21 Fall Festivals in Central Arkansas
The Great Pumpkin Patch & 5K Pumpkin Run at Lonoke Depot — On Oct. 1, bring the family for a morning run, then purchase all your fall decorations while supporting the Open Arms Shelter, a temporary home for abused and neglected children. Locally grown pumpkins and gourds for sale will include traditional long-handled jacks, pie pumpkins, cinderellas, fairytales and luminas. Mums, hay bales and corn stalks will also be available. Dont miss the fall photo booth, face painting, pumpkin decorating and homemade goodies. Entry for the race is $20, and the Pumpkin Patch is FREE. Event is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and all proceeds go to Open Arms Shelter in Lonoke. For info: 454-0667 or OpenArmsShelter.org.
HARVEST! Festival at Wildwood Park for the Arts — See description here.
Dillon International's Party at the Pumpkin Patch at May Family Farm — Enjoy a day of family fun on Oct. 8 in Malvern with your Dillon friends, including a petting zoo, hayride, pumpkin patch, teepee, train rides and more from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For info: 791-9300.
Fall Carnival at Lawson Elementary — This carnival from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 15 will include games, prizes, concessions, a silent auction and more. Game tickets are four for $1. For info: 821-7000.
HarvestFest in Hillcrest — This family event from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 15 on Kavanaugh Blvd. will include live music, a fashion show, an antique car show, a pancake breakfast, vendors, a cheese dip contest and a 5K race. FREE!
Boo at the Zoo — Come for trick-or-treating in a safe environment, along with a hay maze, carnival rides, fair-style food and other concessions, the haunted train attraction, a haunted house for older kids, costume contest, magic show, Ghost Roast s'mores area, Frankenstein's Dance Party and more. Event is from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20-23 and Oct. 27-31. Admission is $7 at the gate or $6 in advance and for zoo members. For info: 666-2406 or LittleRockZoo.com.
Fall Carnival at Clinton Elementary School — This event from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 21 will include bounce houses, an obstacle course, games, a silent auction, food and drinks. Armbands are $10, and food cards will be available in $5 increments. For info: 833-1200.
Fall Festival at Oakbrooke Elementary — This festival from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 will include food, games, prizes and a basket silent auction. Game tickets will be sold at the door. For info: 833-1190.
Knights of Columbus Haunted Halloween Hayride at Immaculate Heart of Mary — Bring the family to this fall hayride, where there will also be food and games for the little ghouls to enjoy. The hayride will be from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 21-22. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and FREE to children ages 5 and younger. Bring a non-perishable food item for Hope Ministry food pantry and receive $1 off ticket price. For info: 851-2763 or IHMKCHauntedHayride.com.
Pumpkin Carving Contest at Pinnacle Mountain State Park — Carve your pumpkin entry into a scene, activity, landform, plant or animal found at the park. If enough pumpkins are entered between October 26-28, they will be lit and featured on the hayride route for hayride guests to enjoy as nighttime falls. Winners will receive prizes, such as spots on the Halloween Hayrides or other programs, boat rentals and other unique opportunities. For info: 868-5806. FREE!
Trunk or Treat & Fall Fest at Chenal Valley Church — The community is invited to this event Oct. 26, which will kick off with "Trunk or Treat" at 6 p.m. Wear your costumes! "Fall Fest" will follow from 6:30-8 p.m. and will include food, games and prizes. Admission will be one can of non-perishable food to be donated to the local food bank. For info: 868-9808.
Big Boo!-seum Bash in Downtown Little Rock — Kids and their families are invited to visit the eight museums hosting free storytelling, games, trick-or-treating and more from 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Boo!-seum locations include: Historic Arkansas Museum, Heifer Village, Central High Historic Site, Old State House Museum, EMOBA, Clinton Center, MacArthur Museum and Mosaic Templars. Each site will have its own theme and unique activities, and visitors can drive to each location where parking is free. For info: 376-4781. FREE!
Fall Carnival at Sherwood Elementary — This carnival from 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 28 will include games, bounce houses and inflatables, a silent auction and food and drinks for sale. No games will be more than $1. For info: 833-1150.
Halloween Kids' Night Out at Unity Martial Arts — From 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28, kids will enjoy energetic Halloween games and activities and make Creep Cakes all in costume! Cost is $25 per child. For info: 664-0604.
Parents' Night Out at Little Rock Athletic Club — Instead of scrambling for a sitter, parents can bring their kids to the club from 6-10:30 p.m. Oct. 28 for a fun-filled evening of games, music, sports and more. On this night, there will be a special Halloween Carnival. Cost is $16 for Kids Club members, $18 for LRAC members and $20 for non-members. For info: 225-3601. PARENTS' NIGHT OUT!
Fall Fest at Dupree Elementary — This event from 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 28 will include carnival games, a cakewalk, a hayride, concessions and a haunted house. Tickets are 5 for $1 in advance or 4 for $1 on the day of the event. For info: 982-9541.
Fall Festival at Laman Library — This event from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 29 will include games, contests, candy, prizes and lots of fun. Come dressed as your favorite character for the costume contest. For info: 687-1061. FREE!
Halloween Hayride at Pinnacle Mountain State Park — Experience a different kind of Halloween by enjoying a fun filled evening hayride complete with a roaring campfire and treats. Event is from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 29-31. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Advance payment required. For info: 868-5806.
Halloween on Ice at Arkansas Skatium — Come see Arkansas Skatium's ice skating students put on a special Halloween exhibition from 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 29, including exciting music and props. For info: 227-4333. FREE!
Trunk-or-Treat at Lake Willastein — Trick-or-Treating has never been easier or safer. Come by Lake Willastein in Maumelle from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30 for this event hosted by Oasis Church. Load up on candy, play games and enter in a prize giveaway. For info: 753-5330. FREE!