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It’s finally time to bring out the fleece blankets and pumpkin-spiced-flavored-everything. It’s fall, y’all!
But this fall, along with the rest of the year 2020, may look a bit different than usual. However, there are still plenty of things to do, special events and ways you can celebrate Halloween around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg this year.
1. Trick or Treating at The Island
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 be offered at the family rides, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, the ropes course and participating stores.
Stores who wish to participate will be marked with a sticker.
The Island will also be offering a “Buy One Get One Free” unlimited ride pass for all those who arrive in costume.
Trick or treating will take place from 4-6 pm. “BOGO” rides will be offered all day.
The Island is located at 131 The Island Dr, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
2. Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights
This year, Dollywood is bringing back their award-winning fall event, Great Pumpkin LumiNights.
Great Pumpkin LumiNights features illuminated artistic sculptures and whimsical scenes throughout the park. Dollywood will also be featuring a fall concert schedule that will include over 300 live concerts.
Guests who wish to wear Halloween costumes to the park may do so but must abide by the following guidelines:
- Non-PPE facial coverings, such as costume masks may not be worn.
- Guests may not dress as Dolly Parton or Santa.
- Wig, hats or other accessories may be worn as long as they do not cover the face.
- Portions of costumes may need to be removed when boarding attractions based on the loose article requirements.
- Costume accessories may not look like a weapon of any kind, and no accessory can be sharp or have any component that could cause injury.
- Costumes may not drag the ground or cause a trip hazard.
- Face paint worn into the park may not be overly gruesome or cover the entire face to where the guest’s identity is altered.
- Male guests must wear t-shirts, muscle shirts, tank tops or opaque shirts buttoned at least 2/3 of the way up from the waist, and must wear slacks or shorts that completely cover the buttocks.
- Female guests must wear t-shirts, tank tops, halter-tops, opaque shirts, blouses or dresses that are buttoned at least 2/3 of the way up from the waist, and must wear slacks, skirts, dresses or shorts that completely cover the buttocks.
The LumiNights event will run from Sept. 25-Oct. 31.
Dollywood is located at 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Editor’s Note: We strongly suggest making a reservation to guarantee entry into the park by purchasing your ticket in advance online at Dollywood.com or by calling 1-800-DOLLYWOOD. Dollywood will turn guests away at the gate who do not have a reservation if crowd sizes are large.
3. Autumn at Anakeesta
Anakeesta is an award-winning theme park built 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 be featuring live music from Boogertown Gap at 11 am, Sara Collins at 3 pm and will be playing the movies Frankenweenie and The Nightmare Before Christmas at 7 pm.
Anakeesta is open from 9 am -10 pm on Halloween day. Anakeesta is located at 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn.
4. Halloween at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is home to the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America and easily offers some of the best views in the Smoky Mountains.
This Halloween, kids aged 12 and under who arrive at the SkyLift Park ticket window in costume will receive a special treat — a FREE ticket to SkyLift Park.
Candy and treats will also be available for trick-or-treaters at the top of the mountain.
As another special treat, a portion of each ticket sold on Halloween will aid the Sevier County Food Ministry to provide food for those in need.
The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 am – 10 pm. SkyLift Park is located at 765 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn. 37738. For more information, visit their website.
5. Hallowine Chocolate and Wine Pairing
Leave the kids with the grandparents, grab a costume and trick-or-treat for the things you really want this year.
Rocky Top Wine Trail is hosting a Hallowine Chocolate and Wine Pairing event. Guests will receive a glass of wine (your choice of two offerings) paired with a handcrafted dessert at each of the three participating wineries along the Rocky Top Wine Trail.
Guests will take home a commemorative taster glass and receive a free souvenir wine glass after visiting the three locations.
The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 11 am-5 pm at Mountain Valley, Hillside and Mill Bridge Wineries. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit their website.
6. Halloween at Wilderness at the Smokies
Wilderness at the Smokies is a resort and adventure center in Sevierville that is home of the largest indoor waterpark in Tennessee.
This year, Wilderness at the Smokies is getting in the Halloween spirit by hosting a coloring contest, a virtual costume contest and a Jack-O-Lantern contest for their guests.
On Oct. 31, from 5-8 pm, kids who are staying at the resort can dress up in their costumes and walk a Trick-or-Treat Trail to receive treats and small toys at the resort.
Participants of the coloring contest and the costume contest will be competing to win a Wilderness at the Smokies gift card, so get your game faces ready!
The celebration will run from Oct. 26-31. For more information, visit their website.
7. Kyker Farms Corn Maze
This 208-year-old family farm invites guests to get “kornfused” in the corn fields this fall. They offer 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 line, a straw crawl and more. The event will run fro Sept. 26 through Oct. 31. Kyker Farms is located at Alder Branch Rd in Sevierville, Tenn. For more information, visit their website.
8. Rocky Top Mountain Coaster Fright Night’s Coasts and Goblins
We’ve all heard of haunted houses, haunted forests and haunted corn mazes, but have you ever ridden a haunted coaster?
Starting Oct. 9 on Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10 pm, Rocky Top Mountain Coaster transforms their attraction with special lighting effects and live-actor ghosts and goblins and surprises at every turn. No special event ticket is required. The event is included with regular admission.
Rocky Top Mountain Coaster is located at 2940 Veterans Boulevard, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. To learn more, visit Rocky Top Mountain Coaster’s Facebook page.
9. Fright Nights at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is a year-round haunted house experience, and Halloween is kinda their jam.
So for the entire month of October, they’ll be featuring Fright Nights each Friday and Saturday evening, starting at 6 pm, until Halloween day.
Ripley’s Fright Nights will feature a brand new theme this year, Grimsby & Streaper: Back from the Dead. Children must be at least six years old to enter.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is located at 908 Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tenn. For more information, visit their website.
10. Gatlinburg Haunts ghost tours
If you’re in the mood for something spooky this Halloween season, Gatlinburg Haunts is currently offering both guided walking ghost tours and virtual tours to help get you in the “spirit” of Halloween.
Guests who go on walking tours can expect to visit eight separate haunted locations around Gatlinburg, each with its own unique piece of Tennessee history. The tour takes about an hour from start to finish and covers 1.0 miles round trip. The extended tours add 30 minutes and 0.5 miles.
New for 2020, in addition to their regular tours, to celebrate this Halloween season, Gatlinburg Haunts has also added four all-new, virtual ways to enjoy Halloween from home.
These new features include streaming ghost tours at home, haunted dolls, a self-guided mobile app and even an Alexa and Google app.
Group sizes will be limited during the 2020 season. The meetup location for Gatlinburg Haunts is located at 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg TN. For more information, visit ghostsofgatlinburg.com.
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