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101 Things To Do In Memphis #41: 21st Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival

by Melissa Thompson

Indie Memphis Film Festival returns on November 1st for five days of films, music, and good times.

Experience a broad range of independent films from both local and global filmmakers screening in four different Midtown venues over the weekend: Studio on the Square, Playhouse on the Square, Hattiloo Theatre, and TheatreWorks. There are also opening and closing night festivities at the Halloran Centre downtown, and special events planned for Circuit Playhouse.   

The schedule is packed with short films, documentaries, music videos, animated films, feature-length films, and several panel discussions and workshops.

Some special attractions include the centerpiece film, If Beale Street Could Talk, the keynote address by Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You), the world premiere of the Negro Terror documentary with live scoring by the band, Hometowner blocks, and late night screenings with the After Dark Shorts program.

Indie Memphis is also known to throw a good party. Over the weekend, they’re hosting a block party on Cooper Street between Monroe and Union. You don’t have to have a festival ticket to go to the block party — it’s open to everyone! Stroll right up, order a drink from the cash bar provided by Tapbox, Crosstown Brewing Co. and Old Dominick, and enjoy the Unapologetic showcase Friday night, and the African Dance Jams dance party Saturday night with DJs Colin Butler and Eric Hermeyer.

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Keeping Kids Safe on Halloween

by Melissa Thompson

When caught up in the fun and excitement of Halloween festivities, it’s easy to overlook safety issues. There may be ghosts, vampires and witches on every corner, but what is truly frightening is the number of preventable accidents that occur each year on this night. You will enjoy this spooky holiday more if you know your children are safe. Here are 5 safety tips for Halloween:

  1. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children should not cross streets alone before they are ten years old. Maturity, danger awareness and traffic savvy are all required for navigating street crossings and research cautions that even some ten-year-olds might not be ready for that.  In a Wall Street Journal article, author Andrea Peterson stated, “Research has found that young children walking to school often don’t look for traffic to stop at the curb before stepping into the street.”  And the AAP's Policy Statement on this topic is that parents “are likely to overestimate their children’s ability to safely cross the street.”  So, if your little princess or super hero is under ten, make sure there is a trusted adult with them to guide them across streets.  Teach them that looking left, then right, then left again is the best way to be sure no cars are coming.  Remind them to listen for traffic as well. If your children are trick or treating in a city with busy streets, always use designated cross walks for crossing.
  2. Avoid visual impairments, like masks.  Face paints are a great alternative for masks for trick or treaters.  Incorporate bright colors into the face paint to make your child more visible in the dark. It’s also a good idea to add some reflector tape to dark costumes so that your child can be seen in the dark.
  3. When trick or treating in an area that does not have sidewalks and you must walk on roads, be sure to walk FACING oncoming traffic.  This makes it easier for you to spot cars coming and for drivers to spot you.  It’s a good idea to carry a flashlight and point it forward and down. It will not only give you more visibility, it will make you more visible.
  4. Nothing says Halloween like a candlelit jack o’ lantern, but unfortunately, it’s also a fire hazard. Long capes and costumes with trailing material on crowded doorsteps are disaster waiting to happen when exposed to an open flame.  Be sure to purchase flame-retardant apparel for your little ones.  And to be extra safe, go over the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" procedure with them.
  5. Set some rules for candy consumption.  Don’t allow your child to eat while out trick or treating.  It’s too hard to inspect candy properly in the dark and you want to be sure packaging isn’t punctured or previously opened.  Don’t let them eat anything homemade unless it’s from a friend or neighbor that you know. Wait until you child is home and you can inspect their loot in a well-lit room and set guidelines for how much they may eat and when. Last thing you want is a tummy ache at the end of a spooktacular night…especially if it’s a school night!

Follow these tips and use common sense and Halloween night will be festive but not frightening!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

101 Things To Do In Memphis #40: Lucky Cat Ramen

by Melissa Thompson

Zach and Sarah Nicholson’s popular ramen food truck has gone brick-and mortar. And later this year, Lucky Cat Ramen — which has been operating out of a temporary space in Midtown — is opening a permanent home on Broad Avenue for its ramen-heavy eatery that features bowls like the shoyu with pork bone broth and the yuzu veggie with a lemongrass-ginger vegetable broth. An ever-changing menu board lists the day’s offerings, which usually include a veggie bowl as well as pork and chicken offerings. The permanent location will serve alcohol as well as non-ramen selections like yakitori, tempura, and raw dishes.

247 Cooper Street, Memphis

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Wednesday through Sunday: 5pm to 9pm

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Completely Renovated Home in Colonial Acres! 4680 Crossover Ln

by Melissa Thompson

4680 CROSSOVER LN, Memphis, TN

Just Listed

$ Click for current price
3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS |


For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Stop DREAMING...Make This Incredible Complete Renovated 3BR Home in the Colonial Acres Subdivision in East Memphis YOURS! From the Gleaming Hardwood Floors to the Backyard Oasis You Will Be Impressed. Designer Fixtures, Recessed Lighting, Smooth Ceilings, Durable Tile Floors, Remodeled Kitchen w/Granite & New Large Cabinets, Lovely Dining Room, Spacious Living Room w/Custom Mantle Framed by Built-In Cabinets, Huge Great Room, Laundry Room w/Cabinets, Storage Building, Delightful Fenced Backyard!



Let’s Go for a Bike Ride in Memphis!

by Melissa Thompson

There was once a time when Memphis was not a great place to ride a bike.  But that has been changing.  Over the past several years more and more bike lanes have appeared in this great city make it one of the best bike cities in America!  Now, it’s common to see cyclists commuting or riding for pleasure, especially in midtown and downtown Memphis.  If you enjoy bike riding and want to be part of the vibrant Memphis bike culture, check out these top six places to ride your bike in Memphis:

  1. Shelby Farms Park - The Shelby Farms Greenline is a 10.65 mile paved, urban trail that connects pedestrians and cyclists in Midtown Memphis.  This “rails-to-trails” project transformed an unused railroad line into one of Tennessee’s best trails.  You don’t even have to own a bike to enjoy a ride here because they offer bike rentals right on site. This trail is so bike friendly that they even proved four bike repair stations just in case you have any problems along the way!
  2. Wolf River Conservancy -  Enjoy a pleasant after-work bike ride in this natural area which preserves some of the mid-south’s most beautiful habitat.  Relish the stunning views as you ride along the spring-fed Wolf River
  3. Overton Park Conservancy - This 342-acre public park includes what is referred to as “a love letter to the Memphis cycling community” - the Bike Gate arch and plaza which provide a valuable connection that links a network of trails and bike lanes stretching from Downtown Shelby Farms Park.  With benches, fountains, and directional signage, the plaza is a great place to stop on the citywide trail system.  In addition, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation funded the construction of a new bike path that connects the plaza to the Old Forest trail system, which means cyclists can connect to park trails with having to jump curbs or ride through grass.
  4. Stanky Creek Trail - A 9-mile loop trail located in Nesbit Park, you will savor views of lovely wild flowers as you ride.  The trail also offers a lot of other activity options such as hiking and trail running and it is dog-friendly too!
  5. Big River Crossing - Nearly a mile long, Big River Crossing is the country’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge.  A 10-mile, multi-modal corridor, it connects Main Street to Main Street and features the Big River Trail System.  This ties together attractions throughout Memphis, West Memphis, and delta region.
  6. The Mississippi River Trail - Great for longer rides, this trail will take you on a 32-mile segment that passes through Shelby County, including the Meeman-Shelby Forest and Downtown Memphis. You can get bike trail maps and bicycling guide here.

With plenty of bike shops and bike rentals, Memphis truly is one of the most cyclist friendly cities in America.  So, get outside and enjoy all that this amazing city has to offer while getting exercise too!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #39: RiverArts Fest

by Melissa Thompson

RiverArtsFest is a street celebration of fine arts and fine local music with live artist demonstrations and hands-on art activities for all ages! More than 180 artists from around the country and right here at home gather to exhibit and sell their latest works of original fine arts in what’s become the largest outdoor juried artist market and urban street festival in the Mid-South. 

October 27 and 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Location! Riverside Drive, between Jefferson and Union

In 2016, RiverArtsFest was named one of The Best Festivals & Fairs in Tennessee by Travel Magazine.

$5 admission gets you daily in- and out- access to the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Children 10 and under are free. There are north and south entrances. Credit cards are accepted at all entrances, and an ATM will be stationed within the festival grounds. 

SPECIAL EVENT SATURDAY EVENING! In celebration of Mighty Lights, the festival will be running extended hours Saturday night with free admission beginning at 5PM. The artists market will close at 8:30P and the festival at 9P. Please visit the Mighty Lights website for more details.



Downtown Memphis offers plenty of parking within walking distance of the festival. For a full listing of garages, check out this handy map provided by the Downtown Memphis Commission.

Nearly 200 fine artists from across the nation will line Riverside Drive selling original work. A complete list of artists can be found here. 

See our full line up of local musicians and bands performing each day. The festival grounds will also feature strolling musicians and performing artists.

Our Hands On Art stations will be open Saturday and Sunday for children of all ages to tap into their inner artists by participating in our special art project. Sponsored by the Art Center, activities are creative, simple and make a great keepsake. 

Check out the artists lineup and schedule for our Artists At Work area, featuring local artists demonstrating their craft and skills. 

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Amazing All on One Level Home in Cordova Club! 7552 Wintergreen Lane

by Melissa Thompson

7552 WINTERGREEN LN, Cordova, TN

For Sale

$ Click for current price
4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS |


For more information, contact Melissa Thompson at (901) 729-9526. Visit to view more pictures of this property. Make this Amazing 1 Story, 3 Bedroom Home YOURS! Situated in the Prestigious Cordova Club Neighborhood on a Quiet Street with a Lake View! Featuring Gleaming Hardwood Floors, Eat-In Kitchen with Walk-In Pantry, Neutral Colors Throughout, Gracious Entry, Lovely Formal Dining Room, Large Light Filled Living Room, Spacious Great Room with a Romantic Fireplace & Built-In Bookshelves, Den or Office, Delightful Multi-Level Wooden Deck, Large Open Space Beyond the Backyard, 2 Car Garage & More!



Affordable Home Staging Hacks

by Melissa Thompson

Chances are, if you are getting ready to sell your home, you are also preparing to purchase a new home. So, the last thing you want to do is spend more money on your current property.  However, you certainly want to get the best price possible when selling it, and per the National Association of Realtors, for every $100 invested in staging, the potential return is $400. As you can see, it will pay off in the end to stage your home to entice potential buyers.

Some people will hire a certified staging professional to get the job done. (Home Staging and Hiring a Stager) While it might seem easier than doing it yourself, it is not the only way to get that SOLD sign planted in your front yard.  There are some simple, yet effective home-staging hacks that you can do that won’t break your budget:

  • Roll Out a Welcome Mat - Sounds simple, right?  It is!  First impressions mean everything when selling your home.  Also, prospective buyers tend to linger by the front door before the real estate agent opens the home for viewing, so an inviting entrance is crucial. A new welcome mat can cost as little as $15.  Purchase a modern mat that compliments the style of your home.  To further enhance the entryway, add a little green with some fresh plants.  An enticing entrance will make buyers want to see more!
  • Mount Mirrors in Strategic Spots - Every home has spaces like a dim hallway or small space that lacks natural light.  To spruce up these areas, hang a few mirrors.  They add extra light to rooms that look dark, and create an illusion of space. They will pack an extra punch if placed next to or directly across from a window because they will pull in more sun.  For a more decorative look, create a collage of several mini mirrors in different shapes and sizes rather than just slapping one large mirror on the wall. You can find inexpensive mirrors at craft stores and discount home stores. How to Use Mirrors to Create More Space
  • Set Tables and Serving Areas for Entertaining - A home filled with friends, food and laughter is a happy one!  Paint a picture of what entertaining in your home will be like for potential buyers.  Keep it simple, but aesthetically pleasing. Lay out cloth napkins, wine glasses and solid plates in the dining room. Use matching mugs and bowls in the kitchen to produce the feel of family meals.
  • Replace Personal Photos with Art Work - Over the years, you have turned your house into a home by decorating with family portraits and personal mementos.  But potential buyers are going to want to be able to envision themselves living there and that is hard to do with your family members present in the form of pictures in every room.  So, get a head start on packing up your house by putting your pictures away and replacing them with art work that compliments the style of the home.  You can find inexpensive art at discount stores or you can print beautiful landscape photos to put in frames.
  • Make the Bathroom Look Elegant with White Linens - Spruce up your bathroom with crisp, fresh, all-white linens.  White towels, bath mats, and shower curtains give the room an instant update.  They inspire the feeling of a luxury spa without spending a lot of money.  Take it a step further by including some "spa like" displays. Simple additions like an orchid, candles and special soaps will go a long way. 7 Easy Updates to Make Your Bathroom Feel Like a Spa
  • Arrange Decorative Scenes - Decorative displays can give a cozy, lived-in ambience to a house.  Assembling classy vignettes of colorful vases, lanterns, books, plants, baskets, and other items atop dressers, counters and bookshelves will make a house feel more like a home. Group items in odd numbers and in varying heights and shapes while keeping them in the same color family. You will be amazed at what you can find to use in your house, but if you need to buy some things, you can mix in inexpensive pieces from craft and discount stores.  Done properly, these displays will have people feeling like they are looking at rooms right out of home décor magazines…and that definitely appeals to prospective buyers.

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #38: Memphis Guide to Halloween 2018

by Melissa Thompson

Even though Halloween is on October 31, the entire month is packed full of fun ways to celebrate. Check out our list of how you can enjoy the ghostly holiday and get in the spooky spirit.

On Friday and Saturday nights in October, actors clad as ghostly apparitions haunt the herbaceous hallways of a spooky tractor ride. A giant jumping pillow launches kids skyward and gently cushions their falls, and a corn cannon fires ears of corn at targets up to 100 yards away. Anyone who hits a target wins a prize from one of the maze’s sponsors and the right to eat nothing but popcorn balls until Thanksgiving. And as always, the haunted Corn Maze is guaranteed to frighten Memphians of all ages.

This Halloween season, dare to to enter Memphis’ largest indoor Haunted House. Featuring multiple areas to explore, tickets start at $22 with VIP tickets and group rates available.

Monster Market is an annual freaky pop-up shop curated by Holtermonster, full of creepy housewares, freaky apparel, dark home decor, weird art and odd gifts, made by independent makers, artists, and small brands. The shop is only open for October and pops up in a different location every year! Crosstown Concourse is their 2018 home. Come visit the shop before it disappears (not appropriate for children)!

  • Haunted Pub Crawl
    Friday, October 5 – 27th on Fridays and Saturdays – 7:30 pm to 10 pm – $20 per person (21+ only)

Take a tour this Halloween season of some of the most haunted places in Memphis with an actual paranormal investigator. Drinks available for purchase.

See the all-time comedy classic on the Pink Palace big screen!

Ever wanted to shoot some zombies? Now is your chance! Head out to Jones Orchard on Fridays and Saturdays to take your best shot against the undead. Featuring ghoulish scenery, fully loaded paintball guns, and 5-ton army trucks, you’ll not want to miss it!

It’s the return of The Rocky Horror Drag Show, brought to you by the Zebra Lounge and Goldie Dee & Friends to benefit Friends For Life. Come in costume to win special prizes and sign up for the Time Warp competition before the show begins. Your optional $20 donation to Friends For Life gives you a chance to win raffle baskets throughout the night. Goldie takes the stage at 9:00 pm to thrill, chill and fulfill you.

It’s Frankenstein’s 200th birthday! Help the Pink Palace celebrate by exploring the fact and fiction behind Mary Shelly’s novel with intriguing learning activities.

New Moon Theatre Company presents a gory rock musical based on The Lizzie Borden Story. On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend.  Lizzie is American mythology set to a blistering rock score. Lizzie is a new American musical with a sound owing less to Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber than to Bikini Kill, the Runaways, and Heart.

Calling all ghouls and goblins, Eric C and Carla are back at Ghost River to shamelessly plug their paranormal podcast and bring you a very SPOOKTACULAR Drink-N-Draw gameshow! Plenty of spooky games and prizes. Costumes? Wear em if you got em, they’ll give out prizes for best and worst dressed.

Grab some family or a friend and pump up your holiday cheer with a BOOtiful Pumpkin Decorating Party at Muddy’s for free! Muddy’s will provide all the supplies you need to spruce up that pumpkin. All you need to do is BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin). This event will be held on the Midtown Muddy’s Lawn. All ages welcome!

Enjoy spooky treats, play games to win prizes, stop by booths to shop vintage Halloween goodies, hand-made items & Art. Shop oddities and curiosities items for the strange and weird.

Join Shelby Farms Park on the Great Lawn for two spook-tacular scary movies: Casper (6:15pm) and The Shining (8pm). Food trucks will be available and parking is $10 per car.

Come dressed as your favorite character from “The Office.” Since it is October, each location is going to have a costume contest too. Both nights will feature a fresh edition of trivia about “The Office” Halloween episodes. Feel free to attend one or both. Just be sure to RSVP!

Invite your friends to play “Friends” Trivia (The One With Questions About the Halloween Episode and Other Spooky Stuff From Friends). Since it is October, Railgarten is going to have a “Friends” costume contest during trivia.

Come dressed as your favorite character from the Disney Halloween classic. Since it is October, each location is going to have a “Hocus Pocus” costume contest too. Both nights will feature a fresh edition of trivia about “Hocus Pocus.” Feel free to attend one or both. Just be sure to RSVP!

Think ghost stories are just for kids? Think again. Historical Haunt’s haunted pub crawl is just for adults! Join their knowledgeable and entertaining guides on an informative and humorous walking tour of Downtown Memphis restaurants, bars and taverns. You’ll enjoy the macabre history and spirits with the spirits, as you explore two types of Memphis traditions: ghost stories and alcohol.

A Halloween season inspired collection of short plays written by local writers. Explore Science Fiction in theatrical form! Travel in space and time to meet aliens from another dimension, sentient robots and mysterious creatures. Discover strange worlds, future technologies and alternate realities that defy comprehension!

Parents, do you want a kid free night? Send the kids to Paint a Piece to celebrate fall and create some spooky and festive pieces. Parents enjoy your own free time or stay and paint something of your own. Kids will paint an a spider canvas and complete a sugar skull plate. They will give step by step instructions, eat East of Chicago Pizza, and have tons of fun!

Come to Singleton’s popular Halloween Carnival which will take place in the Gymnasium. There will be games, contests, candy and fun. Will your costume win a prize in the Costume Contest? Judging will be divided in the following age categories: 0–3, 4–6, 7–9, 10–12, 13 and over. Admission is $1.00 for adults; children 12 and under are free.

  • Zoo Boo
    October 19-21 and 26-28, and 31st, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm – $10 to $12 for members and $13 to $15 for non-members

Join the Memphis Zoo for their annual ZOO BOO celebration. Mazes, hayrides, candy stations and more will be ready for guests to enjoy along with the exhibits!

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present a Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned contest that will feature live entertainment, activities for families and children, a variety of vendors and concessions, and much more. Over $11,000 in prize money and trophies will be awarded to winners in three MBN categories (Whole Hog, Pulled Pork, and Ribs) and ten ‘Anything But’ categories.

Celebrate the season at CMOM’s (not-so-scary) Halloween Spooktacular complete with all the fall festival trimmings: pumpkin decorating, Halloween costume parade, glow party, Magic show with Mr. Nick, Spooky Science experiments, and Treats-not-Tricks goodies.

Experience a pub crawl like no other! Complete with a multitude of attractions including a sorting ceremony, wizard games, trivia, Hogwarts acceptance letters, and of course plenty of drink specials, be sure to take the chance and dive deep into the realm of Harry Potter!

Enjoy a night of classic vampire flicks with friends and family! Bring the lawn chairs and some grub and soak in the Halloween atmosphere. Here is the full line up: The Lost Boys, Fright Night, The Hunger, Near Dark.

  • Boos + Booze
    Saturday, October 20, 5 pm to 8 am (the 21st)

Spend the night at Shelby Farms at Boos + Booze…if you dare! There, you can enjoy witch’s brew, have some spirits with the spirits, watch a scary movie, take a haunted hike, have paranormal encounters and more!

Every week, since the summer of 2012, UBFM has sought out and fed the homeless, via bicycle, on the streets of Memphis, through every type of weather, to demonstrate to them that they are loved and not forgotten. Help them keep going by attending our 6th Anniversary Fundraiser Bash/Silent Auction/Costume Party, etc. coming up on Saturday, October 20th, to be held in one of the coolest warehouses in Memphis, starting at 6 pm!

Join the Collierville Education Association for the 2nd Annual Fall Fun Fest featuring a 5K, Family Fun Run, and a festival with food trucks, vendors, activities, inflatables, petting zoo, train ride and more! This year we are adding a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating contest along with hot air balloon rides.

Join The Q if you dare, for the biggest zombie party in the city. (21 & UP)

Come in costume for spooky family fun and activities based on Vampirina and your favorite Disney Junior pals at Wolfchase Galleria!

Celebrate the season at CMOM’s (not-so-scary) Halloween Spooktacular complete with all the fall festival trimmings: pumpkin decorating, Halloween costume parade, glow party, Magic show with Mr. Nick, Spooky Science experiments, and Treats-not-Tricks goodies.

Forget the Walking Dead, this is the SKATING Dead. Put on your zombie best and start your #Halloween celebrations early.

Mark your calendar! Families are invited to this year’s Halloween Festival packed with fun and games. Bring your whole family for this ghoulish Sunday afternoon event. Vendors will be on hand to promote their business or organization and will be giving out treats and goodies. The kids will get a thrill out of Lakeland’s Great Pumpkin Patch filled with pumpkins for the picking. Once they pick out their favorite pumpkin, they can decorate it and take home. This is a free event for families.

We have to wait until 2019 for more new episodes of Stranger Things, but we don’t have to wait any longer for more “Stranger Things” Trivia in the Memphis area!

You’re invited to a celebration of the darker side of cinema, as they unleash an entire weekend devoted to absolute celluloid insanity and some seriously messed up flicks at CINEMATIC PANIC! – a five day film festival devoted entirely to the dangerous, the demented, and the damaging in film…

It’s a wrestling event where YOU get to be a part of the action! Head to Memphis Made Brewing for the first-ever Trivia Havoc & Costume Contest. Come dressed as your favorite wrestler for your chance to win a prize pack valued at $100 in the BIGGEST pro wrestling costume contest in the history of the territory.

Memphis is turning into Halloween Town as Pimentos Kitchen plays “Nightmare Before Christmas” Trivia!

Join Southern Vintage for their technique class for this adorable two-sided pallet. They will teach you how to paint a scarecrow and snowman step-by-step. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Come dressed in your best costumes and head to the Bartlett Recreation Center for their 4th Annual “Halloween Family Fun Fest.” Featuring a haunted hay ride and costume contest, be sure not to miss it!

Loflin Yard is celebrating Halloween by giving an extra bingo card to everyone in costume!

See ‘The Addams Family’ on Adams Avenue on the lawn of the Mallory-Neely House! Open house starts at 5:30 before the movie at 7 pm. Bring your chairs and blankets.

Tour takers will be greeted by costumed hosts and will have the chance to take peruse expanded retail options and purchase beer, wine, and snacks. Guests will follow a newly-improved path illuminated by beautiful bistro lights, meeting along the way 9 costumed characters portraying the residents of Elmwood from Memphis history. You’ll meet a Civil Rights leader, a suffragist, a city historian, a victim of the yellow fever, and other fascinating characters. Tickets available here.

Join the Mystic Krewe of Pegasus for their forth annual Halloween Party – Halloween at Hogwarts. Costume contest at midnight. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and admission includes food and an open bar. Entertainment will be surprise guests and performances throughout the night. All proceeds will benefit their 2018-19 charity, TEP Tennessee Equality Project Foundation and Special Olympics of Greater Memphis

Come and bring your kids for a Trunk or Treat at the marketplace! They will also have a make and take paint pumpkin or ghost in the craft room which will have a small fee ($12) but the trunk or treating will be free!

This Halloween weekend, come get spooky at Loflin Yard at an all-day event with food, drinks, and games. They’ll have a live DJ in the Coach House, pumpkin decorating in the Yard, and 3 costume contests.

Crosstown Brewing is hosting a murder Mystery Dinner Party and you’re all invited! Sign-up now to be part of a night of mystery and fun. There are two options for tickets and you will be assigned a character based on your ticket purchase. The cost includes a catered dinner from Next Door, dessert and two full pours of beer. This is an interactive event and they highly encourage everyone that participates to come dressed in costume.

Party all night at The Beach House this Halloween. They’ll have food and drink specials available until the wee hours.

As Night falls and Darkness descends you are cordially invited to Haunted Happenings at the Woodruff-Fontaine Mansion! Allow gypsies to foretell your future and partake in a live paranormal investigation. Live music, food trucks and dancing await, so don your costume if you wish and enjoy an evening of Victorian themed Halloween festivities.

Head to Growlers for Halloween movie trivia, live music, and happy hour in celebration of the new Halloween film releasing this October!

For this holiday edition of PubSing, The Casual Pint will throw in some spooky tunes for all to sing and also welcomes you to arrive IN COSTUME should you so desire! There will be a prize for the costume contest winner.

Last year, the 3rd annual monster mash was one of the hottest in Memphis. This year will be even better! Benefiting, party-goers will enjoy an open bar, open dance floor, a DJ, and finger foods. This is a costume party like no other and first place this year will take home $200 with the runner up will receiving $75. The crowd will be the judge at the stroke of midnight so be sure to come prepared!

Gates open 5pm. Trick or Treat through My Big Backyard 5pm to 7pm. Movie begins at 7:15. Come in your creepiest costume, grab a blanket or chair, and come to the Live Garden for a double feature of fun. Little ghosts and goblins will scream with delight at the treat stations and activities before Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown shows at 7:15 pm. At 7:45pm, go on a journey through the woods with Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Kettle corn, food truck concessions, photo ops, and adult spirits will be available throughout the evening. No outside food, please. MBG members $8/non-members $10 at the gate, includes one or both films and all activities.

The Annual Spaceface Halloween Party is approaching. Spaceface will have all their classics on Saturday October 27th at Railgarten featuring: a costume contest with prizes, local art vendors, local food, libations, and more for all of you party animals.

Booogey the night away at South Memphis Productions with drink and food specials, a costume party, and a live DJ!

Admission is $12.99 in advance or $14.99 at the door. Children ages 1-17 are welcomed. Includes pizza, drinks, glow necklace, face painting, spooky bag for trick or treating, games and prizes!

Join Idlewild Presbyterian’s Second Annual Trunk or Treat! In partnership with Grace St. Luke’s, they are holding an evening of fun, fellowship, games, and candy in the parking lot on the corner of Union & Evergreen! If you would like to volunteer or donate, please sign up here.

It’s almost Halloween so party at Rec Room with two very different…and yet eerily similar movies about some good Ol’ fashioned witchcraft. Drink and food specials all night!

Join Craft Republic for a fantastic Halloween party! $10 Cover includes a buffet & candy bar, karaoke with Dee Jay Funn, black light room with glow-in-the-dark beer pong, spooky photo booth, costume contest (No masks), scary maze, prizes and giveaways just for attending, $2 Raffle basket, creepy good drink specials, jello shot specials, and more!

Do you like scary movies? Celebrate Halloween by playing Horror Movie Trivia at one of these three locations in the Memphis area on Wed, Oct 31: @ LBOE, 7pm-9pm, @ TJ Mulligan’s Cordova, 7pm-9pm (21+),  @ Railgarten, 8pm-10pm *COSTUME CONTEST* Since it is Halloween, Railgarten is going to have a costume contest during trivia too. Make a reservation to guarantee your team’s spot.

Bring your little ghouls and goblins to Crosstown Concourse this Halloween for trick-or-treating on the plaza. Volunteers will park their cars on the plaza and fill their trunks with candy.

Enjoy safe trunk or treating, spooky hikes, Pumpkin painting, music, food trucks and more!

Wear your best Halloween costume and celebrate with some candy on Wednesday, October 31st while supplies last. Look out for pumpkins in the store windows for participating retailers.


What You Need to Know About Renting Out a Room in Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

Memphis, home of blues, soul & rock ‘n’ roll is a fantastic travel destination. With so many fun attractions such as Graceland, Sun Studio, the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and iconic Beale Street, homeowners may be tempted to rent out rooms to earn a little extra income.  Why not?  It sounds easy enough.  Clean up that spare room or basement and you can rake in the big bucks from people looking for alternatives to hotel lodging.  But there are things you should know before taking this on.  It may not be as simple as it seems.

- There are several online peer-to-peer marketplaces for renting out your house or a room in your house. Airbnb is one of the largest and most popular. Some others include HomeAway and FlipKey. Your first step should be to investigate the various options and decide which one will work best for you.

- Educate yourself about the laws involved with renting out a room in your home. When listing your home on a website, they might not indicate whether you’re complying with local laws.  You are responsible for knowing the regulations and following the rule of the law.  Don’t get yourself in a situation like the hosts in New York City who were fined thousands of dollars for renting their apartments through peer-to-peer services.  This type of rental activity is allowed in Memphis, but it is subject to rules set forth by city council.  Make sure you know the rules and regulations before placing your room for rent. Memphis City Council Cuts Red Tape for Airbnb Hosts

- There may be taxes involved.  Depending on how much you earn by renting out all or part of your home, you may receive a tax form from the marketplaces that list your property.  Regardless, you must report the earnings when filing your taxes.  This is something to consider when deciding if it is worth the cost to start renting out space in your home.

- Something else to think about when deciding if your profits will outweigh your costs is the expense of having guests in your home.  You will be providing consumables such as soap, toilet paper, shampoo and cleaning supplies. In addition, your utility bills may increase.  You may also want to hire a cleaning service if you don’t have time to clean between guests.

- To increase your chances of being booked, consider listing on multiple sites.  The more people that see your listing, the better the chance it will be rented.  But remember, each site has its own rules, fee structures and insurance requirements, so you need to know this information for every site you use.

Should you decide to rent out a room in your home, the rental site that you choose will help you get started and before you know it you will be welcoming guests to magnificent Memphis!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in the Memphis area, contact professional Realtor, Melissa Thompson and let her help you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call at 901-729-9526 today!

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