It's Hallo-week at Ijams Nature Center, with spooky fun for all ages

Fall and spooky season is in full swing, and Ijams Nature Center is planning to celebrate the season, hosting the second annual Hallo-week, Oct. 24-29. They'll have an array of activities suitable for all ages, from crafting your own monsters and enjoying spooky tales to owl prowling and venturing into an enchanted forest filled with tricks and treats.

Cindy Hassil, development director at Ijams, said, "The fall is an amazing time to be outdoors in East Tennessee. Hallo-week was the brainchild of our education team last year to offer everyone an opportunity to get their families outside and celebrate all the festive 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, but will also have some new activities such as craft workshops to make your own door brooms and a “Scare Fair” at Mead’s Quarry from 4-8 p.m. on Oct. 28. The new “Scare Fair” will feature an outdoor marketplace, food trucks, vendors, beer garden, music, and crafts.

All activities and events taking place:

A Night of Haunted Tales with the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24

Experience an evening of spooky stories told by members of the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association as part of the Ijams Sunset Social series. Tickets are available for all ages, with prices at $5 for ages 5-12 and $10 for ages 13+.

Ijams After Dark

A bioluminescent millipede captured at Ijams Nature Center
A bioluminescent millipede captured at Ijams Nature Center

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25

Discover Ijams after dark as you meet nocturnal animal ambassadors, learn about some of the critters that inhabit the night, and embark on a guided night hike. This adventure is suitable for ages 6 and up, with tickets priced at $15.

Family Owl Prowl

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26

A unique opportunity to meet one of Ijams' resident owls and explore the trails in search of screech, barred, and great horned owls with the whole family. Suitable for ages 6+; tickets are available for $15.

One of the barred owls on site at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.
One of the barred owls on site at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Monsters Made with Love Creative Workshop

2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28

Learn the art of sewing in this beginner-friendly workshop as you create your own monster. All supplies are included, and this activity is suitable for all ages, with tickets priced at $26.

A view of the pond/lounge area outside at Ijams Nature Center on October 18, 2023
A view of the pond/lounge area outside at Ijams Nature Center on October 18, 2023

Ijams Scare Fair at Mead's Quarry

4-8 p.m. Oct. 28

This event will feature Halloween themed vendors, food trucks, concessions, music, a beer garden, and more. Admission is free for all ages.

Ijams Enchanted Forest

6-9 p.m. Oct. 28

Dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy seasonal crafts, games, and activities in the Ijams Enchanted Forest. Meet some Ijams animal ambassadors and treat yourself to Halloween snacks. Tickets are available for all ages, with discounted group packages available for $7.

Family Pumpkin Carving

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29

Enjoy carving pumpkins and engaging in Halloween-inspired party games with your family and friends at Mead's Quarry. Pumpkins are provided, and tickets are available for all ages at $12.

DIY Door Broom Making Workshop

3-5 p.m. Oct. 29

Learn the art of crafting your own door broom with Aviary Broom Co. All supplies are included, and this workshop is suitable for ages 15+, with tickets available for $55.

“We’re a nonprofit organization, so any money made from this event will be funneled back into the commitment of keeping Ijams as a community resource,” Hassil said.

Visit Ijams.org/hallo-week-at-ijams to register or purchase tickets to any activities and for any additional information.

This article originally appeared on Knoxville News Sentinel: Hallo-week at Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville has spooky fun