2013 Memphis Guide to Halloween Events

October 14, 2013 2:06 pm14 commentsViews: 104

From fun to spooky to downright scary, Memphis has all sorts of Halloween shenanigans going on this year. Put on your best costume and head out to one of these Mid-South events.

1. Mid-South Maze Corn Maze, Agricenter International, through Nov. 2, $5 – $10, all ages

The Agricenter's corn maze will be haunted every weekend evening in October and Halloween night. You can take an optional haunted hayride for $5. You can visit the non-haunted version during the week (for hours, go here.

2. Festival of Fear, Jones Orchard, every weekend in October plus Halloween, 7 p.m .- 11 p.m., $6 - $18 (depending on how many of their four haunts you want to visit), all ages

Head north to Millington for three haunted events at Jones Orchard. This year, they've got a haunted corn maze, a haunted house, and a spooky hayride.

3. Haunted Web of Horrors, 700 N. Germantown Pkwy, every Thu., Fri. Sat. in October plus Oct. 27 and 30, 7:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. / 10 p.m. on Thursdays, $10 – $12 per haunt / $20 for both, all ages

If you only make it to one haunted house, make it the Haunted Web of Horrors. The crew goes all out with their two haunts, "Tormented" and "Dark Matter", and the proceeds benefit Youth Villages.

4. Zoo Boo, Memphis Zoo, Oct. 18 - 20 and 25- 27, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., $12 members / $15 nonmembers, all ages

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 $13 for non-members.

5. Haunted Happenings, Woodruff-Fontaine House, Oct. 26, $20, all ages


The mannequins may be scarier than the actual ghosts.

Get to know the ghostly residents of the  Woodruff-Fontaine House during their annual Haunted Happenings event. Paranormal Investigators will be on hand to led candlelit tours and there will be a Victorian Halloween throwdown in the carriage house.

6. Boo Ball, Pink Palace Museum, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., $100 per couple / $60 individuals, 21+

Dust off your fancy costume – the Pink Palace's Boo Ball is a gala Halloween event. Drink Witches Brew (or wine or beer for the tame) and be entertained by classic rock band Walrus. Proceeds benefit the Pink Palace family of museums.

7. Halloween Hike, Memphis Botanic Garden, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., $5 members / $8 non-members, all ages

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, plus $1 hayrides.

8. Costume Twilight Tour, Elmwood Cemetery, Oct. 26, 4 p.m., $15, all ages


This is one of the cemetery's many statues.

Elmwood's famous residents will come alive during the cemetery's costume twilight tour. The all-walking tours will begin at 4 p.m. and the last tour leaves at 5:30 p.m., and you can purchase tickets at the gate. Kids under 12 get in free. Call 901-774-3212 for accessbility information.

9. Superhero Monster's Bash, CMOM, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., member free, $15 nonmembers, All ages

At the Children's Musum's annual Superhero Monster Bash, kids can participate in hands-on Halloween themed science experiments and crafts, a relay race, costume contest (judged by Bubbles the Clown, and a mummy wrapping challenge. Kids are invited to wear their favorite superhero-themed or non-scary costume.

10. Halloween on the Island, Mud Island River Park, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m., $5, all ages

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 $5, and costumes are encouraged.

11. Halloween Bash, Mollie Fontaine Lounge, Oct. 31, 8 p.m., $5 cover, 21+

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. The Halloween bash will have all the usual great food, drinks, and DJs you can find at Molly Fontaines, but with a Halloween twist. Costumes aren't required, but they're very highly encouraged.

12. Wicked Ways Haunted House, 357 Canada Road Lakeland, October weekends plus Halloween Night and Nov. 1 and 2, in October 7 p.m. -12 p.m., $10, ages 13+

This haunted house at the Old Factory Outlet Mall is the largest indoor haunted house in the Mid-South, filled with zombies, crazy clowns, and cameras that will capture you looking terrfied. The Wicked Ways Haunted House benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

13. Spooky Nights, Shelby Farms Park, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. $5 – $10 per activity, kid-friendly

Every Friday and Saturday night in October, Shelby Farms Park celebrates Halloween with a Haunted Nature Trail, Zombie Laser Tag, and a Headless Horseman Hayride, as well as a Nocturnal Nature Hike.

14. South Main Movie Nights, the "Ghost Lot" between Ernestine & Hazel's and Sache, Thursdays in October, 6:45 p.m., free, all ages

Bring chairs, a picnic, and few friends to catch two spooky-fun cult classics for free. Ghostbusters is showing on October 17, and Beetlejuice will be playing on October 24. This event is outside, so in case of rain, the show will go on at the Memphis Farmer's Market Pavilion.

15. Festival of Fun and Fright, Bob Hailey Athletic Complex in Germantown, October 25, 6 p.m., $4 per trail, all ages

Choose between two trails, The Fairy Tale Trail (presented by the Germantown Community Theatre's Children's Theatre) or the scarier Trail of Terror (presented by the Houston High School student government. There will be free games, hayrides, moonbounces, and costumes are very much encouraged.

16. Rocky Horror (Halloween) Picture Show, Evergreen Theatre, October 25 at midnight and October 26 at 8 p.m. and midnight, $10

What better time to see Rocky Horror (the longest running theatrical release in film history) for the first time than Halloween? There will be a live pre-show, costumes are a must, audience participation is practically required. 

17. Hocus Pocus Movie Screening, AutoZone Park, October 26, 5 p.m., $10, all ages


Hocus Pocus turns 20 this year (makes me feel old) and AutoZone Park is celebrating by showing the spooky, funny film on their 60-foot by 60-foot videoboard. The show starts at 6 p.m., but get there at 5 p.m. for pre-movie trick-or-treating and hayrides. Kids can wear costumes, and bring a blanket if you plan on sitting on the field to watch (you can also sit in the lower bowl seats). Buy tickets early for $6 per person or $20 for a Family Four Pack.

18. Halloween Trivia Nights with Kevin Cerrito, Tamp & Tap/Green Beetle, October 30 and 31, 7:00 p.m./8 p.m., free, 21+

Spice up your usual trivia routine with two nights of questions about horror movies and other spooky stuff. You can win prizes for best costume, best team costume, and best team name, along with the usual trivia victory goodies. Wednesday night is at 7:30 p.m. at Tamp & Tap; Thursday night is at 8 p.m. at Green Beetle.

19. Young Frankenstein, Theatre Memphis, October 31, 7:30 p.m., $30, all ages

Calling all Mel Brooks fans: Theatre Memphis is puttin' on the ritz for their Halloween night performance of Young Frankenstein. There will be a costume contest, and you can get a $5 discount on your admission when you use code FLASHMOB to buy your tickets online.

20. Patrick Dodd & The Black Cadillacs Concert, 1884 Lounge, Halloween, 8 p.m., $10

Minglewood Hall's 1884 Lounge is hosting a concert and costume contest benefitting the Ronald McDonald House. Patrick Dodd (blues) and The Black Cadillacs (indie rock) will perform.

Have fun and be safe!

Update 10/15: I've added a couple of events to the list. There are lots more, so I'm going to leave any additional submissions in the comments.

If you go to any of these events, tag #ilovememphis on Instagram and your photos might show up on the blog. Or follow me on Instagram @hrwhitfield to see more images.

 

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