SURVIVE THE RUBY FALLS HAUNTED CAVERN
“Ding” the doors open. Anticipation builds as you
step inside what appears to be a standard elevator. You feel at
ease when the ride begins, this as you think, is the calm before
the storm. Entering the “Haunted Cavern Hellevator”
is only one of the new, intense, hair-raising experiences you’ll
have at the 2006 Ruby Falls Haunted Caverns. You are about to
discover a horrible secret that rests deep in the heart of Lookout
Mountain. Hidden research laboratories have been breached and
their horrible crimes against humanity have escaped. Twisted mutations
are running rampant above and below and have an insatiable hunger.
Explore thousands of feet of twisting caverns lined with live
actors, gasp at horrible mutations, but whatever you do…
Don’t Look Back!
Dates: September 29 & then Thursday-Sunday every
week in October and on Halloween.
Hours: Opens after dark (8 p.m.) Closing time varies based on
date, call if arriving after 10 p.m. Not recommended for the faint
at heart or children under 10 years old.
Information: Visit www.hauntedcavern.com
or call 423.821.2544.
SLITHER THROUGH THE ENCHANTED MAZE
AT ROCK CITY GARDENS
First you think questions and a corn maze, can’t be too
hard, right? You’re correct answers get you straight into
the heart of the maze… But then, as you’re looking
for your way out, you suddenly begin to question your answers
as the trails get harder to figure out. Getting the questions
right is the key in getting out of the challenging, 10-acre labyrinth
of trails, answering them wrong will only take you deeper into
the maze. Panic! As darkness surrounds the field, the maze turns
into the Spooky Acres Maze where the 10-foot stalks outlined by
the moonlight creates a hair-raising challenge of haunted twists,
rustling stalks, eerie spooks and other mysterious creatures.
Additional fall festivities include hayrides, a playground, a
kiddie hay maze and a Rock City Barn. The 2006 Enchanted MAiZE
design celebrates Rock City Gardens’ 75th Anniversary.
Dates: September 22-October 29, 2006
Hours: Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-10
p.m.; Sunday, Noon-8 p.m. (Recommended for all ages)
Information: Visit www.enchantedmaze.com
or call 800-854-0675.
OOMPA OONT OVER TO ROCK CITY GARDENS
Transport yourself to Germany where the sweet smell of bratwurst,
knackwurst, German sauerkraut and Polish sausage waft through
the air. Polka music rings throughout Rock City’s scenic
mountain beauty, beckoning you to do the “Chicken Dance”
on the polka stage. And nothing says Oktoberfest like specialty
beers frothing at the top of the glass as you toast to your friends,
family and fall. When you visit Rock City in October, get ready
for the month-long celebration of Rock City’s German heritage
and the view of Chattanooga’s fall foliage from the peak
of Lookout Mountain. Enjoy live music from from Laurentz und die
Katven, The Wurstbrats and the Gootmon Sauerkraut Band. Rocktoberfest
is presented by Big River Grille and Brewing Works.
Dates: Saturdays in October
Hours: Noon-6 p.m.
Information: Visit www.seerockcity.com
or call 800-854-0675.
HISTORIC (AND HAUNTED?) HUNTER
MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
Even before the Hunter Museum’s original mansion was built
in 1905, the museum’s cliff-top site was used as a battery
for both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War. Before
that, the ground was considered a holy place by the Cherokee.
Given the area’s history, it is no wonder that some Chattanooga
residents and visitors wonder if spirits might still linger in
the mansion and its grounds. A ghost hunter did visit the museum
in the 1990s and some Chattanooga residents have stories of strange
happenings in the mansion portion of the museum.
During the month of October, visitors can tour the museum’s
collection of American art – long recognized as one of the
country’s finest – and discover works from the colonial
era to the contemporary. Guests can also participate in a scavenger
hunt with a Halloween theme and explore the museum’s Edwardian
On Oct. 12, museum visitors can warm up for Halloween and experience
the story of Dracula on film. “Nosferatu” Comes to
Life during a special program at the Hunter Museum. View this
classic horror film while listening to a new score composed and
performed by the new band, the Tremont Collective. This is a great
warm up for Halloween (costumes optional). This event begins at
Dates: Daily, Oct. 1-31
Information: Visit www.huntermuseum.org
or call 423.267.9844.
“TRICK OR TREAT” AT
THE CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO HOLIDAY INN
Wrap up your entire favorite heart-stirring, eye-popping experiences
throughout town into one package – you’ll need someplace
safe and secure to rest when you’re done! Packages include
overnight accommodations vary from two adults, two adults/one
child, two adults/two children, etc. in an authentic train car
or a standard room, dinner voucher and special treat bags for
the children. Tickets to the ghoulish ChattaBOOga attractions
include: Rock City Gardens, Rock City Gardens’ Enchanted
Maize and Ruby Falls’ Haunted Cavern.
Chug, chug, chug, chug, choo choo! The Chattanooga Choo Choo
Holiday Inn, made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra in the
song, “The Chattanooga Choo Choo,” offers tons of
family fun where you can toot a train whistle from your stationary
sleeper traincar, delve into the fascinating tales of the conductor
as you ride an authentic New Orleans trolley, shop at unique retail
stores or eat at a restaurant where the servers sing for your
Dates: September-October, 2006
Package availability: Thursday-Sunday nights only
Information: Visit www.choochoo.com
or call 800.TRACK29.
Ruby Falls: Hu Longmire, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Rock City Gardens: Karen Baker, email@example.com,
Tennessee Aquarium: Kathie Fulgham, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Hunter Museum of American Art: Katrina Craven, email@example.com,
Chattanooga Choo Choo: Julie Dodson, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Additional events in Chattanooga: Candace Davis, email@example.com,
For additional fall or Halloween events in the
Chattanooga area, visit www.chattanoogapulse.com/vcalendar/.
For downloadable images: http://www.chattanoogafun.com/photolibrary/