Plan-Ahead Events: Fun Activities Abound in the Arkansas Delta This Halloween!

Kimberly J. Williams

“Plan-Ahead Event” blogs are posted early in the week and feature events and festivals that are popular or unique…and give readers plenty of time to make plans to attend!

As the “spookiest” day approaches, there are some fun Halloween events scheduled throughout the Arkansas Delta.

This weekend is your last chance to experience the haunted attractions at Pumpkin Hollow in St. Francis…if you DARE! Bubba’s Butcher Barn, the Forest of Fright, and the Mad Skull Mine will terrify visitors. For the youngsters or the faint of heart, there’s the Friendly Fairytale Forest. The haunted attractions will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (although Bubba’s Butcher Barn will be open Thursday night as well). Pumpkin Hollow also offers a variety of fun fall activities, including hayrides, corn mazes, pig scrambles and pony rides. For more information on the haunted attractions, visit Learn more about Pumpkin Hollow’s special events at or phone 870-598-3568.

The Marianna/Lee County Chamber of Commerce turns the 100-year-old Community House in Marianna into a “Haunted House of Horrors” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights this week. The haunted house opens each night at 6 p.m. For more information, phone 870-821-1842. Admission is $5.

Celebrate the harvest season in Caraway during the city’s annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 30. Held along Main Street, the festival features arts and crafts, live music and entertainment, a variety of food, and fun activities for all ages. For more information, call 870-482-3431.

Spend Halloween hearing spooky stories as Crowley’s Ridge State Park in Paragould hosts Ghosts, Legends, and the Unexplained on Oct. 30. Learn more about local legends and listen to eerie ghost stories. Participants are encouraged to wear their Halloween garb and awards will be given for the best costumes. For more details phone 870-573-6751.

Little ghosts and goblins take over Cane Creek State Park in Star City during the park’s annual Ghost Roast on Oct. 30. One of the park’s most popular events, Ghost Roast offers trick-or-treating, hayrides, carnival games, a costume contest, and a haunted house. Stroll through the campgrounds to see how the campers have decorated for the “spooky” holiday. Admission is $2 per car. For more information phone 870-628-4714.

Spend a “boo-tiful” evening as Village Creek State Park in Wynne hosts a Halloween Party on Oct. 30. The night’s activities include games, crafts, and Halloween treats. Costumes are optional but prizes will be given for the best Halloween outfit. For more information contact Village Creek State Park at 870-238-9406.

For events throughout The Natural State this Halloween, check out the Calendar of Events here!

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