Trick or Treat: The I Love Memphis Guide to Halloween
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.