2016: Top Tricks, Treats & Terrors!

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Experience Fort Smith (Fort Smith CVB) is here to help ensure that you make the most of this 2016 Halloween season! Please enjoy this list of some of the Top Tricks, Treats, & Terrors that you’ll want to be sure to experience in 2016! Whether you’re seeking chills and thrills, pumpkins and petting zoos, or something else altogether you will more than likely find something on this list that will be great for you and your family or group of friends.

Check back later, as we may add more to this list before October 31st, 2016! Have an event or seasonal attraction you think we should know about? Just CLICK HERE to submit it to us on our website, www.ExperienceFortSmith.com, which is where you can find a comprehensive list of all events occuring in October.


Frog Bayou Farms

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Frog Bayou Farms has invited everyone to come by any Saturday and Sunday (1 p.m. to 7 p.m.) through October 29, 2016! Groups can visit during the weekdays by appointment, too!

Visitors always love the pumpkin patch, corn maze, haunted corn maze, hay ride, hay climb & slide, farm animals, picnic area, and more.

This year, even more activities have been added out at Frog Bayou Farms, like: zip line, horse shoes, yard Jenga, pumpkin checkers, and tic tac toe.

Bring a picnic and enjoy a beautiful afternoon outside.

Admission: Adults (13+) $10, Children (4-12) $6, Under 4 is FREE. Admission includes all activities!

***From I-40 (Exit 13) head south on Hwy 71(stay left at curve onto W Cherry St.), take a right on Fayetteville Avenue/AR-162, and then right on to West Main Street. Just West of Alma High School Baseball field.


Wild Things Farm

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Wild Things Farm is the place where fun grows! With activities taking place during the day and at night, the farm scares up exciting all the fall and Halloween entertainment you are searching for. Plus, each paying guests will get to choose a pie-sized pumpkin to take home!

Enjoy a wide variety of fall activities on the 90-acre farm, including: hayrides, a petting zoo, jumping pillow, train rides, mountain slide, corn canon, corn maze, eerie flashlight maze, pony rides, awesome pumpkin patch that is filled with pumpkins throughout the entire season.

At Wild Things Farm, your family can break away from day-to-day life and get lost in all the wonders of the fall season. Speaking of getting lost, you’ll definitely want to check out the 7-acre corn maze. Described as both “a-maze-ing” and “corn-fusing” on the farm’s website, the maze is full of twists and turns that will keep your group entertained and laughing. For those seeking something slightly more eerie, be sure to return to the corn maze at night for the flashlight maze, as well!

During the month of October, the farm is open to the public on: Thursday & Friday (2 p.m.-6 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday (Noon-6 p.m.). Groups can also visit, by appointment, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Admission: $10 general admission or $13 Superpass (includes pony ride). Under 18 months enter for Free. Pony rides are $5 and the Corn Canon is $1 for two (2) shots!

The Flashlight Maze is open on: October 21, 22, 28, and 29 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and admission is $6 per person. Be sure to bring your own flashlight! Regular daytime corn-maze will be open all season (Sept. 26-Nov.6) during regular business hours or by appointment.


Games of Terror

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NOW THROUGH NOV. 5TH
Fort Smith Escape Room presents The Games of Terror! Three horrifying rooms will provide an experience that fuses haunted house scares with an exciting interactive escape game that will immerse players into a 45-minute world of terror that’s unlike any other Halloween thrill. Room 1: Cabin on Witches Way is scary, but offers a spook level appropriate for most ages. Room 2: LabZ is scarier, but we think you can handle it…maybe! Room 3: The Slaughterin’ Hole is the scariest — and goriest — of all three rooms. Of course, people have different fright levels, so we advise that you use your own discretion when choosing which room is best for you and your group.

For the weaker stomach, their regular escape rooms will be open for play, as well.These rooms include Sherlock’s Home, The Dig and The Boathouse!

You can book one of the seasonal escape rooms now through November 5!

Admission: $20 per person, if a reservation is made. Walk-ups are $25 per person and may be limited. We strongly encourage making a reservation just in case.


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The Haunted Prison and Trail of Terror has been one of the most popular haunted house attractions in the Arkansas River Valley for more than a decade! After a great 2015 season in a new location, they have decided to bring you even more terrors with all new updates to the Haunted Prison and Trail of Terror!

If you’re afraid of the dark, this might not be for you! The walk-through attraction is filled with terrifying live actors, shocking special effects, and horrifying monsters that are waiting for you inside the darkness.

You can experience the terror for yourself from 7 p.m. until the last victim leaves on any Friday and Saturday during the month of October.

Admission: (1) Haunted Prison Tours: $15 per person. (2) Trail of Terror Tours: $15 per person. (3) Combo Ticket: $25 per person


Cries at the Crossing Haunted Warehouse
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The Fort Smith Boys & Girls Clubs and United Federal Credit Union present Cries At The Crossing Haunted Warehouse.

Cries At The Crossing is brimming with the most terrifying, spine-chilling scenes and depictions from your deepest darkest nightmares. Psychotic killer clowns, deranged serial killers, chainsaw-wielding maniacs, and unimaginable, bloodthirsty creatures await you at every twist and turn. Beware, the monstrosities that lurk inside feed upon your terror. Scream all you want, no one can save you from the Cries At The Crossing.

Another 9,000 sqft. haunted warehouse has been added this year and the Maniac Maze will soon be introduced to the River Valley. The Carn-evil has been expanded to accommodate more visitors, so be sure to watch your steps in the Carn-evil Carosel.

Come have a scary good time every Friday & Saturday between October 14-29 (7:30-Midnight) and HALLOWEEN NIGHT (7:30-10).

Admission: $15 per person.


The Ward Haunted House

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The Fort Smith Jaycees present The Ward Haunted House, sponsored by United Federal Credit Union.

This fright-filled attraction 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…

The Ward will be open: October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, and 31 from 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. and 8 p.m.-11 p.m. on Halloween night.

Admission: $10 per person


Tales of the Crypt

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Enjoy the Annual Tales of the Crypt series at historic Fairview Cemetery in Van Buren, Arkansas. Historical portrayals of six people interred at the cemetery will provide a walking, talking depiction of Van Buren’s rich past.

This year’s program will take place on October 16th from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and historic portrayals will include:

Margaret Wood (1857-1936): schoolteacher and founder of the Van Buren Women’s Literary Club.

Jane Sibley Ogden (1817-1866): Wife of Judge John B. Ogden.

Henry Conrad Faber (1868-1933): Grocer, descendant of George Washington Knox, early settler of Van Buren, and is the “mystery man” shown on the cover of Tom Wing’s recently published book about Van Buren.

Lucy Ames Butler (1792-1870): second wife of the Reverend Elizur Butler, missionary to the Cherokees.

Phineas White (DOB unknown, died 1856): close friend of Albert Pike, and business associate of John Drennen and Charles Scott.

Mary Beckel Wilhaf (1824-1917): native of Germany, married Leonard Wilhaf, who established the first bakery in Van Buren.

Please enter through the McKibben Street entrance. Off-site parking at 12th and Poplar with free Trolley service to and from the cemetery.

Admission: $3 for adults, $1 for children


Thriller!

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Check out this excellent FREE performance of a 1980’s classic! On October 21, 22, 28, 29 and 31 the Western Arkansas Ballet will showcase their talent in a street performance of Thriller in front of the Fort Smith Museum of History.

Each night, two performances will take place. The first will start at 7 and the second at 8. Be sure to get their early to tour the Fort Smith Museum of History’s impressive collection of thousands of historic artifacts and many special exhibits. Donations to both organizations are appreciated.

 If you’re 21 or older, make plans to take the Murder & Mayhem Haunted Trolley Tour (details below) which makes a planned stop to view this special performance.


Murder & Mayhem Haunted Trolley Tours
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The popular Murder and Mayhem Haunted Trolley Tour features haunted and gruesome stories from years past. 

Begin the evening with complimentary Halloween treats, drinks and ghost stories along with a peek at haunted areas of the Fort Smith Museum of History.

Judge and Mrs. Isaac C. Parker, portrayed by Floyd and Sue Robison, will guide the tour, and the Indian Territory Pistoliers local reenactment group will perform a thrilling robbing of the trolley

Begins at the Fort Smith Museum of History on: October 21, 22, 28, 29 and 31 at 5:30 and 7:30 pm.

As the trolley winds its way through the down town Fort Smith, the Belle Grove Historic District and other areas of the city, riders thrill to gruesome historic facts and eerie local legends.

Real haunted houses are pointed out and their dark secrets revealed. Murder stories are related along with the story of a bloody love triangle. The narrative is as colorful as Fort Smith’s past.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $40.00 per person. 21+ only.


Halloween Hustle 5K

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On October 22, 2016, World Class Fitness will host the inaugural Halloween Hustle 5K Run/Walk! The route will begin at Ben Geren Park and end at Fort Chaffee.

Costumes are encouraged for participants but are NOT required to race. There will be face painting, concessions, give-a-ways, raffle prizes, a photo booth, post-race pictures & more!

The race will begin 10 a.m. and drink stations are located along the course. Post-race refreshments will be provided, as well. All participants will receive a medal of completion & special trophies will be given to category winners.

CLICK HERE to register online or download the mail-in registration form. If registering by mail, send form to: World Class Fitness, 6206 S. 31st St., Fort Smith, AR 72908 

Race Awards:
• Best Individual Costume
• Best Group Costumes
• First Race Finisher
• First Place in Age Division (Kids, Teens, Open, Masters)


Downtown Fort Smith Oktoberfest

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Just when we thought the festival season had ended in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas, merchants and volunteers are throwing a big autumn bash so big that it spills over into the following Sunday morning, but only if that’s how you and your friends roll.

The Downtown Fort Smith Oktoberfest begins at the Fort Smith Farmers Market at 7AM. Pony rides begin at 9AM, pick a pumpkin and show off your carving skills at 10AM. LIVE music begins at 10:30AM.

At noon, automotive enthusiasts will see some eye-popping show cars at 8th and Garrison, and art aficionados will delight in discovering a variety of works along downtown sidewalks. STEPS will feature a petting zoo from 2PM to 4PM.

Street music kicks off at 1PM, and at dusk we will fling open the doors to a nearby haunted house that may scare your socks off.

If that’s not your thing, downtown establishments serving spirits, beer, and wine will fill your commemorative cup from 7:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. with too many live music options to mention here.

Participating merchants will be offering special coupons, discounts, and other opportunities to save money while we celebrate the onset of a new season, downtown style, and support our local businesses.


Halloween Lake Tours
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The normally placid banks of Lake Fort Smith State Park take on a sinister feel as you cruise its waters and listen to authentic ghost stories and folklore from the Ozarks.

Guests are encouraged to wear their costumes for this Halloween celebration! Not for the faint of heart!

The Halloween Lake Tour will take place on the nights of October 28th and 29th starting at 6 at the Lake Fort Smith State Park Marina.

For those seeking something a little less haunting, the Fall Magic Lake Tour might be right up your ally. Tours will be held on October 16th and October 23rd from 2-3. Guests will meet at the marina, as well.

Admission: Adult $10, Child (6 through 12) $6, Children under 6 Free.


Infect the Fort: Zombie Walk, Dance & Halloween Town

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Get your zombie costume and join the horde for the annual Infect the Fort: Zombie Walk, Dance & Halloween Town!

Zombie Walk: 5 p.m. at the Fort Smith Convention Center.

Zombie Dance: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in the Fort Smith Convention Center Lobby. Dance entry is $3.00 for individuals and $5.00 for couples with proceeds benefiting United Way. There will be Raffle & Door Prizes.

Halloween Town: Gather for a family-friendly movie starting at 8:30 p.m. inside of downtown Fort Smith’s Park at West End! The park features an authentic Pullman rail car diner, concessions inside of a Double Decker bus, a vintage carousel hand-painted in Italy, and a working Ferris Wheel from the 1935 World’s Fair! The park also features a new mural painting by world-renowned United Kingdom street artist, DFace.


Ghouls on Garrison

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Come join our 4th annual Halloween Trick-or-Treating event, Ghouls on Garrison, sponsored and hosted by our fabulous merchants in historic downtown Fort Smith. It’s a safe and fun night full of Halloween happiness!

This year there will be a small children’s costume contest hosted at the Garrison Commons stage for the first 20 children that line up. Judging starts at 7:45 and will be hosted by the fabulous Jessica Aaron of The Fort 95!

Great prizes and great family fun! We’ll see you on — and off — the avenue!


HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Be sure to check back later for newly added items. You can also visit our Events Calendar to find out about all the other events that are taking place in Fort Smith, Arkansas, during the month of October!

Stay a while, and book a room at one of our many Fort Smith Hotels! While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our wide selection of dining, nightlife and attractions!

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