When you’re too old to trick-or-treat but you still want to celebrate Halloween, there are tons of parties and events to go to instead. Whether you have kids who enjoy asking for candy, or you like the thrills that come with haunted houses, here are 10 ways to ring in Halloween during October in Memphis this year.
Le Bonheur Zoo Boo
In partnership with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the Memphis Zoo is hosting Le Bonheur Zoo Boo for eight nights in October. During the weekend of October 20th–22nd and October 27th–31st, Zoo Boo will begin after hours at 5:30 p.m. The event is not included in general zoo admission. The family-friendly event will have hayrides, straw mazes, candy stations, magic shows, and singing pumpkins. Ticket prices for zoo members are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Non-member prices are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.
Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Pl, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901 333 6500
Fright-Day the Thirteenth Outdoor Movie Night
Head over to Shelby Farms Park on Friday, October 13th for the Fright-Day the Thirteenth Outdoor Movie Night. Grab a spot on the lawn and munch on popcorn and have a drink while watching two Halloween movies: Hocus Pocus at 6:15 p.m. and Friday the 13th at 8:15 p.m. The event is free to park members and costs $10 per car for non-members. Proceeds benefit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.
Wicked Ways Haunted House
For fright fanatics who enjoy a good scare, the Wicked Ways Haunted House will be up and running (like its visitors) from September 29th through October 31st. Dates and hours vary by day. New in 2017 is the Underground Military Biohazard Research Laboratory, where dozens of military personnel have been infected with a virus and are wandering around while visitors try not to get infected. There is also a two-story Victorian house that holds guests who’ve been attacked by a giant beast that roams the home. Proceeds from the haunted house benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Wicked Ways Haunted House, 160 Cumberland St, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901 515 6649
Sinners for Saints III: Thriller Night
Back for its third year, the Sinners for Saints Ball will take place on October 28th and last until 3 a.m. the next morning. The 21+ event has expanded to include three venues, all covered in the $50 ticket price. The ’80s rock tribute band AQUANET is playing at Stop 345, along with DJ SuperBrad; Brinson’s is hosting all night karaoke with DJ Lil’ Eggroll, and at the Indoor Trailer Park Voodoo Lounge, there will be Charvey Mac. Also included in the ticket price are Jell-O shots, complimentary beer, the Amurica Photo Booth and a selection of food from local restaurants. All proceeds benefit the Church Health Center.
Booffalo Bash at Shelby Farms Park
On Halloween night, Shelby Farms Park will have its Booffalo Bash. Activities scheduled include nocturnal nature hikes, pumpkin painting, a Booffalo Bob photo booth, safe trunk or treating and making s’mores around a campfire. Music will entertain visitors while food trucks keep hungry bellies fed. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The event is free for park members and costs $10 per car for non-members.
Flick-or-Treat at the Botanic Garden
On October 28th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., Memphis Botanic Garden will have its Flick-or-Treat event. The movie begins at 7 p.m., but there will be fun and games prior to the screening. Treat stations and activities, including a bug exhibit, will be on-site for kids. Food truck concessions and alcoholic beverages will be available for adults. Tickets are $8 for garden members and $10 for non-members, and prices include both the activities and the movie.
Le Monster, Part Boo!
Memphis College of Art (MCA), in conjunction with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, is hosting the family-friendly Le Monster, Part Boo! event on Saturday, October 28th from 6–8 p.m. to pay tribute to the hospital’s child patients. An exhibition showcasing the works of students, faculty, and staff of MCA who have recreated the children’s original monster drawings will be on display, as well as the original artwork by the children. The event will have crafts, candy, and drinks and encourages guests to wear costumes or monster-themed attire.
Haunted Happenings at the Woodruff-Fontaine House
Enjoy some Victorian-themed fun by experiencing Haunted Happenings at the Woodruff-Fontaine House. The home will be dimly lit as an experienced paranormal investigator takes visitors through the property while sharing the stories of those who lived and died in the mansion. The guides will have investigation equipment on hand since many past visitors believe there are still spirits haunting the house. The event takes place beginning at 7:30 p.m. on October 27th and is expected to last about two hours. Tickets cost $25.00.
Elmwood Cemetery Spirits With the Spirits
Taking place at Elmwood Cemetery, Spirits With the Spirits happens on Friday, October 27th at 7 p.m. Tickets for the “rain or shine” event are $70 for individuals and $125 per couple. Three drinks are included with each ticket price. The event will also feature live music, tarot card readers, and a silent auction. Dress code is black-and-white casual, but guests are invited to wear costumes.
Spaceface Halloween Party
Memphis-based psychedelic rock band Spaceface is headlining the annual Spaceface Halloween party at The Hi Tone Cafe on October 28th. There will be art vendors, bouncy castles, a costume contest, and plenty of Halloween-themed décor. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door, which opens at 8 p.m. The venue is partnering with Sister Supply this year to provide menstruation products to women in the Memphis area. Donations will be taken at the door during the event.
The Hi Tone Cafe, 412 N Cleveland St, Memphis, TN, USA, +1 901 490 0335