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Metro Parks offers spooky family-friendly events for Halloween

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Metro Parks is offering Halloween events for two and four-legged park users.

Metro Parks and Recreation is offering a wide range of Halloween-themed celebrations at 10 of its community centers, and the Centennial Sportsplex. The events will take place thru October 31 and will be open to the public and free to attend.

Some events that have already taken place include a Halloween skate party at the Looby Community Center, the second annual Halloween-Themed Fall Festival at the Southeast Community Center, and most recently, a Halloween Spookity Blast at Hadley Park Community Center. 

A Halloween-themed Fall Festival will take place at Coleman Community Center (615-862-8445) on Friday, October 28, 5–7 pm. Face painting and balloon animals, treat stations, inflatables, arts and crafts, games and giveaways, hot dogs, and refreshments. This event is organized in collaboration with Night Out Against Crime.

The third annual Trick or Treat Event is scheduled for Monday, October 31, 6–8 pm at West Park Community Center (615-862-8469). Come join us for a fun evening and candy.

A Night of Spells will be hosted by East Park Community Center (615-862-8448) on Halloween Eve, Monday, October 31, 5–7:30 pm. There will be vendors, a dance party, a selfie booth, and more spooky surprises, games, snacks, and candy.

In addition, the Centennial Sportsplex (615-862-8480) is organizing Halloween Ice Skating Party on Saturday, October 29, 11 am– 1 pm, and then again, 3:10 pm–5:10 pm. Wear your Spooktacular costume to receive half-off admission. But that’s not all. The Sportsplex will also be offering Halloween Pass Sale between October 28–November 4. A limited number of discounted annual passes will be offered on a first come–first serve basis. Hurry!

Events are not just for two-legged park users. Pure or mutt, long or short-tailed, fluffy or silky, dogs of all dispositions are welcome at Smith Springs Community Center on Saturday, October 29, 10 am–2 pm for ‘Barks and Treats,’ a temporary dog park.

The gathering will honor ‘man’s best friend’ and celebrate the essential function canines play in human history, their indispensable role for our mental and physical well-being, and the emotional support dogs provide to their owners.

There will be several fenced-in areas in the park next to the community center where dogs will be able to participate in a costume contest, play games, and interact with each other. The winners of the dog costume contest (1st, 2nd, and 3rd places) will receive Petco or PetSmart gift cards. In addition, the Nashville Dog Training Club (NDTC) will present agility and obedience demonstration. There will also be a doggie parade at 12:45 pm, providing additional opportunities for dog owners to mingle and socialize. Food trucks on the site will offer snacks and beverages for sale. Chang Noi Thai, Lao Fusion Food, and Bean Loft Coffee Truck food trucks will be on-site for the event.

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