A Halloween Adventure in Gatlinburg – River Edge Inn

Get ready to ignite your holiday spirit like never before in Gatlinburg, Tennessee while you embark on a Halloween Adventure. The enchanting allure of this charming town, nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, comes alive during the Halloween season with a mesmerizing array of events and attractions. From spine-tingling haunted mansions and eerie ghost walks to the captivating beauty of autumn in Cades Cove, Gatlinburg offers a unique blend of thrills and serenity for Halloween enthusiasts of all ages. And for the perfect home base to recharge between your adventures, look no further than the cozy comfort of River Edge Inn. Whether you seek heart-pounding adventures or tranquil escapes amidst nature’s vibrant palette, Gatlinburg is the ultimate destination to kindle your excitement and create unforgettable memories during this bewitching holiday season.

Dollywood’s Harvest  Festival:

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Kick off your Halloween adventure at Dollywood, one of the South’s most beloved theme parks. During the fall season, Dollywood transforms into a Halloween wonderland with the Great Pumpkin LumiNights. Thousands of illuminated pumpkins and mesmerizing displays light up the park. Enjoy thrilling rides, delicious food, and live entertainment with a spooky twist. Don’t forget to try their famous cinnamon bread—it’s a real treat!

Now – October 30, 2023 (Wednesday-Monday 9am-10pm)

The Mysterious Mansion:

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Gatlinburg’s Mysterious  Mansion during Halloween is a thrilling and immersive haunted attraction that promises a spine-tingling experience. Located off River Road, this three story attraction undergoes a haunting transformation during the Halloween season. Visitors can expect to encounter a world of eerie atmospheres, chilling surprises, and unsettling encounters as they navigate through dark corridors and eerie chambers. Live actors and special effects add to the frightful ambiance, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a spooky adventure. Whether you’re a horror enthusiast or simply looking for a dose of Halloween excitement, Gatlinburg’s Mysterious Mansion is a must-visit destination that delivers on the promise of an unforgettable, hair-raising experience.

Halloween Nights: September 29th – October 31st (Friday-Sunday 5pm-12am)

Anakeesta’s Bear-varian Festival:

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Visitors to Anakeesta‘s Bear-varian Festival are in for a treat as the mountaintop destination undergoes a bewitching transformation amidst the stunning Smoky Mountains. Embrace the season with thrilling attractions, carved pumpkins, and indulgent seasonal treats. Plus, for those looking to quench their thirst with a unique twist, don’t miss the seasonal beer tasting event featuring a handpicked selection of craft brews, all against the backdrop of autumn’s beauty. With captivating displays, live entertainment, and a variety of festivities, Anakeesta’s Bear-varian Festival promises an enchanting Halloween adventure for all ages. Come and celebrate the magic of the season high above the Smokies!

Now- October 31, 2023 (Monday-Sunday 9am-8pm)

Rocky Top Mountain Coaster (Pigeon Forge):

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Rocky Top Mountain Coaster‘s “Coasts and Goblins” weekends offer an immersive experience for those seeking a unique thrill. After the sun sets, the coaster takes on a haunted ambiance with live actors strategically placed along the track. These actors provide a spooky twist to the usual coaster experience, creating an atmosphere filled with eerie sounds and chilling encounters. This is an opportunity for thrill-seekers and fans of horror to enjoy a one-of-a-kind, adrenaline-pumping ride, immersing themselves in the spirit of Halloween. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this unforgettable night of suspense and excitement!

Themed rides all October with live performers on Friday & Saturday nights starting October 6, 2023 at 8pm.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure:

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Get ready for a spooktacular adventure at Ripley’s Haunted Adventure in Gatlinburg, TN during this Halloween season! Step into a world of eerie enchantment as you navigate the dark and mysterious corridors of this legendary haunted attraction. With its chilling special effects, lifelike animatronics, and talented scare actors, Ripley’s Haunted Adventure promises a heart-pounding and hair-raising experience that’s perfect for thrill-seekers and Halloween enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for a frightful family outing or a spine-tingling date night, this haunted mansion delivers on the promise of a memorable and hauntingly good time.

Halloween Fright Nights: October 2023 (Friday-Saturday and Halloween 4pm-11pm; Sunday 1pm-9pm) 

GhostWalk of Gatlinburg:


Discover the spooky side of Gatlinburg this Halloween with a GhostWalk. Knowledgeable guides will lead you through the town’s historic streets, unveiling tales of the supernatural and unexplained. Dive into Gatlinburg’s haunted history as you explore its hidden corners, where legends come alive, and the past continues to haunt the present. GhostWalk of Gatlinburg offers a unique blend of chilling stories and fascinating history, making it the ideal way to immerse yourself in the Halloween season.

Monday-Sunday 9pm-10pm. Limited availability. Click here to reserve now.

Cades Cove Adventure:

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Escape to the natural beauty of Cades Cove this Halloween for a unique and serene getaway. Located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. As the autumn leaves turn vibrant shades of red and orange, the Cove becomes a picturesque haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Explore the scenic loop road, where you may encounter deer, black bears, and a variety of bird species against the stunning backdrop of the Smokies. While Cades Cove doesn’t host Halloween-themed events, the tranquil ambiance and breathtaking fall foliage make it an ideal destination for a serene and memorable holiday weekend. Experience the magic of autumn in the Smoky Mountains and create cherished memories with loved ones in this pristine natural setting.

River Edge Inn:

After a day filled with thrills and chills, retreat to the cozy comfort of the River Edge Inn. Located in the heart of town, this cozy and inviting inn offers the perfect home base for exploring the spooky side of Gatlinburg. With its prime location, you’ll be within easy reach of all the haunted attractions, ghost tours, and eerie festivities the town has to offer during the Halloween season. After a day of thrilling adventures, return to the comfort of the River Edge Inn, where you can relax and recharge for more ghostly encounters the next day. Join us for a ghoulishly good time and make your Halloween getaway truly special at River Edge Inn.

Family playing in fall leaves

Gatlinburg’s Halloween season promises an array of ghoulishly delightful experiences for all ages. From the enchanting to the spine-tingling, there’s something to suit every taste. As you embark on your Halloween adventure, remember that River Edge Inn offers the perfect retreat, ensuring you’re well-rested and ready for another day of ghostly encounters and autumnal exploration. Join us in Gatlinburg this Halloween and create cherished memories in this charming town that truly comes alive during this magical season.

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