By Leif Palmer
Posted on October 22, 2019
Halloween's a little over a week away, but if you haven't made your plans for celebrating it yet, it's not too late, especially if you're going to be in the Smokies. Between now and the 31st, our communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are offering all types of spooky events that will help you get into the SPIRIT of the holiday. Need a few ideas? Read on…
On October 24, drop by the Pigeon Forge Community Center for this special non-scary event where families can go trick-or-treating in a safe environment. In addition to candy, there will be fun interactive displays as well as live entertainment and a haunted house. Admission is free.
This is really more of a decorative feature, but if you go to Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge through November 3, the park will be decked out with illuminated pumpkins throughout. In fact, they've put out nearly twice as many as they did last year, making the park quite a spectacle after dark.
This Gatlinburg outdoor adventure park is hosting a special Halloween event through November 2. Activities include kid-friendly crafts, games, movies, character visits and more.
Ripley's Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg gets even creepier on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in October, when they host their 21st Annual Fright Nights Show. For the regular cost of admission, guests can experience this multimillion-dollar haunted house with a new theme and new ghouls stalking the corridors. Shows start at 6 p.m. with a character parade to kick off the night. Suitable for ages 12 and older. This runs through October 27.
On Saturday, October 26, visit the Sevier County Courthouse in downtown Sevierville from 5 to 9 p.m. for a night of family-friendly frights and fall fun. The event includes guided historic walking tours, live music, fire pits, a hayride and more.
Zoo Knoxville hosts this very popular annual event where families can go to enjoy a not-too-scary night of Halloween fun that's ideal for preschool and elementary-aged children. This 33-year tradition, which includes trick-or-treating and a variety of entertainment, runs through October 27.
If you happen to be attending any of the events scheduled for Gatlinburg, don't forget about our Gatlinburg parking garages, which offer convenient access to all the Halloween fun without your having to worry about driving from activity to activity.
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in Gatlinburg. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.