4 Gatlinburg Halloween Activities for a Frighteningly Good Time

A glowing jack-o'-lantern in the forest.

Few cities celebrate Halloween quite like Gatlinburg, TN! Whether you’re looking to add some chills and thrills to a romantic getaway, or you want to plan some spooky fun for the whole family, the Smoky Mountain area has got you covered. Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals has put together a guide to four of our favorite Gatlinburg Halloween activities for your fall vacation:

1. Visit the Mysterious Mansion

The Mysterious Mansion has been scaring visitors to Gatlinburg for over 35 years, and it is showing no signs of slowing down! This three story Victorian style home is filled with winding stairways, dark corridors, secret passageways, and more than a few surprise guests that will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end. The Mysterious Mansion is known for its authentic antique furnishings and its genuinely creepy atmosphere.

During the month of October, the mansion offers Halloween presentations on weekend evenings. These special shows are far more intense than the usual Mysterious Mansion experience, so we don’t recommend them for young children. Guests will also enjoy extended hours that run past 11 p.m. or even after midnight.

(See Also: 4 Fun Things to Do in Gatlinburg in the Fall)

2. Take a Gatlinburg Ghost TourA female ghost standing by the water.

Gatlinburg has a long and fascinating history, making it the perfect location for a ghost tour. While many companies offer spooky tours of the city, our favorite is Ghost & Haunt Tours of Gatlinburg. Guests on this tour will hear true, verifiable stories from Gatlinburg’s past that are mixed with local legends and popular myths.

There are no cheesey “ghosts” to jump out and scare you, but guests will visit the actual locations were some of Gatlinburg’s darkest moments happened. A highlight of the tour is the visit to White Oak Flats Cemetery, where some of the city’s most notorious and troubled residents are buried. It’s easy to see why this ghost tour is one of the most popular Gatlinburg Halloween activities!  

3. See the Shocktober Show at the Gatlinburg Space Needle

Every October, the Iris Theater at the Gatlinburg Space Needle hosts its annual Shocktober show. This special performance, held on select dates throughout the month, features frightening and hilarious tricks from some of the most talented magicians and illusionists in Gatlinburg. You may scream, you may laugh, but you will certainly not be bored!

Young girls dressed up for Halloween4. Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival in Downtown Gatlinburg

On Halloween day, Gatlinburg hosts its annual Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival. Come to the plaza in front of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies from 1 – 5 p.m. to play games, take pictures with costumed characters, and eat lots of candy. Kids (and their parents) are encouraged to dress up for the event!

When you stay with Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals this fall, you will be close to all of these excellent Gatlinburg Halloween activities. With everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 6 bedroom cabins, we are guaranteed to have the perfect property for your getaway in the Smokies. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of cabin rentals in Gatlinburg!