Thrilling Adventures Await You...
When Chattanooga transforms itself to ChattaBOOga! in October, it’s not the typical haunted city. Only for the bravest of souls, there’s an intense haunted cavern crawling with terrifying creatures; menacing woods and a dark swamp teeming with monsters; and chilling ghost hunts in search of the city’s restless dead. For more mild experiences, families can enjoy 10-acre enchanted MAiZE; superhero divers carving pumpkins underwater; spooky rides aboard a haunted vintage train; trick-or-treating around zoo animals; and frightening fun on haunted amusement park rides.
ChattaBOOga! offers thrilling, chilling adventures that can’t be experienced anywhere else.
Ruby Falls’ Haunted Cavern/Sept. 25-26; Oct. 2-4, 8-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31, 8-11pm (open later on busier nights) ($)
Crawling with terrifying creatures, the intense Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern adds a whole new level of intensity and fear to the traditional haunted experience. If you’re brave enough, step into the elevator and descend 26 stories underground- where NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM. This event takes place both above and below ground and is considered one of the area’s best haunted attractions. The Haunted Cavern was listed #4 on Buzzfeed’s “National Haunt list,” awarded the #6 spot on Rand McNally’s “National Haunt” list and is a multi-year winner of the “Top 20 Events” by Southeast Tourism Society.
Chattanooga Ghost Tours/Oct. 1-31, Nightly at 7:30pm ($)
Named one of the “Top 10 Ghost Tours in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor, Chattanooga Ghost Tours takes you on a chilling adventure to the city’s most haunted spots. Be prepared to open Pandora’s Box of apparitions and hear stories of the city’s restless dead. Special ghost hunt tours use the SLS Ghost Mapping/Visualization System and the Ovilus X. Don't forget to bring your camera, as ghost orbs, mists, annd even fully-formed figures occasionally appear in photos at some of the sites on the tour. Kids are welcome at parents own discretion- no one will jump out to scare them, but the spooky stories might have them sleeping in your bed for several nights after. Reservations strongly recommended. Tours happen rain or shine.
Rock City’s 10-acre Enchanted MAiZE, held in the valley below Lover’s Leap, will intrigue adventurers as they weave through the many twists and turns on several challenging courses. Additional activities include great food, live music, a historic birdhouse barn, tractor-pulled hayrides, Kiddie Cow Train, face painting, pumpkin painting, corn slingshot and other games, Kids Pumpkin Patch Maze, the NEW Corn Crib Station, and the Critter Corral where you can pet a miniature Scottish Highland Cow, miniature horse, Jerusalem donkeys, rabbits, potbellied pigs, sheep, ducks and more. The Enchanted MAiZE is a multi-year winner of the “Top 20 Events” by Southeast Tourism Society.Tennessee Aquarium’s ODDtober/Oct. 1-31, Daily 10am-6pm ($)
Everyone loves a great superhero story, especially when the tale involves super powers. Throughout the month of ODDtober, celebrate some of the amazing animals from around the world that have their own super skills. Daily programming includes demonstrations with animals that have Super Senses and are Super Strong, Super Mobile and Super Smart; costumed divers demonstrating the fine art of underwater pumpkin carving; behind-the-scenes Backstage Pass tours; three IMAX 3D movies; and color cruises aboard the River Gorge Explorer. Download the free Tennessee Aquarium app for a complete list of daily programs and special ODDtober offerings.Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Halloween Eerie Express/Oct. 10, 16, 17, 23, 24 & 30, 5:45pm & 7:30pm plus a 3:35pm departure on Sat. only ($)
Jump aboard the Halloween Eerie Express vintage train for a spooky, family-friendly round trip ride from Grand Junction Station to the Funhouse Station and back. The fun-filled journey includes storytelling, hot cider, black-light mini golf, games, costume contest, petting zoo, pony rides, bag of treats for the children, and a tour through the “gentle thrills” Eerie Fun House, a 20-room, 2,000 square foot “old time” fun experience.Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo/Oct. 16-17, 23-24 & 30-31, 5:30-8:30pm ($)
Join us for the annual Boo in the Zoo, a family-oriented Halloween celebration with some of the Zoo’s most lovable animals. Children get to hang out with roaming cartoon characters, stop by trick-or-treat stations, enter costume contests, get crazy in bounce houses, take a pony ride, play games, get their face painted, go on a hay ride, and much more. This non-scary Halloween event is sure to have the whole family talking for years to come.Lake Winnepesaukah’s WinnepeSPOOKah!/Oct. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 & 30-31, 6-11pm ($)
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. Creepy delights and frightening fun include the Haunted Depot, Thriller Parade, terrifying treats, pumpkin drop, the breathtaking Fire Ball, the OH-Zone with a 140-foot drop, and the new electrifying Dazzling Light Show with a Transylvanian treat. Lake Winnepesaukah has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Ten Family Amusement Parks” by Travel & Leisure and listed as having one of the “Top 25 Theme Park Water Rides in the U.S.” by the L.A. Times.
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