October in the Smoky Mountains is a time of beautiful fall foliage, harvest-themed treats, festive décor and countless seasonal activities. Besides getting you deep in the autumn mood, The Smokies provide all sorts of unique and entertaining ways to celebrate Halloween, all month long! From family-friendly attractions, to events geared towards older spook seekers, October in the Smokies has something to offer for everyone spending the harvest season in the Land of Blue Smoke. Read on to learn more about 11 great Halloween attractions to enjoy this year during your visit!
Throughout The Month
Great Pumpkin LumiNights/Harvest Festival
Location: Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN
When: Now thru October 29 (days may vary)
Cost: Included With Ticket (a value ticket is available for arrivals after 5pm, excluding Saturdays)
Experiencing the Halloween season at Dollywood, is an absolute must during your stay in the Smokies! With incredible decorations, delicious harvest goodies, live musical performances, talented artisans, and an enchanting nighttime adventure, it’s a wonderful excursion for everyone in the group, regardless of age. We’re willing to bet you’ll have a hard time deciding what booth or activity to partake in first! Spend a few minutes at the Dollywood Harvest Festival, and you won’t be surprised to learn that Halloween-time at Dollywood is one of the most anticipated events of the year, with locals and visitors alike!
The Legend Of Hollow Mountain
When: Now thru October 31st
Cost: Included With Ticket
Already an incredibly popular attraction to spend a day enjoying The Smokey Mountains in an innovative and exciting way, Anakeetsa pulls out all the stops come the Halloween season. Take a chondola ride to the summit where you can marvel at the stunning views of the Smokies decked out in stunning autumn foliage, stroll through festive decorations and garden displays, listen to live music, savor the flavors of fall and more at this seasonal event! This magical blend of spooky décor and natural splendor, makes for an unforgettable experience perfect for all ages!
Boo Bash! At Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
Location: Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
When: Now thru October 31st
Cost: Included With Ticket
Enjoy the longest pedestrian cable bridge in a completely new and wacky kind of way, when you visit the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park during their annual Boo Bash! By day, patrons can partake in spooks and thrilling views on the Halloween-themed SkyTrail and when night falls, the trail transforms into a haunted adventure sure to make you shiver! On top of the haunted SkyTrail, nighttime visitors are welcome to relax on the SkyDeck to enjoy a family-friendly Halloween movie, the perfect ending to a wonderful visit.
Coasts & Goblins 4
Location: Rocky Top Mountain Coaster in Pigeon Forge, TN
When: October Fridays/Saturdays & October 24th thru 31st
Partake in a 20-acre adventure of bone-chilling thrills and wicked fun when you buy a ticket to Rocky Top Mountain Coaster’s Coasts And Goblins! With the power to control the speed of your ride, you can either speed through the terror, or slow down for an up-close and personal kind of scare. But be warned, this nighttime thrill ride is not for the faint of heart!
Halloween In The Holler
Location: Moonshine Mountain Coaster in Gatlinburg, TN
Taking a look at another spooktacular mountain coaster experience, Halloween In The Holler offers a nighttime ride full of laughs, jumps and (of course) scares. From sharp twists and turns, to festive lighting, to intense special effects and live actor, this haunted ride is guaranteed to thrill! Though this adventure is not recommended for children and those who scare easily, it’s a definite requirement for anyone looking for a hauntingly good time!
Ripley’s Fright Nights
Location: Ripley’s Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg, TN
When: October Fridays thru Sundays & Halloween
Cost: $17 (ages 12+) & $10 (ages 6 – 11)
This year, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is celebrating the 24th season of Fright Night with the “Backwoods Terror 3: Family Reunion,” filled with return favorites and new scares alike. Take a tour through a procession of horrifying monsters and gruesome scares as you explore this terrifying attraction. Please note that this event is intended for visitors 6 years or older but it is recommended that patrons be at least 12 years of age.
Location: Gatlinburg’s Mysterious Mansion
When: October Fridays thru Sundays
Cost: $25 (ages 13+) & $20 (ages 6-12)
Step into a world of terror when you pass through the threshold of Gatlinburg’s Mysterious Mansion. The oldest and scariest haunted attraction the Smokies has to offer, this stomach-dropping, heart-stopping adventure is not for the faint of heart, nor is it recommended for the little ones, so keep that in mind! Explore secret passageways and twisting corridors through three stories of self-guided horror when you purchase a ticket to the Halloween special “Phobias.” It’s time to face your fears, if you dare!
When: October Thursdays thru Sundays
Cost: $20 (ages 6+) & $9 (ages 3-5)
Taking a roughly 30-minute drive from Pigeon Forge, you can reach Kyker Farms to enjoy an authentic farm adventure during this Halloween season. This is the ideal harvest outing for families and groups of all ages, but especially those little ones! Patrons can explore the multiple corn mazes, stroll through a sprawling pumpkin patch, take a traditional hayride and enjoy some good, old-fashioned, farm fun, without anything scary jumping out at them!
Ghost And Haunt Tours
Location: Gatlinburg, TN
When: All Year Round!
Intended for older visitors to the area, experience Gatlinburg, and its history, in a completely new and entirely unique way! On this one-mile walking tour, you’ll learn about the dark history and folklore behind each stop you make while visiting some of Gatlinburg’s most notorious and haunted places. Learn the names and pasts of some of the city’s most renown specters and snap a few photos to see if you can’t capture anything strange… Patrons are even given the chance to locate spirits with actual ghost-hunting equipment towards the end of the journey, ensuring the night is one you won’t soon forget!
Location: Pigeon Forge Community Center
When: October 27th from 4pm to 7pm
Though it may be a bit understated compared to other attractions on this list, the Halloween Spooktacular – hosted by the Pigeon Forge Community Center – still offers fun for the whole family to partake in! If you have kiddos that are easily startled or overwhelmed, this entirely safe and community-based event will make for the perfect Halloween outing. Support local businesses and learn some helpful safety tips during live demonstrations presented by Pigeon Forge’s first responders as your family explores this “non-scary” Halloween celebration.
Halloween Carnival At The Island
Location: The Island, Pigeon Forge, TN
When: October 31st from 5pm to 7pm
A true Halloween celebration, the Halloween Carnival at The Island is ideal for anybody with kiddos wanting to partake in the festive shenanigans without getting nightmares after it’s all said and done. Marvel at the haunted circus as it makes a visit to this popular shopping spot, accompanied by acrobats, stilt walkers, contortionist and more! As you enjoy everything Halloween has to offer at the Island, taking the kids trick or treating and competing in the annual costume contest, make sure to grab some seasonal treats for yourself – like a sample of pumpkin pie moonshine perhaps? Regardless of how you spend your time at the Island, we’re confident you and the family will have a truly memorable Halloween!
When The Scares Are Over
Need a place of comfort and peace to come home to after a day and night jam-packed with heart-stopping jumps, scream-evoking scares, and haunting merriment? Parkside Resort is the newest luxury cabin resort in the Great Smokie Mountains, complete with stunning accommodations, fantastic amenities, and an unbeatable location. Make your trip to the Smokies this Halloween, an unforgettable and wonderful experience when you book a home away from home with Parkside Resorts!