9 FRIGHTFULLY FUN FESTS IN SEVIERVILLE, TENNESSEE THIS OCTOBER

Colorful leaves and comfortable temperatures are natural invitations to visit Sevierville, Tennessee this fall, but October packs even more temptations into the mix.

As Halloween approaches, it’s the perfect time to explore the spooky side of our Smoky Mountain town. From farmer’s markets to zombies, ghost stories to corn mazes, a cornucopia of themed festivals in Sevierville offers spirited fun for everyone, whether you’re traveling solo, with youngsters, friends, or a special someone.

Get spooked or simply celebrate the harvest during Sevierville’s October festivities.

History & Haunts

www.downtownhistoryandhaunts.com

Saturdays in October 5pm-9pm

Have a howling good time in historic downtown Sevierville each Saturday evening in October from 5pm until 9pm. Each event brings a new harvest of activities everyone will enjoy, from guided historic walking tours and costume contests to storytellers, live music and lawn games. Admission is free. Activities are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm planned activities.

October 5: Live Music, Fall Crafts, Farmer’s Market, Cornhole & Lawn Games, Historic Sevierville Brick tour (6pm & 7:30pm)

October 12: Live Music, Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest (7pm), Cornhole & Lawn Games, Storytellers, Historic Downtown Sevierville Tour (6pm & 7:30pm)

October 19: Dance Party, Zombie Costume Contest (6pm), Zombie Walk (7pm), Thriller Flash Mob (8pm), Paint Your Own Pumpkin ($), Cornhole & Lawn Games

October 26: Live Music, Historic Haunted Walking Tours led by Sevier Co. Historian Carroll McMahan (6pm & 7:30pm), Fire pits, Cornhole & Lawn Games, Hayrides

Robert Tino’s Smoky Mountain Homecoming

www.robertatinosmokymountainhomecoming.com/

October 4-6, 2019

Staged in the fields surrounding the Robert A. Tino Gallery—which is located inside a 200-year-old house that’s rumored to be occupied by a friendly ghost—the Smoky Mountain Homecoming weekend showcases artworks by Robert A. Tino, who is best known for his paintings inspired by the Smoky Mountains, as well as the works of other local artisans and heritage crafters from blacksmiths to weavers. A celebration of mountain heritage, this wholesome, family-friendly event combines original art, traditional mountain crafts, artisan demonstrations, bluegrass musical entertainment, and scrumptious Southern food. Kids’ art classes and a pick-n-paint pumpkin patch are also offered. “The Smoky Mountain Homecoming is nostalgic and harkens back to a different era,” says Mary John Tino, wife of the artist and gallery manager. “It lures everybody in: the old, the young and the young at heart.”

Admission is free on Friday, $5 per person on Saturday and Sunday (children age 12 and younger are free).

12th Annual Kyker Farms Corn Maze

www.kykerfarmscornmaze.com

Thursdays through Sundays, September 28 - October 27, 2019

The 208-year-old family farm, now helmed by the ninth generation, invites you to come get “kornfused” in the corn fields which have been carved into five different mazes. Each maze offers a different theme and challenge, including a scavenger hunt, farm fact-finding mission, a big circular pattern, a farm pattern, and a kid-friendly route. To round out a day of family-friendly fun on the farm, enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch, tunnel slides, swings, corn hole, an educational barn, bouncing pillow, zip line, straw crawl and more

Admission is $14.50 for everyone age 6 and older; $7 for children age 3-5 and free for children age 3 and younger.

The Trail and Zombie Blasterz at Kyker Farms

www.kykerfarmscornmaze.com/after-dark.html

October 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019; 8-10 p.m.

The Kyker family cranks up the scare factor a few notches as the sun sets on the family-friendly farm. The fields and hayrides are staged for thrilling after-dark adventures. The Trail is set on a winding path not a maze, so you can’t get lost but your heart will race as startling creatures come to life and spook the haunted corn field. Zombie Blasterz is an interactive paintball ride through the Dead Woods. Using a paintball gun mounted to a wagon you’ll have 100 rounds to blast zombies along the way.

The Trail and Zombie Blasterz are $16.50 per person each or $22 per person for both adventures. There is no set age limit for these adventurous scares.

Jeep-toberfest in the Smokies

www.facebook.com/JeepToberFestintheSmokies

October 12, 2019

This Jeep show includes local & national vendors, a Jeep-o-lantern contest, costume contests for kids and adults, a deejay, beer garden, food from T.G.I. Friday’s, and an after-party with music from local band Sunburn Willy. Register your Jeep in the competition or just come to look. Need even more reason to check out Jeep-toberfest? Know this: a majority of the proceeds benefit a chosen area charity.

Wears Valley Fall Fest

www.wearsvalleyfallfest.com

October 18-20, 2019

Presented by Keep Sevier Beautiful, this family-friendly fall fest combines crafters, entertainers and activities. More than 100 traditional and contemporary crafts will be featured, including woodcrafts, handmade soaps, paintings, candles, clothing, and essential oils. You’ll find plenty of tempting foods to bite into, from savory “steak on a stick” to sweet candied and caramel apples, grilled corn on the cob, Southern barbecue, plus Greek and Italian dishes. Musical entertainment ranges from gospel to folk, country to Elvis. Kids can make crafts, play games, run through an obstacle course, jump in inflatables, build birdhouses, and get close to friendly animals in the petting zoo. Storytellers, a vintage baseball game, tractor rides and a pumpkin patch are also part of the weekend fun.

Admission is $3 per person (free for children age 2 and younger); parking is free.

Rocky Top Chocolate Wine Trail

www.rockytopwineries.com/event/chocolate-wine-trail/

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Join this lip-licking good trick-or-treating event exclusively for adults age 21 and older! Stop at three wineries and savor a glass of locally crafted wine paired with a hand-crafted chocolate dessert at each stop: Mountain Valley Winery, Hillside Winery, and Sugarland Cellars Winery.

Tickets are $30 per adult and include wines, desserts, plus commemorative tasting glass.

4th Annual Sheriff’s Halloween Spooktacular Block Party

www.seviercountysheriff.com/halloween-block-party.html

October 31, 2018

Join the 3nd annual Spooktacular Block Party from 6 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Sevierville for a family-friendly party that mixes traditional Halloween trick-or-treating with a genuine community gathering. The free event is hosted by the Sevier County Sheriff’s office and provides children the chance to trick-or-treat with local fire, police, emergency medical services personnel, and other government agencies that work within Sevier County. In addition to “tons of free candy,” an officer charged with planning the event said to also expect games, mazes and other kids’ activities.

Free to Sevier County residents and visitors.

Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights

www.dollywood.com/themepark/Entertainment/GreatPumpkinLuminights

September 27 – November 2, 2019

Bask in the glow of thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins displayed throughout Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and upper Craftsman’s Valley areas. This year, Great Pumpkin LumiNights will also stretch into the newly-opened Wildwood Grove. In addition to the pumpkin displays, the Wildwood Tree tells a Smoky Mountain harvest story multiple times each evening. Enjoy the award-winning rides and shows at Dollywood, then discover exciting activities to create thrilling memories together, such as viewing “pumpkin artist” demonstrations that help guests learn how to produce the perfect pumpkin masterpiece.

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