2018 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.
Here are a bunch of ways to celebrate this time of year in Memphis. Add your events here.
TOURS + HAUNTED HOUSES
– 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. But you’ll want to make your reservations for October tours and crawls quickly as it tends to get crowded this time of year.
– 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).
– MidSouth Corn Maze (ongoing Sept. 14 – Nov. 3)
It’s a Memphis tradition – get lost in the corn maze at the Agricenter. It’s “haunted” (might be scary for younger kids) on weekends in October and Nov. 3 Prices and hours vary, so check their website for details. Pro tip: lines can get quite long especially on haunted maze nights, so arrive early to avoid wait times.
– Mound City Corn Maze (weekends in October)
Head over to Marion, Ark. for a non-haunted corn maze, hayride, and concessions at the Mound City Corn Maze. It’s $10 admission to the maze. Hayrides (reserve for 8 people or more) are $10.
– Wicked Ways Haunted House (select days Sept. 28 – Oct. 31)
I’m hearing this haunted house – at 160 Cumberland near Wiseacre – is the most terrifying in town. Check out the website for ticket info and hours, which vary depending on the day.
– Jones Orchard Shadowlands of Fear (select days Oct. 5 – 31)
Imagining yourself in cute flannel, picking apples and such? Forget it. At Jones Orchard, creatures and creeps come out to haunt the corn fields and woods at the farm during the month of October for the Fest of Fear ($15). There’s also a Hangman’s Hollow Hysteria Haunted Hayride. Say that five times fast before the zombies eat you. ($12) Buy tickets to both for $25.
– HauntedWeb of Horrors (Oct. 5 – Oct. 31)
If their five haunted houses are anything like the scary sounds that emanate from their website, fright-seekers will love the HauntedWeb at 2665 S. Perkins Road. Open Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets are $20 for four houses or $25 for five.
– Shelby Forest Trail of Terror (select days Oct. 9 – 31)
This haunted trail through the woods is legit scary and not for the kids! $10 cover and don’t forget to print your ticket – there’s no cell phone service out there (or buy tickets in cash at the gate).
PARTIES + EVENTS
– Monster Market at Crosstown Concourse – (Oct. 2 – 31)
Shop for local art with a creepy/spooky/dark/monster twist inside the Crosstown Concourse at this annual pop-up shop. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
– Spooky-Themed Cerrito Trivia Nights (Oct. 4 – 31)
Catch special Halloween themed trivia nights (with costume contests!) several days a week during October. Think Stranger Things, Nightmare Before Christmas, Walking Dead, Hocus Pocus, and more.
– Cemetery Cinema at Elmwood (Oct. 5)
Watch “The Wolf Man” and “The Bride of Frankenstein” at Elmwood Cemetery. Tickets are $15.
– Lizzie The Musical at Theatreworks – (Oct. 12 – 28)
I’ve heard high praise for this Lizzie-Borden based rock musical at Theatreworks in Overton Square, presented by New Moon Theatre Company. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $25. For adults.
– Dracula at Theatre Memphis (Oct. 12 – 28)
Adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel, this Theatre Memphis version of Dracula is on at the Lohrey Stage in October. Tickets are $25.
– Movie Night at Shelby Farms (Oct. 13)
Watch Casper at 6:15 p.m. and The Shining at 8 p.m. on the Great Lown at Shelby Farms. It’s $10 per car for parking, and they’ll have food trucks.
– Agricenter Harvest Festival (Oct. 13)
Free family-friendly event with pumpkin-painting, arts and crafts, hayrides, educational stations, and entertainment. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
– Zoo Boo (Oct. 19 – 21, 26-28, 31)
Candy stations, hay rides, mazes, magic shows, and more fun for the kids at the Zoo. Advance tickets are $13, day-of tickets are $15. Discounts for members.
– Halloween Spooktacular at the Children’s Museum (Oct. 20)
Take the kids to this fright-free event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a magic show, spooky science experiments, treats, costume parade, pumpkin carving, and more.
– Sweet Dreams Are Made of Tease at Rockhouse Live – Sat. Oct. 20
The Raleigh LeGrange Rockhouse hosts this Halloween-themed burlesque show at 9 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
– Boos + Booze at Shelby Farms (Oct. 20-21)
Grown folks 21+ can spend the night at Shelby Farms – you’re welcome to camp (BYO-tent) after you enjoy drinks, a haunted hike, and a scary movie. The $35 ticket includes drinks, snacks, and continental breakfast.
– Lana Blanc on The Fright Fest Tour at Growlers (Oct. 25)
Horror rock and rap tour is coming through Memphis right before Halloween. $20 cover. Doors at 6 p.m.
– Halloween at Hogwarts at The Abbey – Fri. Oct. 26
The Mystic Krewe of Pegasus hosts their fourth annual Halloween bash; this year it’s Harry Potter themed. Entertainment, open bar, food, and a costume contest. Benefits Tennessee Equality Project. $30. 21 and up.
– Haunted Trolley Night in South Main – Fri. Oct. 26
It’s your favorite monthly Trolley Night – only with a spooky twist! Shops and businesses host open houses, some with free refreshments. The Vault will host a costume party. All ages, free. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. though some festivities might go longer.
– Addams Family on Adams Avenue – Fri. Oct. 26
Watch the classic spooky movie on the lawn of the Mallory-Neely House. Open house in the mansion at 5:30 p.m. and movie at 7 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are ok for the outdoors movie. All ages, free.
– Lafeyette’s Fright Nite – Fri. Oct. 26
A Halloween bash at Lafayette’s in Overton with music, costume contest, and drink specials. Doors at 9 p.m. Ages and cover charge unclear.
– Dia de los Muertos Parade & Festival (Oct. 27)
No, it’s NOT Halloween, but the Day of the Dead Parade & Festival hosted by the Brooks Museum is going on the list due to timing. The parade goes from Overton Square to the Brooks starting at 11 a.m., and the party starts at noon.
– Booffalo Bash at Shelby Farms (Oct. 27)
Family-friendly night of trunk-or-treats, crafts, inflatables, hikes, and food trucks. It’s $10 per car for parking and $1 per slide ride; everything else is free.
– 2nd Baptist Pumpkin Festival (Oct. 27)
Free event for kids with trunk-or-treat, games, snacks, inflatables, and more. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
– Haunted Happenings at Woodruff-Fontaine (Oct. 27)
It’s the 10th anniversary of Haunted Happenings – learn about the people who lived in this Victorian Mansion, have your fortune told, and enjoy music, food trucks, dancing, and more. Feel free to wear costumes.
– Spaceface Halloween at Railgarten (Oct. 27)
If you want to feel like you’re floating in an ocean of colors and sounds, mark your calendars for Spaceface’s annual Halloween hometown show. Their live shows include jam moments, rock guitar solos, and a full on psychedelic experience. 7 p.m. 21 and up. free.
– Soul of the City Tour at Elmwood – Sat. Oct. 27
Tour guides in costumes lead you through a tour of Memphis’ most historic and beautifully haunting cemetery. At the time of this post, there were only a few spaces left for Saturday night (Oct. 27). $20. Adults only.
– Flick or Treat Movie Night at the Garden – Sat. Oct. 27
Memphis Botanic hosts a double feature with “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at 7:15 p.m. and “Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride” at 7:45 p.m. Kettle corn, food trucks, photo pops, booze available for sale. Tickets are $10 for non-members. All ages.
– Hannyaween feat. HANNYA CHA0$ at The New Daisy – Sat. Oct. 27
Halloween night live music bash at The New Daisy on Beale. Doors at 8 p.m. $15 adv./$20 on the day of the show. Ages unclear.
– Germantown Fall Fest at Bobby Lanier Farm Park – Sat. Oct. 27
Celebrate with haunted trails, food trucks, guided tours of Oaklawn Garden, bounce hours, games, and more. Fairy Tale Trail 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Trail of Terror 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. $4 per person for the trails, some activities are a few bucks. All ages.
– Scary Sexy Freaky Frightening Halloween Party at Memphis Sounds Lounge (Sat. Oct. 27)
Memphis Sounds on Mud Island will host live music, dance party, and costume contest. Admission is $15, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. 21 and up.
– Black October at the Slim House (Wed. Oct. 31)
The Collective hosts the 4th annual Black October Halloween Party with DJs, bonfire, drink specials, and a costume contest. Doors at 9:30 p.m. $5 with costume, $10 without.
– Here For The Boos Party at Ghost River (Wed. Oct. 31)
Wear costumes to Ghost River (no masks) and enjoy food trucks, Halloween-themed trivia, flight night beer specials, costume contest, and live music. 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. Free to attend. All ages, 21 to drink.
– Metal Museum Halloween Pop-Up at Memphis Rox (Wed. Oct. 31)
The Metal Museum takes their mobile forge to Memphis Rox climbing gym in Soulsville from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Watch the foundry team create metal castings and then make your own metal crafts. All ages, free.
– Halloween Party at Dru’s Place (Wed. Oct. 31)
Expect karaoke, drag show, dancing, Halloween-themed apps and beverages included in cover charge. You better wear a costume! Halloween movies all day. $10 cover starting at 7 p.m. – midnight. 21 and up.
– Hell House at Mollie Fontaine (Wed. Oct. 31)
The annual Mollie’s Halloween dance party is back again. Doors open at 8 p.m. with DJs and rages until 3 a.m. Costumes encouraged, but optional. 21 and up, $10 cover.
– Halloween Bash at Crosstown Brewing (Wed. Oct. 31)
Food truck, live music, costume contest, games, and of course, beer.
– Plus, Trunk or Treats on Wed. Oct. 31:
Did I miss something? Add your events here.