Places to go, goblins to see

Friday, October 31, 2003 at 12:00am

Halloween Eve is no time to dress up as a couch potato. There are haunted houses to go to and spooky musicians to see whether you're solo, coupled or part of a family. Check out the list of events and activities taking place this week here in Halloween Town.

Family activities

Zoo Boo: Friday night from 5 - 9 p.m. ghoulish behavior is encouraged at the Nashville Zoo. Families with trick-or-treaters under the age of 12 can hitch a haunted hayride, navigate through a hay maze and have a hey day with activities such as pumpkin painting, a costume parade and animal shows. Visitors can also tour the Grassmere Historic Home to learn about the rituals of death and dying in the 1800s.

The event is included in zoo admission prices, however there is an extra charge for the haunted gayride and pumpkin painting activity. Admission prices are $8 for adults, $6 for children 3 - 12, and $7 for seniors. Parking is an additional $2. For more information, call 833-1534, or visit www.nashvillezoo.org. The Nashville Zoo is at 3777 Nolensville Road.

Safe night out: This Halloween, protect your princesses and watch over your witches - ghosts, superheroes, clowns, vampires and other costumed characters too - by sending them to one of the local Metro Parks and Recreation Community Centers for Safe Night activities. Centers will be offering a variety of activities - from skating and crafts to cookie decorating and games. See the list below for what's going on at a community center near you:

Antioch - 3-6 p.m., games, skating, dancing and crafts

Bellevue - 11 a.m.-4 p.m., cookie decorating, crafts and games

East - 2-8 p.m., Haunted House, costume contest, carnival games

Hermitage - (call for times), Scavenger hunt, face-painting, crafts, and skating

Madison - 4:30-7:30 p.m., games and treats

McCabe - 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pumpkin decorating, games, treats, face-painting and cupcake decorating

Sevier - Noon-7 p.m., Carnival games, treats, prizes, face-painting and candy apples

Shelby - 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Telescoping, putt-putt Golf, Battleball, snacks, darts, bowling and more!

Watkins - 5-7 p.m., skating, games and prizes

West - 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Indoor games, face-painting, bag decorating, outdoor carnival, parade of costumes. Skating and treat bags.

For more information and a complete listing of community center addresses, visit www.nashville.gov/parks or call 862-8424.

Shop or treat: Kill two birds with one stone and send the kids trick or treating around Opry Mills Mall while you Christmas shop at your favorite mall stores. In-mall trick or treating begins at 5 p.m. on Halloween and wraps up at 7 p.m. And as the topping on the candy corn, magician Jason Michaels will try to top Houdini by performing his "Water Torture" illusion on the entertainment stage at Opry Mills. For more information, call 514-1044.

Haunted car lot: Syndicated radio show hosts Rick and Bubba broadcast live from Nashville's Bill Heard Chevrolet today from 7-9 a.m. In a simulcast heard locally on Radio WRQQ/STAR 97 and seen locally on Direct TV, Channel 631 and Dish TV 437, the boys from Birmingham will judge their annual Halloween costume contest on air. Fans and listeners are welcome to dress up and then show up at the dealership between 6 and 9:30 a.m. There will be two categories, one for adults and one for kids 12 and under. Prize money will be awarded for what the hosts call "the best ghost and goblin costumes in the South." For more information call, Bill Heard Chevrolet at 731-3000.

Out-of-the-ordinary

Halloween getaway: Tired of the same old Halloween haunts and the routine terrifying things-to-do in Music City U.S.A.? Disappear to the city known as The Big Easy. Nobody does that voodoo the way you can do if you attend the 5th Annual Voodoo Music Experience, beginning today at noon and continuing through Sunday evening in the New Orleans City Park. For three days three stages will rocking, rolling and rapping with featured rappers like 50 Cent and Ludicris, and bands such as The White Stripes and Iggy and the Stooges.

Three day tickets, which can only be purchased in advance, are $80 and can be purchased on-line at www.voodoomusicfest.com or by 1-800-594-8499. Single day tickets are available for $40 per day. For more information on the event, call 404-577-8686.

Music events

Do the mash: Do the Minkster Mash tonight at 10 at 3rd and Lindsley. Local band Mink teams with Waterproof Blind and Ligion to perform live before costumed fans. The event will also feature a silent auction and costume contest that benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Admission is $7, but you can receive $2 off if you arrive in costume. For more information, call 497-5941.

Trick-or-Funk-N-Stein: Labeled the "ultimate" Halloween party, the 4th Annual Funk-N-Stein drink/dance/rock-and-booty-shake-together takes place at The Greenhouse Bar, 2211 Bandywood Drive, tonight. Creatures begin to stir at 7:30 p.m. when DJ Tommy B scares the Ninja out of everybody. Admission is $10. Call 385-3357 for the scoop.

HillsBOOro Bash: It's the third annual opportunity to grab your ghoulish garb and join have-party-will-travel to local Halloween stop spots including, Easy's, Sportsman's Grill and Sam's. Costumed hob-knobbing starts at The Trace (2000 Belcourt Ave.) at 7 p.m. on Halloween. The roving party will feature drink specials, crowd-pleasing prizes (including Predators tickets, concert tickets and a guitar autographed by Johnny Lang) and a liquid tour of some of Nashville's best bars. Call 385-2200 for more information.

Mummy Dearest: "Here Come The Mummies will bring their brand of funk to the 12th and Porter Playroom, 114 12th Ave, South, tonight at 10 p.m. The Mummies, and special invited guests Plural Z, will funk up the evening dressed up as 10 mummified males on stage and nobody will know why. Call 254-7236 for an explanation.

Haunted Houses - (be sure and call first to check on whether the haunted house is age appropriate for your children)

Slaughter House

423 6th Ave. South, 248-0019

Fright Factory

2416 Music Valley Drive, 1-866-DARE-YOU

Scream Theater Haunted House

2088 Gallatin Park, Rivergate, 582-0306

Death Row - The Haunted Halloween Prison

3250 Ezell Pike, 833-1433

Death Valley Haunted Woods of Hendersonville

769 West Main Street, 822-5106

Devil's Dungeon

510 Davidson Street, 256-0053

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