This next week, things are going to get spooky here in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. And that’s good news for those of you who enjoy celebrating Halloween each year; if you’re visiting the Smokies between now and the end of the month, you won’t have to miss out on all the scary fun or sweet treats that go along with the creepiest night of the year.
- Halloween Trick or Treat – This event takes place on Thursday, October 27 at the Pigeon Forge Community Center. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and load up on candy at this annual event, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m.
- Happy Halloween Weekend – Guests staying at the KOA Campground on Veterans Blvd. in Pigeon Forge will enjoy an entire weekend full of Halloween activities, October 28 through 30.
- Halloween Carnival at The Island – This popular multipurpose development in Pigeon Forge will celebrate the holiday with free entertainment, including aerial circus acts, stilt walkers and more. Kids can trick-or-treat throughout the property from 5 to 9 p.m., and there will be a costume contest beginning at 6:30 p.m., all on October 29.
- Halloween in Gatlinburg – Businesses along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg will be handing out candy throughout Halloween day and evening.
- Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on the 31stat Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. This annual event features contests, costumed characters, games, food vendors and lots of candy for visitors of all ages. Proceeds from the event will benefit the United Way of Sevier County.
- Scary Attractions – The Smokies are also home to several spooky attractions that are open year ‘round, including Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and the Mysterious Mansion, both in Gatlinburg.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure hosts Ripley’s Fright Nights each Friday through Sunday in October. This year’s theme is Movie Monster Madness as the attraction takes guests through 85 years of movie monsters – from the classics all the way up to today’s horror villains. Fright Nights run 6 p.m. to closing, and the nightly character parade starts at 6 p.m. All kids ages 6 through 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Meanwhile, the Mysterious Mansion has been creeping out guests for more than 35 years. The house is designed and decorated in the style of an early 1900s Victorian mansion, and some believe the attraction is actually frequented by a ghost.
Finally, at the Gatlinburg Space Needle, their annual month-long Shocktober! event will still be going strong. The highlight of the celebration is the Wicked Things show at the Iris Theater featuring magical comedian Chris Collins and master mentalist Erik Dobell. The show takes audiences back in time to 1889 and the mysterious happenings at Weiss Manor. The show runs this Thursday through Sunday plus a special showing on Halloween night.
It’s not too late to book one of overnight rentals if you’d like to get in on the Halloween fun in the Smokies. Our cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are convenient to all the fun celebrations taking place in the area.