Family-friendly events & activities guide for parents in Northwest Arkansas for Halloween 2020
Happy Halloween season, mamas! This has definitely got to be one of the weirdest ones yet, unfortunately. We know many of you aren’t going to venture out, so in addition to a list of events that are happening around Northwest Arkansas, we’ve also got some ideas for how to celebrate at home with just your family.
Below are some of the fun Halloween events happening in NWA and ideas for things to do while you stay in your bubble.
Just click on the name of the event to find out more about each:
Now thru Oct. 31: Halloween Lights Display. Come enjoy lights animated to Halloween music at Bentonville Heart Lites. The address for the Halloween lights display is 3505 NW Edgewood Ave. in Bentonville (just north of Elm Tree Elementary). This event is being held to help raise money for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Visitors may donate, if they wish, by visiting www.gofundme.com/bhl2020 . Tune your car radio to 102.7 FM when you get to the address so you can see the lights move with the music.
Oct. 29: Spooktacular Drive-thru Trick-or-Treating. Costumes are encouraged and free samples are available at this drive-thru trick-or-treating event in the Walmart parking lot in Bentonville at 406 S. Walton Blvd on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 from 1 to 7 p.m. (Similar events will also be happening on the 30th in Fayetteville and the 31st in Rogers. Scroll down to see those listings.)
Oct. 30: Little Sprouts Halloween Costume Parade NOTE: This event (originally scheduled for Oct. 27th) has been moved to the rain date of Friday, October 30, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon. It’s a fun drop-in event at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville. Wear your costumes, play and explore in the garden. They’ll hand out goodie bags with treats and coupons as you leave. This event is free for garden members with a family membership. For non-members, there is no admission charge for children 4 and under. Admission for children 5 and older is $4, and $7 for adults accompanying the children.
Oct. 30-31: Zombie Adventure, Modern Mission. Zombies have overrun the facility. Let the kids (12 and up) have some laser tag fun while battling zombies and trying to find a cure. Space is extremely limited!
Oct. 30: Costumes, Candy & Cops Carnival (Drive-thru!.) Hosted by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, this drive-thru trunk-or-treat carnival will be held on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds located at 7640 SW Regional Airport Road in Bentonville.
Oct. 30: Spooktacular Drive-thru Trick-or-Treating. Costumes are encouraged and free samples are available at this drive-thru trick-or-treating event in the Walmart parking lot in Fayetteville at 2875 W. Martin Luther King Blvd on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 from 1 to 7 p.m.
Oct. 31: Virtual All-Ages Special Halloween Story Time A special story time at Fayetteville Public Library at 10 a.m. with special guests Mayor Lioneld Jordan, cookbook and children’s author Crescent Dragonwagon and SONA’s Riley Nicholson. Crescent and Mayor Jordan read Charlotte Zolotow’s book “A Tiger Called Tomás”, and discuss some of their favorite Halloween memories.
SONA’s new executive director Riley Nicholson’s accompanying sound effects will create a unique story time experience that you won’t want to miss. This event will be live streamed on the FPL Facebook page and YouTube channel.
If you’d prefer to just pick up a free treat bag curbside, you can do that today through Halloween, but you’ll need to call 479-856-7219 to schedule the bag pickup (while supplies last). The treat bags include toys, accessories, and Halloween-themed coloring pages.
Oct. 31: Music on the Mountain Concert Series at Mount Sequoyah Center. There will be a special musical event on Oct. 31, but there are a variety of musical acts now through November. Tickets are $25 and, to help with social distancing, are sold in 10-foot circles aimed at accommodating a family or “quaranteams” of four, spaced from other groups.
Oct. 31: Farmland Adventures. Visit the corn mazes, see animals and have a day of family fun on the farm!
Oct. 31: Spooktacular Drive-thru Trick-or-Treating. Costumes are encouraged and free samples are available at this drive-thru trick-or-treating event in the Walmart parking lot in Rogers at 4208 Pleasant Crossing Blvd. on Friday, Oct. 31, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct. 31: Movies at Walton Arts Center. You and your quaranteam are invited to take a seat, relax and get carried away with the movie screening of Hocus Pocus (rated PG) at 2 p.m. on Halloween. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is showing at 8 p.m. that evening.
Oct. 31: Springdale Halloween Drive-thru Trick-or-Treating. Springdale Police Department and Springdale Parks and Recreation present a safe and fun Halloween alternative to their annual Halloween Fest this year with the Springdale Halloween Drive-Thru Trick or Treat. Held at C.L. “Charlie” and Willie George Park, the Drive Thru Trick or Treat event will feature a goodie bag pickup with community members staying in the safety of their vehicles while Police Department, Parks and Rec Department and other volunteers hand out the goodies and provide other Halloween fun! Join us from 3-5 p.m., Oct. 31, 2020 at “Charlie” and Willie George Park for the Drive-Thru Trick or Treat!
Oct. 31: Visit Walmart’s Spooky Street. If you’re out and about on Halloween, check out Wal-Mart’s “Spooky Street” in the Walmart parking lot on S. Walton Boulevard in Bentonville anytime between noon and 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2020. Part of the parking lot will be transformed into a Halloween-themed street for kids of all ages to safely trick or treat through. The event is designed to be “contactless” and masks are required. Each child will get a treat bag.
Oct. 31: Oktoberfest on the South Lawn at Crystal Bridges. Come savor the season at Eleven’s special Oktoberfest pop up! Crystal Bridges Museum will be serving up fall fun with beers, brats and other gourmet handheld delights for purchase on the South Lawn during several crisp fall weekends. Lederhosen optional. No reservations required.
Stay-at-Home Halloween ideas:
Crank up the SPOOKY music while you have an intimate family Halloween party! Make some delicious Halloween treats, decorate and have a good time playing games together.
Carve or paint pumpkins outside during the day and light them up when the sun goes down. Invite neighbors to paint outside and you can all physically distance.
Channel your inner Easter bunny in October. Trick or treat at home by hiding wrapped candy around the house or in the backyard. The kids can have a blast zooming around to fill up their trick-or-treat bags, while in costume.
Take front porch/step pics of the kids in costume. Why not go ahead and dress up even if you’re staying home? Kids love to play dress-up and you can just add the costume to your year-round repertoire. Since you won’t be rushed this year, take some creative pics that relate to your kid’s persona.
We love the idea of a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. Pinterest has some ideas that will help make it easier. Or just DIY it! You’ll just need to write out clues and place them all around the house or backyard. You can plant treats at every stop, then have a grand prize at the end.
Have a Halloweenie roast. A weenie roast out back is always a good time! Maybe make some s’mores for dessert? Perfect.
Ding Dong Witch. If you want to make someone’s day, gather the family to put together some Halloween-themed treats and gifts to drop off on the porches of neighbors and friends. It can be a bonding experience for your crew!