Halloween fun in Memphis
Halloween fun in Memphis
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What's Going on in Memphis for Halloween?

Experience the City’s Most Ghoulish Adventures

Haunted houses. Ghostly pubs. Chilling cemeteries. It should come as no surprise that a city with such a storied past as Memphis would highlight attractions with haunted histories and ghoulish reputations. In fact, Memphis was named one of The Most Hauntingly Beautiful Cities in the United States by Fodor's Travel. Many of the city's most haunted locations are open for discovery year round but can be especially spooky during the Halloween season. Along with these haunted attractions, there are plenty of spook-tacular events and activities you can experience this year. Check out these local Memphis haunts — if you dare.

Haunted Houses 

One of the biggest and most popular haunted experiences in Memphis, HauntedWeb, is back. With five horrifying haunted house experiences and three escape rooms, HauntedWeb is the perfect Halloween attraction for those seeking a good scare. 

From September 29 through Halloween night, experience the 10 Acres of Terror Haunted House and the Woods of Terror trails at FearZone Haunted House. Visitors also love the terrifyingly fun haunted house and corn maze at Shadowlands Festival of Fear at Jones Orchard

Or, get your tickets to one of Memphis’ most frightening attractions, the Wicked Ways Haunted House. See if you and your friends can make it out of Memphis’ largest indoor haunted house.  

Looking for real life scares? From Earnestine & Hazel's to the Woodruff-Fontaine House and The Orpheum Theatre; here are the most notable haunted places in Memphis.

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From the Pumpkin House to light up decorations at night, Zoo Boo has all sorts of family fun. Select nights from Oct. 13-31, 2023, kids are invited dress up and trick or treat their way through the Memphis Zoo for a spook-tacular good time. Grab a stein during Zootoberfest where beer stands are set up around the zoo pouring Memphis' favorite fall beers, every Saturday and Sunday in October.

The Mid-South Corn Maze at the Agricenter is a family favorite every year. If you're up for a fright, on weekends after dusk it transforms into a haunted corn maze full of ghosts, goblins and ghouls. The corn maze opens Sept. 15, 2023. The haunted maze begins Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, running each Friday and Saturday night through October and on Halloween night. 

Support Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital by signing up for the Le Bonheur Pumpkin Run 5k  on Oct. 21, 2023. Or run the 8th annual CHF Race for HOPE 5K & 10K on Oct. 28, 2023. This Halloween-themed race in Downtown Memphis is held to help families with children fighting childhood cancer and other illnesses.

The kiddos are in for a treat at the Children's Museum of Memphis. Celebrate spooky season with a candy giveaway, face painting, a costume parade and Halloween crafts like clay pumpkin sculpting at the museum's annual Halloween Spooktacular, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Take in the funny, wacky and frightening Scarecrows at Lichterman Nature Center's Scarecrow Building Contest and Exhibit. Contestants all over the city, from individuals to clubs to classrooms, build life-sized scarecrows of all varieties to be displayed at Lichterman through October and November. 

Seasonal Markets and Pumpkin Patches

Don't miss the 2023 Monster Market. Shop a unique selection of spooky-themed art, home goods, clothing and more from artisans and makers from around the country at this favorite annual pop-up from October 13-18, 2023.

Priddy Farms Pumpkin Patch is sure to get you into the fall spirit. With decorative pumpkins, haunted woods, scarecrow dress-up games and hayrides to the pumpkin patch, this is the perfect Halloween-themed stop for you and your family.  

Jones Orchard is also great for families. See if you can solve the Monster Mystery and Farm Scene Investigation in the corn maze. Be sure to visit the U-pick pumpkin patch while you’re there.  

Year-Round Haunted Attractions

For spine-tingling adventures, venture into Elmwood — Memphis’s oldest active cemetery. Home of the city’s founders, mayors, history-makers and beloved residents, the cemetery is believed to be quite haunted. During the Halloween season, ghoulish events terrify residents and visitors alike. History comes to life during special tours and the Soul of the City on Oct. 13-14, 2023, when Elmwood's residents return to tell their stories.

On any given day, visit the Elmwood office to grab an audio CD and take your own 1-hour self-guided tour of the 80-acre site. Guided group tours are also available upon request.

When it comes to ghost tours, Backbeat Tours knows how to scare up a frightfully good time. Learn about some of Memphis’ most ghastly ghouls during the two-hour Memphis Ghost Tour. Visit the Voodoo Fields in South Memphis, Downtown’s Gayoso House and other harrowing haunts around the city.

To really get in touch with the other side, take a tour with experienced ghost hunters. You'll have a night out you won't ever forget as you learn the ghost stories and get a taste of paranormal investigating in the most famous haunted locations in Memphis.  Check out Historical Haunts to book your bus tour, pub crawl or ghost hunt.