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38 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Memphis

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Halloween is on a Saturday this year, which means lots of fun events will be going on. Also, we all know that October is one month-long celebration of all things creepy. Since one can never be too prepared, check out all the haunted happenings going on in Memphis:

There is an experience for everyone from the curious who enjoy a historical tour and taste of investigating, a haunted pub crawl, to a hardcore 5 hour live investigation in one of the most famously haunted locations in the country. Hosted by paranormal investigators, this group seeks to always have new experiences and keep exploring after death communication and contact. During the tours and events you will not only hear stories but attempt to capture actual evidence.

The Pink Palace will be showing all of the HP films on every Saturday in September and October ending with a double-feature on Halloween night (with a costume contest during intermission). The films will be shown in their CTI Giant Theater and costumes are always encouraged.

  • Oct 2nd through Oct 31st – Spooky Nights at Shelby Farms Park – 7pm – 10pm 
    • HAUNTED TRAIL (AGES 12+): $12/person
      • The Pine Forest of Shelby Farms Park is transformed into the only haunted trail in Memphis! Are you brave enough to handle 2 miles of scares?
    • NOCTURNAL NATURE HIKES (ALL AGES): $10/family, free for members
      • For those looking for a fun, but not frightening activity, guided nocturnal nature hikes will be held on a separate trail. These hikes are a great way to experience wildlife at night. In addition to the wildlife, hike leaders will teach participants how to use their night vision and other senses to navigate in the night.
    • ZOMBIE LASER TAG + WALKER RANGE: $5/person per game
    • ZOMBIE PAINTBALL HAYRIDE (all ages): $20/person, $25/zombie truck
      • Climb aboard a trailer that is specially outfitted with paintball equipment and try to conquer zombies! Don’t worry–the zombies aren’t coordinated enough to use the paintball equipment, so you’ll have the upper hand! For more information, click here.
    • HEADLESS HORSEMAN HAYRIDES: $8/person
    • PUMPKIN PAINTING: $7/large pumpkin, $5/small pumpkin
    • SPOOKY FOOD TRUCKS
    • TRUNK OR TREAT ON OCTOBER 31st
      • Little ghosts and goblins are invited to go trick or treating in safe environment during Spooky Nights. Treats will be provided by Memphis Shelby County EMS. Costumes are encouraged.

      All proceeds from Spooky Nights benefit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy which manages and operates Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline.

  • Oct. 2nd through Nov. 1st – Haunted Web of Horrors – Cordova – $12, $20, $26

Voted Memphis’ best Haunted House for 8 years, this event is open every weekend in October starting October 2nd. Hours are Thursdays and Sundays 7pm to 10pm, Fridays and Saturdays 7pm – 12pm. Tickets are $12 for 1 haunt, $20 for 2 haunts, or $26 for 3 haunts (yes there are 3 haunted house experiences in 1 place: Tormented House, Dark Matter House, and Twisted House). Every Sunday in October there is a special “Lights Out” event where you can experience the “Tormented Haunted House” in total darkness with just a glowstick as your companion.

Located in the Broad Avenue Arts District (next to Wiseacre), proceeds from this haunted house experience will go to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Wicked Ways Haunted House may be too intense for children under 10. Parents, please use your discretion.

Experience the horrors that haunt Jones’ Corn Maze at Shadowlands. Lost in the acres of corn and woods behind Jones’ Orchard hides a horrific secret. This cursed land is swarming with monsters and mayhem. Creatures so terrifying they have resorted to clown masks to hide their mutated faces. Don’t let their friendly disguises fool you! They’re on a bloodthirsty prowl for something to feel the pain they’ve felt. Will you survive the twists and turns of shear horror the Shadowlands have in store for you?  Also take a ride on Hangman’s Hollow Haunted Hay Ride.

The annual Memphis Zombie Walk steps off at noon at Handy Park, Downtown. Please bring one or more canned items to drop off at the beginning of the Walk to benefit the MidSouth Food Bank. If you’re interested in helping with make-up or having make-up done, then be there by 10am.

Join the cast and crew of Spooky Nights as they present the 2015 Memphis Zombie 5k at Shelby Farms Park. Participants will navigate this 5k course through the paths and haunted trails of Shelby Farms Park in an attempt to make it through without being eaten by a hoard of flesh eating zombies. Costumes are encouraged and there will be a prize for best dressed.

Join High Cotton Brewing Company for their Second Annual Oktoberfest which will be taking place at the brand new Firehaus Station 3. They will be sharing beer and Bavarian Fare brought to you by Central BBQ while the the Dead Soldiers provide the music.

  • Fri, Sat, Sun in Oct. starting 10/16 – Zoo Boo – Midtown – 5:30pm-9:30pm – $10/members advance, $13/nonmembers advance, $12/members on day, $15/nonmembers on day

This annual family-friendly event at the Memphis Zoo includes hayrides, candy stations, straw mazes, and more.

Hosted by Voices of the South, all are invited to come dressed in a biblically-inspired costume (character, plague, sin, etc.) and enjoy the interactive Sister Myotis experience.  Festivities include a costume contest, spirited movement, fall carnival games, Deadly Sins dioramas, lip-sync competition, adult libations for the Episcopalians, and plenty of mayonnaise-based dips. The $25 admission includes 5 tickets good for drinks/games.

All are invited to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, (2404 Kirby Rd, corner of Kirby and Messick Rds) for lunch and to stay for a petting zoo, train rides, pony rides, giant inflatables and pictures in the Pumpkin Patch. Reservations are required: 901-754-6548.

Bring a pumpkin, and Muddy’s will supply the rest! They’ll have paint pens, stickers, and more (no knives) to decorate pumpkins on the porch. Costumes are welcome.

Each guest will receive two complimentary tickets for wine, beer and witches brew. There will be a cash bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music by Dr. Zarr and the Amazing Funk Monster, and more. Proceeds benefit the Pink Palace Museum.

If you have never visited Elmwood, this tour is the best way to get to know the cemetery and the individuals who rest there. Costumed characters portraying Elmwood residents will introduce you to the history of Memphis’ oldest active cemetery. This is an all-walking tour that begins at 4pm. Tour groups will depart from the Cottage every ten minutes and the last tour will begin at 5:30pm. Children under 12 will be admitted free. This event takes place rain or shine.

Come out for the 7th Annual Fall Paw Fest, a family friendly filled afternoon of trick-or-treating, games, a magic show, prizes, free bounce houses and train rides. Don’t forget your four-legged family members! They are partnering with Collierville Animal Shelter and will have lots of activities, including a Halloween costume contest.

  • Saturday, Oct. 24 – Halloween Hallow – 2pm-5pm – Free

Halloween Hollow takes place at Heartsong Church (800 North Houston Levee Road, Cordova) and is a free, family-friendly celebration complete with carnival games, giant inflatable slides, professional face painting, concessions, and more.  Baileys Arms Animal Rescue will be on site with puppies and adult dogs ready for adoption. For more info you can email dbaker@heartsongchurch.net.

  • Sunday, October 25 – Trunk or Treat 5:30-7:30pm – $10/family

Costumes welcome. Games, treats, and $5 dinner plates available.

The City of Memphis is participating in a national competition with other US cities to determine which city is the best for everyday bicycle riding. The measure of this quality is being determined using a little bit of whimsy and counting people doing everyday things on their bikes. To be counted: Ride your bicycle along this road on the designated day at any time and be counted. Ride your bicycle along this road on the designated day and meet the themed challenge and be counted for entry in the national competition. Meet up with riders at 6:00pm on the designated day at the Overton Park Bike Gate (Sam Cooper and East Parkway) for a group ride down Broad Avenue. The ride will be about one mile in length along the new protected bikeways and will end at the Rec Room (3000 Broad Avenue)

The Attic presents the first Overton Square Halloween Circus Sideshow  in The Tower Courtyard. This event will offer an edgy and humor-filled twist on the classic American sideshows of the early 20th century. Arrive to the show dressed as your favorite Halloween sideshow character and be greeted by Yelp’s photo freaks on the circus red carpet, enjoy refreshments and libations, mix and mingle in between intermissions, and visit The Attic Apparel’s Gift Tent, all while catching an internationally renowned circus sideshow. Get tickets here.

  • Friday, Oct 30th – 31st – Pink Pumpkin Festival 
  • Enjoy the inaugural Pink Pumpkin Festival benefiting the Susan G. Komen Memphis Midsouth Foundation in Downtown Memphis. There will be a Pumpkin Design Contest, a Halloween Parade, live music and trick or’ treating.
    • Oct 25th-30th: Pick up a pink pumpkin to decorate/carve for the Pumpkin Design Contest ($5 a pumpkin)
    • Oct 30th: Bring your pumpkin back by 6pm. Voting will be held Friday and Saturday
    • Oct 31st: Costume Parade at 3pm (meet at Life is Good on South Main at 2:30pm)
    • Nov 1st: Winners will be posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

For a Halloween experience suitable for small children, take them to the Fairy Tale Trail presented by Germantown Community Theatre’s All Children’s Theatre. Love a good scare? Dare to walk the Trail of Terror presented by Houston High School student government. Come in costume and enjoy concessions, carnival games and moon bounces. No rain date.

Come out for a Halloween dance and costume contest! Best costume wins a month of Tiger Rag lessons. There will be East coast swing lesson with Todd and Monica at 7 PM, then swingin’ Halloween music from 7:30-9:30 PM. Free before 7 PM, $5 after.

This gala benefits Elmwood Cemetery and includes signature drinks, food, beer, movies under the stars, a ride through the cemetery, fortune telling, and more.

This is the Woodruff Fontaine’s 7th Annual Fall Fundraiser to benefit preservation efforts by Memphis Chapter, APTA. This truly unique evening of “spirited” fun transforms the WF into a haunted mansion. Visit with gypsy fortune tellers and other Victorian themed Halloween fun. Expedition Unknown, local TAPS family members will be conducting a live paranormal investigation during the evening and sharing actual haunted evidence from inside the Mansion. Traditional turn of the century Halloween treats will be served in the carriage house.

Chef Phillip Ashley presents the annual Memphis Masquerade. This event honors charitable organizations doing incredible work in the areas of health, youth and outreach. This event is a black tie gala event and the theme is Vintage Hollywood. Tickets include amazing catering, live entertainment, open bars and surprises throughout the mansion and on the mansion lawn. Masks are highly encouraged.

This is a great family-friendly event where you can bring your trick or treaters to Town Square to enjoy treats from local merchants 3:30-5:00 and crafts and games from 4:30-6:00.

For over 15 years, Craig Brewer and The Black Lodge have thrown some of the biggest Halloween parties in the city. Although most of these events were private, accessible by invite only, they’ve always been enormous and insane. Now, for the first time, they are opening the annual Halloween bash to all. There will be live music featuring The Sheiks, Jack Oblivian, Superwitch, The Dead Soldiers, and Al Kapone. Amurica will be onsite with a horror themed photo booth. There will be fire hoopers, body painting, free food and more. All proceeds go to bands and performers.

There will be a DJ spinning the best prom songs from the 80’s to today under the spinning mirror ball. Enjoy punch and a midnight breakfast buffet. Corsages, boutonniere, and costumes encouraged.

Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos at the Rumba Room with a free salsa lesson! There will be a professional makeup artist on hand and cash prizes will go to the most original Dia De Muertos costume.

Celebrate Halloween at the Mollie Fontaine Lounge with music by Future-Everything artists: StroolyTEHKAL. This event is 21+ only.

This event will benefit the Church Health Center and takes place at Stop 345 (345 Madison) Downtown. Your ticket will include entertainment by Lord T and Eloise, DJ Witnesse and DJ Lil’ Egg Roll as well as an open bar with complimentary liquor, beer, wine, Jello-shots, light appetizers, Amurica photobooth, and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged.

Celebrate Breakaway Running turning 34 years old with their second Anniversary in Overton Square. Start with a short fun run and then head back to the Midtown store to enjoy light finger foods and ice cold refreshments. Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes in various categories. This event is free and open to the public. More info TBA.

Mud Island River Park will transform into a family fun Halloween Trick or Treat experience with candy stops, hayrides, kiddie train rides, games and a costume contest.

This event takes place at the HiTone in Crosstown. Cover is $10 at the door, $5 if you bring 2 canned goods. There will be magicians, sword swallowers, a bouncy castle, faux ball pit, bobbing for apples, and many other things other than music. Music by Fever Dream Interactive coming from Austin, TX will be in the small room and they will have interactive projection games and you can make your own spin art. More music by Spaceface, Fever The Ghost, and Isaiah The Mosaic. Taylor James (from Madison Growler) will be selling limited edition Spaceface//Hi-tone growlers with a special design printed on them to commemorate the event. 

Get free swag and giveaways for just walking in the door! There will be a costume contest and live music by Backup Planet. The Grand Prize for the costume contest is a Sweetwater Kayak plus a Budweiser Can Grill and 100 bucks cash, second place prize is a Fire Pit and a stainless steel cooler donated by Eagle Distributing, third place gets a Budweiser Can Grill and 50 bucks cash.

Music and entertainment by Freeworld, DJ Stan Bell & others. There will be a Costume Contest with a $1,000 cash prize & a photo booth. This event benefits Tranformations Autism Treatment Center.

FedExFamilyHouse provides housing for patients of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and their families. The House Party will take place at The Warehouse on G.E Pattetson Avenue from 8pm to midnight, and guests must be 21 years or older to attend. Costumed encouraged!

Need a costume? Check out Mr. Lincoln’s Costume Shoppe! You’ll want to reserve your costume early.

Did you know Memphis has several urban legends? You can read all about those here.

Looking for pumpkin patches and corn mazes? Go here. We also have this post with even more fall festivals and events.

See something we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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