Bewitching Beasts! At the UT Gardens

A Virtual Halloween Festival for Kids

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Far from spooky, most nocturnal animals are fuzzy friends that help keep balance in nature. These amazing creatures are celebrated each year through the Bewitching Beasts event presented by the UT Gardens, Knoxville, and this year the event is going virtual.

The event will still feature fun crafts and opportunities to learn about bewitching beasts, all from the comfort of our own homes. This year’s event will also include favorite creatures of the UT Gardens staff. After registering, participants may pick up an event kit from the gardens. Then, on Halloween, October 31, participants will receive links to several videos posted online for craft instructions and educational content.

A costume photo contest is also available for participants. From Friday, October 30, to Sunday, November 1, participants can visit the UT Gardens in costume and take photos in various locations setup for the event. Participants who submit photos by 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, will receive a special prize from the UT Gardens.

Advance registration is required and the deadline to register is October 20. Event registration is $8 per person or $24 for a group of four. Each registration includes an event kit with craft supplies.

Please contact Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens educator, at [email protected] or 865-974-7151 or register online at

This program is sponsored by Allergy and Asthma Affiliates, Allergy Asthma and Sinus Center and the University of Tennessee Federal Credit Union.

The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, see the Gardens website:

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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