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 cavern crawling with terrifying creatures from the Flesh Farm and chilling ghost hunts in search of the city’s restless dead. For more mild experiences, families can enjoy 10-acre enchanted MAiZE; spooky rides aboard a haunted vintage train; trick-or-treating around zoo animals; haunted amusement park rides; and a super-sized, special exhibition showcasing stunning life-sized sculptures of monster fish and hands-on interactive exhibits.
SPOOKY FUN FOR KIDS
Rock City’s Blowing Springs Farm Featuring the Enchanted MAiZE ($)
Sept. 30-Oct. 30
Celebrating 15 years of fall family fun, Rock City’s 10-acre Enchanted MAiZE, held in the valley below Lover’s Leap, will intrigue adventurers as they weave through the many twists and turns in an all-new design. Find fall fun with brand new activities such as pedal cars races, duck races, pumpkin market, corn hole and new playground. Additional fall fun activities include: great food, a historic birdhouse barn, tractor-pulled hayrides, Cow Train ride, pumpkin painting, corn hole, corn text game, Corn Crib Station, Pumpkin Market, Blowing Springs Playground, and the Critter Corral where you can pet a miniature Scottish Highland Cow, a miniature horse, alpaca, rabbits, potbellied pigs, sheep, ducks, and more. Blowing Springs Farm is a Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society this fall. Held at Blowing Springs Farm in the valley below Rock City Gardens.
Tennessee Valley Railroad’s Halloween Eerie Express ($)
Oct. 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29
Jump aboard the Halloween Eerie Express vintage train for a spooky, family-friendly round trip ride to the Funhouse Station. The fun-filled journey starts at Grand Junction station and 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.
Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo ($)
Oct. 21-23 & 28-30
Join us for the annual Boo in the Zoo, a family-oriented Halloween celebration with some of the Zoo’s most lovable animals. Children will enjoy having their picture taken with costumed characters, a scavenger hunt through the Zoo, animal enrichment activities, trick or treating, costume contest, games, haunted bounce house, ghost grab, Monster Smash, Mystery Maze, haunted hay rides, snacks, and much more. This non-scary Halloween event is sure to have the whole family talking for years to come.
National Geographic’s new “Monster Fish” temporary exhibition at the Tennessee Aquarium ($)
Oct. 1, 2016-March 30, 2017
The “Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants,” the new National Geographic exhibition will give guests the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the hidden world of freshwater fish that grow to enormous proportions in the wild. This new traveling exhibit, based on the hit TV show, showcases stunning life-sized sculptures, hands-on interactive installations, and photographic panels and videos of monster fish from around the world. The 6,000 square-foot temporary exhibition is located in the River Place building adjacent to the Tennessee Aquarium’s ticketing center on the Aquarium Plaza. Exhibition is free with Tennessee Aquarium membership or general admission.
Ruby Falls’ Haunted Cavern ($)
Sept. 30-Oct. 31, Fri.-Sun, & Oct. 13 & 20
Nightmares return to Lookout Mountain for the 13th year as Ruby Falls hosts the Haunted Cavern, with a new terrifying theme: Flesh Farm. A world torn by infection and chaos, the Matron Mojo has formed her own brutal society that feeds on the madness. Scud Row outpost was formed from the ashes of what many called Ruby Falls and now thrives on the blood of the weak. Her Revenants now hunt the living - zombies to be farmed - to satisfy her sinister urges. The Ruby Falls caverns have now become a Flesh Farm ruled by Matron Mojo's Wretchers. This intense event takes place both above and below ground and is considered one of the area’s best haunted attractions. The Haunted Cavern was listed #4 on Buzzfeed’s National Haunt list and a 2016 Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society.
Lake Winnepesaukah’s WinnepeSPOOKah! ($)
Oct. 1-29, Fri.-Sat., & Oct. 23 & 30
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, & screaming thrills throughout this SPOOKtacular Halloween event. New in 2016, guests will be immersed in the dark surprises that await in the Feargrounds! Creepy delights and frightening fun include the Thriller Parade, terrifying treats, magic shows and 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 Ghost Tours ($)
Named one of the “Top 10 Ghost Tours in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor and USA Today, Chattanooga Ghost Tours takes you on a chilling adventure to the city’s most haunted spots. Be prepared to open Pandora’s Box of apparitions and hear stories of the city’s restless dead. Special ghost hunt tours use the SLS Ghost Viewer, Ovilus X, and the new Poltercom. Extended tours have an extra stop inside a haunted location. Don't forget to bring your camera, as ghost orbs, mists, & even fully-formed figures occasionally appear in photos at some of the sites on the tour. Kids are welcome at parents own discretion – no one will jump out to scare them, but the spooky stories might have them sleeping in your bed for several nights after. Reservations strongly recommended. Tours happen rain or shine.
Chattanooga Audubon Society’s Acres of Darkness ($)
Oct. 14-15, 21-22, & 28-29
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 hayride, kid’s activities, black-light maze, inflatables, s’more and a cup of cocoa by the bonfire. Acres of Darkness is a family friendly event benefiting the Chattanooga Audubon Society in protecting local wildlife and their habitat.