This fall, there are many ways to take advantage of the ability to attend in-person events again. These events in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains are perfect opportunities to celebrate the fall season and Halloween.
Maple Lane Maze – The corn maze and pumpkin patch returns for its 23rd year on weekends in October, with a haunted maze nightly from Oct. 22-31. At the farm of Albert and Shirley Schmidt in Greenback, Tn., there will be fun for the whole family. https://tnmaplelanefarms.com/
First Baptist Alcoa Fall Festival – First Baptist Alcoa is hosting their very first Fall Festival. The event on Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. will have food trucks, games, inflatables, a trunk-or-treat and more. https://stayhappening.com/e/fba-fall-festival-E2ISTW0AAAU
Hyde Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze – In Greenback, Tn., Hyde Farms is opening their pumpkin patch and corn maze again from Oct. 1-30. It will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. After picking pumpkins and getting lost in the maze, children can play around in a corn pit and a play area. https://www.hydefarms.net/
A.M.S. Haunted Attractions –A.M.S is hosting a haunted house for those who want to be spooked. On Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 3 – Nov. 6, the haunted house will be open from 7:30-10:30 p.m. On Sundays, it closes at 9 p.m. On Nov. 5 and 6 from 8-10:30 p.m., they are having a Lights Out event. They are also hosting a Trunk-R-Treat on Halloween at 12 p.m. The haunted house will be at 3661 E Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. https://www.tennesseehauntedhouses.com/halloween/ams-haunted-attractions-tn.html
Encore: 80s Halloween Blowout – Attendees can relive the 80s at The Shed in Maryville and watch Skankbanger perform classics from the period. On Oct. 30, everyone will dress up in their best 80s attire and can participate in costume contests with cash prizes. The gates open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/encore-80s-halloween-blowout-feat-skankbanger-tickets-127993729691
Information on visiting Blount County and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can be found at smokymountains.org.