ChattaBOOga! - Where Thrilling Adventures Await
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 experience crawling with terrifying creatures, chilling ghost tours of Chattanooga’s most haunted spots, and a haunted forest trail. For more mild experiences, families can enjoy spooky rides aboard a haunted vintage train, haunted amusement park rides, trick-or-treating around zoo animals, and learning more about weird creatures that have abilities and behaviors that seem stranger than any legend or myth.
ChattaBOOga! offers thrilling, chilling adventures that can’t be experienced anywhere else.
Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern & Fear Connection/Sept. 29-Oct. 31, Thurs.-Sun. & Halloween ($)
The nightmare knows no boundaries for the 14th year as Ruby Falls joins Fear Connection for the annual Haunted Cavern at a new location. Hidden in plain sight in Lookout Valley, Dread Hollow appears to be like any other unassuming small town found in the shadows of highways and byways. Visitors are unaware of what truly lies within - until it is too late. Dread Hollow's cryptic reality and appalling past loom ominously inside 20,000 square feet of pure terror. The new location offers a whole new terrifying experience, less wait times, new characters, sliders, and two separate haunts. The Haunted Cavern was listed #4 on Buzzfeed’s “National Haunt List” and named a 2016 Top Haunt by the Haunted Attraction Association. Not recommended for children under 12 years old. NEW LOCATION IN 2017!
Chattanooga Ghost Tours/Oct. 1-31 ($)
Named one of the “Top 10 Ghost Tours in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor and USA Today, 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 during the Murder & Mayhem Tour. Special ghost hunt tours use the SLS Ghost Viewer, Ovilus X, and the new Poltercom. Don't forget to bring your camera, as ghost orbs, mists, & 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. The new location offers a haunted steampunk theme gift shop!
Chattanooga Audubon Society’s Acres of Darkness/Oct. 13-14, 20-21, & 27-28 ($)
Face the forest’s natural dangers in Chattanooga’s naturally terrifying haunted attraction! The Acres of Darkness is fun for the entire family with activities and entertainment for all ages. Families can play it safe on the kiddie trail or, if you dare, brave the Haunted Forest Trail. The family area includes hayrides, bonfire, face painting, black-light maze, inflatables, s’mores, hot cocoa, snacks, and more. Acres of Darkness is a family friendly event benefitting the Chattanooga Audubon Society.
Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Halloween Eerie Express/Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, & 27-28 ($)
Jump aboard the Halloween Eerie Express vintage train at Grand Junction station for a spooky, family-friendly, round-trip ride to the Funhouse Station. The 1.5 hour journey includes storytelling, hot cider, black-light mini golf, games, temporary tattoos, coloring pages, 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. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and enter the costume contest! This experience is designed for younger children and is not a haunted house.
Lake Winnepesaukah’s WinnepeSPOOKah!/Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, & 29 ($)
The South’s favorite family amusement park offers hair-raising Halloween fun for boys and ghouls of all ages at Lake WinnepeSPOOKah! With more than 40 rides featuring kiddie rides, family rides, and thrill rides, the entire family can enjoy an atmosfear of haunted rides, eerie edibles, and screaming thrills throughout this SPOOKtacular Halloween event. Creepy delights and frightening fun include the Thriller Parade, terrifying treats, magic shows, and cool dance teams. Lake Winnepesaukah has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Ten Family Amusement Parks” by Travel & Leisure and listed as having one of the “Top 25 Theme Park Water Rides in the U.S.” by the L.A. Times.
Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo/Oct. 20-22 & 27-29 ($)
Join us for the annual Boo in the Zoo, a family-oriented Halloween celebration with some of the Zoo’s most lovable animals. Children will enjoy having their picture taken with costumed characters, a scavenger hunt through the Zoo, animal enrichment activities, trick or treating, costume contest, games, haunted bounce house, ghost grab, Monster Smash, Mystery Maze, haunted hay rides, snacks, and much more. This non-scary Halloween event is sure to have the whole family talking for years to come.
Tennessee Aquarium’s ODDtober: When Nature is Stranger than Fiction/Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, & 29 ($)
During ODDtober, the Tennessee Aquarium celebrates wonderful and weird creatures that have abilities and behaviors that seem even stranger than any legend or myth surrounding them. Get up close to some not-so-creepy crawlies that are way too cool to be scary – there’s a chameleon that changes colors to blend in with its surroundings; Blue Morpho butterfly that is brownish-grey until it opens its wings to reveal a vivid, iridescent blue; and the Pufferfish that can inflate itself with water or air, change the color of its skin, and move its eyes independently! The Featured Creature program schedule varies per day. Come in costume and celebrate a family-friendly night of spooky critters and yummy treats at AquaScarium on Oct. 27. Make friends with mermaids, lounge with lemurs, get your groove on at the Monster Mash dance party, and enjoy candy stations throughout both buildings.