2013 Memphis Guide to Halloween Events
From fun to spooky to downright scary, Memphis has all sorts of Halloween shenanigans going on this year. Put on your best costume and head out to one of these Mid-South events.
The Agricenter's corn maze will be haunted every weekend evening in October and Halloween night. You can take an optional haunted hayride for $5. You can visit the non-haunted version during the week (for hours, go here.)
Head north to Millington for three haunted events at Jones Orchard. This year, they've got a haunted corn maze, a haunted house, and a spooky hayride.
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, 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 $13 for non-members.
The mannequins may be scarier than the actual ghosts.
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 Halloween throwdown in the carriage house.
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.
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, plus $1 hayrides.
This is one of the cemetery's many statues.
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 accessbility information.
At the Children's Musum's annual Superhero Monster Bash, kids can participate in hands-on Halloween themed science experiments and crafts, a relay race, costume contest (judged by Bubbles the Clown, and a mummy wrapping challenge. Kids are invited to wear their favorite superhero-themed or non-scary costume.
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 $5, and costumes are encouraged.
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. The Halloween bash will have all the usual great food, drinks, and DJs you can find at Molly Fontaines, but with a Halloween twist. Costumes aren't required, but they're very highly encouraged.
This haunted house at the Old Factory Outlet Mall is the largest indoor haunted house in the Mid-South, filled with zombies, crazy clowns, and cameras that will capture you looking terrfied. 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.
Bring chairs, a picnic, and few friends to catch two spooky-fun cult classics for free. Ghostbusters is showing on October 17, and Beetlejuice will be playing on October 24. This event is outside, so in case of rain, the show will go on at the Memphis Farmer's Market Pavilion.
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, moonbounces, and costumes are very much encouraged.
What better time to see Rocky Horror (the longest running theatrical release in film history) for the first time than Halloween? There will be a live pre-show, costumes are a must, audience participation is practically required.
Hocus Pocus turns 20 this year (makes me feel old) and AutoZone Park is celebrating by showing the spooky, funny film on their 60-foot by 60-foot videoboard. The show starts at 6 p.m., but get there at 5 p.m. for pre-movie trick-or-treating and hayrides. Kids can wear costumes, and bring a blanket if you plan on sitting on the field to watch (you can also sit in the lower bowl seats). Buy tickets early for $6 per person or $20 for a Family Four Pack.
Spice up your usual trivia routine with two nights of questions about horror movies and other spooky stuff. You can win prizes for best costume, best team costume, and best team name, along with the usual trivia victory goodies. Wednesday night is at 7:30 p.m. at Tamp & Tap; Thursday night is at 8 p.m. at Green Beetle.
Calling all Mel Brooks fans: Theatre Memphis is puttin' on the ritz for their Halloween night performance of Young Frankenstein. There will be a costume contest, and you can get a $5 discount on your admission when you use code FLASHMOB to buy your tickets online.
Minglewood Hall's 1884 Lounge is hosting a concert and costume contest benefitting the Ronald McDonald House. Patrick Dodd (blues) and The Black Cadillacs (indie rock) will perform.
Have fun and be safe!
Update 10/15: I've added a couple of events to the list. There are lots more, so I'm going to leave any additional submissions in the comments.
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