It’s finally time to bring out the fleece blankets and pumpkin-spiced-flavored-everything. It’s Halloween, y’all!
Celebrate this deliciously spooky holiday the right way with these top things to do and special events in Gatlinburg (and the surrounding area) as recommended by our staff here at TheSmokies.com.
Not in town on Halloween night? No worries – check out our list of top things to do this fall in the Smokies for autumn-related, Halloween-adjacent fun activities and events happening throughout the month of October.
9. Enjoy Halloween-themed events at Wilderness at the Smokies (Sevierville, TN)
This one, unfortunately, is for resort guests only.
Wilderness at the Smokies, located roughly 45 minutes from Gatlinburg, is a resort and adventure center in Sevierville that is home to the largest indoor waterpark in Tennessee.
This year, Wilderness at the Smokies is getting in the Halloween spirit by hosting several Halloween-themed events for their resort guests.
The highlight of the Halloween-themed festivities is the Trick or Treat Trail.
On October 30, from 5 pm – 8 pm, kids wear their Halloween costumes and walk the Trail. The Trail features ten different stops, sweet treats and small toys.
Wilderness is located at 424 Old Knoxville Hwy in Sevierville, Tenn. If you are planning an upcoming trip to Wilderness at the Smokies be sure to check their Groupon page for deals and discounts.
8. Take a Comedy Ghost Tour and pub crawl with Gatlinburg Comedy Tours (Gatlinburg, TN)
If you’re in the mood for something hilariously spooky, and a little boozy, Gatlinburg Comedy Tours is offering guided walking ghost tours to help get you in the “spirit” of Halloween.
Mike Howard, a local media personality and paranormal investigator, will guide guests through a late-night tour of Gatlinburg.
Guests will enjoy local ghost stories including the story of Radford Gatlin, the town’s namesake, and how he became the most hated man in the mountains.
Guests must be at least 21 years old to book the Comedy Ghost Tour. Tours last approximately two hours.
Visit their website to learn more and be sure to check Tripster for discounts when booking.
7. Listen to live music at at Anakeesta (Gatlinburg, TN)
Anakeesta is an award-winning theme park located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg. This year’s fall event will feature seasonal food, drinks, games, live entertainment and a variety of family-friendly activities.
On Halloween night, Anakeesta will feature live music from country music singer Elijah Wise from 4 pm – 7 pm. Live music is included with the price of admission.
And, the entire mountain will be decorated in fall-themed decor as part of Anakeesta’s Autumn at Anakeesta event.
And don’t forget to check Tripster for discounts before you go – our staff always books on Tripster and find that it’s an easy way to save $2-$3 per ticket.
Anakeesta is open from 9 am – 8 pm on Halloween day and is located at 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn.
6. Storytelling at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park (Gatlinburg, TN)
Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is home to the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America, the SkyBridge, and easily offers some of the best views in the Smoky Mountains.
On Halloween weekend, October 30 – 31, as part of SkyLift Park’s seasonal Spooktacular Smokies event, guests can enjoy storytelling by Stephen and Susan Fullbright (from the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association) on the SkyDeck.
There will also be a variety of Halloween-themed activities, photo opportunities, spooky music and lights.
SkyLift Park will be open from 7 pm – 9 pm on both days.
5. Trick or treating at The Island (Pigeon Forge, TN)
Located 30 minutes outside of Gatlinburg, each year, the Island at Pigeon Forge invites kids of all ages to trick or treat on Halloween night, Smokies style.
This year, you can bring the entire family to The Island in Pigeon Forge on Halloween night for music, trick or treating and a special Halloween-themed fountain show.
Trick or treating will take place at the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, and participating stores.
The event itself is free. But there are plenty of excuses at The Island to get your wallet out – like the BOGO (buy one get one) ride passes, available to those who arrive in costume.
Trick or treating will take place from 5 pm – 7 pm.
The Island is located at 131 The Island Dr, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
4. Walk through a haunted house at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure (Gatlinburg, TN)
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure excels at year-round spookiness, but Halloween is kinda their jam.
For the entire month of October, they’ll be featuring Fright Nights, an extra scary version of their already-scary haunted attraction each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening until Halloween day.
Children must be at least six years old to enter.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Fright Night hours tend to vary by day but generally run from 4 pm – 11 pm most nights. Always call 865-436-5096 to confirm hours before you plan your visit.
And if you plan to check out multiple Ripley’s attractions during your trip, be sure to check out some of the combo passes, which can save up to $35 per person.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is located at 908 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn. For more information, visit their website.
3. Walk through an extra spooky haunted house at Mysterious Mansion (Gatlinburg, TN)
Another area fan-favorite haunted house is the Mysterious Mansion, a 3-story haunted house, located in downtown Gatlinburg.
This year, Gatlinburg’s favorite haunted house turns even spookier with their Halloween event featuring special showings, extra actors and extra special effects.
These special showings will take place every Friday-Sunday during the entire month of October and are only recommended for teens and adults.
Normal, less spooky tours will be presented on weekdays throughout the Halloween season.
2. Enjoy a corn maze or hayride at Kyker Farms (Sevierville, TN)
Located about 45 minutes from Gatlinburg, Kyker Farms offers five mazes with different themes and challenges — including scavenger hunts, fact-finding missions and kid-friendly routes.
Families can also enjoy hayrides, tunnel slides, corn hole, zip lines, a straw crawl and more. This year, the event will run through Halloween night, Oct. 31.
Kyker Farms’s hours are listed below:
- Thursday-Friday: 4 pm – 7 pm
- Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
- Sunday: 1 pm – 6 pm
Kyker Farms will close at 6 pm on Halloween night. The last hayride will leave an hour prior to close.
Kyker Farms is located at Alder Branch Rd in Sevierville, Tenn.
1. Ride at haunted mountain coaster at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster (Pigeon Forge, TN)
We’ve all heard of haunted houses, haunted forests and haunted corn mazes, but have you ever ridden a haunted coaster?
On Friday and Saturday nights from 6 pm – 10 pm throughout the month of October, and the week leading up to Halloween October 23 – 31, Rocky Top Mountain Coaster transforms their attraction with special lighting effects, live-actor ghosts and goblins and surprises at every turn.
Rocky Top Mountain Coaster is located about 30 minutes outside Gatlinburg at 2940 Veterans Boulevard, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
For Rocky Top Mountain Coaster discounts, always check Viator, a TripAdvisor company, before you go.
What are your Halloween plans in the Smokies this year? Let us know in the comments below.