Looking for Knoxville haunted houses, corn mazes or Halloween fun? You’re in luck! East Tennessee comes alive with tricks and treats during the Halloween season and there are plenty of places nearby to get a scare or have some family fun! Check out this list of spooktacular Halloween activities, Knoxville haunted houses, corn mazes and other attractions that will bring ghoulish delight to you and your family this Halloween season.
- Boo at the Zoo!
Knoxville’s largest family-friendly Halloween event features 12 nights of safe and not-too-scary Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. Each night of BOO! at the Zoo includes a variety of fun and entertainment, including trick-or-treating, music and dancing with some of your favorite characters. Not to mention, animals! Boo! at the Zoo runs Oct. 12 – 15, 19 – 22 and 26 – 29.
- Hearth Scares Ball
For adults, spooky surprises await you downtown at the historic James White Fort’s annual fundraiser with the 5th Annual HearthScares Ball on Monday, October 30. Come dressed in your most impressive costume! Dancing, frightening finger foods, drinks, a silent auction, costume contest and other Halloween hijinks make this a one-of-a-kind Halloween party not to be missed!
Pet lovers, include your best friend this Halloween season at The UT Gardens’ third annual Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo on Sunday, Oct. 22. Howl-O-Ween is a fun Halloween-themed pet event sponsored by the UT Gardens Knoxville and the College of Veterinary Medicine. There’s a custom contest with prizes for people and pets, an expo of educational booths, pet businesses, and rescue groups, food trucks and more. And they’ll be hosting a pet food drive to benefit East Tennessee Spay & Neuter, who will be onsite with their Critter Care Cruiser. Visit the Howl-O-Ween website for more information.
- FrightWorks Haunted House
Located in Powell, FrightWorks Haunted House is one of the scariest, most original, and most theatrical haunted attractions in the Southeast. Thematic and interactive, it engulfs you in a tale of suspense, fun, and fright. Known for high quality acting, detailed sets, elaborate special effects, and engaging story telling, FrightWorks Haunted House is a favorite Halloween season tradition for those looking for a frightful adventure in East Tennessee. Great for teenagers and adults, be wary of bringing small children to this very scary and frighteningly realistic Halloween attraction! It’s open each weekend beginning Sept. 30 and daily through Halloween starting Oct. 26.
- Frightmare Manor
Located on the abandoned Jeremiah Lexer plantation in Talbott, Frightmare Manor spans 20 acres, and offers three independent, walk thru haunted attractions all in one location. Recently named the #1 Must-See Haunted Attraction in Tennessee by HauntedHouseRatings.com and the #6 Scariest Haunted House in America by U.S.City Traveler, this is another horrifying attraction that’s great for older kids and adults, but not for the little ones. They’re open weekends and special days through November 4.
- Hearth Scares Ghost Tours
Come and join the spirits for a tour of Downtown Knoxville’s scariest historical landmarks. The tours last approximately two hours each, and visit the sites of some of Knoxville’s best-kept secrets. Each tour is about one and a half miles in length and begins and ends at James White Fort. Tours take place October 17, 19, 20, 26 & 27 and depart promptly at 7:00pm each evening. Visit their website to purchase tickets and make reservations.
- Freaky Friday Fright Nite in Farragut
Children ages 12 and under and in costume are invited to “trick or treat” on the walking trail in Mayor Bob Leonard Park in Farragut on Friday, October 27 from 5 – 7PM. Local businesses, community groups and Town of Farragut volunteers hand out treats and provide games with prizes and cookie decorating. Participants are asked to bring one of these items to benefit the local Ronald McDonald House.
- Trick or Treating in the Cave
Cherokee Caverns in Knoxville offers a one-of-a-kind family-friendly “cave” event for Halloween. Their Halloween cave is safe and fun for all ages but focused on your kids! Make plans to deck them out in their favorite Halloween costumes and bring their treat bags so you can load them up with tricks and treats inside Cherokee Caverns! The cave is open October 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 31.
- Oakes Farm Corn Maze
Oakes Farm in Corryton offers a 9-acre corn maze, hayride to the pumpkin patch and over 25 other activities for kids. Pick a pumpkin (or two), enjoy seasonal food and drinks and let the kids experience the corn box, petting zoo, pedal karts, face-painting, jumping pillow, quad slides and much more. Oakes Farm is open each weekend in October and is a local favorite amongst parents of young children.
- Maple Lane Farms
Visit the Southeast’s oldest corn maze at Maple Lane Farms in Greenback and experience a massive 10-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch. Activities also include a kiddie maze, hayrides, inflatables, kids activities, campfire, food vendors, and a country store with an assortment of goods. Maple Lane Farms is open weekends beginning September 29 and the maze is open and haunted nightly from October 20 through October 31.