For 15 years, museums in
have banded together to offer a safe and fun destination for kids to celebrate Halloween. This year’s
Big Boo!-seum Bash
from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sponsors describe the event as “
one giant story-telling, trick-or-treating, fun and games evening that is safe and accessible for children and their families.”
Locations taking part this year are the Historic Arkansas Museum, Arkansas Museum of Discovery, Central High School National Historic Site, Old State House Museum, The Clinton Presidential Library, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, Heifer Village and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.
Activities are different at each participating location, including:
MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History:
The historic haunted arsenal offers old-fashioned carnival games with a Halloween twist, such as bowling for ghouls, bean bag toss, and more. Older visitors can hear the legendary ghost stories of the Arsenal, learn about 19th century funeral rites, and “visit” with the ghost of a long-past soldier.
Historic Arkansas Museum:
Various games and activities including a fortune teller, a Twinkie walk and candy are available.
Central High School National Historic Site:
Theme of the evening is “Scared of History? Don’t be.” Listen to classic 50s tunes while playing games of the era such as jacks and hopscotch. ”I Love Lucy” clips are shown, interrupted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as was the case in 1957 when the President called out the U.S. army to protect the Little Rock Nine.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center:
“The Big BOO on Broadway!” includes door prizes, games, crafts and a costume contest.
Arkansas Museum of Discovery:
Creepy, crawly things await you with “Harry’s Big Adventure,” a new interactive exhibit where you learn all you ever wanted to know about bugs, but were afraid to ask.
Old State House Museum:
The state’s first capitol is decorated with a Day of the Dead theme. Hands-on activities, games and candy are offered.
Clinton Presidential Center and Park:
Come visit “Candyland” at the library.
Halloween-themed arts and crafts and hands-on activities teach children – and their parents – how to care for the Earth. Specially chosen, environmentally friendly candies from Hershey’s and others are handed out to trick-or-treaters.
Visitors drive to each location, where free parking is available. Game cards are issued at each site. Visit five of the eight participating locations to qualify for a prize drawing collected from the participating museums or qualify for the grand prize drawing by visiting seven of the eight locations.