20 Family-Friendly Halloween Events in Little Rock
Grab those costumes and head to one (or all) of these family-friendly Halloween activities in central Arkansas.
1. Big Boo-seum Bash: It's the annual Boo-seum Bash where families can come for trick-or-treating and fun at nine different locations in downtown Little Rock! Some of the destinations include the Arkansas Arts Center, the Museum of Discovery and the Historic Arkansas Museum. Participants are encouraged to dress up. Click here for more details. Event takes place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. FREE!
2. Boo at the Zoo: Come for trick-or-treating in a safe environment along with a hay maze, carnival rides, zombie paintball, haunted train, face painting, food truck concessions, ghost roast s'mores and more! Event is daily from 6-9 p.m. from Oct. 24-27 and 29-31. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for zoo members. Visit the Little Rock Zoo website for details. UPDATE: Boo at the Zoo has been cancelled for Halloween night (Oct. 31) due to rain and rescheduled for Nov. 1. Click here for details.
3. Halloween Hayrides: All aboard at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, it's time for a spooky ride through the woods! Experience a different kind of Halloween complete with a roaring campfire and treats! Roast marshmallows and tell scary stories around the fire. Hayrides take place Oct. 27 & 28 from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-12; advance registration and payment are required. Click here for more information.
4. Haunted Houses Across Central Arkansas: If you're looking for something extra scary this Halloween season, pay a visit to one of these seven haunted houses right here in central Arkansas. Some offer a a kids night or kids room where it isn't quite so spooky. Admission averages around $15 for each haunted destination. Click here for the full list.
5. Lock-In at Third Realm Extreme Recreation Park: If you haven't visited this adventurous attraction yet, now is the time. Third Realm will be hosting a lock-in from Oct. 20-21. The park features trampolines, a ninja obstacle course, basketball goals, aerial silks and more. For all the details about Third Realm click here and call 501-313-0100 for more details on the lock-in.
6. Creep 'N' Crawl Fun Run: Are you ready for a "howlin' ghoul time"? The Creep 'N' Crawl Fun Run & Lil Monsters Dash is a family-oriented event offering Halloween fun with a healthy dose of physical fitness. Grab the scariest, funniest, wildest, goofiest, most creative costume you can think of and head to Two Rivers Park. Options include a Lil Monsters Mile or a timed 5K or 10K. Registration is $15-$45 online and the fun starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. Visit the website for more information.
7. Pumpkin Patch Fun: Nothing screams fall more than an afternoon at the pumpkin patch and corn maze. Perfect for little ones getting pulled around in a wagon or bigger kids who can enjoy picking out their own pumpkin and visiting with barnyard animals. Here's a list of 17 pumpkin patches that feature lots of fun elements and are scattered throughout central Arkansas and other parts of the state.
8. "Hansel & Gretel's Gingerbread Games": This not-so-grim musical adds a fresh and playful twist to an old, old fairytale. Adapted (extremely) freely from the story by the Grimm brothers, this jaunty journey of songs and laughs follows our two child-heroes along bread crumb trails, through dark and spooky woods, and finally to a house that you can actually eat! How cool is that? Shows hit the stage Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 27 & 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members and $12.50 for non-members. Click here for more details about the show.
9. Kids' Night Out Halloween Swim Party: From 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, kids can splash back into summer with a night at the Little Rock Athletic Club's pool. Participants will get to play pool games and receive goody bags. Registration is $13 for members and $15 for non-members. Visit the Facebook event page or call 501-225-3600 for more information and to register.
10. Magic Screams at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls: Get spooked on one of the many park rides, stock up on treats along the trick-or-treat trail, showcase your creativity in the family costume contest, visit haunted houses and more. Magic Screams takes place from noon-11 p.m. Saturdays and noon-9 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 6-28. Tickets are $24.99 when purchased online and $29.99 when purchased at the gate. Admission is free for kids ages 3 and under and parking is $10 per vehicle. Click here for all the details on Magic Screams.
11. Parties and Events at CALS Libraries: CALS is all about Halloween fun! The library system offers free events and parties for teens, families and young kids. Events include: Halloween Party at the Dee Brown Library (Oct. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m.), Costume Making at the Main Library (Oct. 19 from 4-5 p.m.), DIY Halloween Masks at the Main Library (Oct. 24 from 4-5 p.m.), Halloween Carnival at Sanders Library (Oct. 25 from 6-7 p.m.), Halloween Storytime at Maumelle Library (Oct. 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.), Creepy Crafts at the Main Library (Oct. 26 from 4-5 p.m.), Halloween Spooktacular at Terry Library (Oct. 27 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.), "Goosebumps" Halloween Movie at McMath Library (Oct. 29 from 6-7 p.m.), Trunk or Treat at Williams Library (Oct. 30 at 6 p.m.), Halloween Dance Party at the Children's Library (Oct. 31 from 3-5 p.m.), Halloween Party at the Main Library (Oct. 31 from 4-5 p.m.) and Halloween Bash at Nixon Library (Oct. 31 from 4-5:15 p.m.) FREE!
12. Halloween Skate at Arkansas Skatium: Come skate in costume at the Arkansas Skatium's Halloween Skate! 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 and tickets are $10 per person for everyone who comes in costume. Visit the website or call 501-227-4333 for details.
13. Maumelle Haunted House & Carnival: Play on inflatables, compete in the costume contest, try your luck at carnival games and more! This annual event is free to attend but you must purchase carnival tickets for games. The haunted house is $5 per person. The fun takes place at Jess Odom Community Center on Oct. 27 & 31 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Click here or call 501-851-2500 for details. FREE!
14. Trick-or-Treat Yourself: This event means fun for mom and the kids! Grab the shopping bags and the pumpkin buckets and head to the Outlets of Little Rock for this evening of shopping and trick-or-treating. On Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m., participating stores will be handing out goodies for kids ages 12 and under. Kids are welcome and encouraged to dress up; adults no face masks, please. Click here for information. FREE!
15. Great Pumpkin Celebration at Bass Pro Shops: Celebrate with the Peanuts Gang at Bass Pro Shops in Little Rock! Celebrations take place Oct. 20-21 & 26-31. The fun includes a pumpkin toss game, photos with the Peanuts gang, Halloween crafts, trick-or-treating and a costume parade. Check the online schedule to see which events take place on each day; some events only happen once or twice. FREE!
16. Fall Festival at Petit Jean State Park: Celebrate the spooky season on Petit Jean Mountain (and enjoy the start of beautiful autumn foliage!). Enjoy family-friendly, nature-focused activities in the rec hall; costumes are welcome. Contact the park at 501-727-5441 for a schedule of activities and click here for details. The event goes from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 27. FREE!
17. The Wilds of Wild River Country: The waterpark has been transformed into Arkansas' most terrifying horror trail! No costumes or masks are permitted at this scary event, and it's not recommended for children under the age of 13. The Wilds is open Oct. 19-20 & 26-27 from 8-11 p.m. The trail takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Admission is $18.09 plus tax. For photos, videos and more information, click here.
18. KidsClub Trunk or Treat in Conway: Share the Love KidsClub in Conway is hosting its annual Trunk or Treat on Friday, Oct. 26 from 5-7:30 p.m. Kids can dress up in their costumes and enjoy games, candy and train rides. Parents can enjoy coffee from Zetêo Coffee, which is connected to the KidsClub. Admission is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Train rides are free for members and $1 for non-members. No scary costumes and bring a candy bucket! See more event details here.
19. Masquerade Princess Tea Party: Ride onto the grounds at the Castle on Stagecoach in a princess carriage then head inside to meet Beauty, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. Sing and dance with them and then enjoy tea complete with sandwiches, scones and mini desserts. Wear your most festive masks and attire to meet the princesses! Sunday, Oct. 28 at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Adults $60, children $50. Seatings at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Advance reservations required; call 501-960-0658 and click here for more information.
20. Ballet Arkansas' "Dracula" at UA-Pulaski Tech: "Dracula" is a full-length story ballet that features original choreography and keeps the audience on the edge of their seats throughout the entire production. The show is family-friendly and appropriate for all ages, but keep in mind that it is a Halloween tale. Shows are Oct. 19-21. Click here for more information.