Halloween Events in the Smoky Mountain Area for Various Ages

Fall is here.

And with it come all kinds of goodness — caramel apples, crunchy leaves, FOOTBALL, hoodies, and, oh yes, spooky stuff for Halloween!

The Smoky Mountain area has all kinds of fun spooky stuff, so if you’re heading to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge for Fall Break, consider doing something Halloween-ish.

So here it is — all the fun Halloween things you can do in the Smoky Mountain area, broken down by ages. Because if your kids are little like mine, they scare easily. And we all like to sleep at night.

Pumpkin patches for all ages:

  • The Farm at Apple Valley in Sevierville has a pumpkin patch, corn maze, mini (kiddie) corn maze, child-sized haybale maze, wagon rides, bounce house, gift shop, pony rides, petting zoo, and more. Open every day 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. October 14- Oct. 31. Cost is $3 per person.
  • Oakes Farm in Corryton (8240 Corryton Road) has a giant corn maze, slides and other jumpy things, a hayride, pedal karts, a sand play area, and an area to buy pumpkins, snacks, and fall decorations. Costs $10 for ages 11 and up; $8 for kids 3-10; under 3 is free. (They also have a Halloween lights display for the first time this year — see info below in kids’ section.) Corryton is about an hour and 15 minutes from Gatlinburg.
  • Kyker Farms in Sevierville (938 Alder Branch Road) has 5 (!) corn mazes, hayrides, tunnel slides, a corn tub, bonfires, a critter barn, a corn cob swing, and a farm facts maze. Cost is $12 for everyone ages 6 and up, but that includes a pumpkin! Kids 3-5 are $7, and kids under 3 are free. Concessions are available. Kyker Farms is about a half hour from Gatlinburg.
  • Maple Lane Farms in Greenback (1040 Maple Lane) has a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a rock wall, and other kids’ activities. There’s also a country store. Cost is $10 for ages 12 and over; $8 for ages 6-11; under 6 is free. Greenback is about an hour and 15  minutes from Gatlinburg.
  • Myers Farm in Bulls Gap (3415 Gap Creek Road) has two corn mazes and a spot to buy fall decorations and locally-grown honey. Cost is $10 per person. Bulls Gap is about an hour and 15 minutes from Gatlinburg.

Kid-Friendly Halloween things to do in the Smoky Mountain area:

  • Trick or Treat at the outlets. The Tanger outlets in Sevierville will host the annual Trick or Treat event on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. Visit participating stores for candy and prizes for children in costumes under 12 years.
  • Trick or Treat at the Community Center. The Pigeon Forge Community Center offers free non-scary trick or treating on Halloween from 6-9 p.m. Vendors from the Pigeon Forge community set up fun and sometimes interactive displays and hand out candy.
  • Trick or Treat Kickoff Carnival. Gatlinburg hosts a big Halloween carnival on Thursday, Oct. 31 from noon until 5 p.m. It’s located at the Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza in downtown Gatlinburg. There will be games on the parkway, prizes, costumes contests, candy, and fun!
  • Trick or Treat in Gatlinburg. At 6 p.m. on Halloween, the businesses along the Parkway in Gatlinburg will be handing out candy and gifts to kids in costumes.
  • Thriller Night of Lights. New for this year, Oakes Farm in Corryton (see above for its pumpkin patch info) has a family-friendly Halloween lights show. Enjoy lights synchronized to music while on a hayride. Tickets are $5.

Teen (or older kid) Halloween things to do in the Smoky Mountain area:

  • Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Fright Nights. Well, naturally the spooky spot in town has something special for Halloween! Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Halloween night, the Haunted Adventure offers Fright Nights (Oct. 4-31). Shows starts at 6:13 p.m. with a character parade. Cost is $13.99 for kids 12 and up. Kids 6-11 are $7.99, but must be accompanied by a parent. Kids under 6 are not admitted.
  • Mysterious Mansion. This Gatlinburg haunted house doesn’t have anything special for Halloween, but it is a great place to spend the days leading up to the holiday. It definitely wins for curb appeal. I always think it looks a lot like the Haunted Manion in Disney World. Someday I’ll work up the nerve to visit both of these haunted houses and tell you which one is the best. But not yet. The Mysterious Mansion is open throughout October from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $7 for kids 12 and older and $5 for 7-12 years. Kids 6 and under get in free.
  • Frightmare Manor. Okay, let me warn you — this looks SUPER freaky!!! It is located on the outskirts of Knoxville (6588 West Andrew Johnson Hwy, Talbott, TN). Frightmare Manor is 4.5 acres and offers 3 independent walk-through attractions, plus the Frightmare Challenge. If you complete all four attractions, you get your money back. It’s open on Thursdays and weekends in October — check here for specific times. There are various options for tickets, but to go through all four attractions, tickets are $40. Check out other prices here.
  • Ghost tours. This is a super fun thing to do with other adults, but older kids will enjoy it, too. It’s definitely on the tamer side of these Halloween activities, as it’s a tour of known locations and not a jump-out-at-you-with-a-chainsaw haunted house. Here’s a post I wrote all about the various ghost tours and what they are known for. But in case you want the condensed version, here are some sites to check out:
  • Haunted Corn Maze. Located at Maple Farms in Greenback. (For more info, see Pumpkin Patches above.) The Haunted Corn Maze is open from Oct. 24-31. Cost is $13 per person. Not recommended for under age 5.
  • Zombie Blasterz. Located at Kyker Farms. (For more info about Kyker Farms, see Pumpkin Patches above.) This is an interactive paintball ride, which winds through the Dead Woods at Kyker Farms, where live zombies are illuminated. Zombies do not shoot back. No flashlights permitted. Available on Friday and Saturday nights in October. Cost is $12 per person. No refunds.
  • The Trail. Also located at Kyker Farms, this trail includes who-knows-what lurking on the winding path through the woods. Creatures of the corn will come to life. No flashlights permitted. Available on Friday and Saturday nights in October. Cost is $12 per person. No refunds.
  • Trail of Doom. This Knoxville-area attraction has three haunted attractions for one price: Trail of Doom, Chaotic Carnival (newly expanded), and Elemental (redesigned for 2013). Cost is $19.95 plus tax. On Thursdays, bring a canned food item for Second Harvest Food Bank, and get $2 off admission. No flashlights allowed.

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