Spooky stories, treats, and ghost hunts are just a few of the activities you’ll find at the annual Hauntings at the Hermitage. The home of Andrew Jackson is transformed into Halloween fun for one night a year.
Family fun is during the earlier hours and after dark it gets much spookier!
Last year, my 11 year old and her friend joined me for the hauntings. As you enter, you have many choices – trick or treating, activity stations like potion making and fortune telling, pumpkin painting, storytelling, movies on the lawn, or the haunted hayride.
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The activity stations were not only fun, but educational. The potion making station used herbs that would have been used in Jackson’s day. A chocolate demo taught about how they made hot chocolate back in the day as well. Volunteers were dressed in period clothing and it was interesting to see everyone in character.
The Historic Mansion hosted a ghostly tour complete with educational information about death and mourning practices of the 1800s and talk of ghosts in the mansion.
Most of what we saw was fun and a little creepy. But the kids wanted to get scared, so we waited to do the haunted hayride until after dark. I admit that I am a wimp and I did not like it at all! So many creepy-dressed people were hiding in the woods and jump-scared and chased us as we went by. That is not my kind of entertainment, but the kids loved it. I asked as we were leaving about how scary it was during the family-friendly hours and was assured that it is much less scary.
Hauntings at the Hermitage is fun and a nice alternative to mix Halloween hauntings and education. The things I like best are that it isn’t super crowded and it’s not just about candy. It’s a great place to have some Halloween family fun in Nashville.
Haunting at the Hermitage will be held on October 22, 2016 from 4:00-10:00pm. You can learn more about it and purchase tickets here: Hauntings at the Hermitage.