5 Quick & Easy D.I.Y. Halloween Costumes

1. Scarecrow

Grab a pair of jeans, a plaid flannel shirt, a hat, flowers, and a little makeup,and you will be the most fashionable scarecrow ever.

2. Medusa
A quick search of your closet for a solid color maxi dress and a trip to your local dollar store's toy section will turn you into an elegant modern day Medusa. 

Got purple or green balloons? Blow them up, attach a piece of greenery from an artificial plant to your head and wallah..the perfect grape costume. 

4.Animal Face
Are you a skilled makeup artist? If so, break out those brushes and creative your favorite animal.

5. Christmas Tree
Got a little extra tulle laying around the house. Wrap yourself in it, add Christmas ornaments and you are a singing Christmas tree. 


Halloween Events in Memphis!

Sept. 30–Oct. 29 – Spooky Nights at Shelby Farms Park – Fridays & Saturdays 7-10 p.m.
  • 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 a mile of scares?
  • Zombie Paintball Hayride (ALL AGES): $20/person; $25 for 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!
  • Headless Horseman Hayrides: $8/person
    • Take a family-friendly hayride through the Park, but be on the lookout for the legend himself!
  • Phantom Zorbs: $10 Zorb Ride; $5 Knockerballs
    • Don’t miss this new addition to Spooky Nights! Knock down zombies and monsters as you roll down the haunted hill in the glowing phantom zorb.
  • Pumpkin Decorating: $7/large pumpkin; $5/small pumpkin

Fri/Sat/Sun on Oct. 21-23 & 27-31 – Le Bonheur Zoo Boo – 5:30 p.m. – $10-15/person
Zoo Boo is an all ages event, and this year there is eight nights of fun throughout October. Each Zoo Boo night will have trick-or-treating stations, crafts, hayrides, entertainment, and kids activities. Costumes are encouraged, and check out the rules for the Virtual Costume Contest

Sept. 30-Oct. 31 – The Mid-South Haunted Maze – $12/maze; $5/haunted hayride
The Mid-South Maze is open the entire month of October, but it’s only haunted on the weekend. Take your best shot at escaping the maze, and don’t forget to jump on the haunted hayride for even more scares. This year, the design is the Grizzlies beloved Mike Conley.

Saturday, October 22nd, 1-4pm
3:15pm - Canine Costume Contest
3:45pm - Costume parade around Central Park
Mark your calendars for Carriage Crossing's annual Pawfest!
Enjoy a fun day filled with trick or treating around the property, music from DJ Infinity, train rides, bounce houses, balloon twisters, face painting, and more!
This event IS Pet-friendly, for dogs who are well-behaved and on leashes. Be sure to enter your furry friend in the Canine costume contest at 3:15pm & stick around for the costume parade around Central Park at 3:45pm

Saturday, October 22 at 10 AM - 1 PM

Stop in for a spell and see who's saying "Boo" at the CMOM Spooktacular of Stars. No tricks are allowed, but some "surprise" characters are passing out treats! Who are they? A silly sponge or a pre-school pirate? You must come to see! The Snow Sisters and their silly Snowman are striking a spooky pose for pictures, there's face painting, Halloween crafts and a costume contest at 1 PM. Be sure to stick around and enter the contest to win one of three cash prizes or 5 CMOM family memberships.

Tickets are included with regular museum admission and can be purchased at the door. Members are free and non-members are $15. Mummies, don't forget your cameras!

Saturday, October 22, 7pm | South Lawn | 21 and up
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens will heat things up once again with its biggest night of the year, Art on Fire 2016! All are invited to gather on the Dixon’s South Lawn for a festive fall party with a roaring bonfire,fabulous food, live music, a silent auction, and much more.

Saturday, October 29 at 7 PM - 2 AM
AND IT IS BACK!! Join The TaKeOver as they host the hottest Halloween party in the city! Get your costumes ready because it will definitely be a night to remember! Costume contests, food and libations all night long! See you on Saturday October 29th at Side Street Grill!
31 Florence St, Memphis, Tennessee 38104

Halloween Events Happening in Memphis

Spooks, ghouls, and goblins are just a few of the treats in store of the kiddies and adults this Halloween. With an array of free and paid events happening in Memphis, you are sure to find a ghoulish treat for you and the family. Choose 901 made a list of 38 things to do in Memphis for Halloween. Here is a list of events happening this week and weekend.

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.

    • PUMPKIN PAINTING: $7/large pumpkin, $5/small pumpkin
      • 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 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!