Big Boo!-seum Bash is Thursday, Oct. 27

Kerry Kraus

Eight Little Rock museums are joining together once again to host the 16th annual Big Boo!-seum Bash, Thursday, Oct. 27. This family friendly event provides an alternative to door-to-door trick or treating. Participating properties are the Old State House Museum, Historic Arkansas Museum, Heifer Village, Central High School National Historic Site, EMOBA, Clinton Presidential Library, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, and Mosaic Templars Culture Center. The activities begin at 6 p.m.

Each location will offer games, story-telling, trick or treating, candy, and refreshments. Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costume. There is free parking available at each venue.

The Old State House is calling it evening a Carnival of Curiosities. Visitors will experience the magic of turn-of-the-20th-century traveling carnivals; wonder at the astonishing tricks performed; see amazing feats of strength! The cast of mystifying characters includes a strong man, a mermaid, a magician, a fortune teller, and more.

The Historic Arkansas Museum’s famous Twinkie Walk heads the line-up of activities. Others include the mysterious fortuneteller Madame J, the witch hat ring toss, the haunted theatre and more. 

All visitors are asked to bring non-perishable food items for chances to win prizes. All contributions will go to the Arkansas Foodbank, working to end hunger in Arkansas. The Arkansas Foodbank serves more than 23,000 people weekly in central and southern Arkansas and sent a record-breaking 13.2 million pounds of food to its agencies in 2010. Nearly one in three children in Arkansas are living in a household where food isn’t consistently available.

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