14 Spine-Tingling Knoxville Haunted Houses & Ghost Tours

From haunted corn mazes to the real-life home of an infamous serial killer, these Knoxville haunted houses go out of their way to make sure you are frightened to the core.

In addition to the seasonal attractions, there are also some awesome Knoxville Ghost tours, which run year-round. These tours offer some valuable extras, like real investigative equipment (think Ghost Hunters) and trained professionals to help you use them. Any ghost encountered on these tours is the real deal!

To take things a step further, many of our local historic mansions have fright fests scheduled. One is even offering a REAL seance experience.

Most Frightening Knoxville Haunted Houses

As always, you can click on any blue event name to verify the details, buy tickets, and/or get additional information.

Knoxville Haunted Houses

Dead Man’s Farm

  • 13100 W Lee Hwy, Loudon TN

Dead Man’s Farm will take 25-35 minutes to walk through and features a hillbilly farming family known for their unconventional growing techniques that are based on blood, torture, and murder!

On rainy nights, they up the fear by blacking out all the lights in the haunted house and giving each group only 1 glow stick to navigate through the terror.

Dead Man’s Farm also features several other creepy attractions, including a serial killer escape room, a black magic escape room, a buried-alive experience, and more!

For kids and scaredy cats, there is also a non-scary bonfire area with concessions and free outdoor entertainment.


  • 1904 West Emory Road, Powell

This year, the FrightWorks theme is Vault 67. The most horrifying monsters and entities are trapped here. Can you escape before they do?

In addition to their traditional Halloween haunts, this location also hosts other themed haunts throughout the year, including one with a Christmas theme.

Please be aware there are no concessions at this location, but there are several fast-food joints nearby

Frightmare Manor

  • 7588 West Andrew Johnson Hwy, Talbott

This haunted house is so frightening, it is ranked #6 in the US.

Located inside a historic 1800s house, this location was actually home to the infamous serial killer Jeremiah Lexer, who tortured and killed up to 31 victims on the property, including his own family members.

According to the Frightmare Manor website, paranormal activity at this location has shut down numerous businesses over the years. The last business at this location was a restaurant that closed in 2001. The home remained vacant until it was converted into an official haunted house attraction in 2009.

The attraction has 3 different scare experiences to choose from. Food, drink, and branded gear, will also be available for purchase.

AMS Haunts

  • 3661 E Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville

At AMS Haunts, guests will step inside a terrifyingly haunted penitentiary and asylum for the fright of their lives.

The 13th Hour

  • 7201 E Emory Rd, Corryton

This popular haunted trail is sure to scare your pants off with its spooky outdoor setting.

The Scream Chamber

  • 1163 Hwy 11 North, Athens, TN

The Scream Chamber has over 200 years of death and murder in its history.

Briceville Haunted Forest

  • 1000 block of Briceville Highway, just outside of Lake City

There’s nothing quite like an after-dark trek through a frightening forest to put you in the Halloween spirit.

Newport Nightmares

The owners of the popular residential haunt, enjoy the thrill of the scare. Their goal is to completely immerse you in your worst nightmare. The best part is that this 2-minute attraction is totally FREE!

Knoxville Haunted Houses and Attractions

Knoxville Ghost Tours

Haunted Knoxville: Paranormal Adventure Tours

  • 36 Market Square, Knoxville

This haunted neighborhood walking tour is open year-round and is the REAL deal.

Participants will visit the sites of actual hauntings throughout Knoxville and will have the opportunity to use real investigative equipment, alongside trained paranormal investigators.

Because this is a real investigative experience, there are no guarantees that ghosts will interact with you on the night of your tour.

Shadow Side Ghost Tours by Walking Tours of Knoxville

  • meeting location varies, based on the tour chosen

Like the walk above, these spooky guided tours will take you to various spots throughout the city, which are said to actually be haunted. This tour does NOT feature the use of paranormal investigative equipment, but that does make the tickets quite a bit cheaper.

This company offers 2 options. There is 1 tour throughout the Market Square area, and 1 tour throughout the Old City area.

Appalachian Ghost Walks

  • locations in both Dandridge and Gatlinburg

This company offers many creepy walking tours throughout East TN, with 2 in the Knoxville area. While these tours do not use any special investigation equipment, the tours run nightly for added convenience.

Historical Fright Fests

Mabry Hazen House Victorian Seance Experience

  • Dates: October 26-29, 2023

Tour the mansion after dark and bear witness to a historical seance reenactment, complete with startling encounters from beyond.

There will also be psychics, tarot card readings, astrologers, and more. Due to the sensitive and realistic nature of this event, all participants must be at least 16 years of age.

James White Fort

  • Dates: October 26 & 28, 2023

The mansion will be hosting HearthScares Fireside Tales. All tours begin at the fort and will take guests to visit a variety of spooky landmarks in downtown Knoxville.

Blount Mansion

  • Dates: October 26-28, 2023

Enjoy an after-dark flashlight tour of the mansion, complete with ghost stories and Halloween treats.

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