1. Big Boo-seum Bash: It's the annual Boo-seum Bash, themed "Carnival of Curiosities," where families can come for treats and fun at the Old State House Museum and other museums in downtown Little Rock. Event takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 27). FREE for all! Call (501) 324-9685 for more information.
2. Boo at the Zoo: Come for trick-or-treating in a safe environment, along with a hay maze, carnival rides, fair-style food and other concessions, the haunted train attraction, a haunted house for older kids, costume contest, magic show, Ghost Roast s'mores area, Frankenstein's Dance Party and more. Event is from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27-31. Admission is $7 at the gate or $6 in advance and for zoo members. For info: 666-2406 or LittleRockZoo.com.
3. Pumpkin Carving Contest: Carve your pumpkin entry into a scene, activity, landform, plant or animal found at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. If enough pumpkins are entered between October 26-28, they will be lit and featured on the hayride route for hayride guests to enjoy as nighttime falls. Winners will receive prizes, such as spots on the Halloween Hayrides or other programs, boat rentals and other unique opportunities. For info: 868-5806. FREE!
4. PAL Tavern of Terror at the Old Checkmate Club in NLR: This haunted house will be open 7-10 p.m. Oct. 27 and 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 28-31. Cost is $10. Proceeds benefit the NLR Police Athletic League (PAL).
5. Arkansas Urban Legends Haunted House in Sherwood: This haunted house at 7901 Warden Road will be open from 7-11 p.m. on weeknights and from 7 p.m.-midnight on weekends through Nov. 1. Admission is $10, which includes a glow-in-the-dark necklace. For info: 398-3327.
6. Scimitar Shriners Temple of Terror: The third annual Temple of Terror on S. University Ave. is one of the largest haunted houses in the state. Come get spooked through Oct. 31. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. and 7 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat. Admission is $10 per person. For info: 565-5992.
7. Halloween House in Benton: Designed by the visual and performing artists of the Saline County Arts Project, the haunted house will be open from 6 p.m.-midnight through Oct. 31. Located at 2121 Alcoa Road in Benton, this drive-by spectacle will send shivers up your spine and tickle your funny bone. For info: SalineCountyArts.com. FREE!
8. Fall Carnival at Sherwood Elementary: This carnival from 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 28 will include games, bounce houses and inflatables, a silent auction and food and drinks for sale. No games will be more than $1. For info: 833-1150.
9. Halloween Kids' Night Out at Unity Martial Arts: From 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28, kids will enjoy energetic Halloween games and activities and make Creep Cakes all in costume! Cost is $25 per child. For info: 664-0604.
10. Halloween-themed Parents' Night Out at Little Rock Athletic Club: From 6-10:30 p.m. Oct. 28, kids will enjoy a fun-filled, special Halloween Carnival while parents have date night or simply a night away from the kids. Cost is $16 for Kids Club members, $18 for LRAC members and $20 for non-members. For info: 225-3601.
11. Fall Fest at Dupree Elementary: This event from 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 28 will include carnival games, a cakewalk, a hayride, concessions and a haunted house. Tickets are 5 for $1 in advance or 4 for $1 on the day of the event. For info: 982-9541.
12. Costume Portraits: Photographer Sean Moorman will shoot portraits of costumed trick-or-treaters from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cantrell Gallery, 8206 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. No sitting fee.
13. Magic Screams at Magic Springs & Crystal Falls: Get candy on the Trick-or-Treat Trail, open from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Get bags at Guests Relations and collect candy goodies in the Kiddie Rides area! And explore the Spooky Springs Family Fun Area from 4-7 p.m. This scare-free zone is located in the Log Flume ride area by Auntie Mae’s Candy Shoppe. Paint a pumpkin ($5) and enjoy the whimsical hay maze. Have fun traveling through “Merlin’s Adventure,” the children’s wizard-themed house. Admission prices vary; call for info.
14. Fall Festival at Laman Library: This event from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 29 will include games, contests, candy, prizes and lots of fun. Come dressed as your favorite character for the costume contest. For info: 687-1061. FREE!
15. Halloween Hayride at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Experience a different kind of Halloween by enjoying a fun filled evening hayride complete with a roaring campfire and treats. Event is from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 29-31. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Advance payment required. For info: 868-5806.
16. Halloween on Ice at Arkansas Skatium: Come see Arkansas Skatium's ice skating students put on a special Halloween exhibition from 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 29, including exciting music and props. For info: 227-4333. FREE!
17. Washington After Dark from 6-9 p.m. at Historic Washington State Park: After enjoying a special evening meal at Williams Tavern, light your candle lanterns and accompany an interpretive guide through selected sites in Washington that have some “unexplained” happenings in their history. Cameras are welcome, as you may be able to “catch” a glimpse of someone or something! Reservations required. Admission is $25 adults and $20 for children under 14. For info: (870) 983-2684.
18. 4th Annual Haunt Springs in Hot Springs: From 4-7 p.m., bring the kids for a special trick-or-treat experience in downtown Hot Springs, from Regions Bank to Whittington Ave. There will be costume contests hourly on the Arlington Steps, candy from local merchants, arts, crafts, clowns and a stilt walker. Fordyce Bathhouse will have fun crafts and activities to learn about wolves! Local bikers will be crossing guards again this year!
19. Trunk-or-Treat at Lake Willastein: Trick-or-Treating has never been easier or safer. Come by Lake Willastein in Maumelle from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30 for this event hosted by Oasis Church. Load up on candy, play games and enter in a prize giveaway. For info: 753-5330. FREE!
20. Trick-of-Treating (and Shopping): Park Plaza Mall and participating mall stores will welcome families for some free trick-or-treating fun from 5-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Enter at any mall entrance and visit participating stores for candy and treats. It's a great way to score some candy - and maybe some great sales - no matter the weather indoors at the mall. For more info, visitParkPlazaMall.com or call 664-4956.
21. Halloween Carnival at St. James United Methodist Church: This carnival will take place Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. All are welcome to join the annual Fall Carnival, where there'll be games, prizes and fun for your ghosts and fairies entertained. Also enjoy face painting and a cake walk. Bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry to give back to our friends in need.