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2020 Memphis Guide To Halloween: Haunted Houses, Pumpkin Patches, And Events

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 21st 2020 17651 0

Halloween 2020 in Memphis might be different this year, with new rules and strict safety guidelines, but our pumpkin patches, haunted houses, corn mazes, and ghost tours are still going strong.

Here are a things to do for Halloween this year in Memphis and the Mid-South. Add your events here.

Ed. Note: Due to last minute Shelby County Health Dept. directives, all Halloween activities are subject to change or closure.


TOURS + HAUNTED HOUSES

Historical Haunts Memphis (ongoing)
Historical Haunts hosts ongoing spooky tours, haunted pub crawls, and ghost hunts. 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, and capacity is limited.

Backbeat Tours (ongoing)
Backbeat hosts walking two-hour Ghost Tours downtown on a regular basis, just be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time as capacity is limited.

Wicked Ways Haunted House (select days through Nov. 7)
I’m hearing this haunted house at 160 Cumberland near Wiseacre is the most terrifying in town. This year, they’re requiring face masks (of the health variety) and temperature checks, and are making arrangements to keep people six feet apart while going through the super-scary not for children haunted house. Proceeds benefit St. Jude. Check out the website for ticket info and hours, which vary depending on the day.

Jones Orchard Shadowlands of Fear (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays in October)
Imagining yourself in cute flannel, picking apples and such? Forget it. At Jones Orchard, creatures and creeps come out to haunt the woods (“Festival of Fear”) and the orchard itself (“Hysteria”). Haunted attractions are $15 each or get scared at both for $28. There’s also a regular non-haunted corn maze for $8.

HauntedWeb of Horrors (October 9-11, 15018, 23-25, 29 – Nov. 1)
If their three 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 and can be purchased online ahead of time to skip the ticket line.

There’s no Mid-South Corn Maze at the Agricenter this year.

PUMPKIN PATCHES

– Priddy Farms Pumpkin Patch
Head out to Priddy Farms (4595 N. Germantown Rd.) for pumpkins, a petting zoo, and more. Open every day.

 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.

Jones Orchard
Pumpkin patch and more fall fun (in addition to the haunted stuff mentioned above).

EVENTS

Monster Market (through Oct. 31)
Shop for local art with a creepy/spooky/dark/monster twist at this annual pop-up shop which is online only this year.

Zoo Boo, Memphis Zoo (October 16-18, 23-35, 29-31)
Candy stations, hay rides, mazes, magic shows, and more fun for the kids at the Zoo. No animals besides the Herpatarium, Aquarium, and Animals of the Night exhibits. You’ll need to reserve your specific day; tickets are not exchangeable for other days once you buy them. $13 for members/$15 non-members

Movies at the Mallory-Neely House (October 15 and 29)
The Mallory-Neely House in Victorian Village will have a big screen for movies on the lawn this fall. Bring a chair and a blanket, and plan to social distance yourself. There will be food trucks. The October 15th movie is Charade; the October 29th movie is The Lodger.

Elmwood’s Tours (throughout the month)
One of Memphis’s beautiful, haunting, historic cemeteries is hosting a slew of themed tours throughout the month—check their Facebook Events page or website for a schedule and sign up ASAP because some of them are already sold out.\

Halloweek of Fun at the Children’s Museum of Memphis (October 24 – 31)
CMOM hosts a week of Halloween fun at the museum: wear a costume (including a protective face mask) to be entered into the daily costume contests, make a fun craft, take a family photo, and enjoy some of the newly renovated exhibits + your old favorites.

Candy Crawl at Oak Court Mall (October 26 – 30)
Kids can get a bag of treats and toys at the mall during scheduled times.

Happy Halloween Scavenger Hunt at Fire Museum of Memphis (Oct. 31)
The Fire Museum hosts a scavenger hunt for kids on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Kids can wear costumes, complete the hunt, and receive a bag of candy as a prize, while supplies last. $2 suggested donation per kid. Please pre-register online.

Memphis Reggae Halloween at Brinson’s Downtown (Oct. 31)
Brinson’s hosts an open-air, social-distanced, family friendly party from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Halloween. Wear your costume, enjoy reggae music, food and drinks for sale (curbside pickup  for takeout is available).

Halloween Full Moon Kayaking at Mud Island Boat Ramp (Oct. 31)
Kayak Memphis hosts a full moon kayaking paddle on Halloween for experienced paddlers only. Check in is at 5:30 p.m., sunset at 6 p.m., and rentals are good until 7 p.m. Get your $30 tickets, pre-register, and read all the details in the FB event.

Drive-In Movie: Black Panther at Shelby Farms Park (Oct. 31)
Shelby Farms hosts a drive-in movie night at the park. It’s pre-registration only—no tickets available on site—and $25 suggested donation per car.

Marcella Simien & Her Lovers at Railgarten (Oct. 31)
Marcella & Her Lovers perform live music on stage at Railgarten on Halloween. Music starts at 6:30 p.m.

Hallowdaze Trunk or Treat at Theatre Memphis (Oct. 31)
Bring the kids and costumes for this socially-distanced trunk or treat in the parking lot at Theatre Memphis.

Kroctober Fall Fun Bash Drive-Thru at the Kroc Center (Oct. 31)
Drive up to the Kroc Center between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Halloween for a free, safe and socially-distanced trick-or-treat goodie bag pickup at the midtown campus.

Black Panther Drive-In Movie at Shelby Farms Park (Oct. 31)
Shelby Farms will screen Marvel’s Black Panther movie on Halloween—gates open at 5 p.m. and the movies starts at 6:30 p.m. Be sure you get your ticket ($25 per car) ahead of time, as this even is very likely to sell out.

I’ll be adding to this list as October rolls on…

 


Did I miss something? Add your events here.

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  1. Tim says:

    Are they no longer doing the Spooky Nights at Shelby Farms?

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Spooky Nights is gone. They’re doing a spooky movie night on Oct. 13 and a Boofalo Bash fall fest type event on the 31st instead.

  2. Kendra says:

    I’ve always wanted to experience a los dios de muertos Celebration!

  3. Lisa Johnson says:

    Is there any Halloween parties/dances/balls this year? We are visiting Halloween weekend for my husbands birthday.

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      I haven’t heard of the usual bigger parties because of covid, however, I just added a few events, including Marcella at Railgarten which will probably turn into a party that day!

  4. Lindsey says:

    Do you or does anyone know of any virtual or picture costume contests going on for children?

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