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Here at Backbeat Tours we tell people from all over the world about our unique city everyday. From Graceland to the Grizzlies, Beale St. to the Burbs we are passionate about Memphis. This blog is where we share quirky, behind-the-scenes tales of Memphis, past and present.

Monday, January 13, 2014

7 Unique Things To Do In Memphis for Halloween

Experienced in everything haunted, scary or macabre, we couldn’t resist putting together a list of some of our favorite activities this Halloween season. Check out our suggestions (links to the event pages are in blue), bring us your ticket from the event, and well give you 15% off your Ghost Tour ticket! What’s your favorite Halloween activity this year? Let us know!

The Details: Our Backbeat Ghost Tours go out every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. We also offer Dark Side Tours, a haunted history walk, on Thursdays and Sundays at 8pm. On the 2-hour walking ghost tour ghost hunters will see the Orpheum Theater, South Memphis' old "Voodoo Fields," the John Alexander Austin House, and the notorious Ernestine & Hazel's. Can’t find time to go during Halloween season? No worries; we offer tours from February through November, so you can experience Halloween all year long! 

The Details: Located at the Agricenter, the Corn Maze and the Haunted Hayride are open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4-10pm, Saturday from 12-10pm and Sunday 12-8pm. The Haunted Hayride and the maze are haunted on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7. For pricing check out their website.
Why We Love It: Why We Love It: If you love the anxiety of being lost with the added stress of a zombie jumping out of corn scaring the bejezus out of you, the Haunted Corn Maze is PERFECT! Not for the faint of heart, this is a sweaty palmed, heart pounding scarefest through and through! There’s an aerial shot of the maze on the website, so roll out your cartography skills to plan your way through.

The Details: This year The Memphis Zoo’s “Spooktacular” event is on October 18-20 and October 25-27 from 5:30 to 9:30. Tickets are $10 for members and $13 for nonmembers in advance. The prices go up $2 when you buy tickets the day of.

Why We Love It: It’s a family friendly event with crafts to entertain the little ones and haunted hayrides for the older, braver kids. And don’t miss the camel rides ($5) so you can tell all those hump day jokes we know you’ve been saving up!

The Details: Starting this Friday (October 11) and running through November 3, this comedy remakes Frankenstein into one hilarious show. Check out Theatre Memphis website for ticket information.

Why We Love It: A Mel Brook’s classic! “Walk this Way,” “Roll in zee Hay” and “Putting on the Ritz.” If you know what I’m talking about, Awesome! You know how amazing the play should be. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then go see the play so that you can make inside jokes with other Mel Brooks lovers.

The Details: On November 2nd, the Brooks Museum celebrates the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday with this fiesta. Tickets are available through Oct. 31 for $45 / $40 for Brooks members. After Oct. 31, tickets are $55 / $50 for Brooks members. Dress is black and white to celebrate the occasion.

Why We Love It: The Brooks will have Catrinas, or opulently dressed skeleton figures based on José Luis Posada's icon of death. Sugar skull inspired face painting will be available for people wanting to go all out. There will also be dancing, food from your favorite Mexican restaurants and a tequila tasting. You’ve got to love an event that classes up the tequila shot!

The Details: The dates include: Friday, Oct 18, 2013 - Thursday, Oct 31, 2013, Friday 18th & 25th, Saturday 19th & 26th -dusk until midnight; Thursday Oct 31-dusk until 10:00pm. The address is Latimer Lakes Park, 5633 Tulane Road. Visit their Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website for more details.

Why We Love It: Sending a little suburbia love Horn Lake’s way! If you’ve been watching Sleepy Hollow, they’ve got their own headless horseman that haunts the “Spook Trail” at Fright Night. If you are no Ichabod Crane, there is a Disney Character Trail for you, I mean the kids. Because you’re not afraid of anything right? Right.

The Details: On Thursday, October 17, at 6:45 the South Main Association is offering a free showing Ghostbustersin the “Ghost Lot” between Earnestine & Hazel's and Sachë (rain location Memphis Farmer's Market Pavilion). After the movie, take a 1-hour ghost tour with Backbeat Tours for only $10. Tickets will be on sale at the Ghost Lot after the movie. 

Why We Love It: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Rick Moranis, need I say more! This 1980s laugh riot will bring back memories of ectoplasm, proton packs, and Sumerian dog goddesses. Once the movie is over, come on our tour and give us your best Venkman, Eagon and Ray impressions. Bonus points if you make it through the entire tour without thinking of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

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