Celebrate the Spookiest Season Of The Year In Jonesborough!

From a jack-o-lantern drive-thru and chilling tales to ghoulish goodies for all and a spooky drive-in movie, you’re sure to get into the spirit of Halloween in Tennessee’s Oldest Town. This is the place to find all the eerie and fun events taking place in Jonesborough.

Halloween Events Around Town

Movies On Main: Drive-In Edition presents Disney’s Hocus Pocus

October 29 at 8 pm

Join us for a spooky, Halloween-themed drive-in movie night in downtown Jonesborough ! We’ll show the Halloween classic Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” displayed behind the Washington County Courthouse. The drive-in movie night will take place on Friday, October 29. Parking starts at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m. Plan to arrive early and enjoy other Halloween activities! The Christopher Taylor House will be transformed into the Sanderson Sisters house from Hocus Pocus’, and you may even find them running amuck close by! The Hungarian Sausage King Food Truck will be setup beside the Courthouse at 6 p.m. and you won’t want to miss a pumpkin carving demo by Pete Tucker, world-famous carver. He will be demonstrating his skills on a giant pumpkin in front of the Courthouse. The McKinney Center and the Washington County Library will also offer kids crafts! Guests are encouraged to dress-up, come early, visit our downtown shops, and take a stroll to view all the pumpkins, part of the Jack-o-lantern Drive Thru.


The Drive-In Movie is proudly sponsored by Country Inn & Suites

This event is now Sold Out! Thank you for all your support!

Brews and Boos

October 30 8-10pm

brew and boos crowdThe 6th Annual Brews and Boos will be hosted in Downtown Jonesborough on Saturday, October 30 from 8 to 10 p.m.

Brews & Boos is set in Storytelling Park with a series of ghost stories featuring world renowned storytellers, Sheila Arnold, Tim Lowry and Connie Regan-Blake. The event is co-produced by the International Storytelling Center featuring three of the Festivals most popular tellers.

This event is now Sold Out! Thank you for all your support!

Downtown at Dusk Halloween Edition

Friday, Oct. 29

Join us in Historic Jonesborough as Downtown at Dusk returns on Friday, October 29th for our Halloween Edition. We like to think of it as trick-or-treating for adults with over 15 tastings and/or drink samples, all Halloween-themed, as you walk amuck throughout town. Most drink options will be alcoholic so you must be 21 or over.  Jack-O-Lanterns will also adorn Main Street for the weekend so be sure to pick out your favorite and you may even catch a peek of the Sanderson Sisters at the Christopher Taylor Cabin.

Event check in will begin at 5pm at the Washington County Courthouse on Main Street. Please plan to arrive early, as we have lots of Halloween festivities going on that evening in Jonesborough! Please plan to utilize parking at the Visitors Center, Washington County/Jonesborough Library, Christopher Taylor Lane, parking lots behind the Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, along Fox Street and any street side parking. The majority of the parking lot behind the Washington County Courthouse on Main Street will be in use for the Movies on Main: Drive-In Edition taking place that evening at 8pm.

This event is now Sold Out! Thank you for all your support!

Ghoulish Goodies

Virtual trick-or-treating event in downtown Jonesborough

October 4-October 24

The Washington County Library has teamed up with the Jonesborough community for a second year, to bring a virtual alternative to the Haunts and Happenings event. Participating businesses in Historic Jonesborough will have QR codes displayed in their windows and will be changed every Monday from October 4 to October 24. Each code will be worth a specific prize, ranging from handfuls of candy, full-sized candy bars and digital raffle tickets for giveaways. Prize pick up will be October 25 to October 29 at the Jonesborough Library.

In order to participate, please visit the Beanstack website and register! The Beanstack app for both iOS and Android devices. Registration is open through October 17 . For questions, please contact Allen McCumber at amccumber@wclibrarytn.org.

Jonesborough Repertory Theatre Presents Disney’s Descendants: The Musical

October 7 – 31

descendents halloweenIt is present-day, and in the kingdom of Auradon, all of Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty are living happily ever after, safe from the terrifying villains and troublesome sidekicks they have banished to the magic-free Isle of the Lost. That is until Ben, the benevolent teenage son of Belle and King Adam (The Beast), offers a chance of redemption for the troublemaking offspring of the evilest villains. Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos – the children of Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, and Jafar – are welcomed to Auradon Prep to attend school with the children of their parents’ sworn enemies. Now entering a completely foreign world and way of life, the four Villain Kids have a difficult choice to make: should they follow in their parents’ wicked footsteps or learn to be good?

Spot On The Hill

October 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd

spot on the hill - halloweenA Spot on the Hill, the original, research-based play returns this October to the Old Jonesborough Cemetery. Now celebrating its seventh season, this edition features new characters. New stories include members of the Panhorst family, John Simpson who owned the Mansion House, Spanish American War veteran William Armstrong, and Lucy Stuart who has a secret she’s been keeping. You’ll meet them and many more! Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Come and listen to real stories of real lives among real tombstones.

Performances for A Spot on the Hill will take place at 6:30 p.m. on October 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd. There will be 2:00 p.m. matinee performances on October 16th and 23rd. We have made some changes this year in light of the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, and there will be no indoor performances. Tickets are limited, and sell out fast, so make sure you buy yours today. Tickets are $8.00 and proceeds benefit the Heritage Alliance’s educational programs and initiatives, including ongoing programming in Jonesborough’s historic cemeteries.

Audience members should arrive 15 minutes prior to show time. Parking is available at the First Baptist Church and downtown. It is a short walk up East Main Street to the cemetery from the First Baptist Church lot. A golf cart courtesy shuttle will be available for guests who need it. This program is not suggested for children less than 10 years of age. In case of inclement weather, the show will be canceled and audience members will be notified in advance.

This event is now Sold Out! Thank you for all your support!

True and Chilling Tales from Jonesborough’s Past

October 18th, 20th, 27th, 28th, 31st, and November 1st at 7 p.m.

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Come and learn some truly chilling history in Jonesborough this October. Have you ever wondered what happened to horse thieves in the late 1700s, or wanted to know why Andrew Jackson fought a duel in Jonesborough? What about a body discovered in a rain barrel in town? What’s the story behind that? Hear these very true tales and more during this unique tour that’s perfect for an October evening.

The True and Chilling Tales Tour will take place at 7:00 pm on October 18th, 20th, 27th, 28th, 31st, and November 1st. Your guide will lead you down Main Street with her “book of poor souls.” Mind your step, lest you end up in that book, too. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased through the Town of Jonesborough’s ticketing system at jonesborough.com/tickets. The tour will last an hour. Groups are limited to only 16 people, so make sure you buy your tickets in advance. The tours will depart from the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum on Main Street. The tours will go on rain or shine.

This event is now Sold Out! Thank you for all your support!

StoryTown Radio Show Halloween Edition

October 25 7pm

It’s Halloween time in Tennessee’s oldest town, and the StoryTown Radio Show celebrates this spooky season with chilling tales told by home owners, shopkeepers and visitors about unexplained curiosities. This one-hour live radio show takes place at the McKinney Center on Monday, October 25 at 7PM. Tickets for this family-friendly performance are $5 and may be purchased online or by calling the Historic Visitors Center at 423-753-1010. Audience seating is limited and will include social distancing.

Jack-O-Lantern Drive-Thru

October 28-31 from 6-9pm

During the Jack-o-lantern Drive Thru pumpkins will be lit and on display along Main Street from Thursday, October 28 through Sunday, October 31. Pumpkins can be picked up and dropped off at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, located at 117 Boone Street. Pick up will be Monday, October 25 between 4 p.m.-7pm and drop off will be Wednesday, October 27 between  4-7pm and Thursday, October 28 between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be three categories participants can enter in for prizes: kids, family and adults. Participants must write their name and phone number written on the bottom of the pumpkin.

When Will The Winners Be Announced?

Jack-o-lantern contest winners will be announced on the Main Street Jonesborough social media pages, Facebook and Instagram, so make sure to check those to see if you’ve won.

Run Amuck Scavenger Hunt

October 29 & 30

Support Small Businesses in Jonesborough with a Hocus Pocus-themed scavenger hunt throughout downtown Friday and Saturday, October 29th and 30th.

How Does It Work?

  1. Pick up your scavenger hunt cards at the Jonesborough Visitors Center beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 29th. You may also pickup your cards on Saturday, October 30th.
  2. The scavenger hunt card will provide a clue to your first stop and will have blanks for you to fill out along the way (each location will be a downtown business).
  3. Once your card is completely filled out, drop it off at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center to be entered into a drawing for downtown Jonesborough gift cards.
  4. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 1st!

The Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center will be open on Friday, October 29th 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, October 30th 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can pick up and drop off cards during these times. We will also accept cards on Sunday, October 31st from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Good luck hunting and be sure and keep an eye out for the Sanderson Sisters, you just may see them running amuck.

The Goose Chase Haunted Half

October 30 starting at 8am

haunted half halloween

Run. For. Your. Life.
The 13th annual Haunted Half Marathon & Relays has made it’s way back to Jonesborough! Join us on Saturday, October 30th at 8:30 a.m. for this 13.1 mile run or the 1.3 mile untimed fun run beginning at 9 a.m. Wear your best halloween costume as we will also have a costume contest!!
Whether you run it as an individual, 4 person or 2 person relay or the 1 mile fun run, this is an event you can’t miss! Show casing the Downtown area and walking trails of the town, this race is sure to have you running for your life.
After the race, we will have snacks and drinks for the runners to enjoy. Come eat, drink and be scary!
For more information, visit our website or contact us at info@thegoosechase.org

Halloween Costume Contest

October 30 from 2-6pm

Show off your scariest, funniest and most creative costume and be entered to win prizes for the Halloween Costume Contest! Come to downtown Jonesborough for a costume contest and treat giveaway from 2 p.m. – 6 pm this Saturday.
Participants are asked to dress up in their best Halloween costume and come downtown. A designated person will take your picture outside the courthouse at the special Halloween backdrop.
You can post photos on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #booinjbo and #onlyinjonesborough. We encourage people to also tag Main Street Jonesborough!
Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: children 0 – 9 years, children 10 – 18 years, adults, group and people’s choice.
Once participants have posted their pictures on social media, they can visit participating merchants to collect their ghoulish treats.

Lick-Or-Treat Paw Parade

October 30 4pm

lick-or-treat halloweenThe parade will take place at 4pm and will kick off at Tennessee Tails.  There will also be a doggie costume contest at 4:30pm.  There will be prizes for the top three costumes.  Entry tickets to the parade are $10 with proceeds donated to the Washington County Humane Society.