5 Things To Do This Weekend: 10/30 – 11/1
Happy Halloween! This is my #1 favorite holiday and my favorite time of year in Memphis, so I’m extra excited to share this special super-sized deluxe edition of the I Love Memphis weekend guide. You can also check out the Halloween and Fall Events Guides.
But first, but sure you didn’t miss anything new on the blog this week:
40 Things To Do In Memphis This Fall (updated!)
Memphis Musician Q&A with Daz Rinko
- Ways To Give Back In Memphis This Month
OK, here are the five categories of things to do in Memphis this weekend.
P.S. Vote, wear a mask, and keep social distancing.
1. Trunk-Or-Treating / Halloween For Kids
Kroctober Fall Fun Bash Drive-Thru, Kroc Center, Saturday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
The Kroc Center’s fall fun bash will be a safe drive-through style trick-or-treating with goodie bags for families. Pull up in your car and stay safe while enjoying family-friendly Halloween fun.
Halloweek of Fun at the Children’s Museum of Memphis (through Oct. 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.
Spooky Spokes Bike Ride, 51 Riverside Drive, Saturday, 4:20 p.m. – 7 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
From Memphis River Parks: “Don’t let that costume go to waste! Deck out your bike in its spookiest decoration and #cometotheriver for a family-friendly ride down Riverside Drive. Costumes encouraged. Masks required.”
Candy Crawl at Oak Court Mall (October 26 – 30)
Kids can get a bag of treats and toys at the mall during scheduled times.
Hallowdaze Trunk or Treat at Theatre Memphis (Saturday)
Bring the kids and costumes for this socially-distanced trunk or treat in the parking lot at Theatre Memphis.
2. Drive-In Movies
The Birds Drive-In Movie, Shelby Farms Park, Friday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., $25/car, all ages/kid-friendly
Watch the spooky Hitchcock classic, “The Birds” at Shelby Farms with the family. Gates open at 5:00. Movie starts at 6:30pm. Proceeds benefit Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline.
Black Panther Drive-In Movie, Shelby Farms Park, Saturday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., $25/car, all ages/kid-friendly
From Shelby Farms: “Looking for a safe, fun way to celebrate halloween with your entire family? Catch a showing of the thrilling blockbuster superhero film “Black Panther” Saturday, October 31! Gates open at 5:00. Movie starts at 6:30pm. All proceeds support Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline.”
Halloween Movie Night, Sunset Cinema at Tiger Lane, Saturday, 6:30 p.m., $25 per carload (6 people or less), parental discretion advised)
Sunset Cinema Drive-In will screen Hocus Pocus and Texas Chain Saw Massacre starting at 6:30 p.m. on Halloween night at Tiger Lane. Grab your friends, and wear your favorite costume. Visit 901sunsetcinema.com for tickets and more information.
3. Get Outdoors
Halloween Full Moon Kayaking at Mud Island Boat Ramp (Saturday)
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.
Riverfront Story Time, River Garden (51 Riverside Drive), every Sunday in October, 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., free, all ages/kid-friendly
Cossitt Library and MRPP will host story and arts & crafts time for the kiddos every Sunday afternoon in October at the River Garden downtown. The story will be read over the park’s PA system, seating will be six feet apart, and each kid will get their own craft bag. Wear your masks and make sure the kids bring an adult!
Ride or walk on the Shelby Farms Greenline, a 10.65 mile protected path from East Memphis to Shelby Farms/Cordova.
Ride or walk a section of the Wolf River Greenway, a series of protected paths in multiple locations in the city—see the open sections on the website. The Wolf River Greenway will eventually be a 26-mile connected path from Mud Island to Germantown.
4. Scavenger Hunts
Happy Halloween Scavenger Hunt at Fire Museum of Memphis (Saturday)
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.
Halloween Instagram Scavenger Hunt, Downtown Memphis, Saturday, noon – 6 p.m., $10 per person, all ages
What’s The Move Memphis will host a Memphis Halloween Scavenger Hunt on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Here’s how it works: Get your tickets on Event Brite, check in at the Fourth Bluff anytime between noon and 4 p.m.; you’ll have two hours to drive around and take photos at various downtown landmarks.
5. Shop Local
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.
Crafts Fair Pop Up Shop, Museum of Science & History, Fridays through Sundays through December
First off: the Pink Palace is now called the “Museum of Science & History”. Second off, this year their annual crafts fair is functioning as a pop-up shop every Friday and Saturday (10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) and Sunday (noon – 5 p.m.). Shop for art, decor, gifts, jewelry, candles, and more from Memphis makers.
Plus a few more ideas…
– Edgar Allan Poe Virtual Reading, Online, Friday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., $20, 13 and up
From Elmwood: “Back by popular demand: Edgar Allan Poe returns for this special virtual event just in time for Halloween! The author himself (portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella) returns from beyond the grave to read several of his works, both well-known and forgotten.”
– 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).
– 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.
– 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 (Oct. 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.
–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.