**Disclosure: I’m an ambassador for the Jones Center for Families this year and this post includes two awesome activities at the center. As an ambassador, I receive compensation for my post.**
How can it possibly be the last week of October? The leaves are in their full glory now, Halloween is this Saturday, and it’s time for us to celebrate this last week in Awesome October. This week is full of fun – spooky stories, plays, Halloween haunts and, of course, trick-or-treating.
Wednesday, October 28th
Susan Young with the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History will share fun and spooky folklore in her talk ‘Mysterious Ozark Critters.’ Learn the spirited stories behind fabulous creatures from Ozark folklore including the Snawfus, the Galoopus, and the Whangdoodle.
Streetfest at the Jones Center – 6-8 pm
A free event for families where kids can dress up in costumes, play games and win prizes. The Jones Center, Mosaic NWA and Camp War Eagle will host the festival. It’s in the JTL plaza on the east side of the Jones Center, or inside the food court if it rains.
Thursday, October 29th – Dracula at Trike Theater
A retelling of Bram Stoker’s classic for kids. Shows start at 6:30 every night from Oct. 29th – Nov. 1st. Visit triketheatre.org for tickets and information.
Friday, October 30th (Note that many of the downtown celebrations are on this date.)
Trick or Treat on the Square – Downtown Fayetteville – 3-5 pm.
This annual event features carnival games, face painting and candy as children trick-or-treat the downtown business in Fayetteville.
Downtown Trick-or-Treat – Siloam Springs – 3:30-5:30 pm.
Downtown merchants welcome the community with candy, treats, and prizes in downtown Siloam Springs. Wear your costumes!
The Goblin Parade – Downtown Rogers – 3:30 pm
Children dress in costumes and meet downtown to parade through the downtown business district and trick-or-treat the shop owners. Line up in Frisco Park.
The 1st Annual Treats at the Track – The A&M Railroad Depot (305 E. Emma, downtown Springdale) 6:30-9:30 pm.
I’ve been looking forward to this one! This fundraiser for House of Hope Rescue Mission promises to be all kinds of fun. Trick or treat on the train, play carnival games, take a hay ride and more. Entry is $5 (kids 2 and under are free). Find out more here.
Beginning October 30th, Arkansas Public Theater in Rogers will run The Addams Family. The play features a family dinner when grownup Wednesday Addams brings her normal boyfriend home for dinner. Check www.ArkansasPublicTheatre.org for ticket information and all show dates and times.
Spider’s Web at Arts Center of the Ozarks October 30th-31st
A dark comedy by Agatha Christie with plenty of murder and mystery. Spend an evening at the theater trying to deduce the murderer! See www.acozarks.org for show information and to purchase tickets.
Halloween Monster Dash 5k run/walk and costume contest – Downtown Fayetteville – Friday afternoon/evening.
Runners dress up for this untimed 5k and collect candy along the way. The race features a costume contest with multiple categories – 2 person, 3 person, 4 person and owner/pet costumes. Register at halloweenmonsterdash.com
Saturday, October 31st – HALLOWEEN
Halloween on Ice at the Jones Center for Families – 12-3pm
What’s better than dressing up in your Halloween costume? Dressing up and ice skating, of course! The Jones Center will host this event for kids to skate, play games, trick or treat and win prizes. $3 per person. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
University of Arkansas Homecoming: Razorbacks vs. UT-Martin – 3 pm
Wear your Razorback gear, costume, or both and join the Hogs for a Halloween Homecoming. Purchase tickets at www.arkansasrazorbacks.com.
Ozark Corn Maze
It’s the last weekend to enjoy the maze, corn cannons, petting zoo and pony rides. The maze is open Friday 5-10 pm, Sat 10 am-10 pm and Sun 1-6 pm. Visit ozarkcornmaze.com for all the information.
Ominous Haunted House – Bentonville
For those who want a traditional scare, Ominous Haunted House is open October 30th-31st 7 pm-12 am. More information at www.ominoushaunt.com
Sunday, November 1st
Zombie Crawl and Day of the Dead Parade – Eureka Springs – 5 pm
Eureka Springs will host its 4th annual Zombie Crawl & Day of the Dead Parade on Sunday, November 1st. Anyone can participate in the parade, which features funeral hearses, Halloween floats, and of course, zombies. Zombie participants are asked to bring two (or more) cans of food to benefit the Flint Street Food Bank. Check out eurekaspringszombiecrawl.com for more information on how to participate.
Holiday Open House – Downtown Siloam Springs – 1-5 pm.
It seems too early to start thinking about the holiday season when we’re enjoying October so much, but for those of you who love the Christmas season and are ready to kick it off, Siloam Springs is hosting their annual Holiday Open House from 1-5pm. Refreshments, door prizes, and the first look at their holiday merchandise!
Enjoy this last beautiful week of Awesome October events!