Boo! The 2012 Memphis Halloween Events Guide
Put on your best costume (or make one of these) and check out these Memphis area Halloween events:
I'm already scared of corn, but if I wanted to be more terrified, the Mid-South Maze's haunted nights would do the trick. The Agricenter's spiderweb shaped corn maze will be haunted every weekend in October and Halloween night. You can take an optional haunted hayride for $5.
Head north to Millington for four haunted events at Jones Orchard. This year, they've got a haunted corn maze, three haunted houses (Shadowlands, Terror at 2596, and Scarecrow Theater) and a spooky hayride.
If you only make it to one haunted house, make it the Haunted Web of Horrors. It's the best one in Memphis. The crew goes all out with their two haunts, "Tormented" and "Dark Matter", and the proceeds benefit Youth Villages.
Zoo Boo, the Memphis Zoo's annual Halloween bash, is fun for all ages. They'll have hauted hayrides, not-so-haunted tours of Primate Canyon, fortune tellers, trick-or-treat, magic shows and more. Save a few bucks by getting your tickets in advance: pre-sale tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
Dress up like your favorite super hero for Literacy Mid-South's annual Super Gala. The party, which is held at Literacy Mid-South, is a night of dancing, drinking and costumes for a good cause: helping make Memphis a more literate place. Tickets include two drinks per person and food.
I didn't know that 2012 was the International Year of the Bat, but according to the Botanic Gardens, it is. They're having a celebration on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon with bat crafts, paint a moonflower eat snacks in My Big Backyard.
At Spirits with the Spirits, Elmwood promises to "get people dancing that haven't danced in, like, forever". That's reason enough to go, but they'll also have a costumed tour, a fortune teller, rides through the cemetery, and an open bar.
Overton Square next door neighbors Bayou Bar and Grill and Le Chardonnay are teaming up for an early Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 20. There's going to be a costume contest, DJ Witnesse will spin at Le Chardonnay and the Spiders, Memphis' only Alice Cooper party tribute band (featuring Jack Oblivian) will play.
Get to know the ghostly residents of the Woodruff-Fontaine House during their annual Haunted Happenings event. Paranormal Investigators will be on hand to show evidence of the house's hauntings and there will be a Victorian Halloween throwdown in the carriage house.
Dust off your fancy costume – the Pink Palace's Boo Ball is a gala Halloween event. Dance to the Soulsations and drink Witches Brew (or wine or beer for the tame). Proceeds benefit the Pink Palace family of museums.
The Botanic Garden's Halloween Hike isn't haunted, but the walk through the East Memphis garden will have trick-or-treat stops, crafts, a bone dig, and a gigantic haystack that you can jump in.
Elmwood's famous residents will come alive during the cemetery's costume twilight tour. The all-walking tours will run between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and you can purchase tickets at the gate. Kids under 12 get in free.
The Friends for Life Halloween Party is easily the most epic costume party in Memphis. This year, the theme is Apocalypse 2012. They'll have a costume contest with cash prizes, dancing, drinks, food and more. VIP tickets include admission to the party, access to VIP only bars and four drink tickets.
At the Children's Musum's annual Monster Bash, kids can participate in hands-on Halloween themed science experiments and crafts, play trivia games and walk in the costume fashion show, where every contestant wins a prize. The event is right after school (from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.), so there's plenty of time to trick-or-treat after.
Bring your family to Mud Island on Halloween for a night of trick-or-treating, hay rides, haunted train rides, games, candy and more. Admission is $2, and costumes are encouraged.
Given their Victorian Village location and their namesake (who is said to haunt the house across the street), Mollie Fontaine's does it up right on Halloween. This year, they're making the dance floor bigger, adding a bar outside and beefing up their bartending staff. Costumes aren't required, but they're very highly encouraged.
If you know of a Halloween event that I left off the list, please let me know in the comments and I'll get it added.