Enjoy Family-Friendly Halloween Fun in the Great Smoky Mountains

Posted by Leif Palmer in Things To Do

Corn maze at a local farm.

Remember Halloween as a kid? You'd spend weeks creating just the right costume, anticipating an evening prowling the neighborhood with your friends in search of the best candy. Cries of "Trick or treat!" filled the chilly autumn air, as super heroes and princesses dashed from house to house in celebration of a holiday that is all about having fun. At home, you'd look through your stash, trading your sister's licorice for a Snickers bar and promising your mom you'd save "some for later."

This Halloween, put a new spin on an old favorite. Relive those memories of playing dress-up, and make plenty of new ones with your kids in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Meet Your Favorite Cartoon Characters

Each weekend in October marks the arrival of the PEANUTS™ Pumpkin Patch Express. Kids of all ages will love this one-of-a-kind adventure on a real train. While aboard, you'll listen to Charles Schulz's classic story, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," then spend the afternoon in a real pumpkin patch. Youngsters will enjoy fun activities such as hayrides and musical entertainment. They'll have a chance to have their photos taken with the PEANUTS™ gang, and even get to choose their own pumpkin from the patch.

The PEANUTS™ Pumpkin Patch Express departs each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October at 3:30 p.m. Get your tickets and climb aboard at the Bryson City Depot, located in historic Bryson City, NC – just a short drive through the beautiful Smokies from Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN.

Grab Some Halloween Goodies

For some good old-fashioned trick-or-treating this Halloween, head for the Pigeon Forge Community Center, where vendors from the surrounding areas come together for a night of family-friendly fun. Interactive displays and plenty of free candy make this event a favorite for those looking for a safe, non-scary way to enjoy the holiday.

See a Live Show

Family fun of a different kind can be found all month long at the famous Shocktober festivities with hypnotist Guy Michaels. "Shrieks and Mindfreaks" takes you on a tour of the limitless potential of the human mind. This entertaining and lighthearted look at everyone's favorite scary season will leave you laughing out loud and amazed at what our minds can do.

Shoctober's "Shrieks and Mindfreaks" runs daily at Gatlinburg's Iris Theater, from October 1st through the 31st.

Autumn Rites of Passage

One traditional Halloween adventure you won't want to miss is an afternoon getting lost inside a corn maze. You'll find several area farms offering plenty of fun for all ages, including games for the little ones, petting zoos, and a haunted house or two. It's a delightful way to spend a cool autumn day in the mountains.

Whether you're looking for a bit of nostalgia in the form of a favorite Halloween story, or want to enjoy some amazing mind tricks, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN, have plenty to offer. From kid-friendly attractions to live entertainment, there's no shortage of fun things to do this Halloween season in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Leif Palmer - Smokies blogger

About Leif Palmer

Leif Palmer loves residing in the Smoky Mountains. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.


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