Fun Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

2017 Family Friendly Halloween Events in Little Rock

Carnival Rides
Amanda Galiano

Give your kids a safe place to trick-or-treat with these spooky-themed carnivals, trunk-or-treats and alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating on Halloween. Please check dates in advance of making plans as dates change from year to year.

Throughout the Month of October

Magic Screams: Halloween at Magic Springs (Hot Springs)
Magic Springs and Crystal Falls
Weekends October 7-29, 2017
Visit the spooky haunted houses, walk the scary trail and take a spin on the rides.

For young goblins, enjoy a scare-free zone for pumpkin painting and more.

Boo At the Zoo (LR)*
October 21 (adults) 22-31, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Bring your little goblins out and let them trick-or-treat, ride the Boo Express, tour the Haunted House, ride the carnival rides and enjoy the delicious food within the safety of the Zoo.

Special One-Day Events

Pooches & Pumpkins at The Good Earth Garden Center (LR)
October 15
Fall family fun festival! Hot dogs, pet costume contest, live music and much more.

Fright in the Heights
Businesses in the Heights
October 20, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m.
This event is family friendly, but also great for adults (Halloween themed adult beverages are available). Stroll through the neighborhood and enjoy the hospitality of your favorite businesses. Trick-or-Treating will be available for kids of all ages. Break out the costumes.

Trick-or-Treat at Garvan Gardens (Hot Springs)
October 21, 2017 from 9 to 5 p.m.
Garvan Woodland Gardens will offer a fun morning of activities for families to Celebrate Fall in the Gardens.

The Gardens will open at 9 a.m. with candy for trick-or-treaters ages 12 and under (costumes encouraged), a Pumpkin Patch with a free pie-sized pumpkin for the first 200 kids who visit the Gardens, and more fun Halloween activities.

Hillcrest Businesses
October 14, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
HarvestFest in Hillcrest is a one-day event designed for adults and families.

  They have activities for kids and adults, vendors selling their wares, food, fashion and music.

Halloween Spooktacular (Little Rock)
October 29
Adolphine-Fletcher Library, 823 N Buchanan St
Costumes, carnival games and contests.  Free.

Chenal Fall Fest (LR)
October 25, 2017, 6 p.m.
16025 Taylor Loop Road
Trunk-or-treat, carnival games, face painting and more, starting at 6 p.m. 501-868-9808. More info.

Big Booseum Bash (LR)*
October 26, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Little Rock Old State House Museum
Downtown museums organize the Big Booseum Bash, a safe trick-or-treating environment with Central Arkansas Transit buses moving participants from site to site. Each location will have candy available for young trick-or-treaters, as well as fun, hands-on activities. (501) 324-9685. Admission: Free

Halloween Skate at the Arkansas Skatium (LR)
October 29, 7-11 p.m.
1311 S. Bowman Road
Costume contest and themed skate with games, prizes and candy.  Best costume wins a season pass.  You get $5 off for wearing a costume.

Petit Jean Halloween Fest (Morrilton)
October 29
Petit Jean State Park
Costumes are encouraged to go along with fun, nature themed activities.

Halloween Hayride at Pinnacle Mountain State Park (Roland)
October 29-31
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
A fun hayride with campfire at the state park.

Advanced reservations are required. Admission is $15. 501-868-5806.

Trunk or Treat/ Fall Festival
October 30
First United Methodist of Maumelle, 1201 Edgewood Dr
From 4:00-6:30 p.m. They will have a costume contest, food, trick-or-treating, carnival games and more.

Halloween Party at the Library (NLR)
October 31
2801 Orange St
Halloween event. Costumes encouraged.  More info

Mall-o-Ween at Park Plaza (LR)
October 31
6000 West Markham
Trick-or-treat the mall for kids 12 and under.  A safe environment for kids from 5-6 p.m.  They ask that costumes are for kids only.  Free.