Ijams Nature Center Presents Hallo-Week at Ijams Oct. 24-29

Come one, come all to celebrate fall at the second annual Hallo-week at Ijams presented by Ijams Nature Center Oct. 24-29.

Whether you make your own monster, enjoy a night of haunted tales, go on an owl prowl, or visit an enchanted forest filled with tricks and (lots of) treats, there’s something for all ages during the five-day event.

“The fall is an amazing time to be outdoors in East Tennessee,” Ijams Development Director Cindy Hassil said. “Ijams Nature Center created Hallo-week in 2022 to offer everyone an opportunity to get outside and celebrate all the fun and educational things you can do during this time of year. This year’s Hallo-week at Ijams brings back the popular Ijams Enchanted Forest, family pumpkin carving, and night hikes, and features new offerings, such as craft workshops and a Scare Fair market place.”

Tuesday, Oct. 24

 A Night of Haunted Tails with the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association

7-8:30 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of scary, silly, and haunted tales told by members of the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association as part of the Ijams Sunset Social series.

All Ages; $5 Ages 5-12, $10 Ages 13+


Wednesday, Oct. 25

Ijams After Dark

7-8:30 p.m.

Discover Ijams after dark when you meet nocturnal animal ambassadors, learn about the not-so-creepy critters that inhabit the night, and take a fun-filled, guided night hike.

Ages 6+; $15


Thursday, Oct. 26

Family Owl Prowl

7-8:30 p.m.

Bring friends and family to meet one of Ijams’ resident animal ambassadors (hint: an owl!) before exploring the trails in search of screech, barred, and great horned owls.

Ages 6+; $15


Saturday, Oct. 28

 Monsters Made with Love Creative Workshop

2-4 p.m.

Learn the basics of sewing in a fun, easy, and loving way as you create a Monster Made with Love in this beginner-friendly workshop. All supplies included.

All Ages; $26


Ijams Scare Fair at Mead’s Quarry

4-8 p.m.

Get ready for a night of frightful fun at the Ijams Scare Fair at Mead’s Quarry, which features spooky-themed vendors, food trucks, concessions, music, and more.

All Ages; Free Admission


Ijams Enchanted Forest

6-9 p.m.

Don a costume; enjoy seasonal crafts, games, and activities; meet some animal ambassadors; and nab some tasty treats in the family-friendly Ijams Enchanted Forest.

All Ages; $7, Discounted Group Packages Available


Sunday, Oct. 29

Family Pumpkin Carving

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of pumpkin carving and Halloween-inspired party games with family and friends at Mead’s Quarry. Pumpkins provided.

All Ages; $12

DIY Door Broom Making Workshop

3-5 p.m.

Learn how to make a door broom just in time for Halloween with Aviary Broom Co. All supplies included.

Ages 15+; $55


Visit Ijams.org/hallo-week-at-ijams for more information.

Ijams Nature Center is a nonprofit, 318-acre educational nature center for all ages, abilities and walks of life. Ijams’ mission is to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences. Located just three miles from downtown Knoxville, Ijams features 14 miles of hiking and mixed-use trails, a public access river dock, swimming, boating, biking and more. The center offers hundreds of educational programs annually, from day camps and school field trips to outdoor and classroom education programs for all ages. The Ijams grounds and trails are open every day from 8 a.m. until dusk. For more information, visit Ijams.org or call 865-577-4717.