Halloween Activities in the Smokies

If you’ve taken a trip to your local grocery store lately, you must know that Halloween is just around the corner! Aisles of delicious candy are stocked on shelves, pumpkins await carving and an array of scary costumes tempts everywhere you turn. Vacationing to the Smoky Mountains over Halloween? The city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee offers several scary haunts that are sure to thrill you and your family!


Located at the Gatlinburg Space Needle, the Iris Theater is proud to present you to Shrieks and Mind Freaks, a light-hearted look at the wonderful season of Halloween. The performance features Guy Michaels, hypnotist extraordinaire, who will take you on a journey unlike any other you have been on before. Running October 1st through 31st, Shrieks and Mind Freaks will make you laugh and leave you shocked, amazed and maybe even a little bit frightened!

For the first time, Shocktober is also bringing spooky face painting to this year’s festivities! Be the most frightening face on the streets of Gatlinburg as talented artists craft up a scary face that perfectly suits you. For ticket information and show times, visit the Shocktober website.

Fright Nights at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure brings you one of the scariest haunted houses in the area! Open all year-round but particularly frightening on Halloween, Fright Nights doesn’t allow any child under 6 years of age. In fact, all children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult due to the terrifying nature of this haunted house!

All of your senses, from sight to sound and even smell, will be tantalized by terror when you visit Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. Shows begin nightly at 6:00PM, so arrive ready to be petrified!

Kyker Farms After Dark

On Fridays and Saturdays in October only, the usually pleasant and fun corn maze at Kyker Farms turns horrifying! Offering two thrills that are both fun and frightening, Kyker Farms knows how to do Halloween right. Venture to the farm after dark for the thrill of a lifetime!

For a fun, interactive adventure, buy your ticket for Zombie Blasterz, an interactive paintball ride that is fun for everyone! Take a ride through the Dead Woods at the farm and discover the live zombies eagerly awaiting your arrival! Twenty-two paintball guns will blast away as zombie-sighting lights illuminate the terrifying creatures.

Searching for something a little more scary? Brave The Trail after dark, where creepy creatures of the corn come to life! Try to escape the haunted corn maze on this hair-raising adventure. Visit the Kyker Farms website for more information.

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