It’s time to start making plans for the 2015 Halloween Season! Luckily, you won’t have to look very far if you’ve already found this collection of the SCARIEST Halloween attractions in the Fort Smith, Arkansas metro. In Arkansas’ second-largest city, you’ll find the largest haunted house selections in the State. With all the Halloween attractions in or near the city, Fort Smith is the perfect destination for you and your friends to spend a weekend getting your yearly terror-fix. Check out these attractions and share your experiences with us by using #ExperienceFortSmith on your social media posts. Have a TERROR-IFIC Halloween!
Murder & Mayhem Haunted Trolley Tour
The popular, “Murder and Mayhem Haunted Trolley Tour,” features haunted and gruesome stories from years past. Begin the evening with complimentary Halloween treats, drinks, ghost stories, and a peek at haunted areas of the Fort Smith Museum of History. Judge and Mrs. Isaac C. Parker (portrayed by Floyd and Sue Robison) narrate the tour, which begins at the Fort Smith Museum of History on October 23, 24, 29 and 30 at 5:30 and 7:30.
As the trolley winds its way through historic downtown Fort Smith, the Belle Grove Historic District and other areas of the city, riders will discover gruesome historic facts and eerie local legends. Real haunted houses are pointed out, and their dark secrets are revealed. Stories of murder and a bloody love triangle provide for a narrative that is as colorful as Fort Smith’s past.
The Western Arkansas Ballet will perform Michael Jackson’s classic, “Thriller,” on the street in front of the museum on October 23, 24, 29 and 30 at 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and once more at 8:00 p.m. on Halloween night!
Reservations are required and available beginning September 22. Tickets will cost $35 per person 21 years of age and older. Call the Museum at 479.783.7841 for more information and reservations. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.fortsmithmuseum.org.
Zombie Apocalypse Haunted House
The organizers of Zombie Apocalypse boast that this will be the LARGEST Arkansas haunted house attraction EVER located in Fort Smith. Thrill-seekers can expect mind twisting scares and horrifying special effects that will ensure this to be a truly haunting experience; you can even participate in a Live Zombie Shoot! Open every weekend in October, the attraction’s grand finale and Halloween Costume Contest will occur on Halloween night. The winner of the costume contest will receive a Zombie Apocalypse Gift Bundle and $250!
Hours: The haunted house will open on October 2 and then every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the rest of October. The attraction will close at 10:00 p.m. on Thursdays and stays open until 3:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It will be located at 3715 Towson Avenue in Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.
Admission: General Admission is $15 per person. VIP Admission is $25 and includes access to a complimentary VIP Lounge, one drink and popcorn. Live Zombie Shoot is $5 for 10 Paintball Shots and $10 for 35 Paintball Shots.
Grand Finale & Costume Contest: Registration will be Oct. 26-31, online or on Facebook. To register online fill out their “contact us” form. To register on Facebook, just send them a message. Be sure to include your name, your phone number and a message the notifies them that you are entering the contest.
“The Ward” Haunted House
Presented by the Fort Smith Jaycees, “The Ward,” haunted house is not recommended for children under 10 or individuals with any of the following: heart condition, asthma, seizures, anxiety, handicap that inhibits kneeling, ducking, and so on. You may think you have what it takes to enter, but you might not have what it takes to walk back out! Enter at your own risk…
Hours: Starting on 10/10/15 The Ward will be open every Friday and Saturday in October. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and close at 11:00 p.m. at 7709 Ellis Street in Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916.
Admission: General admission is $10.
Cries at The Crossing
“Cries at The Crossing,” is a haunted warehouse experience that will scare you in ways you never though possible! Step into their chambers and let your screams of terror be heard amongst all the cries at the crossing! One of the largest haunted houses in Arkansas, this haunted attraction brings the excitement of terror and suspense to the Arkansas River Valley. Presented by the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club, this serves as a fundraiser to support club programs and events.
Hours: Cries at The Crossing will be heard on six nights, this year. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and close at 12:00 a.m. on October 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, and 31. The haunted warehouse is located at 7704 Fort Chaffee Blvd. Building 310 in Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916.
Admission: General admission is $12 per person.
The Haunted Prison & Trail of Terrors
The all new, “Haunted Prison,” and, “Trail of Terrors,” is possibly the most anticipated and horrific haunt anywhere close to the Arkansas River Valley. Experience two haunted attractions in one terrifying package as you make your way through the prison before entering the trail of terrors inside of the woods! KISR 93.7 FM will be in attendance, and there will be live bands, concessions, and more!
Hours: Every Friday & Saturday in October! Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and close when they last victim leaves! This haunted attraction is located about 15 minutes from Downtown Fort Smith at 3138 Dora Road in Van Buren, Arkansas 72956.
Admission: You get TWO haunts for the price of ONE at $15 per person.
Halloween Lake Tour
This Halloween season, a normally placid lake will become anything but calm! Experience Lake Fort Smith transforming into something more sinister during a lake cruise featuring authentic Ozarks ghost stories and folklore. Be sure to wear your costume and don’t hesitate to bring your friends and family members that are seeking a Halloween activity that is haunting but not overly horrifying! Still, some of these stories will not be for the faint of heart! Lake Fort Smith State Park is deep in the Ozark Mountains about 45 minutes North of the city. If you’d like to go all out, the park offers one of the nicest, cleanest and most beautiful campsites in the Nation. If Glamping is more your style, there are several comfortable cabins available, too.
Hours: Cruises take place on October 24 from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., October 25 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m., and October 30-31 from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Meet at the marina of Lake Fort Smith State Park at 15458 Shepherd Springs Road in Mountainburg, Arkansas.
Reservations & Admission: Call 479.369.2469 to make a reservation and for more information. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and children under 6 are free.
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Be sure to check out our Events Calendar to find out about all the other events — like Oktoberfest, Fest of Ale, and River Valley Dragon Boat Festival — happening in Fort Smith, Arkansas during October!