Halloween Events and Fall Festivals In Memphis (2016)
Fall is here in Memphis, and that means it’s time for pumpkin patches, Halloween parties, haunted houses, corn mazes, ghost tours, and plenty of costume contests.
Here are 37 billion ways to celebrate this time of year in Memphis. Just kidding, it’s more like fifty.
– Mid-South Corn Maze
Get lost in the Mike-Conley-shaped corn maze at the Agricenter this through the end of October. The maze is haunted on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids during “regular” maze days and $12 for everybody on haunted nights.
– Priddy Farms Pumpkin Patch
Head out to Priddy Farms (4595 N. Germantown Rd.) for pumpkins, a train, hayride, and more. It’s free to enter, but activities are $1 – $5 and pumpkins are $1 – $12.
– Falcon Ridge Farms
It’s a 1.5 hour drive from Memphis, but Falcon Ridge in Toone, Tennessee, has a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, pony rides, and more through the end of the month.
– Second Baptist Church Pumpkin Patch
Buy your flowers, hay bales, and pumpkins at 4680 Walnut Grove this fall. It’s open Mondays – Saturday from 10 a.m. ’til sunset and on Sunday from noon to ’til sunset. There’s also a free Pumpkin Festival on October 22.
– Shadowlands Festival of Fear at Jones Orchard
For ten years, Jones Orchard has turned their picturesque farm into a scary Halloween horror story during October. They have a creepy corn maze ($13) and a haunted hayride ($10) open on Fridays and Saturdays, plus Oct. 30 and 31.
– Wicked Ways Haunted House
I’m no haunted house aficionado, but I hear this one’s the scariest, grossest in town. It’s in a warehouse at 160 Cumberland Street near Wiseacre Taproom. Tickets are $18 for adults or $13 for kids, and some proceeds benefit St. Jude.
– Spooky Nights at Shelby Farms
Wander both haunted and un-haunted trails, go on hayrides, shoot some zombies with paintballs, or paint a pumpkin at Shelby Farms’ annual Halloween fun times during Fridays and Saturdays in October. Prices and hours vary for each activity
– Zoo Boo
Take the kids to a Halloween-inspired Zoo visit after regular hours on October 21-23 and 27-31. They’ll have crafts, hayrides, a maze, trick-or-treat stations, entertainment, and more. Advance tickets are $10 for members and $13 for non-members.
– Cerrito Trivia Creepy/Halloween themed nights
Cerrito Trivia will host a couple of spooky-themed trivia nights: American Horror Story at The Arcade on Oct. 13, The Walking Dead at The Aracade on Oct. 20, Nightmare Before Christmas at The Green Beetle on Oct. 20, 2 nights of Hocus Pocus at Mellow Mushroom/Green Beetle on Oct. 25 and 27, Rocky Horror Trivia at Rec Room on Oct. 25, and 2 nights of The Office trivia (+ Halloween Party) at Tamp & Tap/The Arcade on Oct. 26 and 27. Check out the FB page for details and to make team reservations.
– Historical Haunts Memphis
Historical Haunts hosts ongoing tours and haunted pub crawls of various downtown locations, plus the Woodruff Fontaine House. This goes on year-round, not just during this spooky season.
– Backbeat Tours
Backbeat hosts walking Ghost Tours downtown (ongoing) as well as a haunted pub “crawls” where you pedal the Sprock ‘n’ Roll pedal bar to three stops with a side of haunted history (Wednesdays and last Fridays).
– Scare on the Square in Collierville, October 28, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Trick or treat with the Merchants on Town Square followed by crafts in the park and the annual Junior Auxiliary coat drive.
– Festival of Fun and Fright in Germantown, October 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Put the kids in costumes and head to the Bob Hailey Athletic Complex in Germantown for the Fairy Tale Trail and/or the haunted Trail of Terror. There will also be concessions, games, and moon bounces. Tickets are $4 per trail.
– Flick-or-Treat at the Botanic Garden, October 28, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
This not-so-scary movie night is in My Big Backyard at the Memphis Botanic Garden and includes trick-or-treating, free snacks, and screenings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Monsters, Inc.” Tickets are $8 for nonmembers and $10 for members; reservations are required.
– Haunted Happenings at the Woodruff-Fontaine , October 28, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Take a guided tour of the Woodruff-Fontaine House and enjoy Victorian-themed fun like fortune telling, a paranormal investigation, and treats. Costumes are welcome; tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids.
– Boo Ball at the Pink Palace, October 28, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
This year’s Boo Ball is a big ol’ gala (costumes optional) benefitting the Pink Palace. Your $75 ticket ($125 per couple) gets you access to the decorated Palace, an open bar, and live music.
– Spirits with the Spirits at Elmwood Cemetery, October 28, 7 p.m.
Party in the cemetery on Friday night; tickets are $70 per person or $125 per couple. Costumes or casual black and white attire encouraged.
– Day of the Dead Fiesta at the Cadre, October 28, 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
This fall festival is a celebration of Latino culture, food, and fun. Your $50 ticket gets you entry, apps, and plenty of live entertainment. You can also purchase a $20 bar pass for beer, wine, and liquor. Don’t wear Halloween costumes. Do wear your snazziest black and white getups. 21+.
– Hallowed Be Thy Rave at the New Daisy, October 28, 8 p.m. – 5 a.m.
Dance party with Lord T & Eloise, Kingpin Skinny Pimp, Al Kapone, and DJ Chaperone at the New Daisy, plus more. Tickets are $20 – $35. 18+.
– Evil Las Vegas Halloween Party at The Gallery, 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
The Mystic Krewe of Pegasus will host a Halloween throwdown at The Gallery at Madison Square (1819 Madison Ave.) Your $40 ticket includes food, open bar, entertainment, and support the Transformations Autism Treatment Center.
– Face & Body Painting 4 Peace, October 29, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Support the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center by scheduling a face or body painting appointment (which you can then wear out to some of these other Friday night events. Email Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org before the schedule fills up.
– City Tasting Tours Halloween Cocktail Tour, October 29, 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
This 2.5 hour cocktail and food tour downtown is limited to 16 guests. Read up on all the details.
– Halloween Spectacular at Rockhouse Live Memphis, October 29, 8 p.m. – 3 a.m.
If you’re looking for the International Dream Team Male Review this Halloween (and really, who isn’t?) you can head out to Rockhouse Live Memphis (5709 Raleigh Lagrange). After the ladies-only part of the evening, there will be live music, from Heart Memphis band dancing, and plenty of drinks.
– The TaKeOver: Halloween Edition! at Side Street, October 29, 9 p.m.
Side Street Grill will host a Halloween costume party throwdown. No word yet on what the ominous lowercase-uppercase alternation in the event name means, but that just adds to the mystery.
– Comedy Costume Party at the P&H, October 29, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Ten comics will grace the stage at the P&H Cafe and everybody’s wearing a costume. This event is totally free to enter.
– Sinners for Saints Ball at Stop 345, October 29, 9 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Head to Stop 345 (345 Madision Avenue) for tons of live music (Dead Soldiers, The Super 5, Charvey Mac, DJs SuperBrad and Li’l Egg Roll), free Amurica Photos, open bar, costume and karaoke contests, and more. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. I have a feeling this one’s getting wild.
– 2nd Annual Prom Night at the Rec Room, October 29, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
It’s a Monster Mash Prom Night at the Rec Room, with a silent disco, scary movies on the big screens, costume contest at midnight, and punch. It’s free to enter, but drinks and such will be for purchase.
– Surgeon + Choking + Hellthrasher at the Bucc, October 29, 9 p.m. – midnight
While not specifically a Halloween event, this collection of metal bands performing at midtown’s fave pirate dive bar seems edgy enough to celebrate the creepy holiday. See Surgeon, Choking, Hellthrasher, and Sumokem. Cover indeterminate; 21+ only.
– Halloween Show at the Deli, October 29, 10 p.m.
Spaceface and China Gate will perform at a Halloween show at Young Avenue Deli on Saturday night. They’ll have a costume contest and giveaways. It’s a $10 cover and ages 21 and up only for this one.
– Hollyween at the New Daisy, October 29, 10 p.m. – 4 a.m.
The New Daisy’s official Halloween party is Saturday, October 29 with a Hollywood/celebrity costume contest ($1000 prize!), and tunes from Mayhem and Z-Dougie. Tickets are $5-$15. 18+. I am not personally affiliated with this event despite its awesome name.
– Halloween Bash at the Hi-Tone, October 30, 9 p.m.
Throw down at the Hi-Tone on Sunday night with a half dozen bands including The Gloryholes. $10 big room and $5 small room.
– Halloween On The Island, October 31, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate on actual Halloween (a Monday) at Mud Island River Park at family-friendly event. Tickets are $5.
– Spooktacular Haunting at the Whitehaven Library, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
This one’s for the kids and their trick-or-treating agendas.
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