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4 Spooktacular Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Dollywood's Great Pumpkin LumiNights sign
September 23, 2021

There is no better place to celebrate the spirit of the Halloween season than the Smoky Mountains! There are tons of frightfully fun activities near our cabin rentals, so don’t miss the opportunity to experience this special time of year in the Smokies! Here are 4 spooktacular ways to celebrate Halloween in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge:

1. Attend Dollywood’s Pumpkin Luminights

One of the highlights of the Halloween season in the Smokies is Dollywood’s Pumpkin Luminights ! This event takes place during the park’s popular Harvest Festival and features thousands of jack-o-lanterns lit up at night! As you stroll through the park, you will be amazed by the sights of the glowing pumpkins and tempted by the delightful smell of fall treats! The centerpiece of the Pumpkin Luminights is a massive pumpkin tree that is 40 feet tall, so be sure to bring your camera along to capture this stunning sight!

2. Brave a Haunted House


Another one of the spooktacular ways to celebrate Halloween in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is with a trip through a creepy haunted house! Gatlinburg is home to a pair of chilling haunted attractions that feature live actors, macabre theming and lots of fun scares! See if you have what it takes to get through the chambers of the Mysterious Mansion on River Road, then head over to Ripley’s Haunted Adventure on the Parkway for some more thrills! If you still can’t get enough, drive up to Pigeon Forge to experience Outbreak – Dread the Undead at the Hollywood Wax Museum!

3. Take a Spooky Ghost Tour

If you want to hear about the haunted history of the Smoky Mountains, take a spooky ghost tour through Gatlinburg! The Ghost Walk of Gatlinburg offers guided tours that mix historical facts and legends, but this is no boring walking tour! During your stroll, you will visit some of the actual locations where Gatlinburg’s more sinister events have taken place! Whether you are a true believer or a skeptic, you will be drawn to your guide’s fascinating stories of the paranormal!

4. Purchase Some Cool Halloween Items


You can also celebrate Halloween in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge by picking up some cool items at Dracula’s ! This unique souvenir shop in downtown Gatlinburg not only features some fantastic Halloween themed merchandise, but traditional Smoky Mountain souvenirs such as t-shirts, handmade jewelry, key chains, hats, magnets and more! This is the perfect place to find a gift so that you always remember your spooktacular Halloween in the Smokies!

Where to Stay

Stay close to all the spooky fun with a vacation at our cabin rentals in the Smoky Mountains! We have cabins of all sizes to meet your needs, ranging from 1 bedroom cabins for couples to multi-bedroom cabins for large families and groups! While staying with us, enjoy a variety of awesome amenities including fully equipped kitchens, private decks with mountain views, bubbling hot tubs, fireplaces and much more!

Check out all of our cabins in the Smokies today to stay close to these fun places to celebrate Halloween in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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