Spooky, Scary: 13 Memphis Halloween Events
Maybe you haven’t bought your first bag of candy yet. Maybe you’ve been working on your costume since this time last year. Either way, check out these Memphis Halloween events.
1. Mid-South Corn Maze, Agricenter International, Now – October 31, $7 adults, $5 kids (cash only)
For 10 years, Memphians have spent September and October wandering through intricately designed rows of corn at the Agricenter. This year’s maze comes in two versions: regular and haunted. The regular maze is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., on Saturday from noon – 7 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 8 p.m. The maze is haunted on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. It should take about an hour to get through the maze, and though it’s at night, flashlights aren’t necessary – your eyes will adjust.
Lichterman Nature Center has some new inhabitants: scarecrows created by local community groups. Some of them are silly (there’s one dressed as a Boll Wevil), some are literary (like a Harry Potter-inspired crow) and some are sort of amazing (like Vincent Van Crow, the winner of this year’s competition). The crows will be on display until Mid-November.
The Orpheum is bringing back the touring Broadway show Wicked in just in time for Halloween. In the event that you’ve managed to avoid it for the past few years, “Wicked” is the story of the misunderstood girl with green skin named Ephalba who grows up to be the Wicked Witch of the West. The show does well every time it’s in Memphis, so be sure to get tickets in advance.
Break out your costume and head to Zoo Boo, the Memphis Zoo’s huge annual Halloween party. They’ll have a pumpkin patch, magic shows, a hayride, a not-so-haunted tours of Primate Canyon, and plenty of candy. A few of the regular zoo exhibits (Animals of the Night, the Herpetarium, Once Upon a Farm) will be open, too.
Meet some of the famous Memphians who are buried at Elmwood Cemetery during their costume twilight tour. It’s not a haunted tour, but there will be people in costume portraying some some of the legendary politicians, outlaws, artists and local denizens buried there. The last tour begins at 6 p.m.
The first ever Monster Bash at CMOM is a perfect family Halloween celebration. There will be crafts, experiments, and a costume parade. Any kid in costume can also enter to win a year-long membership for his or her family. The Monster Bash is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and is included in the price of regular museum admission.
I’ve never been to the annual Friends for Life Halloween party, but every year, I wind up hearing all sorts of stories about it – how amazing the he costumes are, how great the music is, how much fun everybody had. This year’s shipwreck-themed party will include costume contests, food, drinks, and plenty of dancing to the music of DJ Steve Anne. It’s for a good cause, too – the proceeds will support Friends for Life’s work with people who are affected by HIV / AIDS.
Get to know some of the more spooky stories buried in Memphis’ oldest active cemetery during Elmwood’s All Hallows Eve Tour. The tour isn’t haunted, but it’s definitely for mature audiences only. Flashlights are welcome, decent walking shoes are highly recommended, and advance registration is required.
Victorian Village is one of Memphis’ most haunted neighborhoods. The row of huge Victorian houses was home to some of Memphis’ wealthiest residents at the turn of the century. On the weekend of Halloween, there will be ghost tours of the row’s most haunted mansion, the Woodruff-Fontaine house. The tours will feature the history of the house, recallings of past hauntings, and paranormal guides (just in case).
I’ve read a few great reviews of the Harrell Performing Arts Center’s staging of “Little Shop of Horrors”. The musical, which is totally appropriate for everyone over age 3, features singing, dancing, a smoke machine, and a giant venus flytrap puppet. The show runs this weekend and next, with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.
The Haunted Web of Horrors is two haunted houses in one. Tormented starts in an insane asylum and ends in a bayou, and Dark Matter is a scary 3-D experience. Admission is $10 for one of the haunted houses and $18 for both. On weeknights, they’re open from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. and from 7:30 – midnight on the weekends.
See Rocky Horror on the big screen at the Evergreen Theatre. They’ve got a live cast, and audience participation is encouraged. They ask that you not bring hot dogs or rice, but beyond that, just about anything goes. The show starts at 11:30 p.m.
If you want to take your kids to trick or treat, but want to make sure it’s safe, bring them to Trunk of Treat. Kids can trick or treat at cars parked in the Lifelink parking lot from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Halloween. There are going to be games, candy and a costume contest for kids (and dogs!).
Your costume will get plenty of use this year, for sure. If I’ve left anything out, leave it in the comments and I’ll add it to the list.