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Fall festivals and Halloween hooligans hit town

If you dare, visit the Haunted Trails on Oct. 23 and 24 at the Franklin Recreation Complex

Millers Thrillers at 1431 Carter’s Creek Pike provides patrons with two separate attractions in one venue, all for the price of one ticket. The entire family can participate. Last weekend, Derby and Maggie Jones, (shown here with “Dead Tom”) journeyed through the Haunted Trail and the Zombie paintball hayride. Derby Jones

There’s nothing that symbolizes the advent of the fall season like a bowl of hot chili, a shabby scarecrow or a magically carved jack-o-lantern. The next two weekends in and around Williamson County are full of harvest and Halloween events for the entire family. 
Lost in the maze
Step away from the frenzy of work and tour the beautiful grounds of historic Rippavilla in Spring Hill where the Corn Maze is open thru Oct. 26 on Fridays 3-11 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sundays noon-6 p.m.
Children and adults will find this creatively carved maze of rows of corn an adventure. Pumpkin painting and hayrides are also available. Ticket prices are $7 for adults. Children six to 12 years are $5. 
One of the true treats is at sunset on when folks gather around a bonfire to sip hot chocolate and tell stories. This is a scary-free zone. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. 
From zombies to story tellers
Spring Hill’s Millers Thrillers, the brainchild of Crye-Leike Realtor David Miller, is an elaborate destination option over the next three Friday and Saturday nights. Doors open to this 6th annual festive event at  7 p.m. Patrons can tour and participate in two separate haunted attractions until 11 p.m.. 
“It’s a farm that was dug for phosphate and the mines and pits are used to walk through the haunt,” said Miller, who grew up in Spring Hill. 
His early interest in the season came from selling pumpkins as a kid with his grandfather. 
“I was ten years old and sometimes I made $10 to $20 a day,” he recalled of his early entrepreneurial days.
After college, he said he realized there were no haunted houses in the area, so he began to devise a plan.
Today, Millers Thrillers, which began with 200 people a night may see 1,000 folks come through in a given evening.
The new addition of a Zombie paint ball activity has added  folks who may not like the haunted trail, Miller said, but still want to get into the spooky fun.
Zombies are the target of a game using paintball weapons. at this site located  at 1431 Carters Creek Pike. 
Specialized fabricated hayride trailers allow 20 people per ride. Milllers Thrillers is unique in that it provides plenty of entertainment while you wait in line, even a  firepit for parent chaperones. 
A mix of jugglers, magicians, stilt walkers, fire performers, light shows and story tellers are on hand to keep the crowd mesmerized.
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It’s worth a trip to Franklin’s Main Street just to take a look at the wide variety of decorated scarecrows in the historic downtown store fronts.  During Pumpkinfest Oct. 26-27 patrons will get a chance to choose their favorite decorated character.

Wendy Satterwhite

Invasion of the Scarecrows
Franklin Farmers Market will be hosting Invasion of the Scarecrows on Oct. 19 from 8 am – 1 pm at the Franklin Farmers Market. It will be a day of scarecrow fun with a pumpkin patch, funny face painting, pumpkin decorating and a family photo booth. This event is free and fun for all ages.
Chili Contest
Franklin Tomorrow will host its 11th annual Chili Cook-off Saturday, Oct. 26 in downtown Franklin on Third Avenue South between City Hall and the Historic Courthouse.
Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. or when the chili runs out. Beer will also be available under the food tent.
Darrell Waltrip Automotive is a co-presenting sponsor. Fourteen teams are vying for the coveted People's Choice and Judges' Choice Awards, as well as Best Booth Decor.
Teams include Merridee's Breadbasket; Clark Shelton for McCreary's; Bob Parks Realty; Franklin City Club; Franklin Firefighters Local 3758; Zolo's Italian Restaurant; YOUR Williamson Magazine; Corner Pub of Franklin; Kimbro's Restaurant; My Friend's House; Brian Irvin for Team Tranformations; Culver’s of Franklin; 101st Airborne, 327th Battalion Bulldogs; and Franklin Noon Rotary BBQ Society.
Broomstick bound to Fairview
Hop on your broomstick and join Williamson County Parks and Recreation for the 15th annual Halloween Blowout Saturday, Oct. 19. at the Fairview Recreation Complex.
Children 2-12 years.must be accompanied by an adult to participate in the 6-8 p.m. event.
Carnival games, like ring toss, pick a duck game and the balloon dart game. 
The Halloween Costume Contest and the Scariest Scream Contest cap off a night that includes 
a balloon drop where over 2,000 balloons filled with goodies will be dropped from the ceiling. 
Cost is $5 per child. Please register by calling (615) 799-9331, ext. 2310. 
Spooks of Longview
Space is still available for the Williamson County Parks and Recreation’s annual Halloween Spookfest at the Longview Recreation Center. Put on your spookiest costume and bring the whole family out for Spookfest beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. 
Kids ages 12 and younger will trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, cupcake walk, face painting and a fortune teller. 
A costume competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. 
The cost for this event is $5.  
Parents get in free, and must accompany children. Space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until full. 
Reservations can be made by calling (615) 302-0971, ext. 2210. 
Haunted Trails of Horror
Williamson County Parks and Recreation will present its final Haunted Trails of Horror on October 23 and 24 at the Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Rd.  The 21st Annual “spooktacular” haunted hayride, featuring the greatest ghosts and ghouls of music, movies and television has become a Halloween tradition for Williamson County residents. Over the past two decades, 50,000+ individuals have attended this annual event, making it one of Williamson County Parks and Recreation’s most popular community events. 
But as with all good things, this too shall come to an end as this year’s hayride will be the department’s last “Haunted Trails.” So, bring the whole family out, enjoy doing the “Monster Mash” with our boo-tastic D.J. while sampling delicious concessions by Moe’ Better BBQ (for an additional fee).
Only the bravest souls will dare to climb onboard the hay wagons for a bone-chilling ride along the Harpeth River!  Along the way, visit the local drive-in movie featuring “Halloween Classics” such as Frankenstein, Count Dracula and The Mummy followed by a spooky safari ride through the mysterious jungle.  Be on the lookout for Scooby Doo, Shaggy and the gang in the Mystery Machine as they capture a ghost or two.  And, see what lurks in the Haunted Laboratory. 
There will be plenty of other spooky scenes along the haunted hayride, including Clown Alley, a Halloween Hoedown, Thriller Zombies and beware of the “Children Under the Stairs”.  This family event is not for the faint of heart, and parents should know their child’s spook factor before participating. Groups are welcome, and our hay wagons are wheelchair accessible.
The ghosts and goblins featured in the Haunted Trails of Horror will once again be brought to life by Franklin High School drama students, who have provided over 1,200 characters for this event over the past 21 years. 
Admission is $5 per person (cash only) with no charge for children age 3 and younger.  For more information, call the Franklin Recreation Complex at (615) 790-5719, ext. 2010.  
This final “Haunted Trails of Horror” is sponsored by the Children’s Academy, the Print Authority, Southern Athletic Fields, R&D Supply, Madison Swimming Pools, Maury Fence Company, Williams Medical Supply, Carbine & Associates, Signs First, Sonic, C&I Design, Reynolds Electrical, Little Caesars, ABLE Youth, Inc., and CO-OP. 
Williamson County Parks and Recreation would like to thank all of our community sponsors for their support and efforts in helping make this event so successful.

Posted on: 10/16/2013


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