Yes, Halloween 2020 is Still Happening in Memphis

Experience the City’s Most Ghoulish Adventures

Inside Elmwood Cemetery / Andrea Zucker

Mysterious car accidents. 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.  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 safely 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 three new horrifyingly themed experiences, HauntedWeb is the perfect Halloween attraction for those seeking a good scare. 

Throughout October, experience the 10 Acres of Terror Haunted House and the all-new Woods of Terror trails at FearZone Haunted House 2020. 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.  

Spook-tacular Events

From the Singing Pumpkin Patch and Living Straw Maze to the Frightening Forest Trail and Ghoulish Gallery of Ghouls, this year's Zoo Boo has all sorts of family fun. This year’s theme is Jurassic Journey, featuring a Prehistoric Aerial Rigging, Fossil Melodies, Daring Dino Walking Expedition and Live Dino Photo Op.

Support Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital by signing up for the Le Bonheur Pumpkin Run Virtual 5k, 10k & Family Walk. Join participants from around the world by running your favorite route and logging your time between October 16 and 19, 2020.

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.  

Fairies and gnomes have snuck into Memphis Botanic Garden. Come search for these garden visitors and see what kind of fun they’ve been up to. 

Head downtown for the 4th Annual N’Style Steppers Ultimate Fall Fest Halloween Spectacular. For just $85, guests can attend three Day Parties and two main events with a river cruise, Cigar & Cognac sets, barbecue and more. 

Wear your favorite costume, decorate your bike and enjoy the Spooky Spokes Bike Ride along the Mighty Mississippi. This family-friendly event takes place along Riverside Drive from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Halloween. No bike? No problem. Bikes are available for rent from Explore Bike Share. Masks are required and social distancing will be in place. 

Seasonal Markets and Pumpkin Patches

Shop online at the 2020 Monster Market. This favorite annual pop-up will take place virtually throughout the month of October. Shop a unique selection of art, home goods, clothing and more from artisans and makers from around the country.  

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 on the Costume Twilight Tour, while the Scandals & Scoundrels tour sheds a little light on the more salacious side of Memphis history and takes you to where their souls rest today.

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.