Family-friendly events & activities guide for parents in Northwest Arkansas for Halloween 2021
Happy Halloween season, mamas! We hope you enjoy this list of fun events that are happening around Northwest Arkansas for 2021! We’ve also got some ideas for how to celebrate at home with just your family at the bottom of the post.
Just click on the name of the event to find out more about each:
Sept.-Nov. 6: Farmland Adventures. Navigate the corn mazes, see animals and have a day of family fun on the farm. Sunflower Days, Sept. 24-25.
Oct. 2: The Pumpkin Festival, Mount Olive Farms, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find a locally grown selection of classic, specialty, and heirloom pumpkins. You’ll also be able to shop for hand crafted goods. Grab a bite to eat from a food truck.
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23: Pottery on the Patio, Community Creative Center, Fayetteville. Pottery on the Patio is 5-8 pm the each Saturdays in October at Nadine Baum Studios on Spring Street (just off Dickson Street & the bike trail). Attendees of this indoor/outdoor event will enjoy free art, live music, The Food Truck by IDK CAFÉ, and beverages for sale. FREE: Pottery wheel mini lessons, sidewalk chalk mural space, bike decorating, button making, ice cream from Hiland Dairy, and watercolor painting.
Oct. 14: Art on the Bricks: A Harvest of Arts, Crafts and Music. Downtown Rogers will host a slightly spooky Art on the Bricks Art Walk. The Rogers Experimental House is featuring live music and art by students and faculty from Arkansas Arts Academy High School and Middle School. There will also be dozens of other talented artists and musicians in Downtown Rogers. Wear your favorite Halloween makeup/costume. Food, art and fun.
Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25: FPL Friday Nights. Visit the Fayetteville Public Library for a free spooky movie every Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. in October. Masks required. Oct. 4 Goosebumps (2015, PG); Oct. 11 Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998, NR); Oct. 18 Frankenweenie (2012, PG); Oct. 25 Monster House (2006, PG)
Oct. 15: Fall Bonfire, Downtown Springdale, 6-9 p.m. Free family fun on the grounds of the Rodeo of the Ozarks. You can expect bonfires (big & small), music, festive activities for kids of all ages, food & s’mores. The Bonfire kicks off on October 15th at 6pm and the fun goes until 9PM.
Oct. 19: Pumpkin Painting at the Fayetteville Public Library. Grades K-4, 4-5 p.m. Spooky? Silly? It’s up to you! Celebrate fall by decorating your own pumpkin. All supplies are provided.
Oct. 22: Tricks, Treats and Terrors at Ozark Natural Science Center, 4 p.m. ONSC will be hosting a variety of Halloween events for all ages, including pumpkin painting with snakes, dinner around the campfire and a family-friendly trick-or-treat on the trails.
Oct. 23: Steam Ahead Fall Festival, noon to 5 p.m. Half-price fall carnival day. Costumes are recommended. Games, face painting, candy.
Oct. 23: Teen Night: Fright at the Museum. 7-9 p.m. A special night just for high school students grades 9-12. Crystal Bridges’ annual Halloween-themed Teen Night will feature live music, a costume contest, murder mystery, and artmaking. Presented by the Crystal Bridges Teen Council. Free, no registration required.
Oct. 22-23 & 29-30: 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. 27: Little Sprouts Halloween Costume Parade Scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. It’s a fun drop-in event at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville. Wear your costumes, play and explore in the garden. This event is free for garden members with a family membership. For non-members, there is no admission charge for children 4 and under. Rain date: Oct. 29.
Oct. 28 & 31: Asylum Haunted House in Cave Springs will be open every Friday & Saturday in October. Family Night events (no scary actors) will be on Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 31.
Oct. 29: 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. 29, 2021 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds located at 7640 SW Regional Airport Road in Bentonville.
Oct. 29: Kids Night in the Museum, Arkansas Air and Military Museum, Fayetteville, 6 p.m. Kids will enjoy a Trunk-or-Treat from local businesses in the White Hangar and history coming to life at 7 p.m. Free event.
Oct. 29-31: Walmart Spooky Street, Pleasant Crossing location, Rogers. Friday 2pm to 10pm; Saturday & Sunday noon to 8pm. You must reserve a time.
Oct. 29: HallowZing, a special night for children with special needs at the Amazeum. 6-8 p.m. A special night for children with special needs, their siblings, and grownups to have the Amazeum to themselves. Explore the Amazeum’s twist on Halloween-themed activities and play in your favorite exhibit areas. Be sure to wear your family-friendly costume (or play clothes) so you can show it off during our glowing dance party. There’s so much to discover during HallowZing…there’s no need for trick-or-treating for candy. Advanced registration required. Free for Amazeum members, $2 per non-member, 2 and under free.
Oct. 30: Autism Involves Me Walk, 10 a.m. This year’s AIM Walk is presented by No Limits Pediatric Therapies of Bentonville and will feature a Fun Walk, Sensory Tent, Kids Zone, Silent Auction and Food Trucks. The AIM Walk is a day for the NW Arkansas Autism Community and its supporters to come together to celebrate Autism Acceptance.
Oct. 30: Springdale Halloween Fest, 4-7 p.m., downtown Springdale/Shiloh Square. The Springdale Police Department and Springdale Parks and Recreation are joining forces. Free candy giveaways for the kids, touch-a-truck, carnival games, a pumpkin drop, pumpkin painting, and more.
Oct. 30: Elkins Library Book Bash, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A special Halloween Fall Book Sale to support the Elkins Public Library. Book sale and bake sale: 8 a.m to 2 p.m.; Storytime & Costume Contest: Noon; Crafts/Games Noon – 2 p.m.
Oct. 30: Tontitown’s 6th Annual 2021 Trick or Treat in the Park, Harry Sbanotto Park, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The City of Tontitown’s free annual Trick or Treat in the Park will have a “Hollywood” theme. The park will be packed with candy stops, prizes, pumpkins, and food.
Oct. 30: Be(A)ware Allergy-Friendly Halloween Event, 3-4 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library. FPL partnering with Big Box Karaoke and Hedberg Allergy & Asthma for this event, which will begin with a ‘A Toy Story’ performance presented by Spotlight Characters. Everyone’s favorite Round Up Cowboy and Space Ranger come to life to spend an afternoon with their fans. Following the program, all of those in costume can participate in a parade around the children’s library. After the parade, kids are welcome to visit various allergy-friendly trick-or-treat stations around the library.
Oct. 30: Prairie Grove Police Department Trunk R Treat, 5-7 p.m. Battlefield State Park.
Oct. 31: Trick Art Treat at Crystal Bridges, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trick-or-treating, eating candy, and capturing your genius costumes at the photo-BOO-th. There will also be music, live performances, and take-home art kits for everyone—dressed up or not—to enjoy. Free, registration required.
Where to see spooky Halloween lights + unique haunts:
Skeleton House, 20 Sandridge Drive. This family in Bella Vista goes ALL OUT. Drive by and see. Tune into 95.9FM for kid-friendly music or roll the windows down for creepy sounds. Fog on the weekends only. Please remember to turn your hazard lights on.
Bentonville Heart Lites Halloween Display. October 2021. Enjoy lights animated to Halloween music at 3505 NW Edgewood Ave. in Bentonville (just north of Elm Tree Elementary). Tune your car radio to 102.7 FM when you get to the address so you can see the lights dance to the music.
Sherman Halloween Havoc. Now through . Lights and animatronics are on from 6-9 p.m. each day. Weather permitting, walk-throughs are open during the day (no lights and sounds). 201 Pleasant View Lane, Bentonville.
The Witching Hour Food Trailer, 704 SW A St., Bentonville. Eat scary food, watch scary movies.
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 or making crafts together.
Carve or paint pumpkins outside during the day and light them up when the sun goes down. Invite neighbors to paint outside.
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. You can snap all the cute pics.
We love the idea of a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt. 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!
We’ll keep this list updated, so check back!