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Halloween is traditionally for kids, sure, but that doesn't mean adults don't want to get in on the action. Here are a few Central Arkansas happenings that are sure to be a scream.
Adult Night at Boo at the Zoo
One of Arkansas's favorite annual Halloween festivals is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! Boo at the Zoo's Adult Night promises all the fun of the all-ages Boo at the Zoo—trick-or-treating, a haunted train and haunted houses, rides, inflatables, zombie paintball, food trucks, a costume contest and more—but with special libations and no wee ones to trip over in your complicated costumes. Boo at the Zoo takes place nightly Oct. 22-31 from 6 to 9 p.m.; Adult Night is Oct. 21. Admission for Adult Night is $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. For more information and to view the full lineup of activities, visit the Little Rock Zoo website.
The Conway Symphony Orchestra presents Ray Bradbury's The Halloween Tree
This puppet theatre adaptation of fantasy author Ray Bradbury's classic 1972 novel illuminates the history of Halloween with a combination of shadow and three-dimensional puppetry and live orchestral performance of original works by local composers. A 1993 animated film version of The Halloween Tree won Bradbury an Emmy; the CSO brings this inventive performance to Ron Robinson Theater for one night only on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10.
Survive the Zombie Apocalypse with Science
The Museum of Discovery's popular monthly adult series, Science After Dark, is getting in the Halloween spirit with a special zombie-themed program for the last adult night of 2016. The museum, a well-respected science center, isn't trying to suggest that a zombie apocalypse might ever take place...just that if there is one, science is the only thing that will save us. The event takes place Friday, Oct. 28 (note: Science After Dark is usually on Thursdays). Admission is $5 and includes full museum access—including access to beer, pizza and ice cream. Costumes encouraged! More info on the Museum of Discovery website.
1st Annual Nightmare on Scott Street
Even in broad, summertime daylight, the historic Villa Marre mansion can look a tad spooky. So what better place to throw a monster bash? Couples and individual costume contests, DJ and dancing, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Admission price of $50 includes food and wine or beer. For more information, check the event listing on our calendar of events.
Terrifying Tours, Haunted Houses and Paranormal Places
Want to get spooky but can't make it to a one-off event? No worries, because Central Arkansas offers tons of ways to savor this scary season. In fact, we've got a whole section of our website devoted to all things haunted, including legends, monsters, tours and attractions. Check it out here at Haunted Arkansas.