October 31, 2017
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View a list of Halloween activities in Gatlinburg such a Trick or Treat Karnival, Halloween themed shows and storytelling.
Surrounded on three sides by Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its scenic beauty, it’s no surprise that Gatlinburg is a prime destination to experience the excitement of the autumn season with those you love. There’s a little bit of something for everyone here in Gatlinburg, including Halloween enthusiasts looking for the most thrilling and memorable October yet. With such a wide variety of activities, everything from the city’s local tradition of Parkway businesses handing out candy to trick or treaters and world-class horror attractions, here are six spooky things every Gatlinburg visitor can’t miss out on!
Ripley’s Fright Nights – Gatlinburg offers one of the best Halloween attractions in Sevier County in the 19th Annual Fright Nights Show hosted by Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. This year visitors can come face-to-face with Dr. Streaper and a world of infected zombie-like monsters in “Contamination.” The show can be experienced on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings in October and additionally on September 30th and October 31st. Shows will begin at 6 p.m. with a character parade to kick off the night. Children must be at least 6 years of age to view the show, however, parents are advised to know that the show is more suitable for children 12 and up.
Explore Gatlinburg’s Mysterious Mansion – Dare to enter the terrifying domain of the tormented undead at Gatlinburg’s Mysterious Mansion. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, the Mysterious Mansion offers a spectacular atmosphere and presentation for visitors to get their fright delights. The “House of Lost Souls” is a special October Weekend Halloween Presentation that ends October 31st. For updated operating hours and admission prices call (865)-436-7007 or visit gatlinburgsmysteriousmansion.com.
Appalachian Ghostwalks– Tap into frightening tales of Gatlinburg’s early pioneer settlers and walk with the restless souls of the Appalachian past with the Gatlinburg Ghostwalk. Tours operate nightly with advance reservations so make your plans now and call (423) 743-WALK (9255) for the new Haunted Gatlinburg Ghost and History Tour.
Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival – May the best Halloween costume win at the Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival on October 31 at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza. The family-friendly event will be held between 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is scheduled to include contests, costumes, candy, and trick or treat safety tips from the Gatlinburg Police Department and a fire safety informational session from the Gatlinburg Fire Department.
Halloween Spooktacular – Grab your mini ghoul or ghost and come out to the Halloween Spooktacular, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 30 at the Mills Park Track. Recreation Department invites families to enjoy some good ol’ fashioned trick or treating provided by local businesses and organizations. Come dressed to impress for the costume contest at 6:00 p.m. Children are encouraged to come early to register.
Harvest Fun at Greenbrier Campground – For some harvest season fun check out Greenbrier Campground Saturday, October 28 for games, prizes, food, bounce house, hayrides and more. The event is free to the public and begins at 3 p.m. at the campground. A trick or treat parade will be held at 6:00 p.m. and a haunted island will be opening at dark till 10 p.m.
The Captured – A live horror themed escape experience.You have just unwittingly entered into the Craft holding cellar…in other words…you’ve been captured. Sebastian Craft has locked you and your group in his cellar. You will have 60 minutes to escape by finding clues, solving riddles, and completing puzzles. You will have to use your intellect, skill, and every bit of courage to escape becoming dinner. Tickets at www.TheCaptured.com
Three Jimmy’s – Two fabulous Halloween parties. Two fun-filled nights with musical hosts. Costume contests, prizes, food, drink, and fun! Saturday, October 28 and Tuesday, October 31.