From zombie parades and costume contests to haunted houses and hayrides (to haunted anything!), the Halloween season casts its spell and awakens our inner ghouls and goblins. As part of FrightQuest -- a MapQuest series on spooky destinations and activities -- here are three options to celebrate Halloween in Arkansas that are sure to be a scream.
— Shellie Braeuner
The Ozark Corn Maze
The whole family can get lost in the Ozark Corn Maze. Located in Cave Springs, this 5.5-acre cornfield is open from mid-September through mid-November. Two mazes are available. The larger maze spreads across 5 acres and features monsters, mummies and zombies, while the smaller maze is designed for families with young children. After wandering out of the maze, visit the petting zoo or pick out a pumpkin. For a blast, try the corn cannon, which shoots corncobs with compressed air.
1125 S. Main St., Cave Springs, AR 72718 | Get Directions
Nightmares Haunted House
Not all nightmares happen while you're sleeping. The Nightmares Haunted House has been scaring the people of Bentonville, Arkansas, for more than 20 years. Located just south of the Missouri border in western Arkansas, this haunted house is not for the faint of heart or for small children. Nightmares Haunted House keeps track of all the "pukers, poopers and pant wetters" of the season and posts the statistics online. But, this haunted house has a heart -- the monsters and ghouls are local volunteers, and proceeds help fund the work of the local Lions Club.
13080 N. Highway 71, Bentonville, AR 72712 | Get Directions
Voices From The Silent City
The past speaks in Eureka Springs -- at least near Halloween it does. It's then, during the last two weekends in October, that costumed guides lead tours through the Municipal Cemetery in Voices From the Silent City. The town of Eureka Springs developed as a health spa around the area’s natural springs. Today, actors in period costumes tell their story and give tours of the grounds. The entire tour is family-friendly and meant to entertain more than frighten. It was named an Outstanding Historical Event in its inaugural year. It quickly grew to become an annual event.
95 S. Main St., Eureka Springs, AR 72632 | Get Directions
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