You’re busy carving pumpkins and putting together costumes, so we did the research you don't have time for. There are a lot of fantastically spooky things happening this month that you need to know about, so we're going through it all speed-dating style. Grab a mask (bonus points if it's scary), be safe and let's get haunting.


First things first: Here's your guide to local pumpkin patches.


Frightful Fun: 

Halloween Movies in the Pocket Park

Where: 711 Main St. 

When: Oct. 14 & 28, 7 p.m.

Why: The Sanderson Sisters request the honor of your presence. More here.


Flora, Fauna and Faces: Reading Cemetery Symbolism 

Where: Virtual

When: Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Why: Led by historian Holly Hope, the latest in the Preservation Conversations series dives into the hidden meanings in Arkansas’s cemeteries and the evolution of funerary customs. More here.


Theresa Caputo Live! – The Experience

Where: Robinson Center

When: Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Why: The hair, the myth, the legend — the Long Island Medium is in the building. More here.


Ghost Hunting & Investigation Class

Where: MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

When: Oct. 15 & 22, 6:30 p.m.

Why: When creepy YouTube videos just won't cut it anymore, you go to the pros. This very real course is led by Rhonda Burton and includes hands-on investigating. More here.


Fancyful Princess Ball 

Where: Junior League of Little Rock

When: Oct. 16, 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Why: Princesses are allowed to like Halloween, too. Load up your littles and treat them to candy, music, crowns, games and more with some of their favorite Disney leading ladies. More here.


Fright Night at The Promenade

Where: The Promenade at Chenal

When: Oct. 16, 5-8 p.m.

Why: Costumes, games, food, drinks and some scary good specials. More here.


Boo! Days @ HAM

Where: Historic Arkansas Museum

When: Oct. 19-31, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Why: The Historic Arkansas Museum is handing out free "boo bags" of treats and surprises for kiddos, plus a selfie station for the whole fam. More here.


Howl-o-Ween Parties in the Plaza

Where: Little Rock Zoo

When: Saturdays in October (except Oct. 23)

Why: Boo at the Zoo is off, but you can still get in on dance parties, magic shows and showing off your costume to your favorite animals. More here.


26th Annual Big Boo!-seum Bash

Where: Virtual

When: Oct. 20-31

Why: Your spooky one-stop shop for all the family-friendly fun hosted by local museums. More here.


"The Great Gatsby"

Where: UA - Pulaski Tech CHARTS Theater

When: Oct. 21-24, 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Why: Murder? Green lights? The ghost of what could have been? You can't tell us you won't be haunted by the season opener for Ballet Arkansas. More here.


"Arsenic and Old Lace"

Where: The Weekend Theater

When: Oct. 22 – Nov. 7

Why: Because nothing says "family" like homicidal maniacs in this classic dark comedy. More here.


Cosplay Night

Where: Cregeen's Irish Pub

When: Oct. 22, 8 p.m.

Why: Superman, Popeye and Donkey Kong walk into a bar... More here.


Halloween Carnival

Where: Funland Park

When: Oct. 23, 29-30, 7-10 p.m.

Why: You survived the rocket ship slide, so you've got nothing to fear from a few ghostly games, movies and costume contests for the kiddos. More here.


Howl-o-Ween Pawty

Where: Bark Bar

When: Oct. 23, 6-10 p.m.

Why: Why should black cats get all the Halloween attention? More here.


Science After Dark: Thrills, Chills and Scary Reels

Where: Museum of Discovery

When: Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m.

Why: Pizza, beer and spooky science — oh, yes. More here.


After School Spooktacular

When: Oct. 29, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Where: Arkansas DHS parking deck

Why: Do your trick-or-treat stops usually include Woody and Buzz, Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland? They do now. More here.


Monster Bash

Where: The Venue at Westwine

When: Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Why: Groove to live music and dancing, auctions, food, signature spooky cocktails and a costume contest to benefit Home for Healing. More here.


Ghouls on a Mission: Read more about Monster Bash in our October issue


HarvestFest Halloween Costume Contest with The Rep

Where: U.S. Pizza Co.

When: Oct. 30, 11 a.m.

Why: One of our favorite festivals and one of our favorite arts institutions are teaming up to bring the spooky. More here.


"Hocus Pocus" in the Park

When: Oct. 30, 7:15 p.m.

Where: Funland Park

Why: The sisters were bound to return. BYO chairs and blankets, but no black flame candles, please. More here.


CALS Trunk-or-Treat

Where: Williams Library

When: Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m.

Why: Going door to door is so 2019. More here. 


Creatober Workshops

Where: Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

When: Throughout October

Why: DIY your doom at The Hub. Ok, not exactly, but you can learn how to make creepy pottery, all-black tie dye and other Halloween goodies. More here. 


"The Addams Family" 

Where: Pettaway Square

When: Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m.

Why: Your fam on blankets, the creepy/kooky fam on the big screen and trunk-or-treating all around. More here.


Fright Night in Argenta

Where: Argenta Plaza

When: Oct. 30, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Why: Costume contests and an outdoor party to promote local art? Count (Dracula) us in. More here.


The Rocky Horror Pickin’ Show

Where: Four Quarter Bar

When: Oct. 30, 9 p.m.

Why: Bluegrass meets Transylvania. More here.


Dia de los Doggos

Where: Bark Bar

When: Oct. 30, 6-10 p.m.

Why: To celebrate the furry friends that never left us. More here.


"Halloween" Screening

Where: North Little Rock Drive-In 

When: Oct. 30, 7:15 p.m.

Why: There's nothing quite like the 1978 slasher classic. More here.


Grown-Up Trick-Or-Treat

Where: Bang-Up Betty

When: Oct. 30, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Why: Because goodie bags aren't just for kids. More here.


"The Rocky Horror Picture Show"

Where: Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema

When: Oct. 29-31

Why: Who's bringing the newspapers? More here.


Silent Halloween Party

Where: Fassler Hall

When: Oct. 31, 9 p.m.

Why: All the party. None of the annoyed neighbors. More here.


Day of the Dead Alley Party

Where: CALS Main Library Alley

When: Nov. 2, 5-8 p.m.

Why: No, it's not technically Halloween-related, but Dia de Muertos will always have a place on this list. The Downtown Little Rock Partnership, CALS and Mexican Consulate of Little Rock are teaming up to host this multicultural celebration with traditional food, drinks, music and customs. This, of course, includes an altar honoring our loved ones who passed before us. More here.


Eerie Eats:

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Where: Flyway Brewing

When: Oct. 18-24

Why: Something tells us your knife skills may turn Michael Myers-level good when there's free beer on the line. More here.


Spooky Scoops + Shakes

Where: Loblolly Creamery

When: Throughout October

Why: Hocus Pocus shakes, black sugar cones, butter beer freezes… We'll take one of everything. More here.


Pints & Pumpkins

Where: Stone's Throw Brewing

When: Oct. 20-30

Why: Oktoberfest, schmoktoberfest. Ten days of pumpkin carving contests and local brews sounds pretty good to us. More here.


Festival of Darkness: Nighty Night Release Party

Where: Lost Forty Brewing

When: Oct. 23, 4-9 p.m.

Why: Zombie lumberjacks wanted at this post-apocalyptic block party complete with music, food trucks and, of course, dark beer. More here.


Halloween Cocktails

Where: Cypress Social

When: Oct. 25-30

Why: The only Beetlejuice we're interested in sipping. More here.


Halloween Wine Flights & Bites

Where: Petit & Keet

When: Oct. 27-30

Why: A pairing made in Halloween paradise. More here.


Harry Potter Halloween Trivia

Where: Nexus Coffee & Creative

When: Oct. 28, 7 p.m.

Why: This fun (and menu) is Hogwarts-approved. More here. 


Halloween Show & Specials

Where: EJ's

When: Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Why: Live entertainment, spooky drinks and discounts if you show up in costume. More here.


100.3 The Edge Halloween Chili Cookoff 

Where: Shackleford Crossing Shopping Center

When: Oct. 30, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Why: Is chili part of your Halloween traditions? It's about to be. Local teams will compete for top honors, and proceeds go to The Van and the Humane Society of Pulaski County. More here.


Halloween Drag Brunch

When: Oct. 31, 11 a.m.

Where: The Fold

Why: When Halloween is on a Sunday, you celebrate with a three-course brunch and a handful of queens. More here.


Halloweekend Brunch

When: Oct. 30 & 31

Where: At the Corner

Why: Three words — boo, booze and brunch. More here.


Halloween Weekend Fun 

When: Oct. 29-31

Where: The Rail Yard

Why: Tap takeovers, live music and themed food truck menus. More here.


Creepy Coffee

Where: Mugs Cafe

When: Throughout October

Why: Each week, the coffee shop is highlighting a different spooky-themed drink, and we think it's brew-tiful. More here. 


Keep sipping: Where to Get Your Fall Coffee Fix in Little Rock


Terrifying Tours:

Haunted Arkansas Ghost Tours

Where: Argenta

When: Throughout October

Why: Lace up the comfy shoes and get ready to meet the spooky side of Argenta. We're especially fans of the Boos & Brews tours. More here.


Goodies & Ghosts Tours

Where: The Fee House 

When: Fridays & Saturdays in October

Why: Located near the Governor's Mansion, this 1890 Victorian home has a dark past and is mid-restoration, which means it's the perfect place to get creeped out for a night (with snacks, of course). More here.


Spine-Chilling Sweats:

Creep 'N' Crawl 5K/Half Marathon/Ghost Race

Where: Two Rivers Park or virtual

When:  In person: Oct. 23, 4 p.m. / Virtual: Oct. 25 - Nov. 5

More here.


Halloween Sunset Float

Where: Rock Town River Outfitters

When: Oct. 28

More here.


Spooktacular Showcase & Party

Where: Gemini Fitness

When: Oct. 29, 6 p.m.

More here.


Jolly Bodies Spooktacular

Where: Clinton Presidential Library

When: Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m.

More here.


Spooky Goat Yoga

Where: St. Joseph Center

When: Oct. 30, 10 a.m.

More here.


The Great Pumpkin Stroller Strides 

Where: Motley's Farm Pumpkin Patch

When: Oct. 30, 8 a.m.

More here.


Barre, Brunch + Boo

Where: Full Out Barre

When: Oct. 30, 9 a.m.

More here.


Themed Costume Classes

Where: Arkansas Circus Arts

When: Throughout October

More here.


Haunted Houses:

The Haunted Hotel

Where: 3400 Brown St.

When: Weekends through Oct. 31

More here.


The Reaper Haunted House

Where: 15310 MacArthur Drive, North Little Rock

When: Weekends through Oct. 16, every day Oct. 22 - Nov. 1 

More here.


Fear Factory 501

Where: 25120 Hwy. 107, Jacksonville

When: Weekends through Nov. 6

More here.


Village of Screams

Where: 1616 S. Shackleford Road

When: Weekends through Oct. 31

More here.


We'll be adding to this list, so check back for updates! 


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