Boos and Brews: Guide to Memphis Halloween Events + Fall Beer Fests
From fun to spooky to downright scary, Memphis has all sorts of Halloween shenanigans going on this year. We also have a couple of Oktoberfests and beer festivals coming up. Here’s your 2014 guide to both. Scroll down to find the beer-related events.
If you want to hear me discuss some of these events and others, listen to the I Love Memphis Podcast bonus clip right here:
Mid-South Maze Corn Maze, Agricenter International, through Nov. 1, $5 – $10, all ages
The Agricenter’s corn maze is open Thursdays through Sundays in September and Wednesdays through Sundays in October. It will be haunted every weekend evening in October plus on November 1. You can take an optional haunted hayride for $5. For exact hours, go here.) For more mazes and pumpkin patches, check out this article from Choose 901.
Cordova Zombie Paintball, 815 Herbert Rd. (Cordova), Thu., Fri., Sat. evenings Sep. 19 through Nov. 2, $25 for 100 paintballs, kids under 12 must be accompanied by adults
Celebrate the best holiday of the year (Halloween) by shooting the undead with pellets of paint at the Cordova Zombie Paintball course. You ride in the back of a huge truck and a drill sergeant will attempt to help everyone fight off the zombies. This sounds absolutely terrifying to me.
Head north to Millington for two haunted events at Jones Orchard. This year, they have the Shadowlands haunted corn maze and the Hangman’s Hollow Haunted Hayride which from the website sounds like its inhabited by zombies that love corn cobs and human flesh. Awesome!
Wicked Ways Haunted House, 160 Cumberland St., Fridays and Saturdays in October, 7 p.m. – midnight, $15, 13 and up
This haunted house used to be in Lakeland, but is moving this year to the Broad Avenue Arts District, near Wiseacre Brewing and Broadway Pizza. This indoor terror fest is filled with zombies, crazy clowns, and cameras that will capture you looking terrified. The Wicked Ways Haunted House benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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. Every year, the Spooky Nights team goes all out – trust me, I did a behind-the-scenes tour last night and was so impressed – and this year is no exception!
Haunted Web of Horrors, 700 N. Germantown Pkwy, every Fri. and Sat. in October plus Oct. 19, 26, 30 and Nov. 1, 7 p.m. – midnight / 10 p.m. on Sundays, $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.
Zoo Boo, Memphis Zoo, Oct. 17 – 19 and 24 – 26, 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 haunted 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.
Halloween Masquerade Ball, Black Lodge Video, Oct. 18, 8 p.m., $5, 18 and up
Memphis’ best video rental store/music venue/party venue is hosting their 15th annual Halloween Masquerade Ball on Saturday, October 18. Expect half a dozen bands and DJs to play starting at 10 p.m. and don’t forget your costume.
Festival of Fun and Fright, Bob Hailey Athletic Complex in Germantown, October 24, 6 p.m., $4 per person 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, moon bounces, and costumes are very much encouraged.
Boo Ball, Pink Palace Museum, Oct. 24, 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.
Costume Twilight Tour, Elmwood Cemetery, Oct. 25, 4 p.m., $15 advance/$20 day-of, all ages
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 accessibility information.
Flick-Or-Treat, Memphis Botanic Garden, Oct. 25, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., $8 members/$10 non-members, all ages
Celebrate the spooky season with a Saturday night full of scary movies at Memphis Botanic Garden. They’ll show “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at 7 p.m. on the lawn, have a costume contest at 8 p.m., and then roll the 1968 “Night of the Living Dead” at 9 p.m.
The Dixon’s biggest party of the year has a very fall, festive event on Saturday, October 25. For your ticket price, you can expect fire dancers, live music from Bluff City Backsliders and Grace Askew, artists demonstrations, food from more than 20 of Memphis’ best restaurants, plus beer an wine.
Vamped Out! Burlesque Halloween Show, Hi-Tone, October 25, 9 p.m. – midnight, $10, ages 18 and up
Sock It To Me Burlesque invites you to join them for some devilish fun and Halloweeny good times from Lady Doo Moi, Frida Cox, Requi Emma, Frankie LaFemme and emcee Chloe Du Bois, and some tunes afterward from DJ Justin Hand.
Haunted Happenings, Woodruff-Fontaine House, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $20, all ages
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 fortune tellers and refreshments.
This year is the inaugural Monster’s Ball on Halloween at the snazzy Cadre Building downtown, featuring the musical stylings of none other than DJ Jordan Rogers and Lord T and Eloise plus food and drinks. Proceeds benefit Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. If you sign up for the Pumpkin Run 5K on Oct. 11, your Monster’s Ball tickets are just $40.
Hi-Tone Halloween Costume Party, Hi-Tone Cafe, Oct. 31, 9 p.m., $10, 18 and up
The annual costume contest at the Hi-Tone continues again this year with the Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Female winning free admission to the Hi-Tone for the next year. Even if you’re not dressing up, you need to go to this to hear Dead Soliders and James & The Ultrasounds and people watch.
From last year’s Oktoberfest at Wiseacre.
Join Wiseacre for their 2nd annual Oktoberfest with Mighty Souls Brass Band tunes, food from Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Hog & Hominy, and Be Sweet Bakery. Get discounts on beer for wearing German garb and get in some good ol’ fashioned day drinking.
High Cotton Oktoberfest, High Cotton Taproom, Saturday, Oct. 4, noon – 7 p.m., $40 adults
Get a ticket to High Cotton’s first-even Oktoberfest in their newish taproom and you’ll get open taps all day, German food, other fancy beer, games, and polka music. Kids under 12 get in free. For $75, you can get a VIP ticket with more food and beer, a t-shirt, beer stein, and more. Portions of the proceeds benefit Grow Memphis
Cooper-Young Regional Beer Fest, 795 S. Cooper, October 11, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., $35 before Oct. 1/$40 after Oct. 1, 21 and up
The Cooper-Young Regional Beer Fest is one of my favorite annual Memphis beer tastings. The selection of regional craft beers is pretty great and a limited number of tickets are sold every year, which means that the lines are shorter, thus, there’s more time for beer tasting.
Oktoberfest Squared, Tower Courtyard at Overton Square, Saturday, Oct. 11, noon – 10 p.m., free to enter, 21 and up
No surprisingly, Overton Square is getting in on the Oktoberfest action this year. There will be live music all day including the Saurkraut Six and DJ Burgher Meister plus Sam Adams and Angry orchard Cider tastings (or 16 oz. beers for $5) and a stein-holding contest. If you win the stein-holiding contest, you get a VIP trip to the Sam Adams Brewery. Nice.
If I’m missing any events, add ’em in the comments!