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3 Reasons We Love October in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge is an easy place to love, and the month of October brings even more reasons to love it! The city delights in bringing its guests the best of each season.

Things to Do in October in Pigeon Forge

Fall fills the air throughout Pigeon Forge as the Smoky Mountains come alive with their magnificent fall colors. Come join us in Pigeon Forge as we celebrate this special time of year with the best fall festivals and events, savory foods and fun-filled activities.

Here are just a few of the reasons we love October in Pigeon Forge.


1.  Fun Fall Festivals and Halloween Events

Fun festivals and Halloween events taking place in October in Pigeon Forge

What better way to celebrate the fall season than with fun fall festivals and plenty of spooktacular Halloween events taking place throughout the month?


Dollywood’s Harvest Festival

Sep 20 – Oct 30, 2023
Dollywood’s Harvest Festival celebrates the bountiful harvest season with award-winning rides, savory seasonal treats and the sounds of Southern gospel, bluegrass and country wafting through the mountain air.


Great Pumpkin LumiNights

Sep 20 – Oct 30, 2023
When the sun sets at Dollywood, Great Pumpkin LumiNights transforms the park into a glowing display of autumn splendor with thousands of carved pumpkins and larger-than-life pumpkin icons. Stroll through the large crop of sunflowers that have sprouted in Wildwood Grove and take pictures in front of the towering Pumpkin Tree.


Coasts & Goblins

October 6 – October 31, 2023
Make plans to check out Rocky Top Mountain Coaster’s Coasts & Goblins event featuring Fright Nights each weekend in October. Prepare yourself for a spooky coaster ride complete with lights, goblins, ghouls and ghosts!


Craveyard Nights

Every Saturday from September 29 – October 31, 2023
This Halloween, Crave Golf Club is pulling out all the stops at Craveyard Nights! Play Halloween themed mini golf, interact with spooky characters, transform your face into something supernatural at their face-painting station, and get your picture taken with different Crave Halloween characters!


Halloween Spooktacular

Oct 27, 2023
The Pigeon Forge Halloween Spooktacular & Safety Day Event will be held at the Pigeon Forge Community Center. Local businesses will be decorating for Halloween and handing out candy, and kids can interact with first responders and their vehicles as well. It’s a great way to enjoy a fun night with the kids!


Halloween Trick or Treat at The Island

Oct 31, 2023
Enjoy free trick-or-treating Halloween night at Halloween Trick or Treat at The Island. Kids will enjoy getting candy as well as the spooky fountain shows and music. This family-friendly event is a fun, safe way to spend Halloween!


Check out even more fun fall festivals and Halloween events taking place during October in Pigeon Forge.


2.  Fall Flavors and Décor Around the City

Fall décor around Pigeon Forge

The beauty of the fall season abounds throughout Pigeon Forge! Businesses around town change things up for the season by showcasing fun and creative fall displays. Pumpkins, mums, scarecrows, and all things fall will be everywhere you look.

From seasonal desserts and moonshine flavors to custom décor and fun photo ops, The Island in Pigeon Forge pulls out all the stops. And of course, Dollywood puts on a spectacular display for fall with colossal pumpkins, seasonal dishes and world-class artisans sharing beautiful handmade crafts. Go on an autumn adventure with Pigeon Forge’s fall scarecrow scavenger hunt. See how many scarecrow people you can spot along the Parkway and stop to snap photos with as many as possible!

You won’t be able to go far in Pigeon Forge without the tempting smells of pumpkin and cinnamon turning your head. Pigeon Forge offers a wide array of restaurants serving up your favorite seasonal fare. Try the Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake at Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen.

The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille will be selling their homemade cranberry walnut bread by the loaf all season long. And make a stop at the Old Mill General Store to take a taste of fall home with you with Old Mill’s Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin & Muffin Mix, and the Pumpkin Spice Syrup to go along with it.


3.  Amazing Fall Colors of the Great Smoky Mountains


Smoky Mountains fall foliage
Photo Credit: @peakeperspective (Instagram)

The Great Smoky Mountains are even more breathtaking during the fall season! The leaves begin to dawn their rich shades of red, yellow and orange in the higher elevations first. By mid-October, the vibrant colors of fall have worked their way down the mountains, making it the perfect time to plan a visit.

You’ll find a variety of ways to experience the beautiful fall foliage of the Smoky Mountains. Whether you decide to take a scenic drive or explore one of the hiking trails, you will be delighted by the show nature puts on for you. The fall colors set the perfect backdrop for this very peaceful and serene time of year.

From fishing and wildlife viewing to guided tours and fun hayrides through Cades Cove, you’ll find plenty of fun fall activities to enjoy throughout Great Smoky Mountains National Park to keep the entire family busy for days.


Come and see for yourself what all the love for October is about in Pigeon Forge!

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