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The History of Halloween

by Melissa Thompson


Have you ever wondered how Halloween started?  Now that Halloween is just a few days away, it’s a good time to learn a little bit about the history of this scary, fun-filled, candy coma inducing holiday!

When we think of Halloween, we think of candy, costumes, haunted houses and trick-or-treating. But the word Halloween literally means “hallowed evening”. There was a time, long ago in Europe, when it was known as All Hallows’ Eve.  All Hallows’ Eve (celebrated on October 31) and All Saints’ Day (celebrated November 1) were both times to honor saints (“hallows” means “saints”). Eventually the two celebrations were combined in to one name – Halloween.

Halloween is celebrated on October 31 because the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, considered the earliest version of Halloween, occurred on that day. Samhain  It was a time of year when the season changed and people believed that the wall between this world and the next became thin, allowing the two worlds to connect.  The idea of being able to communicate with the dead lead to Halloween becoming known as a haunted holiday.

Back in the old days, people would dress up as saints and go door to door singing songs and reciting verses. Children would ask for “soul cakes” (similar to biscuits), which eventually evolved into trick-or-treating. It wasn’t until the early to mid-1900s that giving out candy became mainstream in the U.S. People would give candy (treats) in the hopes that it would prevent them from being the victims of holiday pranks. (tricks)

Costumes also evolved from being tributes to saints to wearing scary-looking costumes in order to give unsuspecting neighbors a fright.  This custom began with some young Scottish and Irish pranksters and thanks to them, now dressing up for Halloween has become a tradition of wearing spooky, funny, and creative costumes of all kinds.

Halloween is a popular holiday in America today, but it almost didn’t make it here. The Puritans disapproved of the holiday’s pagan roots and did not take part in Halloween celebrations.  Then Irish and Scottish immigrants began arriving in America in great numbers, and with them came the celebration of this fun holiday where people would sing, dance and tell ghost stories to commemorate the upcoming harvest. 16 American Holidays, Ranked

By the early 20th century, it is estimated that Halloween was celebrated by the majority of people across the nation.  This year will be no different. Millions of people will put on costumes, go to parties, decorate their homes, and indulge in their favorite candy treats. The Melissa Thompson Team at Your Key to Memphis wishes you a happy, fun-filled and safe Halloween!

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 today at 901-729-9526!

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Things To Do In Memphis: Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Memphis 2019

by Melissa Thompson


The spooky season has officially arrived and there’s fun to be had all month long. Make the most of it with arts and crafts, movies, costume contests, terrifying tours, haunted boogie downs, and more.

RECURRING EVENTS

Haunted Maze at Mid-South Maze
Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 31, 7 – 10 PM

On Fridays and Saturdays after 7 PM, the ghouls and goblins take over the maze at the Agricenter. Have fun trying to find your way out while fending off whatever’s hiding in that corn.

Shadowlands Festival of Fear & Hysteria Haunted Hayride
Oct. 4 – 31
Fridays & Saturdays 7-11 | Sundays 7-10 | Oct. 31st 7-10

A horrific secret hides in the corn and woods behind Jones Orchard. This cursed land is swarming with monsters and mayhem. Can you make your way through the winding journey alive? Take on the corn maze, or get on board the Hysteria Haunted Hayride if you dare.

Monster Market 2019
October 1-31
Tue-Sat 12-8pm | Sun 12-5pm

The third annual Monster Market pop-up will be open all month on Main Street featuring art, apparel, and housewares from over 70 makers. Swing by the
Grand Opening Celebration on October 5th and enjoy spooky cocktails (both boooozy and non-alcoholic), freaky treats, and projected horror movies while you shop!

The Parting Paranormal Pop-Up Tour + Bar & Lounge
Oct. 11 – Oct. 19

Something wicked lurks below the Evergreen Theatre and this Paranormal Popup puts you right on the path of danger!

When the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 occurred a mysterious sinkhole appeared at 1705 Poplar Ave. Reports of apparitions and strange creatures lurking in the area pre-date any human structure. The Ritz theatre, built over the sinkhole in 1927 brought the escape of the movies, but the glitz and glamour would quickly turn sinister. Visitors of THE PARTING are invited on an unusual and creepy encounter with the macabre and menacing inhabitants of the Evergreen Theatre.

Paranormal Cirque
Thursday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 20

Paranormal Cirque is an innovative horror story for MATURE audiences featuring a truly unique fusion of circus, illusion, theatre, and cabaret in perfect harmony. The result is the evolution of a show that takes you into a world of dreams…….. or perhaps more accurately a world of nightmares and fantasies!

Zoo Boo
Oct. 18 – 31

Everyone’s favorite SPOOKtacular event is back for SEVEN nights of fright! Le Bonheur Zoo Boo happens the last two weekends of October. This event features candy stations and hayrides, straw mazes, and magic shows, plus so much more! Zoo Boo is fun for ghosts and goblins of all ages.

Boo-ingo & Costume Contest
Oct. 24 – 29

Make your way to bingo at one of four locations this month and get an extra card for wearing your costume. Prizes for Best Costume are up for grabs.

Hocus Pocus Trivia in Memphis
Wednesday, Oct. 9 & Tuesday, Oct. 29

Get ready for Halloween by flying your vacuum to play ‘Hocus Pocus’ Trivia. Play at Loflin Yard, LBOE, or Rec Room on October 9th, or head to Dan McGuiness Southaven, Railgarten, Or Highland Axe & Rec on Oct. 29th.

Memphis Ghost Walk
Weekends throughout October, 8 PM

The Memphis Ghost Walk explores the macabre and dark history of downtown Memphis. Escape into the past with the entertaining and knowledgeable guides of Historical Haunts Memphis. You’ll visit sites of hauntings taken from local legends, official records, and their own professional paranormal investigations.

Princeton James presents a “Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Experience” 
Oct. 26 at 12 PM & Oct. 27 at 8 PM

The “Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Experience” is an interactive event where you could possibly be dining with a murderer. Your package will include a theatrical experience, live music, poetry, comedy, and some amazing cuisine.

Crosstown Arthouse Presents Double Horror Features
Oct. 10th, 17th, & 24th

The Crosstown Arthouse Weekly Film Series is screening double horror features in October that include a silent movie accompanied by live music! Screenings will take place at The Crosstown Theater on October 10, 17th, and 24th. Doors are at 7:00 and the first film will begin at 7:30. Entry is $10 for the double feature nights. Also, as a part of the Crosstown Concourse Trunk or Treat celebration on October 31st, they’re doing a free 6:00p screening of House on Haunted Hill.

ONE-TIME EVENTS

Halloween Make & Take
Sunday, Sept. 29, 2 PM

Pop into Board & Brush and craft until your heart’s content. They’re offering 4 different projects at $20 each. Make one or all three at this family-friendly event.

Woodruff Fontaine 3 hr Lights Out Ghost Hunt!
Friday, Oct. 4, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Bring your digital audio recorder and camera to the historic Woodruff Fontaine House for an evening of learning how to set-up and conduct a paranormal investigation. Each group is led by a paranormal investigator to guide you on your own investigation. Reserve your spot at historicalhauntsmemphis.com

CANDYLAND: A Costume Party
Saturday, Oct. 5, 7 PM

Kick-off Halloween season with a whimsical costume party at the Memphis Zoo with Chef Phillip Ashley Rix and friends. Wear your very best costume, enjoy catered fare, host bars and the night filled with 80’s and 90’s party music, all to the backdrop of hippos and crocodiles of the Zambezi River! There will be a grown-up trick or treat trail with gifts and prizes set up throughout the venue, a costume contest, and dancing.

Creepville Market
Saturday, Oct. 5, 12 PM – 6 PM

Join Mint Cream at Midtown Crossing Grill for a popup featuring Spooky Art, Oddities & Curiosities, Vintage Halloween, Creepy Crafts & more. Win prizes in the raffle, or try your luck spinning the wheel.

Crafts & Candy Apples – Parent/Kid Workshop – Ages 6+
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2 PM – 4 PM

Head to Board & Brush for a mini sign workshop and enjoy a complimentary Candy Apple Bar! Ages 6+. Select a design from more than 20 options. They provide all the materials and instruct you step-by-step to create an awesome wood project. Choose from a variety of paint and wood stain colors in the workshop. The cost for a workshop is $35 and pre-registration is required.

Monsters, Inc. Party at Primas
Sunday, Oct. 6, 1:30 PM – 3 PM

Join Primas Bakery and Boutique as they celebrate Halloween early with a Monsters, Inc. Tea Party! Enjoy “Monster” themed treats for 2 with a selection of tea, coffee, and punch while watching the movie! Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Halloween Male Revue Tour in Memphis
Friday, Oct. 11, 9 PM

Some gentlemen at the Tropicana want to get your heart racing with their moves if that’s what you’re into.

Cemetery Cinema: Ghostbusters
Friday, Oct. 11th, 7 PM

Head to to Elmwood Cemetery for a screening Ghostbusters, sponsored by Simmons Bank. Tickets are $20.

Film: Nightmare Before Christmas
Saturday, Oct. 12, 7 PM

Enjoy a free family-friendly movie at Levitt Shell. Picnic baskets, beverages, blankets, and lawn chairs are always welcome. They also offer food and beverages for sale in the ShellEats community area.

Haunted Dinner on Stage
Thursday, Oct. 17, 6 PM – 8:30 PM

The Orpheum’s Haunted Dinner on Stage is back just in time for Halloween! See the Orpheum Theatre through a ghostly lens when you dine with the spirits and learn all about the paranormal activity that has been part of Orpheum lore since the 1920s.

The evening will include themed cocktails, a three-course meal with a variety of desserts, a self-guided tour of the backstage murals, and more.

Le Bonheur Pumpkin Run 5k
Saturday, Oct. 19, 8 AM 

Support Le Bonheur and the children they serve by participating in the Le Bonheur Pumpkin Run 5k & Family Walk. Kids 10 and younger can also participate in the 400m kids’ fun run. Children are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and enjoy the post-race Boo Bash, which will include entertainment, food and many fun activities for kids of all ages!

Netflix & Drink: Halloween Bar Crawl Memphis
Saturday, Oct. 19th, 4 PM

We Love Pub Crawls invites you to dress up as your favorite ‘Flix-inspired character and bar hop starting at the Silly Goose. Enjoy food and drink specials the whole way and 80s & 90s DJ parties. 

Velvetina’s Blood Moon Revue
Saturday, Oct. 19, 6:30 PM

Velvetina Taylor returns to Mollie Fontaine Lounge with an intriguing, immersive production, right in time for Halloween. You’re invited to Velvetina’s Blood Moon Revue, an alluring, interactive dinner show experience, unlike any other. Enjoy the spine-tingling mix of lively burlesque, magic, tarot, and spooky surprises.

5th Annual Memphis Monster Mash
Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 PM

One of the hottest Halloween parties in Memphis is back, with proceeds benefitting Mystic Krew of Pegasus – Memphis who are raising money for Shelby County Drug Court!

Enjoy an OPEN BAR, OPEN DANCE FLOOR, a DJ, DRAG SHOW and finger foods, eye-pleasing bartenders, cash prizes for best costume, and a chance to win tickets to see Elton John in Memphis.

Friends Halloween Trivia in Memphis
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 PM

Invite your friends to play “Friends” Trivia (The One with Questions About the Halloween Episode and Other Spooky Stuff from Friends) at LBOE, Loflin Yard, or Rec Room.

Haunted Happenings: A Victorian Carnival
Friday, Oct. 25, 6 PM

The resident spirits of Woodruff-Fontaine Mansion request the pleasure of your company for dining and dancing to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve! For Your Pleasure: Paranormal Investigators,
Tarot Readers, Magician Jeffrey Day, Games, Face Painting, Food Trucks, and Poleluminati Performing Arts.

Join them as mischief unfolds and walk the darkened halls as spectral docents lead the way. Hear the stories of people long past, as the dead become living for one night only!

Big Top Tease: Vol. VI: Freak Show
Friday, Oct. 25, 9 PM

QCG Productions is back at Dru’s Place for their monthly variety show, but this time, things are going to be a little more freaky! Join them for a night of Circus acts, drag performances, shock shows and more!

Hocus Pocus Macaron Tasting Event at Primas
Saturday, Oct. 26th, 5 – 6:30 PM

At this fun event, you’ll get to try Primas Bakery’s Spooky Macarons, sip Autumn Sangria while shopping the boutique, and watch Hocus Pocus! Feel free to dress in costume. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance.

Halloween Bar Crawl
Saturday, Oct. 26th, 4 PM

Tickets for this Halloween Crawl come with 2 free drinks, access to 5+ venues with food and drink specials, and a crazy afterparty.

Transmission: Halloween Party!
Saturday, Oct. 26th, 9 PM

Dance your bones off with your fellow ghouls and goblins to the best of new wave, synth pop, freestyle, and more, with DJ’s Plastic Citizen and Alpha Heather at Lamplighter Lounge. Dress to impress, because at midnight they’ll be giving away spooktacular gift bags from Two Rivers Bookstore in the first-ever Transmission costume contest!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 PM

Watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the Orpheum’s big screen. Get there early to purchase your prop bag, and enter the on-stage costume contest.

HallowMEME
Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 PM

Dress up as your favorite meme and party the night away at Rec Room. Enjoy a live DJ, Costume Contest w/ Prizes, Black Lights, Body & Face Paint, Pizza Party, Spooky Drinks, Glow Sticks
MEMEs on 20′ Screens & More.

Trunk or Treat on Tillman Street
Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 AM – 2 PM

The annual Trunk or Treat on Tillman Street Fall Festival is a safe, family-friendly event hosted by United Way of the Mid-South to connect with the community. This event provides free flu shots, community resources, meals and a fun way for families to enjoy Halloween. Everyone is welcome.

The TaKeOver: Halloween Edition
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 PM – 12 AM

Team TKO returns to Side Street for one of the biggest, hottest Halloween events in town. Entry is free to party down with all your friends. Enjoy the costume contest, games, and shaking it to the best music.

Spaceface Halloween with the UpsideSown Ensemble
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 PM

The local psychedelic anomaly Spaceface is ready to haunt your dreams during their double set at the Crosstown Theatre along with w/ The Upside Down Ensemble ft. Harlan, and DJ Chandler Blingg.

Ptolemy Fall Party
Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 PM

Celebrate Halloween at Local on the Square with the Grand Krewe of Ptolemy Memphis. Wear your favorite costume and get down on the dance floor to music by DJ Tree. Your ticket gets to access to an open bar and delicious late-night snacks by Local.

Loflin Graveyard
Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 AM – midnight

Halloween weekend, get spooky at Loflin Yard at an all-day event with food, drinks, and games. They’ll have a live DJ in the Barn, pumpkin decorating in the Yard, and 3 costume contests with cash prizes for the adult costume contest.

Halloween Party @ Soccer City 901
Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 PM – 3 AM

The new Soccer City 901 is hosting a Halloween party complete with a DJ and a costume contest.

Zombie Walk and Undead DJ Party
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7 PM – 11 PM

Kick off Saturday before Halloween with an “Undead DJ” Set at Carolina Watershed followed by a Costume Contest + a Zombie Walk to the Loflin Yard Barn.

All Hallows Eve Bloody Masquerade feat. G-REX, Z-Dougie & more
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9 PM

Growlers presents All Hallows Eve Bloody Masquerade featuring G-REXZ-DougieDudeCalledRobDon Twan, and BasSick.

Murder Mystery Party
Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 PM – 11 PM

Crosstown Brewing is hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Party. 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, dessert and two full pours of beer. Ticket sales end on Wednesday, October 28th at noon. Event is 21+.

Halloween – Devil  In I (Slipknot Tribute), Burn the Witch & More
Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 PM

This Halloween all the ghouls, ghosts, clowns, and metal heads alike will be roaming Growlers as The Devil In I (a Slipknot Tribute), Burn the WitchMudhole and The Murdering Crows bring you a night of thrills and incredible music.

SilverPro & Alchemy bring u (DJ Colette & Pete Moss) Halloween
Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 PM – 3 AM

SilverPro Events and Alchemy Of Memphis team up to bring you an Absolutely Wicked Deep House Party featuring the legendary Colette on her Dreams tour with Pete Moss giving us a 4 Hour set. Entry is free. Costumes are encouraged.

Trick or Trivia Spooktacular at Memphis Made Brewing
Thursday, Oct. 31, 7 PM – 9 PM

Celebrate Halloween night by playing a special spooky edition of Cerrito Trivia featuring a team costume contest, cake walk and more at Memphis Made Brewing Co.

Costumes & Cocktails On The River: Halloween Happy Hour Edition
Thursday, Oct. 31, 6:30 PM – 11 PM

THIRD Annual Costumes & Cocktails on the River at Jack Robinson Gallery includes an open buffet, open bar, live entertainment, DJ, vendors, Costume Contest, in a safe, and mature adult atmosphere. Event is for age 25+.

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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 #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 Refuge-Memphis.org, 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.

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #88: Guide To Halloween Events In Memphis 2017

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.

  • October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 31st – Wicked Ways Haunted House – 7pm-12am on Friday’s & Saturday’s, 7pm-10pm on Thursday’s & Sundays, & 7pm-1am on Halloween

This Halloween season, dare to to enter Memphis’ largest indoor Haunted House. Featuring multiple areas to explore, tickets start at $20 with VIP tickets and group rates available.

Memphis College of Art (MCA) presents Le Monster Part Boo, a collaborative exhibition between Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the MCA community of students, faculty and staff who have reimagined drawings of monsters originally created by the hospital’s child patients. The exhibition will be on view Oct. 7 to Nov. 4 in Rust Hall at MCA. Patient drawings will be displayed alongside the final artworks. A family-friendly, monster-themed celebration of the exhibition will take place Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6–8 p.m. in Rust Hall, and guests are encouraged to wear costumes or monster-themed attire. Candy, crafts, and drinks, too! Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m.

Fan of Tim Burton’s Halloween classic? Test your knowledge at a Nightmare Before Christmas trivia night at LBOE and The Casual Pint Highland Row. This event is free but you must make a reservation to attend.

Join the Levitt Shell in watching this Halloween classic. Food trucks and concessions will be available for purchase.

Join Collierville United Methodist for a fun night filled with bounce houses, a rock wall, food trucks, local craft vendors, trunk or treat, and live music.

Come out to Shelby Forest for a night of frights! There will also be a Harvest Fest for the kids with a hay maze, pumpkins,  face paintings, and candy.

  • October 20th-22nd and 27th-31st – Zoo Boo – 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm – $10 to $12 for members and $12 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!

Support Le Bonheur and those they serve by participating in the Le Bonheur Pumpkin Run 5k & Family Walk! Participants are highly encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes and enjoy the post-race Boo Bash, which will includes entertainment, food and activities for kids of all ages.

Come join 901Volleyball & Railgarten for their last volleyball tournament of the 2017 season! Ticket info here.

Take an especially spooky tour of the haunted Victorian Village Mansion with an experience paranormal investigator and learn of the history of this 1871 mansion.

Purpose Parties will host a Costumes and Cocktails party featuring hor d’oeuvres from Laura’s Kitchen, signature mixed beverages from Cocktail Cuties and our Vodka Sponsor Myles Premium Select, a tribute to the Beautiful One, Prince, from The J. Buck Experience, Beleaf Cigar Co., DJ Flame in the Silent Disco Room, and DJ Dr. Boogie. Tickets include delicious hors d’oeuvres and 2 signature beverages. The two best costume will receive prizes!

Join the Crosstown community for their pumpkin carving event. They have pumpkins and a carving kit for you. They will clean up so be as creative with your carving as you want!

Join the Collierville Education Association for their 5K, Family-fun run, and Fall-Fun fest complete with food, trick or treating, and pet costume contests!

The Agricenter will once again host their Harvest Festival complete with pumpkin paintings, arts and crafts, hayrides, food, and bluegrass music.

This year’s event features a trunk-or-treat, inflatables, games, a fortune teller, hayrides, campfires, food and more!

Visit LBOE of The Casual Pint Highland Row for a night of Stranger Things trivia and a costume party to celebrate Halloween and of course, Stranger Things Season 2. The even is free but you must make a reservation if you want to attend.

  • Wednesday, October 25th – Nerd Nite 10 – 7 pm to 10 pm

Join Rec Room for a night of sword fighting, mead tasting, and of course, a costume contest!

A fan of Hocus Pocus? Head to Pimentos Kitchen + Market, The Arcade Restaurant, or Memphis Made Brewing for a night of Hocus Pocus trivia and a costume party. The event is free but you must make a reservation if you want to attend.

Glasses are raised, fallen trees rise again as art, high notes rise and high steps go down, and – truth be told – fortunes rise and fall in the storied dark. Cost is $70 per body, $125 per couple. Three beverage tickets are included per body. The Spirits With The Spirits is a lively event, with food and drink, tarot card readers and wagon rides, live music and more. A silent auction takes place during the event, and Elmwood is fortunate to count among its supporters the individuals who are represented here. This is a “rain or shine” event.  Tickets are non-refundable. Dress is Black & White casual, costumes and characters most welcome.

Join the Mystic Krewe of Pegasus for their third annual Halloween Party – The Witch’s Dungeon. 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 2017-18 charity, The Metamorphosis Project.

  • Friday, October 27th – Family Fall Fest – 5:30 pm to 9 pm – $5 (kids 2 and under are free)

Come out to Hope Presbyterian for their annual Family Fall Fest full of fun games, inflatables, music, food, candy and more.

Come out to Two Rivers Bookstore if you need any last minute costumes for Halloween. The available costumes, wigs, boots, headbands, and etc. are handmade locally and one of a kind.

Fall Photo Booth, Pumpkin Decorating, Games for the kids, local animal businesses at the market, live music, food truck, your usual favorite market vendors, and The Three Kings will be performing.

Join CYCA for a Halloween Party featuring “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. Snacks and party favors will be provided to go along with the movie. This event is open to all ages and costumes are encouraged!

Come out to Hattiloo and tour the pay-what-you-want haunted theatre complete with Egor impersonations and thematic music…if you dare. Kids are welcome but the haunted tour is ages 13 and up.

Celebrate Halloween at Loflin Yard with a DJ in the Coach House, a costume contest at 9 pm, prizes for winners, and spooky specials. Bring a decorated/carved Jack-O’-Lantern to the Yard by the 28th to get a spooky treat. No cover. A small batch of Halloween cocktails and the yard will be decorated.

Enjoy 6 Martini samples & a 6-8oz Martini of your choice, h’ordeuvres, desserts & LIVE entertainment included with your ticket purchase. Costumes are heavily encouraged.

Dance the night away at Stop 345 with DJ SuperBrad and the legendary 80’s rock tribute band, AQUANET, chill in the all acoustic Indoor Trailer Park Voodoo Lounge with Charvey Mac, or perform yourself at Brinson’s with all night karaoke with DJ Lil’ Eggroll. The Amurica photo booth will be available for free all night to go along with a complimentary beer, an open bar with a wide variety of drinks, and plenty of food provided by local favorite restaurants. Also, there will be a huge costume contest with over $1000 worth of prizes so be sure to dress in your best outfits. All proceeds to benefit The Church Health Center.

The annual Spaceface Hi-Tone party is back again, and you will want to be sure not to miss it. The night will be filled with silver space aliens, art vendors, confetti, bouncy castles, and a costume contest with prizes from several local favorites. Come see the Hi-Tone as you have never seen it. The venue will be decked out with all sorts of space creatures, ghouls, and spooks. This year Spaceface is helping donate to Sister Supply by taking donations of menstruation products at the door. There will also be a costume contest with prizes donated from local businesses and restaurants. To enter the costume contest you must bring a donation for Sister Supply of menstruation productions to the door. Art vendors will be set up in the Big Room or outside (weather permitting), and the food vendors will be outside with a bounce house. Vendors include Jess Kirk, Anna Craig, Cry Baby Club, Pretty Useful, Gum Soul Printing, and Claire Faulhaber of Underground Art. The Amazing Bently Burns will be performing feats of magic and tricks all night long.

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, the witches take flight at the showing of Hocus Pocus. 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.

Enjoy live 80’s music and an awesome Stranger Things environment hosted by Rec Room! Dance the night away in the Upside Down for free.

The TaKeOver brings you their 5th annual Halloween party at Side Street Grill. There will be a costume party and great festive atmosphere.

Celebrate Halloween at the New Daisy featuring The Crystal Method, Defcon Engaged, DJ Tree, and Scotty B.

Immanuel will be hosting this trunk or treat party that is open to all. There will be decorated trunks and trailers with free candy for children, pumpkin chunkin’, a balloon guy, and more. To partake, you can register here.

The Collective hosts this Halloween weekend gathering featuring live DJ’s and drinks. Costumes encouraged.

A family-friendly, monster-themed celebration of the Le Monster exhibit will take place Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6–8 p.m. at Rust Hall, and guests are encouraged to wear costumes or monster-themed attire. Crafts, candy, and drinks will be available.

Enjoy a rock-n-roll show featuring Cassette Set, The Stereograms, and Cloudland Canyon, beer provided by Memphis Made Brewing, and snacks available from Lynnie’s Links & Drinks and MEMPops.

Join United Way of the Mid-South for the annual ” Trunk or Treat on Tillman Street” Fall Festival. This is a fun-filled family event with face painters, bouncy houses, candy, game stations, free food, trunk contests, prizes and more.

Head to Loflin Yard to enjoy a family friendly costume contest for your pet! Stop by the Hollywood Feed tent to register your four legged family member for the contest starting at 3:00pm.

  • October 13th, and 27th-29th – Boos and Booze – 8:45 pm – $35 (21+ only)

Enjoy Halloween themed pub crawls with Backbeat Tours and Sprock n’ Roll Memphis.

  • Monday, October 30th – Trunk or Treat at Emmanuel – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm – $5 per child, $10 per family, $5 per dinner plate

Bring the kids to Trunk or Treat dressed up in their Halloween costumes for games and trick or treating complete with dinner, inflatables and hay rides.

Join the Memphis Botanic Garden in Celebrating Halloween indulging in adult “spirits” and frighteningly-delicious hors d’oeuvres. Costumes are encouraged, so dress accordingly!

Celebrate Halloween by playing Horror Movie Trivia in Memphis at the Midtown Crossing Grill and the CANVAS of Memphis (18+). Come dressed as your favorite Horror Movie character. Since it is Halloween, each location is going to have a costume contest too. This event is free but you must make a reservation.

Be sure to join Shelby Farms this Halloween for a night of fun and festive Halloween activities featuring Safe Trunk or Treating, Boo-ffalo Bob Photo Booth, Nocturnal Nature Hikes, Stargazing, Birds of the Night Demonstrations, Pumpkin Painting, Campfire Story-telling +  S’More Making with Kitchenette, Food Trucks, and plenty of Music.

The Mollie Fontaine Lounge is having its annual Halloween Party! Costumes are not required but definitely encouraged.

Join Crosstown Arts for a family-friendly Halloween event. Cars will be parked on the Crosstown Plaza and volunteers will be handing out candy.

Enjoy free candy in the parking lots of Bluff City Coffee and Young Avenue Deli.

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Carvin' Out Some Good Times - The Tale behind the Spooky Traditions

by Melissa Thompson

Halloween conjures images of costumed children going house to house offering the question “trick or treat”? But it is so much more than that. It has become such a popular holiday that it is second only to Christmas as the top grossing holiday in America. Halloween has a rich history and hasn’t always been the holiday that it is today.

Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about real ghosts and goblins and more about costumes and candy. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead.  Over the past thousand years the holiday has transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades and sweet treats for children and adults.  While trick or treaters venture out for one night on October 31st, a whole season of Halloween activities celebrate the fearful fun of Halloween.  Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses and hayrides can all be found starting in late September and running through the first of November.

Here are a few fun facts you may not have known about Halloween:

  • The first jack o lanterns were made from turnips.
  • Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
  • The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record     in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.
  • Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
  • Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years.

Halloween Happenings in Memphis

Wishing you a happy and safe Halloween!

Melissa Thompson Team Your Key To Memphis

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