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 by stepping into the unknown where terror lurks behind every corner — or maybe just the ones you least expect. 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 Hallow Mountain at Anakeesta. From September 16 to October 31, visitors can experience the breathtaking fall foliage surrounded by live entertainment, beautiful fall decoration, seasonal menus, and specialty drinks. As day changes to night and the sun dips below the mountains in the distance, Anakeesta's village becomes awash in colors of orange, purple, and mystical green. Around every corner is another whimsical piece of nature-themed Halloween décor.
Halloween Boo Bash at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
As the leaves change color, visitors to Gatlinburg SkyLift Park will enjoy a family-friendly Halloween Boo Bash. By day, visitors can walk the haunted SkyTrail meeting animatronic witches, ghostly figures, lighted trees, and spooky spiders along the way. When night falls on the mountain, the SkyTrail transforms into a haunted walk and an eerie fog cloaks the SkyBridge adding spooky chills and thrills for those who dare to cross the longest pedestrian cable bridge in North America.
Get Into the Halloween Spirit
Being named one of the Top 15 Spookiest Ghost Tours in the US by TripAdvisor, Appalachian Ghost Walks allows tourists and locals to not only learn about Appalachia's rich history, but also the haunting ghost stories of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. The Gatlinburg GhostWalk is just one of sixteen different lantern-led ghost and history tours that operate year-round, daily, and/or nightly.
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 who are extra courageous can explore the mansion’s special shows on 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, satisfy 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.