Voodoo, Zombies, And Swamp Men Invade Gatlinburg During Ripley’s Haunted Adventure’s 14th Annual Fright Nights

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - by Jim Davis
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Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is celebrating its 14th annual Fright Nights show this year with “Voodoo Thirteen”. Ripley’s year-round haunted house will be bringing a little bit of New Orleans flair to their Gatlinburg location for 13 nights. 

“We’ll have zombies, voodoo queens, bayou creatures, and Louisiana swamp men. I wanted to bring that swampy, mysterious, Louisiana feel to Gatlinburg, Tennessee this October!” says Greg Weir, artistic manager of Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. Also, new for 2012 are 4 new themed rooms in the year-round haunted house. Weir emphasizes, “We realize that we get a lot of repeat business here in Gatlinburg, so we wanted to make some permanent changes for those guests”. There is no extra charge for the special Fright Nights shows which run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October as well as Halloween night. Shows are kicked off nightly at 6:13pm with a character parade.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is a year round haunted house that was opened in 1999 by Ripley Entertainment on the site of what was once the Grimsby & Streaper Casket Company. The old casket factory was abandoned under mysterious circumstances during the early 1900s shortly after residents started disappearing. Until Ripley’s can decide the most beneficial development for the area, they continue to conduct tours of the facility.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is one of the few haunted houses in the nation that is open 365 days a year. Single admission tickets are $13.99 + tax for ages 12 and up and $7.99 + tax for ages 6-11. No one under the age of 6 is allowed due to the graphic nature of the facility, and those under 12 must be accompanied by a guardian. 

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is located at traffic light #8 on the Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more information call 865 430-9991 or visit ripleysgatlinburg.com


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