Goblins and Giggles: Celebrate Fall at Gaylord Opryland

Gaylord Opryland is celebrating Halloween and you don’t want to miss all the fun! The annual Goblins and Giggles celebration is happening September 10 through October 31, 2021 with spooky fun for all ages.

Jack O'lantern decorations at Gaylord Opryland for Goblins and Giggles

If you have not been, the hotel has six acres of indoor gardens and there is plenty of room to socially distance. Gaylord Hotels is taking safety seriously and you can read their health and safety policy here.

Hide and Seek Scavenger Hunt

Go on an adventure through the gardens and find Spookley the Square Pumpkin. He is hidden in eight locations in the resort. Purchase a scavenger hunt booklet at the Delta River Boat landing to play.

Delta River boat landing at Gaylord Opryland

The booklet has puzzles that you solve to find clues to locate Spookley.

A girl solving the puzzles in the Spookley the Square Pumpkin scavenger hunt book.

Pick up the booklet at the Frightfully Fun Zone, located next to the Learning Log in the Delta atrium. If you visit when the Fun Zone is closed, you can also purchase a booklet at the Delta Riverboat box office.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt with Spookley the Square pumpkin at the Gaylord Opryland resort

Once you finish the hunt, bring the completed booklet back to either the Frightfully Fun Zone or to the staff at the Delta River boats for a prize.

Jack O’lantern Walk

Explore the gardens in the Delta and follow the paths through the Jack O’Lantern Walk.

This free activity has several displays of carved pumpkins. They are a great background for photos!

A display of pumpkins on the Jack O'Lantern Walk inside the Gaylord Opryland hotel.

Scary Selfie Spots

While you are walking around the hotel, look for Scary Selfie Spots. You can find the Selfie Spot Map here.

The Learning Log

Hidden beneath the stairs to the bridge to Delta Island, the learning log is available to explore year round.

The learning log

Crawl into the log and see what kind of seasonal fun is hidden inside.

Frightfully Fun Zone

Located in the Delta Atrium next to the Learning Log, Halloween themed games and activities are available, Monday – Thursday from 6 to 9:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays from Noon to 9:30 PM and from 10 AM to 2 PM on Sundays. Stop by and join in, and don’t miss the cookie decorating kits.

Trick or Treat Expedition

Explore the spooky and fun decorations in the gardens and collect some sweet treats. From 6:30 to 9:30 on Friday and Saturday evenings, visit the Frightfully Fun zone for a trick or treat bag and an expedition pass.

Be sure to wear your costume! Book tickets in advance here.

The Haunted Hidden Treasure Escape Room

Search for treasure in the Haunted Hidden Treasure Escape room. Join in the fun with your family and friends on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Make sure to buy tickets in advance; it is popular! The weekend we visited, the event sold out on Thursday for the entire following weekend. Our group of six did find the treasure, but it was challenging.

Make sure to arrive a few minutes early. The Haunted Hidden Treasure Escape room is located inside Findley’s, which is in the Magnolia area of the hotel.

Delta River Boat

The Delta River Boat runs throughout the year and gives riders a different perspective of the Delta gardens.

View of the Delta River Boat inside the Delta Atrium.

A tour guide gives you the history of the hotel, along with details about the plants found in the atrium. The boat also passes by three waterfalls, which circulate the water to keep it fresh for the fish.

Waterfall view from the Delta River boat ride.

Ghouls Night Out Riverboat Ride

Beware, Go Back sign in the Delta atrium on the Ghouls Night Out boat ride.

The Delta River boat ride takes a spooky turn starting at 6 PM until the last ride of the evening at 9:30.

Ride through the Delta and participate in the candy corn challenge and keep an eye out for tricks and treats! Buy tickets before you go.

Monster Mash Bash

Join in some live spooky dancing fun with the Monster Mash Bash on the Water’s Edge in the Delta Atrium.

Water's Edge in the Delta Atrium

See the show on Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 6:30 PM. Click to purchase and reserve seats in advance.

The bubly™ Wildlife Rescue – An Augmented Reality Experience

This is a new experience that is free and fun for all ages. I think I actually had as much fun doing this as my 10 year old daughter.

Get Wild! sign with details on how to download the wildlife rescue app to go on an augmented reality scavenger hunt inside the Gaylord Opryland hotel.

Find one of these signs and use the QR code to download the free wildlife rescue app. You can also use the links below:

Wildlife Rescue (Apple)

Wildlife Rescue (Droid)

Then follow the map inside the app to find and rescue the animals. Find the yellow spots on the ground and take a photo of them with the app. It will then allow you to see the animal.

Delta Fountain Shows

The fountains in the Delta dance all day long, but at night there are two different shows with lights and music. The shows are currently on the hour starting at 6 PM.

There are two Fall themed shows that alternate nightly. See the Spooky Light and Fountain show at 6 PM and 8 PM. Come back and see the Fantasy/Folklore show at 7 PM and 9 PM.

Make it a Staycation

In celebration of the season, the resort is offering a special Goblins & Giggles package starting at $339 for a family of four. The package includes a one-night stay, two Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunt featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin booklets and two cookie decorating kits.

Guests can also book the Goblins & Giggles SoundWaves package starting at $499 for a family of four which also includes access to the resort’s upscale water attraction. Package prices are subject to tax, resort fee and parking.

Spend some family time at Gaylord Opryland this fall!

Lauren is a transplant from Texas and has become a local tourist exploring the area with her two children. She loves to discover new places in Nashville to share with others.

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