Halloween Fun and Frights in October

Witness the BOO! Hue coloration as Chattanooga transforms into ChattaBOOga!   

In October, Chattanooga transforms into ChattaBOOga! The fun and frights to be had are not of the typical haunted city. 

For the bravest of souls looking to be scared white as a ghost, test your nerves with an intense haunted experience crawling with terrifying creatures, chilling ghost tours of Chattanooga’s most haunted spots or a race against time to stop a runaway train at an escape room. For more mild experiences, gather the family to enjoy trick-or-treating at the zoo or an aquarium visit on weird creatures with abilities and behaviors that seem stranger than any legend or myth. ChattaBOOga! offers thrilling, chilling adventures you can’t experience anywhere else.  

Chattanooga Ghost Tours 

$ | Nightly Tours / Times and Dates Vary 
Named one of the “Top 10 Ghost Tours in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor and USA Today, Chattanooga Ghost Tours take you on a chilling adventure to the city’s most haunted spots. Be prepared to open Pandora’s Box of apparitions, hear stories of the city’s restless dead, spot ghost orbs in your photos, and more.

Time to Escape 

$ | Times and Dates Vary  
Time to Escape, Chattanooga’s highest-rated escape experience, is the only escape room adventure located in vibrant downtown Chattanooga. Those up for the challenge can race against time in one or all five innovative and realistic escape room experiences. It’s an escape you won’t soon forget! 

Ruby Falls’s Lantern Tour: Ghost Walk Edition/Ruby Falls   

$ | Select Sunday and Thursday nights, Sept.-Oct. / Times Vary    
On this special edition Lantern Tour, hear ghostly tales from Ruby Falls’ 94-year history and eerie Chattanooga legends, and visit the sites of peculiar encounters, as you journey through the cavern lit only by hand-held lanterns.  

Halloween Eerie Express at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

$ | Oct. 6-7, 13-15, 20-22, & 27-29 / Times Vary  
This family-friendly Halloween train ride will get your fall started off right! The Halloween Eerie Express will take you on a spooky vintage ride to the Funhouse Station where you will enjoy games, blacklight mini golf, a costume contest, gentle thrills, and more. 

Tennessee Aquarium’s ODDtober: When Nature is Stranger than Fiction  

$ | October 1-31 / Times Vary   
Things get wonderfully weird around the Tennessee Aquarium during ODDtober – a month-long celebration of strange creatures from around the world and in our own backyard. Learn odd animal facts, see pumpkins flicker with an eerie glow, and find out why some species are not-so-scary after all.

Dread Hollow 

$ | Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 30-Oct. 29 & Halloween Night / Times Vary    
This fright season unleashes three all-new terrifying haunted houses and three horror-themed escape rooms at Chattanooga’s only nationally ranked haunted attraction. Enter the realm where dark deeds in the shadows and gruesome horrors feed an unquenchable yearning for blood at Dread Hollow. 

Date Night at Dread Hollow 

$ | Oct. 6 & 19 
Score a Date Night package ticket and you and a special someone can venture through Dread Hollow. Afterwards, get R.I.P. treatment in the Date Night lounge, including a character meet & greet, gourmet treats, coupons to local business, and a professional printed photo with custom-themed background. 

Girls Night Out at Dread Hollow 

$ | Oct. 12  
Get the R.I.P. treatment in Dread Hollow's Girls Night Out lounge, including a Dread Hollow character meet & greet before screaming your way through three haunted houses. If you survive all the tricks, take home a Dread Hollow sweet treat and a printed GNO professional photo to remember such a drop dead gore-geous night. 

Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo in the Zoo 

$ | Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, & 28 / 4-8 pm  
The most spooktacular event of the year with some of Chattanooga’s most lovable animals! This family-friendly event will take place almost every weekend in October at the Zoo.  Join us for merry-not-scary Halloween decorations, a costume contest, trick-or-treat stations, and more! 

Chattanooga Zoo’s Boo’Z in the Zoo 

$ | Oct. 19 / 6-9 pm  
Join the Zoo for a special Boo in the Zoo night - just for the adults!  Get ready for trick-or-treat stations, themed enrichment, Halloween decorations, a costume contest, and a haunted carousel ride. Don’t miss out on a scary good night!  

Creative Discovery Museum’s Monster Bash  

$ | Oct. 20 / 6-8:30 pm   
Join us for an exclusive members-only Halloween Bash! Explore Creative Discovery Museum in your kid-friendly costumes and enjoy Halloween-themed activities and games.  This family-friendly event will be so much fun, it’s scary!    

Witch & Warlock Paddle 

FREE/$ | Oct. 21 / 10 am-2 pm  
Come out for a spooktacular paddle, kayak, or canoe adventure on Halloween weekend with River City Company and Outshine Adventures! Gather your coven and call all of your witch, warlock, and wizard friends for a ghoulish good time paddling down the Tennessee River. 

Ghost City Tours  

$ | Daily / 8 pm   
Join Ghost City Tours and dig deep into Chattanooga’s history some of the most haunted locations in Chattanooga including the Read House Hotel and underground Chattanooga, centuries of curses, hidden supernatural history, and share horror stories that will make your skin crawl!   

Escape Experience Chattanooga  

Times and Dates Vary   
Escape Experience in Chattanooga creates a truly immersive experiences designed to stimulate your senses, pull at your emotions, and place you in environments that are believable and, above all, fun. The breakout games look, feel and sound realistic to create a full Escape Experience! 

Creative Discovery Museum’s Drink and Discover: Witches Brew   

$ | Oct. 27 / 7-10 pm   
Embrace the night and discover your dark side at the museum’s adults-only event! A spine-tingling immersive experience awaits your mission to unleash Dracula by solving a clever puzzle that will challenge your wits. 

Noontunes: Halloween Party  

FREE | Oct. 27  
Noontunes is going out with a spooky bang and ending the 2023 season with a Halloween bash! The party will feature live music by the Bohannons, local food trucks, an artist market, and a costume contest. Noontunes is free and open for the public to attend. 

Halloween EEKstravaganza! 

FREE | Oct. 28  
The Halloween EEKstravaganza brings you an old-fashioned festival, complete with a chili cook-off, a trunk or treat, games and crafts, a costume contest, a petting zoo, and more! The family-friendly festival will end all the spooktacular fun, with a showing of the movie Goosebumps.  

Halloween Bar Crawl  

$ | Oct. 28 \ 4-10 pm  
If you love a themed drink and a spooky atmosphere, this bar crawl is for you! Come dressed in your best costume to enjoy exclusive spooktacular food and drink specials, dance to all the themed songs, and celebrate Halloween at some of your favorite local bars.  

Wicked Wolverine Halloween Bar Crawl 

$ | Oct. 28 / 5 pm  
Join us for an unforgettable Halloween Bar Car adventure, filled with wicked brews and spine-chilling cocktails! Prepare to be spellbound by the extraordinary atmosphere of our participating bars, indulge in magical cocktails, and sample devilishly delicious treats.

Tennessee Aquarium’s AquaScarium   

$ | Oct. 27 / 4-8 pm   
Come in costume and celebrate a family-friendly night of spooky critters and yummy treats. Make friends with mermaids, lounge with lemurs, Trick-or-Treat at candy stations throughout both buildings, and more!  

Chasing Pumpkins 5K and Kids Candy Dash  

$ | Oct. 28 / 9 am  
It's not just a 5K; it's a costume party on the move! All aged participants are encouraged to sport their most creative, spookiest, or most whimsical costumes as they race to the finish line and post-race costume contest, trick-or-treat stations, and more.  

Haunted Chattanooga Market  

FREE | Sunday, Oct. 29 / 11 am-4 pm  
Named one of the “Top 10 Public Markets in America” by Frommers, Chattanooga Market features over 50 farms bringing a variety of produce, meats and cheeses to the market each week, and over 130 artisans offering their unique crafts, arts, farm-fresh goods, and so many other locally made specialties. When the market turns haunted, bring your little ghosts and goblins for our annual Haunted Market. Kids can trick-or-treat and be part of our costume parade at the Lodge Cast Iron Sizzle stage at 1pm! 

Escape Mission  

$ | Daily / Times Vary 
One mission, one hour, one goal! Escape Mission is located in the North Shore neighborhood by Coolidge Park and is the perfect experience to get your mind racing. Solve puzzles and cipher clues to take down a notorious mob boss in the Speakeasy, escape the clutches of a killer in the Hunted, find a pirate’s treasure in Expedition: Lost Treasure!, and more.  Do you have what it takes to complete your mission?  

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