23 Last-Minute Memphis Halloween Ideas For Tonight

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 31st 2014 2738 0

Happy Halloween! Yes, I did a Guide to Halloween events a while back, but here's a fresh list of the double-double-toil-and-trouble you can get into tonight. All events listed are tonight unless I note that it's also going on tomorrow. If you know of more, leave 'em in the comments.

Most of these are later-night parties and costume contests. However, there are several family-friendly ideas and I've listed those first. 

pumpkin with whiskey
Another idea: sip some bourbon and carve some poor unsuspecting pumpkins.

Fall Fun Bash, Kroc Center, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Though not strictly "Halloween", the Kroc Center's Fall Fun bash features family games, music, candy, a glow dance party and LED Hula Hoop show, and a costume parade. You don't have to be a member to come. FYI: There is a "short devotional" taking place as well. 

Memphis v. Tulsa, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 4 p.m. activities begin/7 p.m. kickoff, $10 – $50, all ages/kid-friendly
Get to Tiger Lane early with the kids for Trunk or Treat (5 p.m.), free Bret Michaels concert (5 p.m.), costume contest with Pouncer followed by a pep rally (6 p.m.). The game starts around 7 p.m. You can wear costumes in the stadium, but no masks when entering or walking around.

Babalu Costume Contest, Babalu, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., no fee, all ages
Babalu is hosting an all-day-long costume contest with cash prizes ($150, or $300 if you dress as Lucy, Ricky, or Ethel) and winners will be chosen by a social media vote. No purchase is required to enter, but feel fee to stick around for a Babarita if you're in the mood.

Mud Island Halloween Party, Mud Island River Park, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., $5, all ages/kid-friendly
Head to Mud Island for a family friendly fun event with trick or treating, costume contests, kiddie rides and more.

Trolley Night: Hallow's Eve Edition, South Main Arts District, 6 pm. – 9 p.m., all ages/kid-friendly
The usual open house, free refreshments, live music, and street vendors of Trolley Night gets supplemented by Trick or Treating (go here for a list of participating businesses). Get a discount at Red Velvet Vintage if you wear a costume.

Alchemy Boo in Booze Party, Alchemy Memphis, 9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., no cover, 18 and up/21 and up to drink
Halloween party and costume contest featuring DJ Cozmo, door prizes and drink specials

Zombie Tacos & Tunes, Felicia Suzanne's, 7 p.m. until, no cover, 18 and up/21 to drink
Party on the patio at Felicia Suzanne's with spooky cocktails, terrifying tacos and live music from Deering & Down, plus prizes for the best costumes

Hi-Tone Halloween Costume Party, Hi-Tone Cafe, 9 p.m., $10, 18 and up
The annual costume contest at the Hi-Tone continues again this year with the Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Female winning free admission to the Hi-Tone for the next year. Dead Soldiers and James & The Ultrasounds will play.

Neon Nightmare with Al Kapone, Newby's, doors at 7:30 p.m., 18+
Parties and shows going on in every room at Newby's on Highland tonight, including a costume contest and performances by a dozen DJs, Ja Alan, and Al Kapone. 

Purple Haze Halloween Party, Purple Haze (140 Lt. George W. Lee Ave.), doors at 8 p.m., free until midnight/cover after TBD
Join Q107.5 at Purple Haze (right off of Beale St.) for an all-night party, including 2 for 1 beers and $2 drinks from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. and a costume contest at midnight.

River Oaks Spooktacular, River Oaks, 6:30 p.m., $65 per person plus tax and gratuity, all ages
Enjoy a four-course meal paired with cocktails from one of Memphis' best chefs. Enter the costume contest. Call for reservations (901) 683-9305. 

Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Edition, Evergreen Theatre, doors at 11:30 p.m., $10, all ages welcome
Is there a better way to spend Halloween than by watching "Rocky Horror Picture Show" in a theatre full of costumed friends who know the words, the dances, and the appropriate times to hurl things at the screen? There isn't, and if there is, I don't want to know about it.

Monster's Ball, Cadre Building, 8 p.m. – midnight, $50 regular/$100 VIP, 21 and up
This year is the inaugural Monster's Ball on Halloween at the snazzy Cadre Building downtown, featuring the musical stylings of none other than DJ Jordan Rogers and Lord T and Eloise plus food and drinks.

Super Witch'n Karaoke Spectacular, Lucchesi's Beer Garden, 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., no cover, 21 and up
Beer specials, a $10 food buffet from 8:30 'til it's gone, costume contest, and of course, karaoke. 

Swamp Soul Princess Show, Bar DKDC, 10:30 p.m., cover TBD, 21 and up
Marcella and Her Lovers go zydeco for this Halloween night show at Bar DKDC in Cooper Young, where the party always goes late. There's usually a $5 or $10 cover, but there's no mention of that on the Facebook page, so be prepared either way.

Halloween Party at the Pub, Celtic Crossing, 10 p.m. – 2:30 a.m., no cover, 21 and up
Celtic is giving away $600 worth of prizes in their costume contest this year. And expanded patio is worth checking out if you haven't already.

Costume Contest, Schweinehaus, Friday and Saturday, 10:30 p.m., no cover, 18 and up/21 to drink
Judging is at 10:30 p.m sharp for those looking to win $200 at Schweinehaus on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Mid-South Maze Corn Maze, Agricenter International, $5 – $10, all ages
The Agricenter's corn maze is haunted every weekend evening in October plus on November 1. You can take an optional haunted hayride for $5. For exact hours, go here.

Cordova Zombie Paintball, 815 Herbert Rd. (Cordova), Fri., Sat. evenings through Nov. 2, $25 for 100 paintballs, kids under 12 must be accompanied by adults
Celebrate the best holiday of the year (Halloween) by shooting the undead with pellets of paint at the Cordova Zombie Paintball course. You ride in the back of a huge truck and a drill sergeant will attempt to help everyone fight off the zombies. This sounds absolutely terrifying to me. 

Festival of Fear, Jones Orchard, Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m .- 11 p.m., $6 – $18 (depending on how many of their four haunts you want to visit), all ages
Head north to Millington for two haunted events at Jones Orchard. This year, they have the Shadowlands haunted corn maze and the Hangman's Hollow Haunted Hayride which from the website sounds like its inhabited by zombies that love corn cobs and human flesh. Awesome!

Wicked Ways Haunted House, 160 Cumberland St., 7 p.m. – midnight, $15, 13 and up 
This haunted house used to be in Lakeland, but is moving this year to the Broad Avenue Arts District, near Wiseacre Brewing and Broadway Pizza.  This indoor terror fest is filled with zombies, crazy clowns, and cameras that will capture you looking terrified. The Wicked Ways Haunted House benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Spooky Nights, Shelby Farms Park, Fridays and Saturdays in October, plus Nov. 1, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. $5 – $10 per activity, all ages except for the Haunted Trail, which is ages 12 and up
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. Every year, the Spooky Nights team goes all out – trust me, I did a behind-the-scenes tour last night and was so impressed – and this year is no exception!

Haunted Web of Horrors, 700 N. Germantown Pkwy, every Fri. and Sat. in October plus Nov. 1, 7 p.m. – midnight / 10 p.m. on Sundays, $10 – $12 per haunt / $20 for both, all ages
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.

Have any events or things to add that are going on tonight? Leave 'em in the comments. Don't forget to tag your images #ilovememphis! 

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Cindy Somerville says:

    Nuttin Fancy Band at A Nightmare On Sanderlin Street- Fox and the Hound Sanderlin. Glow Room with bar. Drink specials. Costume contest etc..

  2. Jonelle Spicer says:

    Halloween Party from Hell! Free beer! Free jello shots! Music by: Special Shoes, The Fast Mothers, & Nutbush Superstar. Premiere Palace, 629 Monroe Ave. 9p/ $20 with costume, $25 without.
    $100 costume contest at midnight.

  3. […] Memphis v. Tulsa, Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, 4 p.m. activities begin/7 p.m. kickoff, $10 – $50, all ages/kid-friendly Get to Tiger Lane early with the kids for Trunk or Treat (5 p.m.), free Bret Michaels concert (5 p.m.), costume contest with Pouncer followed by a pep rally (6 p.m.). The game starts around 7 p.m. You can wear costumes in the …read more […]

  4. Angie Barmer says:

    Mollie Fontaine's Bar and Restaurant is having a Halloween Bash tonight and the Woodruff-Fontaine mansion is hosting a haunted tour of the mansion tonight as well.

  5. Scary knight says:

    There’s Sinister at Minglewood Hall which is having a Day of the Dead dance party and burlesque show. Music ranges from 80s to industrial to goth to techno. More info on Facebook. 18+ up only.

  6. Sarah says:

    Lafayette's Music Room in Overton Square is having a special Halloween performance by Almost Famous and a costume contest for wicked awesome prizes and more! https://www.facebook.com/LafayettesMemphis/photos/a.780114975372225.1073741828.762879043762485/830040713712984/?type=1&theater

  7. Justlarry says:

    The Madison Hotel is having a. Huge party tonight, with live music, booze, fortune tellers, and pull up a chair and see me do some world class close up magic! 

    8pm – until 12, free! 

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