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Corn Maze at Jones Orchard

6880 Singleton Pkwy., Millington, through October, $6 children, $8 adults

The cornfield at Jones Orchard was cut into an "Egyptian Adventure" theme. There are two mazes within the field, totaling more than 3 miles of trails, and both trails have six GPS checkpoints. A separate maze has a haunted theme.

Mid-South Maze

Agricenter, through October, $5 for children 6 to 11, $7 for ages 12 and up

The corn maze at the Agricenter features 2 miles of trails. On Friday and Saturday, the maze is haunted, and Wednesday is family night with hayrides and a bonfire.

Tourism

Costume Twilight Tour

Elmwood, Saturday, October 28th, 6-8 p.m., $10, children under 12 free

Meet some of Elmwood's most notable underground residents. Actors in costume will bring to life some of the more interesting people buried at Elmwood, including blues musicians, war heroes, and scoundrels. There will also be a civil war-era mortician's tent.

2nd Annual Not-So-Haunted Hike

Touliatos Nature Center,

2020 E. Brooks Rd.,

Saturday, October 28th, 5-7 p.m., free

Ghosts aren't invited to this hike, but do expect to see snakes and spiders and birds of prey. Guest speakers will be on-hand, and costumes are encouraged.

Let's Get Physical

ARTeries Blood Drive

Theatre Memphis, Thursday, October 26th, 3-7 p.m.

Semi-annual blood drive hosted by ARTeries, a group of members of the arts community. Donations go to

LifeBlood.

2nd Annual Bone Bash

The Bridges Center, Saturday,October 28th, 7 p.m., $150

This masquerade/black-tie fund-raiser for the Arthritis Foundation will have a Phantom of the Opera theme with a Halloween twist. There will be palm and crystal-ball readings, live music, a silent auction, and more. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 685-9060.

Mistress of the Dark

Sam's Town 250

Memphis Motorsports Park, Saturday, October 28th, 1:10 p.m.

Elvira, "Mistress of the Dark," is planning to retire this year and is creating a reality show to find her replacement. But before she hangs up her tight black gown and bouffant wig, she'll serve as grand marshal for the finale of the Memphis NASCAR season.

Elvira's appearance is just one of many events to be held during the Sam's Town 250. For more information, go to the Memphis Motorsports Park Web site at memphismotorsports.com.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Workshops with Sharlette Pumphrey

The Sanctuary, 6266 Stage Plaza N., Bartlett, October 27th-29th, $65 per workshop

Sharlette Pumphrey will lead three days of workshops at the Sanctuary. On Friday, from 6 to 7 p.m., she'll give a class on mediumship, which include learning to use tools of the trade such as the pendulum and dowsing rods. Saturday's class on ghosts, from 7 to 9 p.m., is the first of a two-parter and will include members of the Mid-South Ghost Hunters who will tell about their own experiences. On Sunday, from noon to 2 p.m., Pumphrey and the Ghost Hunters will take participants to a haunted location to test what they've learned.

You're Kidding, Right?

Zoo Boo

Memphis Zoo, Friday-Saturday,

October 27th-28th, 6:30-9:30 p.m.,$10 for zoo members, $12 nonmembers

Pirates have invaded the Memphis Zoo, and you may find yourself walking the plank -- or at least playing pirate bingo. Other activities include a "not-so-haunted" tour of Cat Country, a 3D Haunted Mine Simulator Ride, and a haunted maze.

Halloween on the Island

Mud Island,October 31st, 5:30 p.m., $2

Family fun on Mud Island, where kids can trick or treat and explore a haunted River Walk.

Wait. There's More

Hot Biscuit Halloween Spooktacular

Center for Southern Folklore, Saturday, October 28th, 4-6 p.m.

Three events in one: The first is a Monsters from Memphis reunion, which will bring together authors whose work has appeared in the Monsters from Memphis anthologies. The second is a Halloween poetry slam. Finally, if time allows, there will be a walking tour of downtown sites mentioned in the Monsters from Memphis stories.

A Room With a Boo!

Gallina's Italian Restaurant, Saturday, October 28th, 7-10 p.m., $33

Murder and mayhem are on the menu during this interactive dinner-theater presentation brought to you by Death Du Jour Mystery Theater.

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