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Family Friendly Halloween Events and Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

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Amanda Galiano

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Halloween Themed Events

Scary Spooky Science at the Library (LR)
Every Wednesday in October
Main Library, 100 Rock Street
Starts at 4 p.m.

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

Spooky Power Lab at Amy Sanders Library (Sherwood)
October 15
The Amy Sanders Library at 31 Shelby Drive in Sherwood
The library shows kids some Halloween inspired experiments. 501-835-7756.

Boo At the Zoo(LR)*
October 18-20 and 25-31 and November 1; 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Little Rock Zoo
Bring your little goblins out and let them trick-or-treat, ride the Boo Express, tour the Haunted House, ride the carnival rides and enjoy the delicious food within the safety of the Zoo. 501-666-2406 ext. 103. Admission: $7 general admission, $15 for an armband.

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

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

Big Booseum Bash (LR)*
October 24, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Little Rock Old State House
Eight museums have organized the 10th annual Big Booseum Bash, a safe trick-or-treating environment with Central Arkansas Transit buses moving participants from site to site. Each location will have candy available for young trick-or-treaters, as well as fun hands-on activities. 501-255-3300. Admission: Free

Haunted Hayride (LR)
October 25-26 - 7 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church 7006 Jasna Gora Drive
Presented by the Knights of Columbus, admission is $5-8.

Magic Screams: Halloween at Magic Springs (Hot Springs)
Magic Springs and Crystal Falls
October 6 - October 23 (weekends)
Visit the spooky haunted houses, walk the scary trail and take a spin on the rides. For young goblins, enjoy a scare-free zone for pumpkin painting and more. 501-318-5309. Admission: $36.99 one-day admission.

Annual Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (LR)
October 25
The Wonder Place 10301 N. Rodney Parham Rd.
This party is aimed at small kids who might get frightened by scares. They will have goody bags, story time and crafts. 501-225-4050.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice at Arkansas Arts Center (LR)
October 25-Nov 10
501 E. 9th Street
This is a modern retelling of this classic story.

Halloween Glow-in-the-Dark Kids Night Out
October 25
Unity Martial Arts, 3016 W. Markham St
Glow sticks and more. 501-664-0604.

Fall Fest at the Laman Library (NLR)
October 26
William F. Laman Library, 2801 Orange St Games and more at the library. 501-758-1720.

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

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. 501-868-5806.

Turpentine Creek Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular (Eureka Springs)
October 26
239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR
This is a big celebration at the wildlife refuge. Costume conests and other Halloween activities. 479-253-5841.

Halloween Carnival at Riverdale 10 (LR)
October 27
2600 Cantrell Road
A Halloween carnival in the theater parking lot.

Halloween Carnival at Pulaski Heights Methodist Church
October 27
4823 Woodlawn Drive
A haunted houses, carnival games, bounce houses and more.  501-664-3600

Annual Monster Madness at Mills Park (Bryant)
October 29
1003 Mills Park Road, Bryant
Bounce castles, games, trick-or-treating and more. This is a huge event in the city of Bryant.

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

County Fair Cafe, Trunk or Treat, and Fall Fest Carnival at Chenal Valley Church (LR)
October 30
16025 Taylor Loop Road
Carnival atmosphere with trunk-or-treating for kids.

Halloween Skate at the Arkansas Skatium (LR)
October 31
1311 S. Bowman Road
Costume contest and themed skate with games, prizes and candy.

 

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