Northwest Arkansas Calendar Events, Halloween Activities + Craft Fairs: October 2015

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Halloween 2015 Events

Fall Carnival, Parsons Stadium

Date: Sept. 30-Oct. 4

Time: Varies

Location: Parsons Stadium, Springdale

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Movie in the Park, Ghostbusters

family movie night, elm springsThis Saturday (October 3), the Elm Springs Police Department is hosting the first-ever “Movie In The Park,” where they will show Ghostbusters on a large outdoor screen and provide free hot dogs, drinks, popcorn and a bouncy house. Activities and food start at 5:30; movie at dusk.

Date: Oct. 3

Time: Activities and food start at 5:30 p.m. and movie at dusk

Location: Elm Springs city park

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The Haunting on Cherry Street

hauntingThe Haunting on Cherry Street is a free, kid-friendly, high-tech Halloween display. Rather than live actors, the show contains audio, video, and lighting effects. The display is viewed from the sidewalk and street. Visitors do not enter the home. Downtown Rogers. Monday-Thursday, lights only. Friday-Sunday, full effects.

Date: Oct. 1-Nov. 1

Time: Dusk to 10 p.m.

Location: 210 W. Cherry St., Rogers

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The Expelled Haunted House, Sissy Night/Family Night

The Expelled, in Huntsville has two nights, Oct. 1st and Oct 8th, that are for family Halloween fun:

Oct 1st= $8 / Sissy Night (some overhead lights on, as well as all set lets. NO ACTORS) This night would be ideal for anyone wanting to see the haunted house and all of its spooky details, without having to worry about being scared by any actors.

Oct 8th = $10 / Family Night (no overhead lights, all set lights on. Some actors) This night falls somewhere in between Sissy night and our regular season event. There will be some actors, but children (or terrified adults) get to control the scare! Each group will be given a flashlight upon entrance and if the actor is too scary for the child/adult then they’ll shine the flashlight on them, and the actor will cower away (as if they’re afraid of the flashlight). We think this will be a fun way for kids to experience a haunted house, and ensure they don’t miss out on the fun. There will be some graphic material and props (simulated blood/body parts), we do not condone the use of religious or demonic references.

Date: Oct. 1 & 8

Time: Varies

Location: Huntsville Ark.

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great pumpkinHobbs State Park Fall Festival

Date: Oct. 4

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Location: Hobbs State Park, Rogers

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Historic Rogers Ghost Walks

Guests will hear tales of murder, mischief and mayhem during this walking tour in downtown Rogers. Cost: $5. Tickets are available for purchase at the Museum. Please call for more information: 479-621-1154.

NWA, Halloween 2015, Events and ActivitiesDate: Oct. 15-16; Oct. 23-24

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: Downtown Rogers

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Dogpatch Heckuva Halloween

Date: Oct. 23-25

Time: 7-11 p.m.

Location: Dogpatch USA, Marble Falls, Ark.

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Haunted Night on the Battlefield

Admission: $2 adults, $1 kids; Meeting Place: Amphitheater. This year’s event will include a self-guided tour of information booths and a historical scene around the Borden House area. You will find stations that focus on different aspects of the history of the battle, folklore and findings we’ve uncovered during our research, and local paranormal investigators’ booths. You can still take a walk around the park trail, if you dare. Free kettle corn and hot cider will be served. Parking is available at the east Borden House entrance. 

Date: Oct. 24

Time: 7-9:45 p.m.

Location: Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park

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Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular @ Turpentine Creek

Halloween can be a hair-raising experience, especially when you throw over 100 big cats into the mix. TCWR’s annual Halloween party is the only time you can view our cats in the dark of night. The main compound is open for the whole family to experience the night habits of our lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, and more. Games, food, and a children’s costume contest are all part of the one of a kind experience, and provides fun for all ages.*Visitors to the Refuge during the day are allowed free entry to the party in the evening. Visitors must, however, exit the Refuge at 6:00PM, and re-enter with pass at 7:00PM

Date: Oct. 24

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Location: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs

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Glow in the Park, Fayetteville

Join Fayetteville Parks and Recreation for a fun filled night at Gulley Park. Under the moonlight – the evening starts with a 1 mile “Glow Run” that gives participants a chance to sport flashy neon accessories and navigate the Gulley Park trail under the light of the moon and fellow runners. Post run, Glow in the Park will feature an outdoor showing of the movie, Hocus Pocus. Tickets available.

Date: Oct. 29

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: Gulley Park, Fayetteville

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Treats at the Tracks

The 1st Annual Treats at the Tracks Family Carnival will be at the A/M Railroad Springdale Depot. This event will provide a fun, safe place for families to come Trick-or-Treat on the Train, enjoy carnival games and live music, and have lots of fun.  There will also be a haunted train for the older and braver kids. This is a fundraiser for the House of Hope Rescue Mission.

Date: Oct. 30

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Location: A&M Railroad Depot, Springdale

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14th Annual Trick-or-Treating on the Fayetteville Square

Date: Oct. 30

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Location: Downtown Fayetteville

Goblin Parade

Date: Oct. 30

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Rogers

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Spooktacular Skating Event, The Jones Center ice skating rink

Come have some spooky fun this Halloween at The Jones Center with ice skating, treats and games! Wear your Halloween costume because there will be a costume contest, and the winner will win a one-of-a-kind Halloween gift basket. Only $3 per skater.

spooktacular at the jones centerDate: Saturday, Oct. 31

Time: Noon to 3 p.m.

Location: The Jones Center, Springdale

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Stories from the Grave

The Historical Society of Elm Springs will host “Stories from the Grave” at the Elm Springs cemetery on October 30 and 31 (weather permitting). Groups will gather at the cemetery gate at 5:30. Suggested donation of $3.

Date: Oct. 30 & 31

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Elm Springs Cemetery


Mall-O-Ween at the Northwest Arkansas Mall

Visit the Northwest Arkansas Mall for safe Trick-or-Treating on Halloween night! There will also be a free costume contest at Center Court for kids 12 and under. Other activities:

FREE! Meet your favorite characters from Once Upon A Party NWA

FREE! Photographs in your costume, sponsored by Bedford Camera & Video

FREE! Trick-or-treat mall stores for goodies, while supplies last

FREE! Halloween coloring book & crayons for each kid, while supplies last

Date: Oct. 31

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: Northwest Arkansas Mall, Fayetteville

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2015 Trick or Treat Open at The First Tee

first tee halloweenThis fun event is FREE and open to the public, featuring more than 25 miniature golf holes with treats at every hole. Ghosts and goblins of all ages are invited to wear their scariest costume, test putting skills and fill their Halloween bags. Free admission.

Date: Saturday, October 31st

Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Rogers Heritage High School Indoor Practice Facility (next to Rogers Heritage H.S. Football stadium)- 1114 S 5th St, Rogers, AR 72756

Cost: Free

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Other October Events/Fall Craft Fairs:

First Thursday Fayetteville

Date: Oct. 1

Time: Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Fayetteville

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First Friday Bentonville, Oktoberfest

Date: Oct. 2

Location: Downtown Bentonville

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Homegrown Festival, Siloam Springs

Located in historic downtown Siloam Springs, the Homegrown Festival (Saturday, October 3, 10am – 5pm) showcases locally handmade goods, curated vintage, food trucks, and live music. Vendors offer an array of original, one-of-a-kind, and limited-run items including illustration, printmaking, music, jewelry and accessories, handmade goods, salvaged and repurposed goods, and hand-picked vintage.

HomegrownBadge-01-1024x1024Date: Oct. 3

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Downtown Siloam Springs

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Downtown Rogers Oktobeerfest

Date: Oct. 3

Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: First and Elm Street, Rogers

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Pumpkin Carving Contest, Exeter Corn Maze

exeter corn mazeThe Exeter Corn Maze has various events scheduled for October, so click  here to see what’s happening this fall.

Date: Oct. 3

Time: 5 p.m.

Location: Exeter Corn Maze, Exeter, Mo.

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The Junk Ranch

Date: Oct. 2-3

Time: Varies

Location: Prairie Grove

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Family Fun Night, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Interactive Watershed Table available from Beaver Lake Watershed. Butterfly House tours during the day at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.. Craft projects with Washington County Environmental Education. Composting and vermicomposting booths. Bug collection from local entomologists. Snacks provided by Apple Seeds and Tri Cycle Farms. Telescopes and star gazers will be available to look at the night sky. Family picnics welcome. There will be several “Fall Finale” days, so click here for other events.

Date: Oct. 6

Time: 5 p.m. until dark

Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

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Mother’s Day Out, Farmland Adventures

farmlandFarmland Adventures will host a Mother’s Day Out event on Oct. 8. Admission will be just $5 per person at this special event. CLICK HERE to read more about the event.

Date: Oct. 8

Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Farmland Adventures, Springdale

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Tinkerfest, Scott Family Amazeum

The Amazeum has a big event planned for this fall: Tinkerfest! This is a day-long event of making and tinkering demonstrations for the whole family. And yes, the car take-a-part will be back this year. Admission to Tinkerfest is included in your daily admission for that day or your membership admission.

Date: Oct. 10

Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Location: Amazeum, Bentonville

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Ozark Folk Festival

The country’s longest continuously running folk festival returns for the 68th annual Original Ozark Folk Festival on October 7 through 10 in Eureka Springs.  It will include the Queen’s Contest, Barefoot Ball, Singer/Songwriter Contest, free music, arts and crafts demonstrations, the Folk Festival Parade, and this year’s headline show features two-time Grammy award winner Rita Coolidge. 

Date: Oct. 7-10

Time: Varies

Location: Eureka Springs

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Preschool Playdate, Fall Colors, Crystal Bridges

PrintFREE. Art projects, story time and creative play inspired by fall’s changing colors.

Date: Oct. 8

Time: 11:30-2 p.m.

Location: Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville

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Vintage Market Days

Date: Oct. 9-11

Time: Varies

Location: Benton County Fairgrounds

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Spanker Creek Farm Arts, Crafts and More

spanker creekDate: Oct. 14-18

Time: Varies

Location: Benton County

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Ozark Regional Arts and Crafts Festival, 3 locations

Date(s): Oct. 15-17, Washington County Fairgrounds; Oct. 16-17, John Q. Hammons, Rogers, and NWA Convention Center, Springdale

Time: Varies

Location: Varies

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Bella Vista Arts and Crafts Festival

Date: Oct. 15-17

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Wishing Spring Gallery and 1991 Forest Hills Blvd.

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Goshen Gallop

September is Literacy Month and this year’s Goshen Gallop proceeds will be used to build and stock a Little Free Library and support the Ozark Literacy Council.

Date: Oct. 17

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Goshen United Methodist Church

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War Eagle Mill Craft & Culinary Fair

Date: Oct 15-18

Time: Varies

Location: War Eagle Mill, Rogers

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 jones center, smallThe Northwest Arkansas Calendar of Events is sponsored by The Jones Center for Families in Springdale. There’s ALWAYS something fun happening at The Jones Center, plus they have all kinds of classes for adults and kids — and great birthday party options at the indoor swimming pool, gymnastics or ice skating rink! CLICK HERE to visit the Jones Center website to see more!