Halloween conjures up images of scary jack-o'-lanterns, cool costumes, trick-or-treaters, and bags loaded with candy. But there's nothing that literally screams Halloween more than haunted houses, and the Little Rock area has plenty of scary spots. From dressed-up downtown cathedrals to scary suburban structures, Arkansas' capital pulls out all the stops for Halloween.
Beware if you're squeamish. You'll get freaked out just looking at the website for this super-scary haunted hotel in Little Rock. This is one haunted house that doesn't shy away from gore and scary monsters. It takes about 20 minutes to walk through the whole thing, depending on how scared you are and how fast you run.
The Reaper Haunted House
This is a maze-type haunted house with more than 15,000 square feet of horror with 30 scenes that include live actors. The founders promise " blood, gore, and mayhem," so it's not exactly kid-friendly. However, the venue is not so over-the-top that older kids wouldn't have a good time.
Creepy Works Haunted House of Conway
This haunted house in Conway, about 30 minutes north of Little Rock, has a mixture of actors, animatronics, and spooky scenery, and is one of the best haunted spots in Arkansas. Creepy Works is open weekends in October and every day close to Halloween.
Fear Factory 501
Fear Factory 501 is in Jacksonville, which is north of Little Rock. It's open every night building up to Halloween, and puts on an extra-special bash on October 31. Its 3D attractions, monsters, haunted house, and torture room might be too much for some, but if you enjoy being terrified, this is the event for you.
EMOBA's Haunted Cathedral
Ghouls, zombies, and monsters stalk the corridors of the Haunted Cathedral in downtown Little Rock every year for two weeks leading up to Halloween in one of Arkansas' most scary Halloween happenings. Hosted every year by the Museum of Black Arkansans (EMOBA), the Haunted Cathedral is one of the community's favorite events that has been going on for over 25 years.
Empress of Little Rock
For an extra spooky treat, you can spend the entire night in an inn that is rumored to be actually haunted. The Empress of Little Rock is a bed and breakfast housed in the former Hornibrook Mansion. You can book a room for the night or sign up with Haunted Tours of Little Rock, a tour company that offers tours of the inn on Friday nights.
Boo at the Zoo
Each year in October, the Little Rock Zoo transforms after closing time into a spooky spot for adults only. There is a haunted train, haunted house, ghoulish decor, and guests can trick-or-treat for drinks instead of candy.