2019 Memphis Guide To Halloween: Haunted Houses, Pumpkin Patches, Parties, And Events
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. I’ve been updating this post and will continue to update.
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, and for October if you’re a Shelby County resident, you can take the tour for $5 off (ID required).
– MidSouth Corn Maze (ongoing Sept. 20 – Nov. 2)
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 Oct. 31 – Nov. 1-2. 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 (Oct. 18, 20, 25, 27)
Head over to Marion, Ark. for a non-haunted corn maze, hayride, and concessions at the Mound City Corn Maze. Last year it was $10 admission to the maze, prices may vary this year. It’s open the last two Fridays and Sundays of October.
– Wicked Ways Haunted House (select days through Nov. 2)
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 through Oct 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 15th annual Shadowlands Festival of Fear ($15). There’s also an Hysteria Haunted Hayride ($15). Say that five times fast before the zombies eat you. Buy tickets to both for $28.
– HauntedWeb of Horrors (select days in October and Nov. 1-2)
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. Tickets are $25 for five attractions and you can pay $15 per person on site to skip the line.
– Shelby Forest Trail of Terror (select days Oct. 18 – 31)
This haunted trail through the woods is legit terrifying and not for the kids! It’s $10 cover cash only at the door and there is NO cell service, so another added bit of fear. No strollers, no holding babies.P
– Priddy Farms Pumpkin Patch
Head out to Priddy Farms (4595 N. Germantown Rd.) for pumpkins and more.
– Falcon Ridge Farms
It’s a 1.5 hour drive from Memphis, but Falcon Ridge in Toone, Tennessee, has a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, pony rides, and more through the end of the month.
– Second Baptist Church Pumpkin Patch
Buy your flowers, hay bales, and pumpkins at 4680 Walnut Grove this fall. There’s also a free Pumpkin Festival on October 26.
– Jones Orchard
Pumpkin patch and more fall fun (in addition to the haunted stuff).
PARTIES + EVENTS
– Monster Market (through Oct. 31)
Shop for local art with a creepy/spooky/dark/monster twist at this annual pop-up shop at 618 S. Main Street, which is just south of the Arcade Restaurant in South Main. It’s accessible and there’s parking. Open Tuesdays – Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.
– Halloween-Themed Cerrito Trivia + Bingo Nights (through Oct. 31)
Catch special The Office and Friends Halloween themed trivia nights and Bingo Nights with costume contests for several days during October.
– The Parting: Paranormal Pop-Up at Evergreen Theatre (Oct. 16-19)
Explore what wicked weirdness lurks beneath midtown’s Evergreen Theatre in this haunted tour of the theater, where each room tells a different creepy tale. $30 tickets per person. Cash bar. This is put on by the same folks who did Rites of Spring, the immersive art experience at Ashlar Hall back in April.
– Zoo Boo (Oct. 18-20, 25-27 & 31)
Candy stations, hay rides, mazes, magic shows, and more fun for the kids at the Zoo. No animals. Advance tickets are $13, day-of tickets are $15. Discounts for members. 5:30-9:30 p.m.
– Agricenter Harvest Festival (Oct. 19)
Free family-friendly event with pumpkin-painting, arts and crafts, hayrides, educational stations, and entertainment. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
– Haunted Happenings: A Victorian Carnival at Woodruff-Fontaine (Oct. 25)
It’s the 11th year for Haunted Happenings, and this year there’s a creepy old-timey carnival theme. $30 adults/$12 kids. 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. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
– Soul of the City Tour at Elmwood (Oct. 25 – Oct. 26)
Tour guides in costumes lead you through a tour of Memphis’ most historic and beautifully haunting cemetery. Sign up for specific tour times, while supplies last. $22 adults, kids 12 and under free.
– 2nd Baptist Pumpkin Festival (Oct. 26)
Free event for kids with trunk-or-treat, games, snacks, inflatables, and more. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
– Boo N Brew Party at Oak Court Mall (Oct. 26)
Meet in the Grove for Beer tasting, shopping, food, kids crafts, music, and more! This event is sponsored by Dave & Buster’s and Ghost River Brewing Co. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
– Halloween Spooktacular at the Children’s Museum (Oct. 26)
Take the kids to this fright-free event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’ll have crafts, scavenger hunt, magic show, costume contest, trick-or-treat stations, scarecrow building, face painting, and snacks, plus a big petting zoo and train ride.
– Boos & Booze Halloween Party and Costume Contest (Oct. 26)
Lafayette’s hosts a Halloween party sponsored by Fireball featuring the Dantones. Cover charge unclear.
– Spaceface Halloween at Crosstown Theatre (Oct. 26)
If you want to feel like you’re floating in an ocean of colors and sounds, mark your calendars for Spaceface’s annual Halloween show. This year, they’re accompanied by Harlan and members of the Memphis Symphony (under the pseudonym “The UpsideDown Ensemble”) at the Crosstown Theatre. 7 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. $10 adv./$15 door.
– Flick or Treat Movie Night at the Garden (Oct. 26)
Memphis Botanic hosts trick-or-treating from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a double feature of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” at 7:15 p.m. and “Casper” at 7:45 p.m. Kettle corn, food trucks, photo pops, booze available for sale. Tickets are $10 for non-members. All ages.
– Germantown Fall Fest at Bobby Lanier Farm Park – Sat. Oct. 26
Fall Fest starts at 4 p.m. pumpkin patch fun, petting zoo, and hayrides. Then come the haunted trails, burgers, bounce houses, music 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. Rain date is the 27th.
Memphis Bigfoot Festival at Memphis Made (Oct. 26)
Is this a Halloween event? It’s spooky enough for me, so here we go: celebrate our “big friend in the woods’ with films, evidence, and more Bigfoot-themed fun at Memphis Made’s taproom in Cooper Young. It’s free, and from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Monster Mash at Memphis Made (Oct. 26)
Stay after the Bigfoot Fest for a dance party, DJ’ed by Goner. Come in costume. No cover.
Crosstown Paranormal Expo at Crosstown Brewing (Oct. 29)
Meet Memphis’ leading paranormal groups (think ghost hunting, haunted spots, and spooky tales) plus some local ghostbusters while enjoying Crosstown beer. Free event from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
– Crosstown Creep Sweet Trunk or Treat (Oct. 31)
From 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Halloween, Crosstown hosts a free trick-or-treating on the Plaza, with live music and a Thriller dance flash mob.
– Seeing Red Halloween Bash at Lafayette’s (Oct. 31)
Seeing Red performs at the Overton Square music hall. Costumes encouraged. 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Cover charge not clear, but they usually have one.
Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Party at Memphis Made (Oct. 31)
Bring your dogs in costume. Prizes for best dressed and people-and-pup matching costumes/lookalikes at 6 p.m., followed by a Trick-Or-Trivia Spooktacular. Beer and Candy. No cover.
– Black October at The Collective (Wed. Oct. 31)
The Collective hosts the 5th annual Black October Halloween Party with music, drinks, and more. Come in costume. 9 p.m – midnight.
– Hell House at Mollie Fontaine (Wed. Oct. 31)
The annual Mollie’s Halloween dance party is back for another epic year. Doors open at 8 p.m. and rages until 3 a.m. DJs Justin Hand and Mike McConnell. $10 cover. 21 and up.
– Monsters Ball at Cadre Building (Oct. 31)
Young Ike Diddy presents a Halloween costume ball at the Cadre Building downtown. DJ, dress code, 21 and up.
– House on Haunted Hill screening at Crosstown Concourse (Oct. 31)
Free admission to this movie screening during Crosstown’s Trunk-Or-Treat. Show starts at 6 p.m.
– Halloween Benefit at Bar Ware (Oct. 31)
Bar Ware donates 5% of sales on Halloween to UNICEF Hurricane Dorian relief during this costume contest evening with cash prizes. DJ Eggroll officiates.
– Dia de los Muertos Parade & Festival (Nov. 2)
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 11:20 a.m., and the party starts at 12:30 p.m.
Did I miss something? Add your events here.