‘Thriller’ re-enactment headlines Pumpkin Fest

Ready to break a record and re-enact one of the most iconic dances/videos in history?

“Thriller” enthusiasts will have that chance at the Pinnacle in Turkey Creek Saturday, Oct. 26, when dancers around the world attempt to break the record for the “Largest Simultaneous Dance” to Michael Jackson’s seasonally-appropriate hit song.

A partnership between “Thrill the World Knoxville” and Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, the record-breaking dance attempt kicks off Pumpkin Fest, which is returning to the shopping center following a two-year absence.

Interested dancers should register in front of Belk Men’s Store beginning at 5 p.m., with the dance beginning promptly at 6 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to donate $10 per person, or bring non-perishable food items, all of which will be donated to Second Harvest.

Pumpkin Fest activities will begin immediately following the “Thriller” re-enactment, near Loft, and is free of charge for those attending. It will offer a myriad of family-friendly activities, including a costume contest, trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, craft vendors and food trucks.

Magician Michael Messing will be among the performers, while Tilted Tavern Animal Sanctuary of Jonesborough will bring an array of animals.

Additionally, organizers have paired the Fall Fire & Safety Fest with the event and are offering free trick-or-treat activity bags to the first 500 visitors.

“Our fall festival event is a fantastic way to spend time with loved ones and celebrate this spooky season in a fun, family-friendly way,” said Darryl Whitehead, general manager of Pinnacle at Turkey Creek. “We look forward to seeing the smiles on guests’ faces as they enjoy the excitement and entertainment this one-of-a-kind event offers.”

For more information, follow Pumpkin Fest on Facebook and on instagram @pinnacleatturkeycreek.

For more information on “Thrill the World Knoxville,” visit its Facebook page.

Organizers for that event have been holding rehearsals at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike — the last one starting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24.