Trick or Treat: The I Love Memphis Guide to Halloween

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 4th 2011 4613 3

Happy Halloween, Memphis. Bust out your costume, gorge yourself on individually-wrapped fun size candy and go to one of these scarily fun Memphis Halloween events:

1. Mid-South Maze, Agricenter International, Oct. 1 –  Oct. 31, open Wednesday – Sunday, $5 kids / $7 adults

Mid-South Maze Aerial

Work your way through Memphis’ annual corn maze every Wednesday – Sunday until Halloween. If getting lost in a cornfield isn’t scary enough for you, there’s a haunted maze and haunted hayrides every Friday and Saturday night in October. Admission is pretty inexpensive, but here’s a coupon for a few dollars off.

2. Mourning Memphis, Woodruff-Fontaine House Museum, through Nov. 30, Wednesday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., $10 per person

Mourning in Memphis -

From now until the end of November, the Victorian home-turned-museum will be decorated in traditional Victorian mourning style. Mirrors are superstitiously covered in black cloth, a casket is laid out in the parlor, and throughout the museum, mannequins are dressed in mourning clothes from the Victorian era.

3. Haunted Web of Horrors, 700 N. Germantown Parkway, weekends Oct. 7th – 31st, $10

According to their website, the creators of this haunted house have “done their best to make Haunted Web of Horrors a scary place”. Here’s how they’ve done it: they’ve got two haunted houses – the maze-like Dark Matter and the “hillbilly hell” of Tormented that are $10 each (or $16 for both). All proceeds benefit Youth Villages.

4. Scarecrows at Lichterman, Lichterman Nature Center, through Nov. 11, included in admission

Visit Lichterman Nature Center to see a variety of scarecrows created by local organizations and groups. Some are scary, some are funny, and some are a little bit odd. They’ll be on display until Nov. 11th.

5. Freak Engine Halloween Spooktacular, Theatreworks, Oct. 7th, 11:30 p.m., $5

Freak Engine, one of Memphis’ longest-running improv comedy shows, is having a special Halloween show on Oct. 7th. Expect costumes, games, improv sketches and lots of audience participation.

6. Spirits with the Spirits, Elmwood Cemetery, Oct. 13, 7 p.m., $60

There are few better places to celebrate Halloween than Elmwood Cemetery, which is the final resting place of notable Memphians of all kinds. At this classy party, expect great cocktails and beer, fortune telling, music from Tout le Mon and Hank & Nora, Halloween movies and costumed guides.

7. TNT Presents: Once Upon a Midnight Eerie, Newby’s, Oct. 22, 9 p.m., $10

Midnight Eerie Poster

The lovely ladies of the Tennessee Tease Burlesque troupe are doing an Edgar Allen Poe themed show on Oct. 22nd. Expect burlesque re-imaginings of Poe’s classic short stories and poetry and live music from White Matthew. Standing room admission is $10, but you can reserve a table seat for $15.

8. Zoo Boo, Memphis Zoo, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 and 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 – 30, $12 members / $15 non-members

Zoo Boo, The Memphis Zoo’s annual Halloween party, is a good time for all ages. There are not-so-haunted tours, a haunted hayride, trick or treat stations, magic shows, mazes and performances from Ballet Memphis and Playhouse on the Square. Advance tickets are $10 for members and $13 for non-members.

9. Trick or East Halloween Party, East Tapas Bar, Oct. 27, 6 p.m., free

East Tapas Bar is having their first annual Halloween party on Oct. 27th. Star and Micey are going to play, and there will be a costume contest, drink specials and free food. There’s no cover.

10. Monster Bash, Children’s Museum of Memphis, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., included with admission

Bring your kids to CMOM’s annual Monster Bash Halloween party. There will be crafts, experiments and other holiday-themed good times. Don’t forget to dress up – there’s a costume contest, and the winner gets a free family membership to the museum.

11. Halloween Hike, Memphis Botanic Garden, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., $5 members / $8 non-members

The Halloween Hike isn’t just a walk through the Memphis Botanic Gardens. There will be trick or treat stations, activities, a spider maze, crafts, a bone dig, and – best of all – a giant haystack for jumping. There will also be hayrides for $1. To register, call (901) 636-4126.

12. Mid-South Dressage Academy Spooktacular, Mid-South Dressage Academy, Oct. 29, 3 p.m.

The Mid-South Dressage Academy is hosting their second annual Spooktacular on Oct. 29th, rain or shine. Check out carnival games, pony rides, face painting, trick or treating and prizes from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Costumes are strongly encouraged at this family friendly event.

13. Costume Twilight Tour, Elmwood Cemetery, Oct. 29, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., $5 kids / $15 adults

Take a tour of Elmwood Cemetery guided by its residents. Costumed actors portraying Elmwood’s notable dead will tell stories and give Memphis history lessons. The first tour leaves at 4 p.m. and the last leaves at 7 p.m.

14. Friends for Life Halloween Party, Bridges, Oct. 29th, 8 p.m., $35 advance ($45 at the door)

Friends for Life Poster

If you’ve never been to Friends for Life’s annual Halloween party, you need to go. It’s the sort of costumed throw down that people talk about all year. The adults-only party is all about drinks, costumes (and costume contests), dancing and supporting Friends for Life, one of the Mid-South’s oldest HIV/AIDS charities.

15. Memphis Belles Present: House of 1000 Corsets, Hi-Tone Cafe, Oct. 29, 9 p.m., $10

The gorgeous ladies of the Memphis Belles burlesque troupe are getting gory for their Halloween-themed show. Expect expertly crafted classic burlesque dances, glittery costumes and plenty of catcalls. The show is ages 18 and up.

16. Halloween on the Island, Mud Island River Park, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m., free

Halloween 2011 Flyer

Put on your costume and grab a pillow case – Mud Island River Park will be open for trick or treating on Halloween. The family-friendly event will feature plenty of candy, costumes and more from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

If you’ve got a Halloween event you’d like to see added to this list, please email me details.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Kendra says:

    Let me guess — you’re going to be at ALL of these social events hoping you’ll be able to make some friends… lol

  2. achiappanza says:

    I’m looking for a good place to take a 4-year old trick or treating in Memphis. We’ll be visiting early next week, and we don’t know anyone in town. Help on the way?

  3. Joy Coop says:

    Just thought I’d add to the list.

    The Students of the Golden Bough are sponsoring a Cemetery clean-up! Join us October 29th at Noon with your long pants and gloves to clear the brush and vines from this lovely old Cemetery. Come together as a community on Halloween and celebrate by giving some tender loving care to the graves of those who started the Normal Station community.
    After the clean-up, we’re going to have a block party to celebrate! We’ll provide cups, drinks, and plates, as well as a grill, charcoal, and a cook! It’s bring your own meat (or veggies for our vegetarians. We do have kabob sticks.) and a side dish to share!

    We look forward to seeing everyone who can spare an afternoon pitching in to help this old cemetery be a safer and cleaner place.

    Note: The area has already been sprayed for poison oak and sumac, so the kids are welcome as well.

    Where: Carnes Rd. between Echles and Goodman.

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