I doubt many people think “Trick or Treat” while on vacation, but this is one event in Gatlinburg worth planning a trip around. We celebrate BIG!
The City of Gatlinburg will be hosting a Kickoff Carnival at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza beginning at noon on October 31. The carnival will feature costume contests, candy, all day inflatable fun for $1 in a bounce house, dancing to Thriller and other Halloween tunes, and even more candy. Your kids will get to see some of our area’s favorite characters too including Sharky, Zeno the Bear, Diamond and Slugger, and Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Louie. It will be a whole load of fun for the entire family!
The carnival ends at 3 p.m., just in time to grab a bite at one of several local restaurants up and down Parkway so that your little creatures can fuel up for Trick or Treat! Businesses along the strip will be handing out goodies and treats beginning around 5:30-6 p.m. It’s so much fun that you’ll want to come back year after year to see the leaves turn AND watch your kids gather their loot. Don’t forget your camera!