This October, pack your bags and celebrate a Eureka Springs Halloween. With events occurring throughout the month, you’re sure to get into the fall spirit. The weather changes to a crisp upper 60’s, low 70’s during the day making it comfortable for wandering the Historic District and checking out the fall foliage of the Ozarks. Check out these fun, family events happening this October.
To get into the Halloween spirit, Bear Mountain Stables offers the Haunted Hay Ride every night in October. This family outing is suitable for all ages. An antique chuck wagon pulled by a tractor takes riders through the woods on this thriller adventure. This popular event sells out every year so make reservations early. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $7.50 for kids.
Another October favorite is Howl-O-Ween at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. On Saturday, October 25th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, families are invited to enjoy games, food and a children’s costume contest. Big cats like tigers, cougars and lions can all be seen in the dark of night roaming in their habitat. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for teenagers, $10.00 for children 12 and under, seniors and military and children 3 and under are free.
For a select two weekends in October, The Eureka Springs Historical Museum presents the 6th annual Voices from the Silent City. This one hour guided living history cemetery walking tour starts at the Eureka Springs Municipal Cemetery. Beginning at 5:30pm and running every 20 minutes through 8:30pm, guides in period costumes share stories of their past as if they had lived back in the day in Eureka Springs. Adult tickets are $10.00 and children 12 and under are $5.00. There is free parking and refreshments will be served.
Eureka Springs is home to America’s most haunted hotel, the 1886 Crescent Hotel. Nightly tours beginning at 8:00pm will take guests through the halls of the hotel telling tales of the ghosts who can still be seen wandering there. Tickets are $21.50 per person and can be purchased by clicking here. The 1905 Basin Park Hotel in downtown Eureka also offers their own paranormal experiences nightly at 8:00pm. Led by two mediums, willing participants are taken through the halls and in the ballroom in search of spirits that still inhabit the hotel. Tickets for these tours are $16.50 for adults and $8.00 for children 12 and under.
The Illusionist and the Medium plays Wednesdays through Sundays at Intrigue Theater. During the show, guests will experience magical demonstrations and audience participation including hypnosis. During this act, a participant will go back in time to a previous life and come back with physical proof. Medium Juliana Fay talks to ghosts during the second act. She is blindfolded and tells the audience facts about themselves like what they might have in their pocket. General seating is $24.95.
On October 24th at the 1886 Crescent Hotel, The Eureka Springs School of the Arts will put on their 12th Annual Mad Hatters Ball. There will be plenty of food, music and dancing and a live auction. Tickets are $50.00 per person and will run from 6:30pm to 11:30pm. Fun costumes can be worn but hats are required to attend.
When traveling to the area, be sure to check out a Eureka Springs favorite, Arsenic and Old Lace. This bed and breakfast located just two miles from the Historic District, is a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian style mansion complete with five guest suites perfect for a little rest and relaxation. With a complimentary breakfast served each morning, there’s no better way to start your day. Check out their Tree Top Suite with 2-story floor to ceiling windows, the perfect place to spend an autumn day.
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