Thrilling Adventures Await You...
When ChattaBOOga transforms itself from Chattanooga in October, it’s not the typical haunted venue. There’s a haunted cavern; a corn maze that’s friendly by day, but a heart-stopping labyrinth by night; screaming thrills in a decaying laboratory; hair-raising atmosfear of haunted rides; and a more mild experience trick-or-treating. ChattaBOOga! offers thrilling, chilling adventure and family fun you can’t experience anywhere else.
Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern/Sept. 27-28; Oct. 4-31; Nov. 1-2, Fri & Sat nights after dark ($)
Nightmares return to Lookout Mountain for the 10th year of fear as Ruby Falls hosts the annual Haunted Cavern, awarded the #6 spot on the national haunt list by Rand McNally. Former billionaire Thadeus Krane has spent his fortune and life devising ways to beat death. Now that money is running out he relies on unscrupulous geneticists and NecroEngineers to continue his mission. Reportedly a team of Defex from ruined experiments run the streets harvesting specimens to continue Krane’s nightmarish research in the abandoned Krane Toy Factory. This intense event takes place both above and below ground and is considered one of the area’s best haunted attractions. The Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern has been named a Top 20 Event the last two years by Southeast Tourism Society.
Rock City’s Enchanted MAiZE/Sept. 19-Oct. 27, Thurs-Sun, times vary ($)
Celebrating 12 years of 10 acres of fall family fun down on the farm at the Enchanted MAiZE! Rock City’s fall attraction in the valley below Lover’s Leap: a cornfield maze that will intrigue adventurers. Enjoy the challenge as you weave your way through the twists and turns of this amazing cornfield. Also onsite, enjoy Rock City’s historic birdhouse barn, tractor-pulled hayrides and children’s courtyard playground with face painting, live music, kiddie maze and Critter Corral. This was a Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society for 2012.
Rock City’s Blowing Screams Farm/Sept. 28-Oct. 26, Fri & Sat nights, 8 pm-Midnight ($)
ONE YEAR LATER, ABANDONED. Fearing a public relations nightmare after whistleblowers revealed the true intentions of their research, BSF Global has left the hastily-built laboratories at Blowing Springs disavowing all knowledge of the facility. The labs and endless corridors are slowly falling to decay where forgotten test subjects roam the halls feeding on whatever or whoever they encounter. They continue to change as the treatments and experimental procedures they endured complete their hideous work.
Halloween Eerie Express aboard the TN Valley Railroad/Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 5:45 pm & 7:45 pm ($)
Take a ride aboard the spooky vintage train on a family-friendly, round trip ride featuring storytelling, an Eerie Fun House, Halloween treats and more. The ride takes you through the Tennessee Valley, over four bridges and through the Missionary Ridge Tunnel. Once arriving at the Funhouse Station, riders disembark and enter the Funhouse area. This is a perfect event for families with younger children. Train departs from the Grand Junction Station and rides leave at 5:45 pm and 7:45 pm on each date.
Lake Winnepesaukah’s WinnepeSPOOKah!/Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 6-11 pm ($):
It’s hair-raising Halloween fun for boys and ghouls of all ages at Lake WinnepeSPOOKah. Enjoy an atmosfear of haunted rides, eerie edibles, & screaming thrills throughout this SPOOKtacular Halloween Event. All ages will enjoy free magic shows, interactive parades and entertainment with clowns, jugglers & more. Dare to ride the Train of No Return where ghastly creatures will scare the yell out of you. Lake WinnepeSPOOKah presents creepy delights and frightening fun on Friday & Saturday nights in October for ghosts of every generation. Enjoy a fireworks show on Oct. 4 at 10 pm. Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Ten Family Amusement Parks” by Travel+Leisure magazine.
Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo/Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26, 5:30-8:30 pm ($)
Join us for the most Spooktacular event of the season. Our annual Boo in the Zoo celebrates with some of your most loveable cartoon characters, trick-or-treat stations, costume contests, games, candy, crafts and much more. This non-scary Halloween event is sure to have the whole family talking for years to come.
Tennessee Aquarium’s ODDtober/Oct. 1-31, Daily 10 am-6 pm ($)
Did you know butterflies taste with their feet, Hellbender salamanders breathe through their skin and some fish build nests out of bubbles? Tennessee Aquarium visitors will discover fun facts about the kooky behaviors and adaptations of creatures from around the world during “ODDtober.” Throughout the month, guests will get up close to cool critters during special programs in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari. The weird and wonderful side of nature will also be revealed during new ODDtober keeper talks and dive programs. Take a walk on the wild side behind the scenes by adding a Backstage Pass tour to get even closer to toothy sharks or the freshwater megafish in the River Giants exhibit.
Chattanooga Ghost Tours/Oct. 1-31, Nightly at 9 pm, Reservations Required ($)
Named 1 of the top 10 ghost tours in the U.S. by TripAdvisor, Chattanooga Ghost Tours will chill you with tales of the city’s restless dead. Be prepared to open Pandora’s Box of apparitions, chilling encounters and unexplained activities throughout downtown Chattanooga’s most haunted spots – including sightings of Ulysses S. Grant’s spirit in a prominent downtown condo. If you’re lucky, you may even get photographic proof of some ghoulish beings. The tours promise an intriguing evening filled with vibrant storytelling that unearths some of Chattanooga’s lesser-known history. Kids are welcome at your own discretion. No one is going to jump out and scare them, but the spooky stories might have them sleeping in your bed for several nights after.