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Fun Halloween Events in our Region

by Madelyn McConnell

No matter how much we love waking up to sunshine streaming through the windows and spending time on our favorite lakes and rivers in summer, there’s something special about October. Pulling out a favorite sweater for the cool mornings, fire pits on the patio, and of course, October brings Halloween!

We’ve scoured the region for fun Halloween events and found a great list of things for you to do with your family this month. Feel free to take a travel mug full of pumpkin spice something for added seasonal enjoyment.

Fun Halloween Events in the Region


Costumes Candy and Cops Carnival
October 27, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Benton County Sheriff’s Office
1300 SW 14th St., Bentonville

Join the women and men of the Sherriff’s office for a free trunk-or-treating family fun festival. Wear your costume, play some games, fill your bag with candy and watch a movie in our park. (Free Food, Drinks, & Candy while supplies last)

Goblin Run 5k and Fun Run
October 28, 7:30 am (Kids Fun Run to follow)
Downtown Activity Center
215 SW A St., Bentonville

Join Bentonville Parks & Recreation for the 3rd race of the Run Bentonville Race Series: The Goblin Run. Costumes are encouraged for this spooky race around town. Special awards for the best costumes! Register and get more info online.

Teen Night: Fright at the Museum
October 21, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way Bentonville, AR 72712

High school students from all over Northwest Arkansas are invited to attend this annual Halloween-themed Teen Night, featuring live music, dancing, a costume contest, murder mystery, and artmaking.

Nightmares Haunted House
September 29 – October 31, 7:00 pm-Midnight
13080 North Hwy 71, Bentonville

Nightmares Haunted House is a nonprofit fundraiser for the Bentonville Breakfast Lions club and has been haunting NWA for almost 30 years. Tickets let you experience two attractions – the 10,000+ square-foot haunted house, and their signature attraction, “The Phantom 13” zombie bus ride, now with Maximum Terror Drive. Be warned: If the zombies are too thick to drive though you may have to find your own way through the prison yard maze to get back to the haunted house.

Yappy Hour Puppy Costume Party
October 28, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Bentonville Bark Park
2400 N Walton Blvd., Bentonville

Bring the furkids to the Bentonville Bark Park for a puppy costume party! Enjoy live music while your dog socializes. And feel free to do your own socializing as well. Treats for humans and dogs will be provided and prizes for “Best Costume” awarded.

Pumpkin Painting
October 27, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Bentonville Community Center
1101 SW Citizens Circle

The whole family is invited to the Bentonville Community Center where the kids can decorate their own mini pumpkin. Enjoy some Halloween treats and music while decorating your pumpkin, all provided by the Community Center – you just bring your creativity.

Family Halloween Party
October 28, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bentonville Community Center
1101 SW Citizens Circle

Kick off the Halloween Weekend with a Family Costume party at the Bentonville Community Center. Families are invited to enjoy the free event complete with costumes, prizes, candy, music, and more.


Ozark Corn Maze
Weekends in October
Friday: 5:00 pm-10:00 pm  Saturday: 10:00 am-10:00 pm  Sunday: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
12880 Highway 112, Cave Springs

A great time for the whole family. Enjoy three corn mazes, and kid-friendly fun including a petting zoo, corn cannon, animal train, hay maze, pumpkin slingshot and a four-acre pumpkin patch! More info available online.

The Asylum Haunted House
Fridays & Saturdays in October, and Halloween, 7:00 pm-Midnight
221 N Main, Cave Springs, Arkansas

Voted #2 Haunt in Arkansas by Scare Factor in 2017, and Best Haunt in Northwest Arkansas for 2014 and 2015 by Halloween Express. According to the website, this is a very scary haunted house, and it is STRONGLY recommended that small children are not included in your group. More info available online.


Community Harvest Celebration
Tuesday, October 31st, 5-8 pm
Fairland Park

Come join our Fairland Churches, businesses, Fire Department, Police Department, and organizations in a safe and FREE fun-filled evening at Fairland Park.


Final Scream
Fridays & Saturdays in October, and Halloween, 7:30 pm-Midnight
310 Fort Chaffee Blvd, Fort Smith

For 23 years, every October, the fiends who reside in an unassuming warehouse at Fort Chaffee have been collecting and feeding off the screams of those brave enough to enter. This year, they’ve concocted new, more intense terrors designed to tear the screams from the lungs of their victims to feed their morbid hunger. The Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club invites you to come be amazed and amused and GET SCARED.


Carpenter’s Mortuary Haunted House
Fridays and Saturdays in October, and Halloween Night
136 E Main St, Gentry

A haunted attraction that creates a spooky story about an actual mortuary. The building was visited by a professional paranormal investigation group in 2016 and deemed to be truly haunted – scared yet?? This is a 13-and-up attraction, anyone under 13 will need to attend with a parent. Find more info online.

Trunk or Treat
October 31, 5:30 pm
212 East Main Street, Gentry

The Gentry Chamber of Commerce invites families to join them downtown for safe, and fun Trick or Treat on Main Street. Merchants and individuals will be set up on the sidewalks to give treats to kids from 5:30 p.m. until the candy is gone.


Community Fall Festival
October 28, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (rain or shine)
Ozarks Community Hospital
1101 Jackson St SW, Gravette

If you’re looking for an all-in-one event, you don’t have to go further than this. Not only will there be Trunk-or-Treating and inflatables for the kids, you’ll also find a petting zoo, games and crafts, including pumpkin painting. Parents might be interested in the chili cookoff that’s planned, and everyone is encouraged to wear costumes.


Right Choices Corn Maze
October 21st/22nd and 28th/29th

Lots of fun activities for the whole family! Corn Maze, Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch, Hay Rides, Cow Train, Corn Cannon, Corn Jump, Roller Slide, Corn Box, Pumpkin Ball, Crafts in the Pumpkin House. Plus many more family-friendly activities!

Har-Ber Village Museum Fall Carnival
October 21st 1-3pm
Har-Ber Village Museum will host its 4th Old-Fashioned Fall Festival on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Cost for the event is $5 for non-members and $4 for Har-Ber Village Museum members.  Experience the old-fashioned carnival fun of yesteryear.


Trunk or Treat
October 31, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Court House Square, Jay

You bet that this free event will have candy and games for everyone, and a costume contest will take place beginning at 6:00 pm at the gazebo. Get some souvenir photos from a local photographer, and sign up to bring your own car to pass out candy if you’d like (be prepared for at least 2500 kiddos!)

Fall Fest
October 21, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Downtown Jay

This free event has everything you could ask for in a community event – games, food trucks, vendors, bounce houses… and we assume there is candy involved as well. Grab your favorite people and head over for a day of fun downtown.


McGarrah Farms Pumpkin Patch
September 24 – October 31
Monday-Saturday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
14816 Miser Rd., Pea Ridge

Bring a camera for the inevitable photo opportunity that happens when the kids are hunting for the perfect pumpkin! There is a great pumpkin patch where you’ll find just the right gourd, or you can choose from a variety of pre-picked pumpkins. Pumpkin prices range from $1.00 to $75.00. In addition to pumpkins, your kids can ride the Mule Train and the whole family can enjoy the Tall Grass Maze. Complimentary hayride, picnic area, and haystacks to play on. Ticket prices and other info available online.


Frankenstein – A Glow-in-the-Dark Dinner Theater
October 20 & 21, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Rogers VFW Hall
11160 N Old Wire Rd., Rogers

The Rogers VFW Hall will glow for two nights only this Halloween when Mary Shelley’s 1818 gothic tale “Frankenstein” will be presented by the Northwest Arkansas Audio theater. The live “radio play” will include music, live special effects, and appearances from favorite classic Halloween characters. Tickets and more info available online.

Annual Goblin Parade
October 31, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Historic Downtown Rogers (Starts in Frisco Park)

The Goblin Parade of ghosts, goblins, princesses, superheroes, firefighters, cowboys, and more will parade through downtown to be greeted by our many downtown shop owners with treats. It’s safe fun for kids under thirteen. And did we mention there’s candy? Join in the line anywhere – Frisco Park on First & Walnut, or at the corner of 3rd & Walnut are easy spots with plenty of nearby free parking.


Riverside Entertainment Spooky Trio
Friday & Saturday nights in October, and Halloween
17023 Chamber Springs Rd., Siloam Springs

They claim the haunt attractions at Riverside Entertainment will leave you running in fear, screaming in terror and begging for more. Their trio of haunt attractions includes the flagship attraction the Warehouse of Fear with more than 24 rooms and over 10,000 square feet of terror and amazement. Walk across the way and discover The Lost Corn Maze. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, you will find yourself believing the Hatter is not the only one who’s mad. Then Finish your evening off in the Swamp Walker Zombie Shoot where you and your friends will ride through the zombie-infested swamp and try to take back control of your destiny.

Family-Friendly Nights at The Lost Corn Maze
October 17, 19, 24 and 26, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
17023 Chamber Springs Rd., Siloam Springs

If you’re not into the creepy adult haunt, Riverside Entertainment has you covered – they’re producing four nights in the Lost Corn Maze that are perfect for the kids.

Oktoberfest: Tap into History Pub Crawl
October 20, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Inn at the Springs
201 W University St., Siloam Springs

Beer, food, friends, and history. What could be better? Tap Into History starts at 7:00 p.m. at Inn at the Springs. One ticket covers three pours of beer, a pretzel, and museum membership. Details and tickets available online.




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