NashEvil: A bag of Halloween happenings, from haunted houses to pub crawls 

Bloody Acres Haunted Woods: "Real Woods, Real Terror!!!" shrieks Gallatin's 14-acre forest of fear. Admission is $15. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only; bloodyacres.webs.com 318 Big Station Camp Blvd., Gallatin, 569-4969

Dead Land Haunted Woods: Choose your path carefully on this eerie trail just south of Lebanon on Highway 231 — one route leads to Civil War-era terrors ("The Curse"), while the other rips open a gateway to the world of the dead ("The Portal")! Admission $15. Open 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday only; deadlandwoods.com 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. Forget the dude dressed as Leatherface: The dimly lit old prison facility gives off evil vibes galore. Admission is $12, cash only. Open Halloween; deathrowhauntedhouse.net 41 Harding Industrial Drive, 833-1433

Death Valley Haunted Woods: A little floodwater couldn't wash away this slice of Hendersonville hell, now in its 19th year of terrorizing church groups and Scout troops with attractions such as the infamous Chainsaw Maze. Beware Scissor Hands! Admission is $15; open Halloween; dvhauntedwoods.com, 769 W. Main St., Hendersonville

Devil's Dungeon: Beelzebub himself awaits you in the inner sanctum of East Nashville's 25,000-square-foot repository of evil, where not even the Cumberland's floodwaters could douse the fires of hell. More than 40 depraved scenes promise "the taste of sweat — the scent of fear — the sound of horror — the sight of unsavory scenes that draw you into a disgusting world of carnage and viscera." That's entertainment! Admission $13. Open Halloween; devilsdungeon.net 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 to partake of animal attractions, candy stations, haunted hayrides, the popular Scary-Go-Round, and a midway filled with games and activities. This is the last weekend, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 28-30. Tickets are $15, $12 for members; nashvillezoo.org Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, 377 Nolensville Rd., 833-1534

Haunted Nashville: Horror comes to Hermitage in one of the area's most elaborate Halloween extravaganzas, voted one of the top 25 haunted attractions in the nation two years running by Haunted Attraction magazine. This year's "pageantry of the paranormal" (spread over 34,000 square feet) features the spook-infested Turbidite Manor, the House of Distortion, and the all-new section known as The Vault. A pass to all three areas can be bought online for $23, with upgrades available; advance tickets recommended; hauntednashville.com 3436 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage, 752-4292

Monster Mountain: Totally worth the haul out I-65 to Millersville, about 20 minutes north of Nashville, this fest of free-range fright has quickly developed a rep as one of the coolest haunted houses in the South. This year's "Necro-Pocalypse" unleashes cannibalistic ghouls on the countryside, amid attractions such as the Monster Midway, the Upside-Down House and the Body Incinerator. Admission is $15; open Halloween; monstermountain.net 273 McMurtry Road, Millersville, 569-FEAR

Nashville Nightmare: At its impressive website, Music City's newest monster mash of mayhem and menace touts its "highly detailed scenes, state-of-the-art animations, special effects, and very intense actors" at its location next to JOB Billiards off Gallatin Road. Come for the Madison Square Mortuary, stay for Graves Manor. Admission is $15. Open Halloween; nashvillenightmare.com 1016 Madison Square, Madison, 752-5663

Scream Creek Haunted Woods: "Take a 60-foot plunge into THE ABYSS!" shrieks the come-on for this Springfield forest of fear. Every fall, 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 $13, $19 for all on-site offerings. Friday and Saturday only; closed Halloween. screamcreek.com 1765 Martins Chapel Church Road, Springfield, 382-7593

Slaughterhouse 2011: And you thought the Music City Center construction was scary. For the 25th year, "Nashville's longest-running haunted attraction" serves up headbanger horror and gore galore to a throbbing soundtrack. Admission is $15. Open Halloween. slaughterfest.com 423 Sixth Ave. S.

MONSTROUS MOVIES

• The Belcourt's Twelve Hours of Terror, co-presented by the Scene Sunday, Oct. 30 from noon to midnight, delivers fright after fright in some of the most shocking movies ever made — from Lucio Fulci's notorious splatterfest Zombie to the cult favorites Night of the Creeps and Return of the Living Dead. Dr. Gangrene serves as master of cemeteries, with plenty of vintage horror trailers, food and drink specials, and other surprises. (See the film story on p. TK.) Admission $15. belcourt.org 2102 Belcourt Ave., 383-9140

• It really is Halloween night at The Belcourt, where John Carpenter's unmatched 1978 Halloween gets a rare recent big-screen showing. Also playing midnight throughout the weekend is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. belcourt.org 2102 Belcourt Ave., 383-9140

• If evil al fresco is more your speed, Watertown's Stardust Drive-In offers a double bill of Paranormal Activity 3 and Real Steel Friday through Sunday Oct. 28-30. The first feature starts at 7 p.m. Admission $7 adults, $4 kids 6-11. See website for directions. stardustdrivein.com 310 Purple Tiger Drive, Watertown, 237-0077

PERILOUS PARTIES

• Attention Broadway lovers: There's no better place to get wood than Tribe's "Haunted Forest," which hosts a costume contest Saturday, Oct. 29, and a special Wicked Halloween Showtunes event Sunday, Oct. 30, starting at 5 p.m. Watch for appearances by the cast and crew of the hottest ticket in town, the touring company of TPAC's Wicked (see below), who'll put the "fab" in Elphaba. Open 'til 2 a.m.; tribenashville.com 1517 Church St., 329-2912

• Next door at Play, the dance club preps the lavish decorations for its weekend-long Heroes and Villains party, culminating in a costume-party blowout 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. There'll be awards for best costume, best superhero and best drag, with $5,000 in cash and prizes —but don't expect to upstage special guest The Princess or (Monday only) that exotic blossom of the Orient, Suzy Wong; playdancebar.com 1519 Church St., 322-9627

• How do you know you've got a restaurant empire? When your holdings can throw their own block party — as Virago/Kayne Prime/Whiskey Kitchen impresario Chris Hyndman does at A Nightmare on M Street 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. DJ Lunchbox does the spinning so you don't have to — unless you avail yourself of the drink specials. Admission $20. McGavock Street between 11th & 12th avenues in The Gulch

• Thousands of costumed revelers turn East Nashville's Five Points into a festive carnivale every Halloween weekend — reason enough to join the human tide for "fangtastic" drink specials at the East Nashville Five Points Halloween Pub Crawl, starting 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, and encompassing Red Door Saloon East, 3 Crow Bar, Beyond the Edge and Drifters. No admission, but only those 21 and older may participate. 11th Street at Woodland

• Take a terrorizing trip back in time to the '90s, where Bush and Candlebox headline the third annual Haunted Valley Halloween Block Party in The Gulch 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. There'll be six more bands, a costume contest and more. Tickets $30. Between 12th & Porter and Mai, 12th Avenue North.

• A cowboy hat ain't gonna cut it if you want the $500 top prize at the Wildhorse Saloon's fifth annual Halloween Bash and costume contest, held 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. The Spazmatics perform. Cover is $10. 120 Second Ave. N., 902-8200

• A snapback is a likelier piece of headgear than a Stetson on Friday, Oct. 28, at Fright Fest 2011, where all are welcome and Meharry and Vanderbilt students get in free until midnight or $10 after with student ID and canned good. Monster jams come courtesy of DJ Lunchbox and 101.1 The Beat Jamz co-hosts Dolewite and Scooby. Costumes are encouraged but not required, and admission is limited to those 21 and up. More info and ticket information: frightfestvip@gmail.com. Indulge Night Club, 114 Second Ave. S.

• At Chago's Cantina on Belmont, dress up and be the death of the ìDia de los Muertosî Party Saturday, Oct. 29. Try a $6 acai antioxidant margarita — for your health, of course; chagoscantina.com 2015 Belmont Blvd., 386-0106

• Erin go, brah, at new Vandy-area pub Dooleys, which hosts a Halloween costume contest. Call 528-5886 for more info. 204 21st Ave. S.

• Still got those Pinball Wizard stacks and that leisure suit? Burn, baby, burn at Incredible Daveís Disco-Ween in Rivergate Mall, featuring a live band and DJ 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29. 1000 Rivergate Parkway, 543-2906

• Eat, drink and be scary at the Second Avenue Festival of Fright, starting 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, downtown. Part of Second Avenue North downtown will be gated off for a mini-block party featuring Benchmark Bar and Grill, Piranha's, The Attic (above Piranha's) and Big Shotz. The $5 cover gets you a Jäger, cherry or Fireball bomb from participating clubs, which will also feature costume contests offering more than $1,000 in prizes. 117 Second Ave. N., 748-9006

TERRIFYING THEATER

• For entertainment of any kind this weekend, it's hard to top the touring company of the Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical Wicked — a triumph in every way, from casting, singing and staging to a set design that's nothing short of miraculous. Seriously: We could watch this every night of its run through Nov. 6 at TPAC. Go, and watch warring witches Anne Brummel and Tiffany Haas (both superb) work that voodoo that they do so well. Tickets $55-$160, with a lottery for $25 seats two hours before showtime; tpac.org Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 782-4040

• Shiver with antici ... pation for The Rocky Horror Show, performed through Halloween night by Franklin's Boiler Room Theatre in a production that's drawing raves (if not salvos of hot dogs). Tickets $27; boilerroomtheatre.com The Factory at Franklin, 230 Franklin Road, 794-7744

• Emcee "Phil Graves" (ba-dum-PAH!) helps the cast of Street Theatre Company's Macabaret knock 'em dead with original tunes such as "Marriage Is Murder" and "Dead End Job." Featuring Erica Cantrell, Janna Landry, Tyson Laemmel, Megan Murphy Chambers and Scott Rice through Sunday, Oct. 30. Tickets $16. streettheatrecompany.org 1933 Elm Hill Pike, 554-7414

• Nothing says "Halloween" like rampant paranoia, claustrophobic delusion and unfaked nudity. So leave the kids, pack a can of Raid and head south to Murfreesboro's Out Front on Main, which stages Tracy Letts' unnerving chamber psychothriller Bug through Monday, Oct. 31. Tickets $10. outfrontonmain.com 1511 E. Main St., Murfreesboro, 516-6279

• The scares don't stop at Halloween, thanks to playwright Scott Crain and Oracle Productions — whose sinister original tale The Ripper puts a steampunk spin on the grisliest serial-killer saga of all. Runs Nov. 5-6 and 11-13 at the Springhouse Worship and Arts Center in Smyrna. Tickets are $10 and available through the website: oracleproductions.org 14119 Old Nashville Highway, Smyrna, 364-5199

TRICKS AND TREATS

• A fall favorite in Music City, Cheekwood's 12th annual Day of the Dead Festival draws huge crowds to the mansion's grounds at the height of their autumn splendor. Running 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, 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. And be sure to stroll the grounds to see the scarecrows in their spooky finery! Tickets are $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 Tour, conducted by lantern. Prices range $8-$20. Reservations required by calling 884-3999; nashvilleghosttours.com

• From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, Franklin's 28th annual Pumpkinfest converts the picturesque town into a village of unearthly horrors — as well as the backdrop for a barbecue contest, a chili cook-off, live music, dance performances, children's activities, more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, and guided tours of the Old City Cemetery and Rest Haven Cemetery. Free and open to the public, though some events require separate tickets; historicfranklin.com/events/pumpkinfest Downtown Franklin

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