Tricks and treats are plentiful during October in Gatlinburg. From family friendly events to frights galore for the bravest souls, Gatlinburg has plenty of Halloween activities during Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival.
Get the Fright of Your Life
Experience Ripley’s Fright Nights, celebrating their 20th year of spooking even the bravest souls visiting Gatlinburg. During the month of October, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure increases the frights with special shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with no extra charge after admission.
Experience BOO-Tiful Views
If scary business is not for you, not to worry. Relax and enjoy the seasonal beauty with Autumn at Anakeesta. From September 24 to October 31, visitors can experience the breathtaking fall foliage surrounded by live entertainment, beautiful Fall decoration, seasonal menus, and specialty drinks.
Spooktacular Smokies at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
Enjoy Autumn Adventures at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park for even more family-friendly seasonal fun. With activities for every member of the family, visitors can purchase a separate VIP Smoky Mountain Sunrise event ticket on select days from September 23 to October 31. The Park is also offering an event catered to all the younger boys and ghouls: Spooktacular Smokies. Happening every Friday and Saturday night from September 24 to October 31, spooky storytelling, Halloween decorations, and photo opportunities will be available on the Gatlinburg Skydeck. If you come dressed in costume on Halloween weekend, you may even go home with a sweet treat. Children dressed in costume under age 12 will also receive free admission October 29 through October 31.
Get Into the Halloween Spirit
Recently named as one of the Top 15 Spookiest Ghost Tours in the US by TripAdvisor, Appalachian Ghost Walks allows tourists and locals to, not only learn Appalachia's rich history, but also the haunting ghost stories of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. You may even see a spirit ... or two.
Enter if You Dare
The Mysterious Mansion of Gatlinburg is not for the faint of heart. Explore a bone-chilling 1900s style Victorian home with scares and surprises lurking around every corner. Those that are extra courageous can explore the mansion’s special shows happening Halloween weekend beginning Friday through Sunday.
Have Tricks but Mostly Treats
Join all of Gatlinburg’s ghouls and goblins at Ripley’s Trick or Treat Karnival. Located at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza, enjoy costumed characters, family-fun activities, and most importantly, satisfying your sweet tooth with a little trick or treating. Happening Halloween Day, the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Attend a Regular Monster Mash
Celebrate the most unearthly time of the year at Halloween Spooktacular, sponsored by the Gatlinburg Parks and Recreation Department. Hosted at Rocky Top Sports World, the 8th annual Spooktacular will have a festive line up of candy booths, costume and decoration contests, community fun, and free hot dogs. Happening October 26, the free event is 6pm to 8pm.