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Dr. Kyle Fagala, DDS, MDS

Board-certified Orthodontist, husband and father of 4, drummer, and ginger living in Germantown, Tennessee.

We’re creeping up on Halloween here at Saddle Creek Orthodontics, and we’ve been busy scoping out all the family-friendly fun the 901 has to offer over the next week to share with you!

Whether you’re looking for activities to supplement your traditional trick-or-treat routine, or thinking about shaking it up with something completely different this year, Memphis has more than enough happening to keep your goblins and ghosties happy. We’ve also shared a photo of the Fagala family’s 2015 Halloween costume as different famous (and infamous) Memphis icons. How many can you name?

Halloween Family Fun in the 901 | Saddle Creek Orthodontics | Memphis, TN

Le Bonheur Zoo Boo 2017

Zoo Boo | Halloween | Memphis, TN Zoo

Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place, Memphis, TN 38112

October 20-22 and 27-31
5:30 – 9:30 PM
Advance tickets: $10/members and $13/nonmembers

Day of event tickets: $12/members and $15/nonmembers

Zoo Boo gives us one more reason to love the Memphis Zoo! This annual event increased to eight nights in 2017, giving more Memphians than ever the chance to experience Halloween with their favorite animals and exhibits. With just the right amount of spookiness, Zoo Boo offers families hayrides, train rides, straw mazes, arts and crafts, and candy stations throughout. And that’s not all! With admission, you can also enjoy things like:

  • A frightening forest trail
  • Fortune tellers
  • FREE rides for the little ones
  • Magic shows
  • Dancing at Dracula’s Disco
  • The singing pumpkins
  • Creepy critters
  • The virtual costume contest
  • The Lagoon of Doom

Doors open at 5:30 PM and we recommend you get there early. The Cat House Cafe’ will be open, so grab a quick bite before all the fun! Remember, although everyone is welcome to wear a costume for Zoo Boo, they must be appropriate for all ages since this is a family-friendly event.

Flick Or Treat at the Garden

Flick or Treat | Movies and Halloween | Memphis Botanic Garden


Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN 38117

Saturday, October 28th
Gates and activities begin at 5 PM
Movies start at 7:15 PM
Members $8/non-members $10

Flick or Treat is a double feature of fun for the whole family! Come in costume and trick-or-treat through My Big Backyard. Kids can take advantage of the treat stations and activity centers, while the grownup ghouls and boys will find food trucks and adult spirits available throughout the evening. Around 7 PM, pull out your blanket or chairs, and settle down in the Live Garden for a showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” followed by the modern Halloween classic, “Hocus Pocus.” Popcorn, drinks, and movie treats will also be on offer, so leave any outside food at home. This is a great Halloween take on your regular family movie night!

2017 Scare on the Square

Collierville Town Square | Halloween in Collierville | Tennessee Halloween

Collierville Town Square
Friday, October 27th, 2017
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Trick or Treating: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Crafts and games: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Admission is free, but school supply donations are encouraged and accepted on behalf of the Collierville Municipal Schools
Every October, the Junior Auxiliary of Collierville partners with Main Street Collierville and the Town of Collierville to present Scare On the Square. This is an entirely family-friendly event on the Town’s Square that provides children with a safe trick-or-treating option, as well as crafts, games, food, face painting, and other activities designed to delight little monsters. Bring a few school supplies to donate along with your buckets and bags – items needed most are pens, pencils, markers, paper, computer paper, glue and glue sticks, and folders. Drop by for a spooktacular time that also benefits a good cause!

Highland Church of Christ Trunk-or-Treat

Highland Church of Christ
400 N Houston Levee Rd
Cordova, TN 38018

Sunday, October 29
3:00-5:00 PM – Free

Trunk-or-treats are slowly becoming almost as popular as old-fashioned trick-or-treating, and often include more than just candy being handed out as your kids make their way around a parking lot. I’m a little biased because Highland is my home church, but our trunk-or-treats really are a lot of fun! Members decorate their trunks in inventive ways, and of course they’ll be filling up buckets and bags with a variety of Halloween treats. There will also be a petting zoo, hayride, train ride, and free sno-cones. It’s essentially all the fun of trick-or-treating in a safer setting, plus during the daylight hours. Also, as a special bonus, come collect some candy from the Fagala family. We’ll all be dressed up in a fun costume and would love to see you there!

Cedar Hill Farm

Cedar Hill Farm | Haunted Farm | Halloween in Memphis

Cedar Hill Farm
8 Love Rd
Hernando, MS 38632

Open now through October 31
$10-12 admission

Cedar Hill Farm may not technically be in Memphis, and it does require a little bit of a drive, but it’s such a fun place that we feel it’s fully deserving of a place on our list! Their Pumpkin Patch is the perfect place for family fun in the fall. Children can pick their own pumpkin from the patch, or choose one from the stand, since admission covers a pie pumpkin for kids ages 3-10. It also includes:

  • A hayride
  • The corn maze & pumpkin patch
  • The petting zoo
  • The chicken show
  • Their “Education Station”
  • The pig races
  • Cedar Hill Rail Road
  • The Hay Fort
  • The Hay Maze
  • Giant slides & kiddie zip lines
  • Fishing in the catch and release pond (bring your own poles and bait)
  • And use of the play and picnic areas

The Chicken Show and Hayrides run continuously, and the last hayride of the day leaves the barnyard 30 minutes before closing time. There’s enough to do to keep you there from open to close, and they even have a country kitchen that serves farm fresh dinner daily! It’s a wonderful way to spend the day together.

Don’t forget to take care of your braces this Halloween

Whatever your plans for celebrating Halloween, be mindful of the damage certain candy and snacks can cause to braces. Sticky, chewy candies are the biggest culprits, and should be avoided at all costs. These can stick to braces and brackets, and sometimes even pull parts off. Hard candy puts pressure on braces, something that can lead to broken brackets or bent wires. When investigating this year’s Halloween bounty, stick to fun-sized treats with soft chocolate instead, and avoid any frightful bending or breaking!


From all of us atSCO, have a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!

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