What does October 31st mean? At the International English Institute, it means wishing a happy Halloween and happy first day of classes to all of IEI students for the November/December term!

Halloween (also known as All Hollow’s Eve) is one of the United States’ favorite holidays. It’s sometimes referred to as All Hollow’s Eve because it comes just before All Hollow (All Saints’ Day) on November 1st, a day when many celebrate the lives and memories of the dead. These holidays mean many different things to different people; in the United States, it’s a day when some take part in activities such as dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, bobbing for apples, telling scary stories, and having parties with their friends and family. There are many famous films connected with Halloween…


3 things you might not know about Halloween: 

  • Apart from candy, some foods commonly associated with Halloween are caramel apples,  caramel popcorn, and candy corn (which is made from corn syrup, honey, wax, and sugar).
  • Scary stories are sometimes also referred to as ‘ghost stories.’ These often begin with the words “One dark and stormy night…” and are fun to tell around a campfire.
  • Not only pumpkins, turnips were once used in Worcestershire, England to create jack-o-lanterns.


Above all, Halloween is a fun opportunity to connect with your family, friends, and wider community!

4 ways to celebrate Halloween in Nashville (on or around October 31st):

  • Visiting a haunted house is a memorable way to celebrate Halloween. Whether you live in Spring Hill, Murfreesboro, or Hendersonville, there are many haunted houses throughout the area. Here’s a list of the the locations and phone numbers for some of Nashville’s top haunted houses.
  • Take a Nashville ghost tour! This is a 90-minute walking tour of downtown Nashville, where you can learn about some spooky history surrounding Nashville landmarks. These begin daily at 8:00 P.M. (from March to November) and tickets are between $8 and $15. Halloweenghosttour
  • Walk the grounds of Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, on any day from September 21st until October 31st (tickets are between $5 and $12). This famous landmark offers more than 40 scarecrows set among the grounds. You can also pick up a pumpkin from the Turner Season Gardens.
  • Go to the Boo! Under the Bridge party at Cumberland Park on Thursday, October 31st, at 6 p.m. For a $25 ticket, you can have appetizers and a drinks, dance, and watch a live band (if you are over eighteen years old).

Have a fun and safe holiday, and share your Halloween stories with us below!