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Fall Family Fun Events



Note: all information was gathered at event websites, please contact the organization or business to verify information if in doubt.

18th Annual Beebe Fall Festival
October 18
Opens at 9:00 a.m.
Admission: Free, $1 parking
Live entertainment, vendor booths, carnival, a food court, an antique car show and a kid zone.

Mountain Village 1890 Haunted History Tour (Bull Shoals)
October 23 – 26 & 30 – November 1
1011 C.S. Woods Blvd.
Admission: $12 Adults, $6 for Children
Join a paranormal investigator to explore a 19th century ghost town. Learn the history of the area and structures on the property while searching for the ghosts who still reside there. Tours begin at dusk.

4th Annual Haunted Hollow Hayride (Bull Shoals)
October 25 – 26
Rivercliff Golf Course, 110 Clubhouse Lane
Admission: $3 adults, $2 children
This family-friendly event includes live music, food and drinks, vendor booths, haunted photobooth, games and activities, face-painting, a hay bale maze, and bounce houses!

Harvestfest (Cherokee Village)
October 4
Town Center Plaza, #2 Santee
Admission: $3
Face painting, balloon artist, shows, hay ride, haunted house, pumpkin patch, shopping, carnival games, and so much more!

Turpentine Creek Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular (Eureka Springs)
October 26
239 Turpentine Creek Lane
Costume contests and other Halloween activities.

Happy Hollow Harvest Moon Festival (Fayetteville)
October 4
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Happy Hollow Elementary School, 2175 E Peppervine Dr.
Admission: Free
Parents can shop the indoor boutique show while the kids enjoy hands-on educational booths featuring information about agriculture, gardening, nutrition & sustainability from local organizations.

Belle Grove Historic District Walking Tour (Fort Smith)
October 19
2:30 PM
The Clayton House, 514 North 6th Street
Fort Smith’s Belle Grove Historic District boasts the largest variety of Victorian architectural styles of any historic district in the state, and is one of the most diverse districts in the nation. A keepsake brochure provides architectural information on each home, and a guide will share the colorful details of the early residents as you stroll from home to home. The tour begins in the Clayton House front yard and covers up to 12 blocks.

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Murder and Mayhem Haunted Trolley Tour (Fort Smith)
October 17
Fort Smith Museum of History, 320 Rogers Avenue
Trolley Tour of historic Fort Smith featuring haunted and gruesome stories from years past. Begin the evening with Halloween treats, drinks and ghost stories along with a peek at haunted areas of the Fort Smith Museum of History. Judge and Mrs. Isaac Parker, portrayed by Floyd and Sue Robison, narrate the tour.

20th Annual Ghosts of the Past (Gillett)
October 18
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Arkansas Post Townsite and Park Lake, 1741 Old Post Rd.
Admission: Free
Park staff and volunteers lead guided walks through Arkansas history. Living History presentations portray events from the exploration and settlement of Arkansas Post, Colbert’s Raid, and the Civil War. Tours start every 15 minutes and last approximately one hour.

Haunted Halloween in the Park (Hot Springs)
October 25
6 – 9:00 p.m.
Lake Catherine, Fire ring at the trailhead
Admission: Free
Activities include trick-or-treating in the campground, a costume contest, hay rides, marshmallow roasts, Arkansas ghost stories, and much more!

Magic Screams: Halloween at Magic Springs (Hot Springs)
Weekends, October 6 – 23
Admission: $36.99 (one-day park pass)
Spooky haunted houses, walk the scary trail and amusement park rides. Scare-free zone includes pumpkin painting and other activities for younger children.

Arkansas Apple Festival (Lincoln)
October 3 – 5
Town Square
Admission: Free
Arts and crafts, “Kids’ World”, parade, concessions, and more.

Big Booseum Bash (Little Rock)
October 24
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Old State House Museum
Admission: Free
Safe trick-or-treating environment involving eight downtown museums. Central Arkansas Transit buses move participants from site to site. Each location will have candy available for young trick-or-treaters, as well as fun hands-on activities.

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Bootiful Kids Event (Little Rock)
October 26
The Promenade at Chenal
Costume contest noon to 1:30 p.m. The first 50 kids receive a free Halloween gift pack. Contest requires $2 donation to Arkansas Rice Depot.

Haunted Hayride (Little Rock)

October 25-26
Opens at 7 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at 7006 Jasna Gora Drive
Admission: $5-8
Presented by the Knights of Columbus

Halloween Carnival at Pulaski Heights Methodist Church (Little Rock)
October 27
4823 Woodlawn Drive
A haunted houses, carnival games, bounce houses and more.

Halloween Show at the Arkansas Skatium (Little Rock)
October 29 – 31
1311 S. Bowman Road
An ice skating exhibition featuring costumes and fun music.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice at Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock)
October 25-Nov. 10
501 E. 9th Street
Modern retelling of the classic story.

Ghost Hunting Class & Investigation at MacArthur Museum of Military History (Little Rock)
October 28
6 – 10:00 p.m.
503 East 9th Street
Admission: $25
Learn about equipment, proper technique and methods used during paranormal investigations, then put your skills to work while participating in an investigation at the museum. Proceeds benefit the museum.

Halloween Spooktacular at Robinson Center Music Hall (Little Rock)
October 12-13
Robinson Center Music Hall
Tickets: $18+
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra plays classics from old films and more to get you in a Halloween mood.

Pooches & Pumpkins at The Good Earth Garden Center (Little Rock)
October 19
15601 Cantrell Road
Bring your pet to the Good Earth for a costume contest, free hot dogs and fall themed activities.

Boo At the Zoo (Little Rock)
October 18-20, 25-31 & November 1
6 – 9 p.m.
Little Rock Zoo, Fair Park
501-666-2406 ext. 103
Admission: $7 general admission, $15 for an armband
Kids can trick-or-treat, ride the “Boo Express”, tour a Haunted House, ride carnival rides and enjoy concessions.

Ghosts, Legends, and the Unexplained (Paragould)
October 31
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Admission: $2.50
What’s lurking in the woods at Crowley’s Ridge State Park?  Come find out while you listen to Arkansas ghost stories at the bonfire, ride the haunted hayride, make Halloween crafts, and visit the Trail of Treats.

12th annual Boo on the Bayou (Pine Bluff)
October 24 – 25
1400 Black Dog Road, Regional Park
Admission: Free
Haunted trails, carnival games, inflatables, animals and more.

Ghost Walks (Powhaten)
October 18
7 – 10:00 PM
1888 Courthouse
Admission: $2 adults, $1 children 6-12, 5 & under free
Century-old buildings, the Black River and old cemeteries play host to a number of Powhatan’s ghost stories, folktales and legends. Get introduced to the spirits and spine-tingling tales of ghostly happenings, while learning some Arkansas history!

Haunted Night on the Battlefield (Prairie Grove)
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park , 506 East Douglas Street
October 25
7:00  – 10:45 p.m.
Admission $2 for adults, $1 for kids
The event will include a self-guided tour of informational stations and a historical scene around the Borden House area. Visitors will find stations that focus on different aspects of the history of the battle, some folklore and findings we’ve uncovered during our research, as well as local paranormal investigator booths.  Parking is available at the east Borden House entrance. Free kettle corn and hot cider will be served.

Fall Festival and Trade Days (Prescott)
October 11
Nevada County Courthouse, 215 E 2nd St.
Festival with craft vendors, food vendors, balloon liftoff, games, youth basketball tournament, 5K run, pageants, contests, Golden Pumpkin treasure hunt, and entertainment.

Halloween at the Mill @ War Eagle Mill (Rogers)
11045 War Eagle Road, Rogers, AR 72756
October 26

Nightmare on Elm Street Zombie Run (Rogers)
November 1
Frisco Park, South 1st Street
Costumes are encouraged!! Run for your life on a 5K course dodging zombies the whole way or enjoy the one mile fun run. All proceeds benefit friend of youth projects of the Rogers Optimist Club.

Halloween Hayride at Pinnacle Mountain State Park (Roland)
October 26, 27 & 31
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
A fun hayride with campfire at the state park. Advanced reservations are required.

23rd Annual Downtown Fall Festival & Chili Cookoff (Russellville)
October 25
Russellville Depot, 320 W. ‘C’ Street
Admission: Free
Old fashioned street festival celebrating the season of harvest with a CASI sanctioned chili cookoff, 5K& 1K run, “Tour de Pumpkin” bike ride, kid’s costume contest, old fashioned pie contest, dog show, car show, arts & crafts, games & rides, live music, great festival food and more!

Spooky Power Lab at Amy Sanders Library (Sherwood)
October 15
The Amy Sanders Library,31 Shelby Drive
Halloween inspired science experiments.

Halloween Carnival and Crafts at Amy Sanders Library (Sherwood)
October 24
31 Shelby Drive
Costume contest, games, crafts and more.

Zombie Walk (Springdale)
October 25
5 – 9:00 p.m.
Arvest Ballpark
This fundraising walk provides an alternative to “trick or treating” and benefits the Rogers Public Library Foundation. Teams welcome. Register and form a team online.

Tales of the Crypt (Van Buren)
October 18 – 19
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday
Fairview Cemetery, Hwy. 59 & McKibben
Historical portrayals will give guests a walking, talking depiction of Van Buren’s rich past.

Washington After Dark (Washington)
October 18
6 – 9:00 p.m.
Williams’ Tavern Restaurant in Washington State Park
Admission: $25 adults, $20 for children under 14
Enjoy a meal at Williams Tavern, then light your candle lanterns and accompany an interpretive guide through selected sites in Washington that have some “unexplained” happenings in their history. Reservations are required. Minimum of 30, maximum of 60 participants.

Trick or Treat at Village Creek State Park (Wynne)
October 25
201 County Rd. 754
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Admission: Free, $5 parking
Nature-themed Halloween programs set up including owl prowls, live animals, spider “sniffs”, kids’ story time around the campfire, and nature stations. Local businesses will sponsor each campsite, providing decorations and candy for the kids. Costumes are encouraged but not required. This is a family friendly event for all ages, so no scary costumes.

There are so many amazing places to visit this fall in Arkansas. If you do not see one of your favorites here, please leave the name and information in the comments section so our other readers can enjoy all the Natural State has to offer this season.

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