If you count Halloween as one of your favorite “holidays,” then you’ll surely want to visit Gatlinburg during the month of October. From Shocktober right here at the Space Needle’s Iris Theather to Ripley’s Fright Nights, Gatlinburg is the place to be this time of year if you enjoy all things spooky, creepy and paranormal. On that note, we hope that you’ll find the following list of events and attractions useful as you plan your Halloween-themed visit to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
The Shocktober “Shrieks and Mindfreaks” show by hypnotist Guy Michaels is a hot ticket in Gatlinburg this time of year. Shows are offered on most Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the month, in addition to a few other dates. This year, the Space Needle is also offering face painting as part of Shocktober. You can buy tickets for both the show and face painting online.
Beginning October 4, prepared to be terrified and mystified by the annual Fright Nights at the year-round Ripley’s Haunted Adventure, a series of shows held each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night in October, on Halloween night and the 1st and 2nd of November. Each night begins with a character parade. The theme’s for this years shows is “Experiment in Terror,” which involves an insane asylum. A different show is offered each weekend. Note that children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
The weeks leading up to Halloween are the perfect time of year to take a ghost tour with Hillbilly Haunts, which depart from the Log Cabin Candy Kitchen at 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Grab a flashlight and a camera as you head out to the two-hour walking tour, which takes you through sites in Gatlinburg that have been associated with paranormal activity. Tickets are price at $20 for adults and $5 for kids between the ages of 6-12; children 5 and under can take the tour for free.
What are your favorite Halloween activities in Gatlinburg? Share your plans and experiences with us in the comments below!