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.
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.
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!