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Arkansas Bride: Emily Carpenter of Carlisle

Gallery by LeAnne Carpenter of Arin Photography

Emily Carpenter + David Wright, Jr

October 25, 2014

Photography: LeAnne Carpenter of Arin Photography

Gown: Low's Bridal and Formal

Hair: Alexander Salon

Our editor, Lindsay, fell head-over-heels for this bridal session, and it's not hard to see why!





Pinterest Friday: Spooky I-Do's

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Happy Halloween, y'all!

Because we love this holiday and think it deserves some credit, we whipped up a Pinterest board of some killer Halloween wedding ideas.

Forget the monsters and fake blood. Think vintage gothic and sparkly drama. These looks have cast a spell on us and we don't mind at all.

Would you ever have a Halloween wedding? Let us know!

Follow Arkansas Bride Magazine's board Spooky I-Do's on Pinterest.

Your Guide to Holiday House

From the moment you walk in, the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas wrap around you like a warm blanket in front of a crackling fire. Hello Holiday House.  

The Junior League of Little Rock's annual fundraiser and four-day shopping extravaganza is taking place at the Statehouse Convention Center through Saturday (Nov. 1). This is always a highlight of the shopping season in Little Rock as more than 180 specialty merchants from across Arkansas and the U.S. set up shop in one place. Did you read that? 


General shopping: 

Friday, Oct. 31, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday, Nov. 1, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Special Events

Private Shopping:

Cookies & Milk with Santa Claus: Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Glitz and Glamour Tween Fashion Show: Saturday, Nov, 1, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Glitz and Glamour is a brand new event that will include elegant desserts and drinks, SWAG bags for each guest, and a runway show featuring the latest in tween fashion. Tickets are $25 each, limited number available. Sponsored by Dillards. Your Glitz and Glamour ticket counts as a general shopping pass before and after the event! 

For ticket information and the complete schedule, click here. 


Click here to view the map. 

Ronald McDonald House Kicks Off Campaign for New Home


Governor Mike Beebe


Whether you’ve been on the receiving end of its services or not, everybody knows about the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas. The organization offers a home away from home for families with hospitalized children, particularly Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

After 34 years and more than 25,000 families, the House was definitely in need of a sprucing up, so they decided to build a whole new home at the corner of MLK and Wolfe. The new House will offer much more (and better) living and dining spaces, more than tripling in size overall, as well as plenty of room for House pet and Director of Smiles, Mac the goldendoodle.


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The House was designed by Wittenberg, Delony and Davidson, Inc.’s Chad Young. It will be built by Nabholz Construction Services and will be completed in fall od 2016.

On Oct. 30, the RMHCA Executive Director Katie Choate announced the plans at a press conference. Governor Mike Beebe also spoke about his personal connection with the House and the care it showed his family in their time of need.


Executive Director Katie Choate and Ronald McDonald


Along with this news, board member and capital campaign chair Janell Mason announced an $8 million fundraising campaign to see the building process through. The McDonald’s of Central Arkansas Co-Op President David Stokes disclosed a lead gift of $1 million to the campaign to get the ball rolling. 

For more information on the Ronald McDonald House or to find out how you can help, visit their website. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Bryan Pitts and Mayor Mark Stodola

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Your Mega Halloween To-Do List

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We get it: You’re a busy monster with people to scare. You don’t have a lot of time between neck-bitings and getting your 16 hours of coffin beauty rest to read lengthy articles.

But there are a lot of fantastically spooky things happening this weekend that you need to know about, so let’s get through them fast so you can get back to flapping around on your little bat wings.

Ready? Go.


Haunted Cathedral

Where: 1208 Louisiana St.

When: Now - Nov. 1, opens at 7:30 p.m.

How much: $15, $20 on Friday and Saturday

How come: It’s huge, it’s haunted and it’s horrifying.


Night Terrors 13 Haunted House

Where: 11200 West Markham

When: Now - Nov. 1, opens at 7: 30 p.m.

How much: $15

How come: Gore and lore x 13


The Haunted Hotel

Where: 4601 South University 

When: Now - Nov. 1, opens at 7 p.m.

How much: $12

How come: Scary hotels never end well.


Scimitar Shrine Temple of Terror

Where: 1 Scimitar Circle

When: Now - Nov. 1, opens at 7 p.m.

How much: $15

How come: Family friendly spooky fun


Haunted Warehouse

Where: 3400 Brown St.:

When: Now - Nov. 1, opens at 7 p.m.

How much: $12, $15 Friday and Saturday

How come: Overwhelming "customer demand" + extended hours = uh oh 


The Reaper Haunted House

Where: 6016 Crystal Hill Road

When: Now - Nov. 1, opens at 7 p.m.

How much: $13

How come: It's 10,000 sq. ft. maze of gore and mayhem, so...


“Wait Until Dark”

Where: Arkansas Repertory Theatre

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday

How come: If our review didn’t convince you, this might.


Paranormal Theater

Where: Ron Robinson Theater

When: Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m.

How come: Real paranormal footage and short horror films. You won’t sleep tonight.


Halloween Costume Party

Where: Mark Twain Riverboat (call 372-5777)

When: Oct. 31, 7-10 p.m.

How come: Costumes on a riverboat? Yes, please.


Big Dam Halloween Improv Show

Where: The Joint

When: Oct. 31, 9 p.m.

How come: Comedy, a concert and a costume contest inside a coffee house. Be there, duh.



12 Events for Weekend Fun: Halloween Festivals, Holiday House and More

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Halloween is almost here! In fact, many spooky celebrations are going on tonight, so you can double your family's Halloween fun. You can trick-or-treat for free at the Big Boo!seum Bash in Downtown Little Rock, attend Halloween festivals like Boo at the Zoo and Magic Screams, and much more.

For more Halloween events, click here. And for a list of haunted houses in central Arkansas, click here

We've also rounded up some non-Halloween events, such as free family festivals and the Junior League of Little Rock's first-ever tween fashion show at Holiday House.

And, we're excited about this weekend's bounty of family-friendly walks and runs, including the Full Moon Walk at the Big Dam Bridge. For our list of seven active events this weekend, see our blog post here.

Halloween Events

1. Boo at the Zoo at Little Rock Zoo: Arkansas's largest Halloween festival is back and filled with lots of howl-oween fun. Boo At The Zoo is appropriate for families with children of all ages, and features a safe environment for trick-or-treating. Don your costumes, stroll through the colorful lights and Halloween-themed decorations, and enjoy nightly dance contests, free carousel rides, glitter tattoos, live music, a dance party and more. 6-9 p.m. through Nov. 1. $10, all-inclusive arm bands $20. For info: (501) 666-2406,

2. Big Boo!seum Bash in Downtown Little Rock: At this 19th annual Halloween celebration, kids can enjoy a safe and fun evening at museums and businesses downtown, including Museum of Discovery, Arkansas Arts Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and others (see full list of participating locations here). Little boys and ghouls can visit participating locations at no charge and take part in storytimes, games and trick-or-treating. Pick up game cards at any participating location and get the card stamped at each location to be eligible for prize drawings, including a flat screen TV, $100 gift card and basket of goodies. Hosted by the Greater Little Rock Museum Consortium and sponsored by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 30. For info: (501) 376-4781, FREE!

3. Magic Screams at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park in Hot Springs: Family events, including rides for kids and a haunted house for younger children, are planned for daytime hours before scarier monsters and events emerge from the shadows at dusk. Open Sat. & Sun. Oct. 11-Nov. 2 & Oct. 31. Hours: 4-11 p.m. Sat.; 4-9 p.m. Sun.; and 4-11 p.m. on Halloween night. $29.99; kids under 48" inches are $19.99; kids under 3 are free. Look for $19.99 tickets at Walgreens, too. For info: (501) 624-0100,

4. Great Pumpkin Halloween at Bass Pro Shops: This Peanuts-themed event features all of the classic characters, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Sally and Lucy. Kids can participate in a costume parade, trick-or-treating and craft activities. Visitors can also have a free photo taken with life-size cutouts of the Peanuts characters. Oct. 24-31; hours vary. See website for full list of activities and specific times. For info: FREE!

5. Screening of "Monster House" at CALS Ron Robinson Theater: A special screening of PG-rated "Monster House" will thrill the audience, along with movie-themed concessions. This event is part of Big BOO!seum Bash. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. $5. For info: (501) 918-3000,

6. Halloween Block Party for Children with Disabilities at Helping Hand in NLR: Candy, games, photo booth, costume contest and lots of fun for children with disabilities. The costume contest begins at 6:30 p.m. Please Rsvp to 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. For info: FREE!

7. Halloween Hayride at Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Enjoy a fun-filled evening hayride complete with a roaring campfire and treats. Advance payment and registration required. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 26 & 31. $12; children ages 6-12 are $6. For info: (501) 868-5806,

8. Halloween Carnival at Sherwood Forest: Enjoy carnival booths with prizes and candy, a costume contest hosted by DJ T-Smooth of Power92 Jams, plus a Glow-in-the-Dark Treasure Hunt. The Haunted House admission is $2 and will run from 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. For info: (501) 835-8909, click here. FREE!

Non-Halloween Events!

9. Holiday House Glitz and Glamour Tween Fashion Show at Statehouse Convention Center: Sponsored by Dillard’s, Inc., this brand-new event is part of the Junior League of Little Rock's annual shopping extravaganza, Holiday House. The event includes elegant desserts and drinks, SWAG bags for each guest, and the latest fashion for girls ages 4-12. This ticket also serves as a general shopping ticket for Nov. 1. $25. 2-4 p.m. Nov. 1. For info: (501) 375-5557,

10. Holiday House Cookies and Milk With Santa at Statehouse Convention Center: Holiday House's annual event for families includes photos with Santa, holiday entertainment, crafts, games, and of course, cookies and milk. Tickets are required for adults and children aged 2 & up. $10. 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 1. For info: (501) 375-5557,

11. Fall Fest at the White County Pioneer Village in Searcy: Celebrate Fall at the 1880s-inspired Pioneer Village during Fall Fest. Enjoy costumed guides, food, pioneer crafts, music, camp fire cooking, farm animals, games for children, and a Civil War re-enactment complete with cannons! No admission fee, but donations are always appreciated. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 1; 1-4 p.m. Nov. 2. For info: (501) 580-6633, FREE!

12: "Inner" Active Family Festival & Dance Out Violence at William J. Clinton Presidential Library: Mothers Against Violence presents a festival of fun, including food trucks, live entertainment, dance parties, family yoga, sidewalk art, a talent show, scavenger hunts, free giveaways, bouncy houses, face painting and more. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic with your family & community at the first-ever Picnic For Peace. Dance Out Violence by having your family join a dance party, as the group attempts to set a Guinness World Record for the world's largest dance class! Please bring your lightly worn coats to donate at the festival. Mothers Against Violence will donate the collected items to Women and Children First and Dorcas House for their residents. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 1. For info: Click here. FREE!

For more events, browse our full online calendar here.

Trick-or-Treat for Free at Big!Booseum Bash Oct. 30

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Halloween will come a day early to downtown Little Rock, as the annual Big!Booseum Bash haunts local museums and attractions tonight, Oct. 30! Little boys and ghouls are invited to dress in their cutest costumes for safe, free trick-or-treating, games and other fun from 6-8:30 p.m.

Be sure to pick up a game card (available at each location) and get your card stamped at each location you visit to be eligible for prize drawings. This year's drawings include a flat screen TV, $100 gift card and a basket of goodies.

Participating locations include:

  • Arkansas Arts Center
  • Historic Arkansas Museum
  • Little Rock Visitor Center at Curran Hall (partnering with the Arkansas State Capitol)
  • MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History (partnering with the Arkansas National Guard Museum)
  • Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (partnering with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site)
  • Museum of Discovery
  • Old State House Museum
  • Ron Robinson Theater
  • Witt Stephens Jr. Nature Center (partnering with the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum)

The Big Boo!seum Bash is hosted by the Greater Little Rock Museums and Cultural Attractions Consortium and sponsored by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information, click here.

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