Wanna Dress Up? Your Guide To Nashville-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Wanna Dress Up?

All Hallows Eve. It means different things to different people. Parking it in front of the TV for the millionth viewing of Hocus Pocus since October 1 (it really WILL cast a spell on you). You-tubing the classic episode of Boy Meets World (“we’ll always remember he was that tall”). Going to your local five and dime to pick up the best candy money has to offer, because you WILL be the most popular house on the block. Planning a way to hide from trick-or-treaters.

Whatever you’re doing, the Wannado team urges you to go all out and dress up this year. What other holiday allows you to transform into literally anything you want? We also know that you probably want to wear that Nashville pride on your sleeve this Halloween, so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Wannado guide to the best Nashville-inspired costumes to:

Strike While The Iron Is Hot:

A Character From Nashville


But let’s be real, Connie Britton will never stop being relevant.


Halloween is the unofficial test of being up-to-date on pop culture. However, Nashville keeps it classy. Instead of donning your best Miley-Cyrus-twerking-at-the-VMAs get-up (which, honestly, you could just pick up some nude colored latex to wrap yourself in from Lowe’s but DON’T let us give you any ideas on that), try paying homage to the show that’s putting us on the map. Bonus: they’re all ridiculously attractive, so you won’t have to ugly it up if your end game is to find some romance this October 31st. You probably have most of the elements in your closet, because you’re Nashville-fashionable on a daily basis, you handsome devils.


Ladies: Take a cue from both Rayna and Juliette – if you have some extensions, now is the time to give that Southern hair a little oomph. Check out our Pinterest board for Nashville-inspired beauty. You could even check out the place where Juliette got her corset made for the music video she filmed in Buddy Killen Traffic Circle – the corsets are for rent at Ani & Ari. If there is a time to wear a bedazzled corset, it’s Halloween.

Fellas: Don’t shave for a day, pick out a flannel, and put on your Imogene + Willies. Because you’re all Deacon, you studs (minus the alcoholism and self-loathing, we hope). Carry around a guitar for effect…we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to find one on short notice.

Be A Walking Inside Joke:

A Local Celebrity


No one gets us like the Bang This twins.


Yes, Nashville is notoriously friendly and welcoming. We’ve heard of someone at the airport who sneezed and a chorus of Nashvillian’s sang out “bless you” at the same time. We know how to be inclusive. BUT, there’s nothing wrong with a little “you-had-to-be-there” every once in awhile. If you’re a local, odds are you’ve heard of the Bang This Twins. These dudes go around downtown Nashville spreading super weird cheer, dancing and taking pictures with tourists and locals alike (and being each other’s ultimate wingman). Walk into a party as a local celebrity, and you’ll be able to identify your fellow Nashville lovers by the look of recognition on their faces.


To be the Bang This Twins, just go get some simple blue T-shirts, visors, and some fabric paint. Make sure you have some courage, too, because if people don’t get this costume right off the bat, things can be awkward for a minute (trust us).

Make Your Outfit A Game:

Hipster Band Member or A Guy From Duck Dynasty?


Keep em’ guessing, Jack.


This works best in a group. Gather your bros (or your ladies, if you gals don’t mind sporting some luscious fake beards). Have half of you dressed as members of some toe-tappin’, barefoot, beard-and-harmonica-clad rag tag indie group. Preferably the guys from Old Crow Medicine Show, Iron & Wine…you get the idea. Have the other half dress up as Louisiana’s favorite redneck entrepreneurs. You’d be surprised at the similarities. Do the big reveal at the end of the night and see if your fellow Halloween party-goers could tell the difference. Oh, you and your whimsical costume and social commentary about the similarities of seemingly different subcultures! Well done.


Anything from Bass Pro, Goodwill, or a trash can. Not too hard, y’all. As far as grooming, you should have stopped shaving 5 years ago.

Be Clever & Show Some Local Love:

Local Business Puns

bonBecause OMG you might get retweeted by your favorite coffee shop.


We’ve got local pride for days. We also have an aching desire to showcase our biting wit – such is the nature of mankind. Embrace it for the night and give your favorite local biz some love! What do we mean? Well, are you a fan of Bongo Java? Dress as a cup of coffee and borrow a bongo drum from your free-spirited, noisy neighbor. Presto! You’re a genius. Love the sandwiches from The Silly Goose? Paper mache a beak of some sort, tie a string around it, and tell jokes all night, you silly goose!


BONGO JAVA: Wear all brown (whatever shade represents how you take your cup of joe). Put on a white hat and get a red pipe cleaner coming out of the top like a straw. Hold a bongo drum. Play it until you get kicked out of the party.
FROTHY MONKEY: This one could get weird, but we think you should go for it. Dress up as a monkey and foam at the mouth with the help of some toothpaste and baking soda. Looks more like a rabid monkey, but locals will get the joke.
SILLY GOOSE: Find some sort of cone to spray paint gray and attach it to your nose. Wear all white. Tell jokes all night long, and behave in a silly manner. It’s that easy.
WILD COW: Personify the East Nash vegan restaurant by Sharpie-ing a cheap white shirt/pants with cow spots. Then get wild. We suggest Mardi Gras beads.
THIRD MAN: Find two dudes who are too lame to dress up. Follow them around & carry a tape recorder, recording all the spooky Halloween party sounds. THIRD MAN RECORDS. Ba-dum-ch!
MAD DONNA’S: Dress up as Donna Summer (any jumpsuit with sequins). Act really angry.
THE SMILING ELEPHANT: Wear head to toe gray, fashion some elephant ears/a trunk out of pipe cleaner/fabric, and smile all night long. THERE! You are pleasant AND you’re reppin’ everyone’s favorite Thai Restaurant.

Stick With A Classic:
A Country Legend

Because in the wise words of Dolly Parton, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” Bonus points if you dress up your baby like Willie Nelson.


Music City’s got the richest musical history in the south. Why not play it up? Halloween can let you transform into a Nashville great – if you do it right you might even get a double-take from some tourists and sign a few autographs!


You can go so many directions with this one! Whether you want to be Dolly, Reba, Faith, Merle, Willie, Hank…you can do it! We suggest dropping by Katy K’s for some down-south vintage glamour. Also, you’re going to want to walk through the new Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville – they have country star’s wardrobes from yesteryear on display, and it will give you a world of ideas to recreate in time for this Thursday!

Bring out the big guns, Nashville, and don’t be afraid to get a little festive. Tag us in your Halloween snapshots at @wannadolocal so we can see what you end up wearing! Because you’re better than “I’m a mouse…duh.” Grab the Wannado app to plan all your Halloween festivities and get local tips!

– Your local guide.

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SSA Imposter Calls Take Over

from Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee

Last month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issued a warning that scammers were spoofing calls from the SSA’s Fraud Hotline. The impostors are telling lies that instill fear like “your social security number has been suspended for criminal activity” or “your benefits might be suspended if you don’t follow these instructions.”

For years, IRS impostor scams have topped fraud reporting lists, but now the federal government says that the SSA impostor scam is nearing epidemic proportions!

Here are some tips to protect yourself:

Share scam information – Scammers had to find a new con because the IRS impostor calls became too recognizable. Remember, knowledge is power, so please tell your family and friends.

Ask questions – The Social Security Administration typically does NOT call you out of the blue and they DO NOT call from the Fraud Hotline phone number.

Follow Up – Don’t call the numbers provided by the caller or through a robocall. Call SSA directly at 1-800-772-1213.

Hang up – These scams use fear to take your money. If you feel pressured into making a quick decision, just hang up.

Don’t trust the Caller ID – Scammers are constantly spoofing numbers to look official and there’s no way to tell the difference.

Safeguard private information – Never reveal private or financial information to anyone unless you initiated the call and know for certain who is on the other line.

Don’t wire money – Methods of payment are important. Reputable companies don’t mind a money trail, but scammers do. That’s why wire transfers, gift cards and bitcoins are the payment methods con artists use because once you pay it, it’s gone.

Report the scam – Whether you fall for the scam or not, report it. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has set up a specific site for the SSA impostor scams at https://indentitytheft.gov/ssa. You can also report the fraudulent contact to the Office of Inspector General online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report or by calling (800) 269-027.

Let the “Nashville Fit Games” Begin!


Let the games begin! The Nashville Fit Games to be exact. It’s kinda, sorta like American Ninja Warrior except local people in our community will be competing in isolated challenges that test mental and physical toughness. Want to watch people flip 500 lb tires for 90 seconds? Or how about a burpee challenge? Or an odd object hold? It’s all going down this Saturday morning at 8:00 at the Nashville Fit Games at Ted Rhodes Fields.

Nashville Fit Games

Saturday, 8:00 am

Ted Rhodes Fields


Dani with Dani D. Fitness is the creator of the Tire Flip Challenge. She chatted with us this week to talk about her event and her story!


1. What are you doing in the Nashville Fit Games this weekend?


Dani: Bringing an element of total body strength to the Nashville Fit Games! I am one of the sponsors and my event is the Tire Flip Challenge! I chose this challenge because it’s a type of movement that tests total body strength and cardio all in one! Like Dani D. Fitness, a good tire flip is something unique and different. You have to be mentally and physically ready for it and once you are, you give it your all and you will feel empowered, strong and the best version of yourself!

2. How heavy is the tire flip? How many times do you have to flip it? 

Dani: For the females, 250 lb tire. For the men, 500 lbs. You have to flip the tire as many times as possible in 90 seconds.

3. What’s the hardest physical challenge you’ve ever done?

Dani: My strongman competition of this year’s St. Jude Half Marathon where I accidentally ran it and my legs rubbed together and bled the whole time. I pushed through mind over matter.

4. When and why did you get into these types of competitions?

Dani: I preach variety of movement so for me, any opportunity to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone I take part in!

5. Have you always loved fitness?

Dani: I found fitness at age 19 and fell in love with group fitness. I now love pushing my body in ways I never thought possible.

6. What’s your weekly workout routine?

Dani: I workout 6 days a week sometimes 7! One day a week is strongman practice where I work on strongman events I’ll be doing at competitions for prep. Two days a week I workout with Matt McQuiston with Klug Fitness in Nashville on getting me stronger and perfecting my heavy lifts. Three days a week I work on my own doing total body work, barbell work, core, cardio, just whatever I need to get better on!

7. So you started your own fitness company? What do you do?

Dani: Dani D. Fitness was started in August of 2017. I am a personal training business, healthy lifestyle coach and body positive activist helping women all over middle TN to fight for what they want and love their bodies! I also plan fitness pop-up events with my athletic dance format, MoveFit, along with my annual fitness events I created called Find Your Fit, benefitting St. Jude.

8. What’s the best pump up song on your playlist right now?

Dani: Probably Cinema by Skrillex or We Will Rock You by Queen, haha.

9. What’s your favorite place to workout outside in Nashville?

Dani: I workout in the Gulch under the bridge in Nashville with my trainer. I love it.

10. What’s your favorite healthy spot for a snack, lunch or dinner in Nashville?

Dani: I love Rush Bowls!

Keep up with Dani D. on her website and on her social media pages.

Top Nashville Farmer’s Markets

Fresh! Healthy! Local!

Farm-to-table eating is easy in Nashville. There are multiple farmer’s markets around town including two year-round markets! Here’s our guide to the best farmer’s markets in Nashville. Here’s to eating fresh!


1. Nashville Farmer’s Market – Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

Wow! This year-round market is much more than just fresh, delicious produce. They have weekly cooking demonstrations, happy hours, games and live music on different nights. Their summer schedule includes a special “Peach Jam” Night Market on June 21st, a “Community Farm Day” on July 6th and an “All Things Tomato” Night Market on July 19th.

Monday through Sunday from 8am – 6pm year round at 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.


2. 12 South Farmer’s Market – Sevier Park

Since 2011, the 12 South Farmer’s Market has been bringing fresh food, food trucks, live music and family fun to Sevier Park! The Nashville Scene named this market one of their Best of Nashville for the past four consecutive years. For shopping, you can expect plenty of local produce, meats, dairy products, baked goods and more!

Tuesdays from 4-7pm at Sevier Park through October 29th.


3. East Nashville Farmer’s Market – 511 Woodland Street

The East Nashville Farmer’s Market is packed with local vendors. They’ve got everything you need in produce, fruits, berries, meat, eggs, artisan food and baked goods. They even offer health and bodycare products! Be sure to bring the family for all the fun. Food trucks and sweet treats are always a hit! You can also expect a visit from the Parnassus Bookmobile on May 21st, June 18th and July 16th.

Tuesdays from 3:30-6pm at 511 Woodland Street through October 22nd.


4. Hip Donelson Farmer’s Market – Two Rivers Mansion

This producers-only market started in 2012 by a group of volunteers! All of the vendors come from a 150-mile radius of Donelson. Last year, the Hip Donelson Farmer’s Market moved to the beautiful grounds of the Two Rivers Mansion. We love the passion in this market that is still run by all volunteers!

Fridays from 4-7pm at 3130 McGavock Pike

5. Richland Park Farmer’s Market – 4701 Charlotte Ave.

This rain or shine farmer’s market is as fresh as it gets! All of the food here is grown or produced within 150 miles of the market. Shop from 45-55 vendors during the spring through the fall. This year-round market hosts 15-20 vendors during the winter months.

Saturdays from 9am – 12:30pm year round at 4701 Charlotte Avenue


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