Ok, all through the month of October I have been posting information and ideas about Halloween events downtown. Here is my complete list:
The annual Hell on Earth Halloween Party will be at Earnestine & Hazel's this year. Some of the bands include Dirty White with Skinny Pimp, Grunt and The Gleaners. The cover charge is $7 and the party starts around 9 pm.
Mud Island is having "Halloween on the Island". It starts at 6:30 pm on the 31st; it's great that Halloween falls on a Friday this year. There will be lots of activities such as hay rides, a haunted river walk and trick or treat stations. It sounds like it would be really fun for kids. Visit their site for all the details: http://www.mudisland.com/
View Elmwood Cemetery in a different light this Halloween night. Our first-ever flashlight tour will take place on Friday, October 31st from 10:00-11:00 pm. Guided tours of the cemetery's little known "haunts" await you. The cost for this tour is $20/person. Please bring a flashlight and wear comfortable walking shoes. Space for each tour is limited. Reservations and payment must be made in advance. The deadline to make reservations is Wednesday, October 29th.
Victorian Village (600 block of Adams) will have a Night in the Village on Saturday, November 1st, All Saints Day. This evening of festivities begins at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, moves to the Woodruff Fontain House and ends up at Mollie Fontaine's. Click here for more information: http://www.victorianvillageinc.org/
The Grizzlies will be playing Orlando Magic in Memphis on the 31st and there will be trick or treating on the FedEx Forum plaza.
Since this month's South Main Trolley Tour falls on the 31st I am assuming the theme will be Halloween in general.
The Rumba Room will have a costume contest on Halloween at 11pm, 303 S. Main. $300 prize. And yes, there will be dancing as well.
Raiford's - Last year they had a costume contest but there is nothing on their website so far about Halloween. It doesn't matter, it's always Halloween at Raiford's. 115 Vance.
Backbeat Tours offers a 90 minute Haunted Memphis walking tour of some of the haunted places downtown, such as The Orpheum and some spots along Cotton Row.
If none of these options appeal to you, you can always order a pizza, stay at home and watch a scary movie. For me that would be The Blair Witch Project. If you're staying at home, depending on where you live downtown, you're probably not concerned with handing out candy. I've lived in my building for 5 years and there has not been one trick or treater; not surprising as there is a general shortage of kids of trick or treating age downtown. But if you live in South Bluffs, Harbor Town or Uptown remember the Peanut Shoppe at 24 S. Main or Wayne's Candy Company at 164 E. Carolina would be good places to get candy. I know you could buy bags and bags of miniature Snickers and Hershey's at Walgreens or the Dollar Store but we only do this once a year so give some business to the mom and pops before the whole world is (more) homogeneous. And while you're at it, if you do order a pizza call Roma Pizza at 22 N.Third Street, 521-1977. They don't deliver but once you taste it you won't mind the trip. Plus it's fun to go in there as these guys are ACTUALLY ITALIAN.