 4: Horror Movie Trivia at Xul Beer Co.

One of the first events welcoming the spooky season to Knoxville is a trivia party at Xul Beer Co.

This is Xul’s regular trivial party with a horror and horror movie theme. This free event starts at 7 p.m. Gift cards will be awarded to the top three quiz teams and Pizza Time! a food truck will be present.

If you know someone who has an encyclopedic knowledge of horror movies, take it and bring it to Xul!

October 8: Murvul Punk and Drag Haunted House at The Bird and The Book

This haunted house is a bit different from the typical house of horrors.

Presented by Coffin Curse Records, the Murvul Punk and Drag Haunted House will take place October 8 at The Bird and The Book in Maryville.

Located at 1509 E. Broadway Ave., the Blount County Haunted House will feature performances by Graveyard Kids, Mongo and the Deathbots, with the headlining drag show hosted by Icky Stardust.

It’s from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and open to everyone. Tickets are $15.

October 14: Horror Punk Halloween at the BrickYard Bar & Grill

For those looking to headbang, this show is for you.

Presented at the BrickYard Bar & Grill at 4928 Homberg Drive, this punk metal horror show is brought to you by Black Hearts Production.

It’s headlined by First Jason, a band formed by original Jason Vorhees voice actor Ari Lehman. Local and southeastern bands Casket Creatures, Genki Genki Panic, Screaming Phantoms and Ghoulgasm will also perform.

The event is for ages 18 and up and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

October 15: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast at Concourse

Foreground Damian Messer recently convened a summit of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" shadowcasts with members of the Satanic Mechanics and the Knoxville Transit Beams.

A cult and must-see October classic is once again performing in Knoxville, and it’s got us shivering in anticipation.


The Concourse will air “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 9 p.m. on October 15. It’s not a typical cinematic experience. It’s a whole show of song, dance and recitation, with a band performing the film as it goes. But we won’t spoil the fun here anymore.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, which opens at 9 p.m. There is a burlesque show at 10:30 p.m. from Freaks and Cheeks Burlesque Revue. The Satanic Mechanics will perform the drop shadow at midnight.

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October 22: Kill the Lights Beer Festival at Xul Beer Co.

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This Oktoberfest is shaping up to be a great way to spend a Saturday in October (outside of football, of course).

The Kill the Lights Beer Festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on October 22 at Xul Beer Co.. The festival brings together 56 breweries under one roof, including Creature Comforts, Bearded Iris, Southern Grist and Weldworks. There will also be food vendors, music and new beer.

General admission tickets are available for $80. This comes with a tasting glass and unlimited beer pours.

October 22: Join in the fun with your friends for a Halloween party at Hexagon Brewing Co.

Fun with Friends is having their third annual Halloween party, and it’s free!

The party starts at 6 p.m. at Hexagon Brewing Co., and continues until the bar closes. There will be costume contests, games and dancing, with plenty of drinks for everyone.

If you’re looking to go out to celebrate Halloween, this sounds like a great way to get out there and have some fun!

October 20-23: Knoxville Horror Film Festival at Central Cinema and Parkway Drive-In

Central Cinema is an independent single-screen movie theater in Happy Holler.  The theater will screen independent films and first-run documentaries as well as classic films.

Now in its 14th year, the Knoxville Horror Film Festival showcases films old and new for horror lovers.

The festival will begin on October 20 at the Central Cinema and end in theaters on October 23. These days are reserved for festival pass holders, which cost $120 each.

The majority of events on Friday and Saturday will take place at the Parkway Drive-In Theater in Maryville. The lineup includes classic horror films and the Grindhouse Grind-Out trailer contest. Individual tickets for each day are $25 or $50 for both days.

There are shorts and features scheduled for the entire festival, so get tickets while they last.

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October 23: Halloween Paranormal Investigation at Baker Peters House

If you are looking for real scares, this real haunted house is for you!

The Baker Peters House is a historic house in Knoxville believed to be haunted. With a rich history, it is perfect for ghost tours. It’s currently the home of Finn’s Restaurant and Tavern, and it’s hosting a ghost tour on October 23.

At $50 per person, the tour begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 11:30 p.m. Guests will be taken throughout the house and learn about its history while conducting a paranormal investigation. Prepare to be scared, and maybe have a drink afterwards to regain your courage!

October 27: HalloWingo at Standard

It’s a bit different but just as fun and scary.

HalloWingo is presented by Tennova Healthcare Services and is a benefit evening for InterFaith Health Clinic. The evening lasts from 6-9pm and includes Singo (take bingo and combine it with a guessing game), dinner, drinks, costume contests and a silent auction.

It’s a bit more expensive than other events, with tickets starting at $75. But it’s a good time for a good cause.

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October 29: Halloween Silent Disco at Hi-Wire Brewing

Silent Disco Knox headphones at an event at Crafty Bastard in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, February 18, 2022.

At this point, silent discos have become a mainstay in Knoxville, which is why they’re perfect for spooky season!

From 8 p.m. to midnight on October 29, Silent Disco Knox is at Hi-Wire Brewing. There will be three DJs each playing different music. You will receive a pair of headphones and have the ability to switch between each DJ. All that remains is to sing and dance with a group of people who may or may not listen to the same song.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Costumes are encouraged and drinks will be on the menu!

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October 29: Halloween costume party at the lighthouse

Adult costume contest participants gather for a photo at the Fourth and Gill neighborhood Halloween party in Knoxville on Wednesday.  October 31, 2018.

For those looking to dress up, the Knoxville Entertainment Group is hosting their first annual Halloween Party!

The costume party will take place at The Lighthouse at 6800 Baum Drive. The party, from 8 p.m. to midnight on October 29, will include food, vendors, games and a costume contest with prizes.

Tickets for the party start at $35.

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October 29: SINsational Halloween Gala at Hexagon Brewing Co.

Hexagon Brewing Co. is hosting another Mystic Grace Productions drag entertainment Halloween event on October 29.

The SINsational Gala will begin at 8 p.m. and run until midnight. It’s open to everyone and promises a costume contest, games, craft beer and drag. It’s 21+ to participate, and it looks like a spooky party!

October 29: Halloween Bar Crawl at Mirage Knoxville

For those looking to drink in disguise, look no further than Crawl with Us’ Halloween Bar Crawl.

Check-in for the crawl is from 4-6 p.m. at the Mirage Knoxville. With several participating bars, the crawl lasts until 10 p.m. with an after party until midnight at Scruffy City Hall.

Bars include Ale’ Rae’s Gastropub, Bernadette’s Crystal Gardens, Mirage, Preservation Pub, Scruffy City Hall, Skybox Sports Bar and Grill, Alice in Appalachia and Tommy Trent’s Sports Saloon. Participants will jump from bar to bar at their own pace, with no fixed schedule.

Tickets are $15 for a single ticket or $10 in a group of four or more. This covers two drinks or shots, a badge and lanyard, exclusive food and drink specials, voided cover, a card and $1,000 costume contest entry. Happy exploring!

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