When it comes to autumnal traditions, there are few that are more well-loved than trick-or-treating. Here are some of the best places to venture out in search of the best tricks and tastiest treats.
Popular Chattanooga Spots for Trick-or-Treating
- Signal Mountain has an abundance of great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. A favorite amongst locals is Old Towne, which has many small houses located close to one another and minimal traffic around the holiday. Brow Estates is another lovely neighborhood where many residents have been known to go all out for the holiday.
- Located by Freedom Church in East Ridge, Reeves Avenue and Frederick Drive are often not crowded with trick-or-treaters, but the residents have candy to spare.
- North Chattanooga can be a tricky area to navigate with kids due to how much walking it involves. However, if you and your kids are ready to get your steps in, Graham Street is a very solid option that will also play host to a block party on Halloween from 12 p.m. to midnight.
- St. Elmo, Chattanooga’s lovely historic suburb located at the base of Lookout Mountain, is another fine option for trick-or-treating. With beautiful views and a lovely community, this is a great place to take your kids for a classic trick-or-treating experience.
- Black Creek is yet another development that is a great place to take your children trick-or-treating. The excellent homes are located close together, and you can park on the side of the street while you walk with your child in the company of many other families.
Chattanooga Halloween Events
If you’ve got your trick-or-treating route covered and are looking for more opportunities to show off your costumes and collect candy with your kids, Chattanooga has some great events taking place on Halloween weekend.
- Is your costume something really special? If so, try paying a visit to the Haunted Market! Located at the First Horizon Pavilion, the market will offer the chance to compete in a costume parade as well as trick-or-treat, and it takes place Sunday, October 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- If your little one is as crazy about critters as they are about candy, check out the Tennessee Aquarium’s annual “AquaScarium” event. Come in costume and check out aquatic and land-loving creatures while trick-or-treating at booths throughout the two buildings. Maybe your little one will even see one of their favorite characters scuba diving with the fish! This ticketed event takes place Friday, October 28, from 4 to 8 p.m.
- If your child enjoys things that walk more than things that swim, the Chattanooga Zoo is hosting “Boo in the Zoo” on October 28 and 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. The event features festive but not frightening decorations, trick-or-treat stations, a scavenger hunt, and costume contest. If you’re interested in attending, timed entry tickets are available online only.
- All aboard the Halloween Eerie Express! There’s still time to ride the Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Halloween offering: a spooky vintage train ride featuring a fun house for those looking to be mildly spooked, black light golf, games, and grab bags of treats. This is a ticketed event, and guests are welcome to wear their costumes. Rides on October 28 and 29 last about an hour and a half.
- Are you willing to drive a bit to get some great treats? Located a short drive away, Cleveland holds an annual Halloween block party every year on Halloween, sponsored by Mars Wrigley. With live music, festival food, a costume contest, and tons of treats from Mars, it’s worth the small trek out of Chattanooga. It takes place on Monday the 31st from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Chattanooga Area Trunk-or-Treating
If you have very small children, trunk-or-treating may be a great option for your family. It is not only a fun way to get to know the community, but it also makes it easy for children to get a satisfying amount of candy and go home to bed before their fatigue starts to turn them into real monsters!
- Henegar Counseling Center has food, games, and a costume competition with a prize for the winner. It takes place from 5-7 p.m. on October 28 at the 1815 McCallie Avenue parking lots.
- White Oak Baptist Church has free candy and games on Halloween day from 6 to 8 p.m. Come in costume!
- Spook-Tacular At The River is located at the Riverpark and offers food trucks, trick-or-treating, and vendor booths. It takes place on October 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Chattanooga Free Store on Dodson Avenue is hosting a Halloween party with trunk-or-treating and a costume contest! It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 28.