Every October, when the full moon looms, the Nashville Zoo turns into a Halloween spookscape filled with things that go bump (and grrowl! and caw!) in the night. With the help of some spray-on cobwebs and eerie lighting, the zoos winding paths, shaded nooks and leafy walkways transform into a tree-lined Transylvania. Fear not, parents: Merry, not scary is the credo of this good-natured fright fest, designed to tickle rather than terrorize your tots. That means attractions such as a Haunted Hayride, a Scary-Go-Round carousel, a Carn-Evil midway of games and inflatable bounce rooms, numerous candy-dispensing stations, and a special exhibition of live owls, spiders, reptiles and other creepy-crawlies. The combination has made the event so popular that the zoo has added two extra days (though its still closed on Halloween night). To avoid crowds, get there either when it opens (at 5 p.m.) or after 7 p.m., when smaller ghouls are headed to bed. Admission is $9 for non-members and $5 for members; children under 2 get in free.
Fridays-Sundays; Thu., Oct. 29. Starts: Oct. 16. Continues through Oct. 30, 2009