Boo! The 2012 Memphis Halloween Events Guide

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 9th 2012 4020 0

Put on your best costume (or make one of these) and check out these Memphis area Halloween events:

1. Mid-South Maze Corn Maze, Agricenter International, through Oct. 31, $5 – $10, all ages

Mid-South Maze, Memphis, Tenn.

I'm already scared of corn, but if I wanted to be more terrified, the Mid-South Maze's haunted nights would do the trick. The Agricenter's spiderweb shaped corn maze will be haunted every weekend in October and Halloween night. You can take an optional haunted hayride for $5.

2. Festival of Fear, Jones Orchard, every weekend in October plus Halloween, 7 p.m., $5 – $28 (depending on how many of their four haunts you want to visit), all ages

Head north to Millington for four haunted events at Jones Orchard. This year, they've got a haunted corn maze, three haunted houses (Shadowlands, Terror at 2596, and Scarecrow Theater) and a spooky hayride.

3. Haunted Web of Horrors, 700 N. Germantown Pkwy, every weekend in October plus Halloween, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. / 12 a.m. on the weekends, $10 per haunt / $18 for both, all ages

If you only make it to one haunted house, make it the Haunted Web of Horrors. It's the best one in Memphis. 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. 19 – 20 and 26 – 28, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. the first weekend, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. the second, $12 members / $15 non-members, 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 $15 for non-members.

5. Super Gala, Literacy Mid-South, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., $35 per person / $50 per couple

Dress up like your favorite super hero for Literacy Mid-South's annual Super Gala. The party, which is held at Literacy Mid-South, is a night of dancing, drinking and costumes for a good cause: helping make Memphis a more literate place. Tickets include two drinks per person and food.

5. Bat Day Celebration, Memphis Botanic Garden, Oct. 20, 10 a.m., $3 members / $8 non-members, all ages

I didn't know that 2012 was the International Year of the Bat, but according to the Botanic Gardens, it is. They're having a celebration on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon with bat crafts, paint a moonflower eat snacks in My Big Backyard.

6. Sprits with the Spirits, Elmwood Cemetery, Oct. 20, 7p.m., $100 per couple / $60 per person, 21+

Spirits with the Spirits, Elmwood, Memphis, Tenn.

At Spirits with the Spirits, Elmwood promises to "get people dancing that haven't danced in, like, forever". That's reason enough to go, but they'll also have a costumed tour, a fortune teller, rides through the cemetery, and an open bar.

7. Bayou / Le Chardonnay Halloween Party, Bayou Bar and Grill and Le Chardonnay, Oct. 20, 10 p.m., Free, 21+

Overton Square next door neighbors Bayou Bar and Grill and Le Chardonnay are teaming up for an early Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 20. There's going to be a costume contest, DJ Witnesse will spin at Le Chardonnay and the Spiders, Memphis' only Alice Cooper party tribute band (featuring Jack Oblivian) will play. 

8. Haunted Happenings, Woodruff-Fontaine House, Oct. 26, $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 show evidence of the house's hauntings and there will be a Victorian Halloween throwdown in the carriage house.

9. Boo Ball, Pink Palace Museum, Oct. 26, 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. Dance to the Soulsations and drink Witches Brew (or wine or beer for the tame). Proceeds benefit the Pink Palace family of museums.

10. Halloween Hike, Memphis Botanic Garden, Oct. 27, 10 a.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.

– Costume Twilight Tour, Elmwood Cemetery, Oct. 27, 3 p.m., $15, all ages

Elmwood's famous residents will come alive during the cemetery's costume twilight tour. The all-walking tours will run between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and you can purchase tickets at the gate. Kids under 12 get in free.

11. Apocalypse 2012: The Party to End All Parties, Bridges Memphis, Oct. 27, 9 p.m., $40 (or $80 VIP), 21+

The Friends for Life Halloween Party is easily the most epic costume party in Memphis. This year, the theme is Apocalypse 2012. They'll have a costume contest with cash prizes, dancing, drinks, food and more. VIP tickets include admission to the party, access to VIP only bars and four drink tickets.

12. Moster Bash, CMOM, Oct. 31, 2 p.m., Free with museum admission, All ages

At the Children's Musum's annual Monster Bash, kids can participate in hands-on Halloween themed science experiments and crafts, play trivia games and walk in the costume fashion show, where every contestant wins a prize. The event is right after school (from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.), so there's plenty of time to trick-or-treat after.

13. Halloween on the Island, Mud Island River Park, Oct. 31, 5 p.m., $2, 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 $2, and costumes are encouraged.

14. Hell House, Mollie Fontaine Lounge, Oct. 31, 10 p.m., Free, 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. This year, they're making the dance floor bigger, adding a bar outside and beefing up their bartending staff. Costumes aren't required, but they're very highly encouraged.

If you know of a Halloween event that I left off the list, please let me know in the comments and I'll get it added.



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  1. D says:

    Just FYI, HauntedWeb has been voted best haunt in Memphis by Also, I work there most weekends and will be more than happy to scare you personally. 😀

  2. Emi says:

    There's the Rocky Horror Halloween at the Evergreen on the 26th, with two showtimes:
    Also, there's a Halloween themed Goth night called Sinister going on at Minglewood's 1884 Lounge on the 27th:

  3. Lyndsay says:

    Does anyone out there know the details about the haunted house in Lakeland off I-40? I have heard it benefits St. Jude but haven't found any solid information about the haunted house's operation. Thanks in advance!

  4. Amanda says:

    Does anyone know of a Grizzlies Watch party on the 31st??

  5. Tara says:

    If anyone is thinking about going to the different haunts at Jones Orchard in Millington I wouldn't waste my time. I went last weekend with my sister and 10 yr old niece. My niece was not even scared. The characters were mediocre. I was looking forward to being terrified when I saw the big sign announcing "Clown Town" (terrified of clowns!) at the Terror at 2596…didn't see one clown. While waiting in line for the haunted hayride some guy stepped to the side and decided to relieve himself. I mean, I know it was dark outside but c'mon!! There were kids out there! On the hayride the only thing the characters did were stand there and scream while we rode by. Total waste of time and money.

  6. Shay says:

    @ Lyndsay, yes there is a haunted house in Lakeland it is where the Factory Outlet Mall was located. It was a great haunt too. It was only 10 bucks and it was about 15-20 minutes long or longer.

  7. T says:

    Don't waste your 10 bucks at Wicked Waste (wicked ways) in Lakeland, just donate directly to St.Jude. That haunt sucks and is full of high school actors, it's like a yard haunt but bigger. I get more scared on the Halloween aisle at Walgreens!

  8. Great list! Here's another Halloween activity for kids: Ghost Patrol.  It's a creepy cool mobile experience for the whole family.  Play it alone in the dark if you dare.     

  9. Alexis Newson says:

    Does anyone know of any events (kid-friendly) going on on 10/31/12? Trunk or treat? anything?

  10. D Butler says:

    Thanks so much for this info

  11. jacK says:

    jones orchard is the most fun. There is a lot to do there

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