Five things to do in Memphis this weekend

Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Square

Until Monday, October 31

According to Google Trends’ Frightgeist, the most popular costume in Memphis this year will be Spider-Man (which is also expected to be the second most popular costume in the country). Let this lack of originality prevail. The Spider-Men are about to take over the city, and we can’t stop them. And it’s like, have they ever stopped to think about the effect this will have on the social fabric? Apparently not. And I’m sure you mean to joke, “Not all Spider-Men.” But here we are, with too many people, and to quote the villain in The Incredibles“If everyone is great, no one will be.”

Oh and just to add to your list of worries, apparently the Upside Down has taken over the zoo?? And it’s like, I’m sorry no one picked this up to prevent all this jazz??? Luckily, no thanks to the Spider-Men, the zoo takes advantage of the situation by celebrating Halloween with a stranger things theme. Talk about making the best of a terrible upside down situation.

For select nights until October 31, the zoo opened at the Upside Down from 6-9.30pm for the annual fundraiser with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Throughout the night, Magic Mr. Nick and fortune tellers will be there to amaze, and kids can enjoy Dracula’s Disco, the Treehouse Theater Show, a Jack-o-lantern Jamboree, candy stations, a hay maze and more.

Tickets ($13/members; $18/non-members) can be purchased online.

Orpheum Theater, 203 South Main

Friday-Sunday, October 28-30

So it turns out that not only does Memphis have too many Spider-Men, but also too few vampires. According to a study by Lawn Love (a totally reliable source), Memphis is the 73rd best city for vampires. Seventy-third, Memphis. Get your teeth wet in there. So much for southern hospitality.

With so much at stake when it comes to our city’s vampiric reputation, Ballet Memphis has truly made the city strong by opening its season with the gripping and suspenseful thriller Draculaand the company even enhanced the classic with new costumes, stage design, and choreography to suck you in.

The ballet, which is recommended for audiences 12 and older, takes place Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets ($28 to $78) can be purchased here.

Theater Works, 2085 Monroe

Opening Friday, October 28, 8 p.m.

Even with too many Spider-Men and too few vampires, Tennessee apparently can’t get enough of those fucking Tootsie Pops. According to CandyStore.com (another super reliable source), Tootsie Pops are our number one choice when it comes to buying Halloween candy, followed by salt water taffy and Skittles. I guess you could say the owl really got to us – we just had to know how many licks it took to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, right? You know what happens when you come in have do something? You find yourself in a horror movie. Just ask the New Moon Theater cast evil Deadwhere the characters just had read the Naturom Demonto who releases a demonic entity and turns their lives into a living hell. Innocence is bliss, as they say, and Memphis, I’m afraid we’ve lost our innocence when it comes to Tootsie Pops.

To distract us from this truth, however, we can find solace in the production of New Moon. They seem to find pleasure in the tragic results of freeing a demonic entity, turning the whole plot into a real musical. There will be blood, of course – there will even be splashes on the audience – but there will also be laughter.

If you like it, tickets ($30) can be purchased by calling the box office at 901-484-3476 or going online. If you really want to be a bloody mess after the show, consider reserving a spot in the Splash Zone for an extra $5. (If you do, you’ll get a free t-shirt!)

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar

Saturday October 29, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

You know what else Google Trends tells me? Memphis doesn’t have enough Halloween spirit. We got a score of 73 out of 100 when it came to searching for “Halloween”. I don’t really understand what those numbers mean, but I do know that a 73 is a C. Are you ok with a C? I’m not. You know what we got an A on (a 94 to be exact)? Search for the word “Spider-Man”. Seriously? Where, oh where, is that Halloween spirit?

Oh, and you know what else we got a C on? Googling “Day of the Dead”. Too bad, too bad, but there is hope for us, even the Spider-Men, thanks to the bilingual theater group Brooks and Cazateatro, who will give us a Day of the Dead like no other.

The celebration of life and death begins at 11.30am with a parade of floats and performers moving from Tower Courtyard through Overton Square to Brooks Square. The day will include art-making activities, face painting, music, costumed performers, dance performances, food trucks, and more. Free entry.

Wiseacre HQ, 398 South BB King

Saturday, October 29, 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Here’s another spellbinding discovery from our favorite Lawn Love, who for some reason seems more interested in the occult than lawn care: Memphis ranks 60th in the best cities for witches. Needless to say we can do better. You might ask, why would we want more witches? But the answer is obvious: for beer of course! (Oh, and their company.)

And if you’re wondering what beer has to do with witches, look no further than Wiseacre Brewing Company for the answers. The brewery is hosting a charming tour of its downtown headquarters and will offer a class on the history of beer, women in beer and where witches come into play.

Classes take place at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets ($25) can be purchased online and will include a special Halloween candy/beer deal.


🕸️For a more comprehensive list of spooky happenings around town, check out this article from our sister post, the Memphis Flyer. 🕸️

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