Halloween is less than a week away and if you’re looking for a horror fix in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, there are plenty of options! We rounded up a few must-see events.
The Castle of Chaos
There are several terrifying events going on area this month, most notably The Castle of Chaos, which has been named one of the best new attractions in the world by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions. Labeled as a 5D adventure, the wax monster experience mixes a 3D film, video game and amusement park ride as one where you can shoot down ghouls yourself.
Ghost Walk of Gatlinburg – Year Round
Explore 100 years of history of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a horrifying twist . Led by a costumed guide, this one-mile, one-hour walk isn’t so much a haunted house tour as it is a storytelling experience.
“Shrieks and Mind Freaks”– Until Oct. 31
Hypnotist Guy Michaels makes the audience the star of his “Shrieks and Mind Freaks” Shocktober show. Known for his ability to manipulate the mind and your imagination, Michaels will give a Halloween experience that you won’t forget. Or will you? Shows will be held at the Iris Theater at the Gatlinburg Space Needle.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure – Weekends
Gatlinburg’s top haunted house gets a horror boost during Halloween time with more performers and an influx of ghoulish decorations.
The Island – Oct. 31
Celebrate the Island at Pigeon Forge’s first Halloween with family-friendly events from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Attractions feature hay rides, a kids’ circus and a maze and more. Children 11 years old or younger get free rides at the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel if in costume. The event is free to the public.
Photos courtesy of Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and The Island at Pigeon Forge.