2017 Memphis Halloween Events, Haunted Houses, Pumpkins Patches, and Fall Festivals
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.
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Here are a bunch of ways to celebrate this time of year in Memphis. Add your events here.
– Historical Haunts Memphis (ongoing)
Historical Haunts hosts ongoing spooky tours, haunted pub crawls, and ghost hunts at various downtown locations, plus the Woodruff Fontaine House. This goes on year-round, not just during this spooky season.
– Backbeat Tours (ongoing)
Backbeat hosts walking Ghost Tours downtown on a regular basis 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).
– Mid-South Corn Maze (Sept. 15 – Nov. 4)
Get lost in the annual corn maze at the Agricenter September 15 through November 4. It’s open Thursdays through Sundays in September and Wednesdays through Sundays in October. It is HAUNTED on September 30, October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 31 and November 3 and 4. Check out their website for exact hour. It’s $7 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and younger when it’s just corn. When the maze is haunted, it’s $15 for everybody. My pro tip is to go early because the line when it’s late and haunted can get long.
– Zoo Harvest Fest (Sept. 23 – 24)
Head to the Once Upon A Farm exhibit inside the Memphis Zoo for some old-fashioned fun. You can “learn from local craftsmen, hear folk music, churn your own butter and even stamp your own leather”. This is included in entry to the Zoo, but I imagine the vendors’ stuff might cost extra.
– Priddy Farms Pumpkin Patch (Sept. 29 – ?)
Head out to Priddy Farms (4595 N. Germantown Rd.) opens on September 29. You will have to contact them directly to confirm exactly the prices and activities available, but in years past they were open Wednesdays through Sundays with pumpkin patch, train, and hayride. It’s been free to enter, but $1-$5 for activities and $1 – $12+ for pumpkins.
– Falcon Ridge Farms (Sept. 29 – Oct. 31)
It’s a 1.5 hour drive from Memphis, but Falcon Ridge in Toone, Tennessee, has a Fall Festival that will be open September 23 – October 31 every day of the week (click here for hours) with a pumpkin patch, pre-picked pumpkins for sale, a hayride, pony rides, petting zoo, corn maze, and more. It’s $10 general admission plus extra for pumpkins, rides, food, etc. Details here.
– Dia De Los Muertos Parade & Festival Preview (Sept. 29)
Get a taste of what to expect at the October 7th parade (see below) at this Preview Party from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square.
– Wicked Ways Haunted House (Sept. 29 – Oct. 31)
I’m no haunted house aficionado, but I hear this one’s the scariest in town. They make it clear that it’s NOT for the faint of heart. It’s in a warehouse at 160 Cumberland Street near Wiseacre Taproom. Tickets, as far as their website says, are $20 for adults or $13 for kids – or pay $35 to skip the line – and some proceeds benefit St. Jude. They’re open on select days (mostly Wed. – Sun.) from September 29 through October 31. Hours here.
– Second Baptist Church Pumpkin Patch (Sept. 30 – Oct. 31 + Festival on Oct. 21)
Purchase your flowers, hay bales, and pumpkins (prices vary) at 4680 Walnut Grove this fall from September 30 through October 31. It’s open Mondays – Saturday from 10 a.m. ’til sunset and on Sunday from noon to ’til sunset. There’s also a free-to-attend Pumpkin Festival on October 21.
– Shadowlands Festival of Fear at Jones Orchard (Oct. 6 – 31)
For more than ten years, Jones Orchard has turned their picturesque farm into a scary Halloween horror story. They have a creepy corn maze ($13) and a haunted hayride ($10) – $21 for both – open on Fridays and Saturdays in October only, plus on October 31.
– Dia De Los Muertos Parade & Festival (Oct. 7)
The Brooks Museum, Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group, and Danza Azteca Queztalcoatl will host a parade and fest in midtown this year to mark Dia De Los Muertos. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Tower Courtyard and makes its way to the Brooks Museum for a fest with face painting, art-making, music, dance, theatre, and more. It’s free. Click here for details + parade route.
– Shelby Farms Fright-Day the Thirteenth Outdoor Movie Night (Oct. 13)
Shelby Farms will host a movie night on October 13 and screen Hocus Pocus at 6:15 p.m. and Friday the 13th at 8 p.m. on the Great Lawn. It’s $10 per car for non-members or free for members. Bring your chairs and blankets, buy food/popcorn, and leave your booze at home. If you keep your kid there for the rated R movie at 8 pm. they might get scared or hear a swear, so keep that in mind.
– Elmwood Costume Twilight Tour (Oct. 14)
Tour guides dressed as Elmwood Cemetery’s residents take you on an all-walking tour of the historic resting place with groups departing from the Cottage every ten minutes starting at 3:30 p.m. You must buy your ticket ($20) online ahead of time; there are no gate admission – also, this event will sell out if it hasn’t by the time I publish this post today.
– Creepshow Peepshow Burlesque (Oct. 14)
Sock-It-To-Me Burlesque hosts a tribute to George Romero and scary movies with burlesque, song, and dance, at the RockHouse Live on Raleigh Legrange. GA tickets are $12 and VIP seats are $20. Music at 9 p.m.; burlesque begins at 10 p.m.
– Cerrito Trivia Halloween/spooky themed nights (Oct. 17 – ?)
Cerrito Trivia will host a couple of spooky-themed trivia nights: The Walking Dead (+ costume contest) on Oct. 17, Friends Halloween on Oct. 19, The Office (+ costume contest) on Oct. 24, Stranger Things (+ costume contest) on Oct. 25, Hocus Pocus (+costume contest). Check out his website for more details and locations, or to reserve your team’s spot.
– Zoo Boo (Oct. 20-22, 27-31)
Take the kids to a Halloween-inspired Le Bonheur Zoo Boo visit after regular hours on October 20-22 or 27-31. They’ll have a “frightening” forest trail, haunted hayride, singing pumpkins, crafts, trick-or-treat, straw maze, kiddie rides, magic shows, and more. Advance tickets are $13 non-members; day-of tickets are $15 non-members. Members get discounts. There are additional fees for some of the activities. Keep in mind that most of the animals are asleep at night. The Zoo recommends that you go the first weekend or avoid Saturday nights to skip some of the crowds; or get there right at 5:30 p.m.
– Agricenter Harvest Festival (Oct. 21)
This free, open-to-everyone event will have pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, stuff for kids, food for sale, and bluegrass music.
– Haunted Happenings at the Woodruff-Fontaine (Oct. 27)
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 $25 for adults and $10 for kids.
– Elmwood’s Spirits With The Spirits (Oct. 27)
If you’re looking for a fancy soiree in a cemetery this fall, this event – on Friday from 7 p.m. – til is for you. Dress is casual black and white or costumes; expect food and drink, tarot readings, music, wagon rides, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $70 “per body” or $125 per couple, which includes drinks.
– Festival of Fun and Fright (Oct. 27)
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 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will also be concessions, games, and moon bounces. Tickets are $4 per trail.
– Day of the Dead Fiesta (Oct. 27)
This fall festival is a celebration of Latino culture, food, and fun, held this year at The Columns from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday October 27. Your $50 advanced ticket gets you entry, apps, and plenty of live entertainment. You can also purchase a $10 or $20 bar pass for beer, wine, and liquor. Don’t wear Halloween costumes; this isn’t a Halloween party. Do wear your snazziest black and white getups. 21+. It’s $65 at the door and online tickets sales end on Oct. 26.
The Witch’s Dungeon Halloween Party (Oct. 27)
The Mystic Krewe of Pegasus hosts their third annual Halloween Party at 1819 Madison Avenue from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Tickets are $30 and include food, open bar, and entertainment all night. Costume contest at midnight; proceeds benefit The Metamorphosis Project.
– Whatever Dude’s Halloween Rocktackular (Oct. 27)
Murphy’s pub hosts a Halloween party on Friday night from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.
– Millington Farmer’s Market Fall Festival (Oct. 28)
The market at 5152 Easley St. in Millington hosts a fun day with yoga, bouncy house for the kids, food truck, vendor booths, crafts, storytelling, and a cornhole tourney.
– Elmwood Scandals & Scoundrels Tour (Oct. 28)
Learn about Elmwood Cemetery’s most famous and infamous residents in an all-walking guided tour. Advanced registration ($20) is required. The tour is 90 minutes, starts at 1 p.m., and is for grown-ups only.
– Adams Family Halloween (Oct. 28)
The historic mansions of Victorian Village will host a family-friendly trick-or-treat in the 600 block of Adams Avenue. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. See the list of activities here.
– Flick-or-Treat at the Botanic Garden (Oct. 28)
This not-so-scary movie night is in My Big Backyard at the Memphis Botanic Garden and includes activities related to the Big Bugs exhibit and screenings of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and “Hocus Pocus” starting at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m., event ends at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 for nonmembers and $10 for members; reservations are required. They’ll have food and adult spirits, etc., for sale.
– Alice in Daisyland Halloween w/ The Crystal Method (Oct. 28)
The New Daisy hosts a Halloween bash feat. The Crystal Method, DJ Tree, Scotty B, and Defcon Engaged from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. Ages 18+ only. Tickets are $10 + about $5 in fees if you buy ahead online. Just read the details here. They’re also have a costume contest where the prize is $500.
– Spaceface Halloween at the Hi-Tone (Oct. 28)
Throw down at the Hi-Tone on Saturday night (doors at 8 p.m.) with a half dozen bands including Spaceface, China Gate, Love Bomb Go Go, Harlan T Bobo, and Louise Page. Tickets are $10, this event is 18 and up.
– Sinners For Saints III (Oct. 28)
Throw down with half of Memphis at this year’s Sinners for Saints at 345 Madison, featuring tunes from AQUANET, Charvey Mac, DJ Superbrad, DJ Lil’ Eggroll, and more. The party is from 9 p.m. ’til 1 p.m., is 21 and up, and proceeds benefit the Church Health Center. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door (they sell out/reach capacity every year though) and include open bar (beer, punch, JELLO shots, more), photos from Amurica, costume contest, and some food while supplies last. You will be the only person not dressed up if you don’t wear a costume.
– Boofalo Bash (Oct. 31)
Bring the whole family to Shelby Farm’s Boofalo Bash from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Halloween proper, with safe trunk-or-treating, a Boofalo Bob Photo Booth, nighttime nature hikes, stargazing, birds of the night demos, pumpkin painting, campfires, s’mores (+$3), food trucks, and tunes. It’s $10 per car for non-members/free for members
Did I miss something? Add your events here.