Arkansas is known for being one of the best places to see fall foliage. With the changing leaves in full swing in October, the autumn season creates the ideal setting for a fall weekend in Eureka Springs. It’s not tough to get into the spirit of the season with all the events being offered this time of year.
An exciting event not to be missed in October is the Annual Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular. On October 26th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, families are invited to observe the night habits of the over 100 large cats including lions, tigers, cougars and bobcats as they roam the compound. This one of a kind experience is fun for the whole family and includes a costume contest for kids, games and food. Admission is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children ages 3-12.
Keeping with the Halloween spirit, Bear Mountain Log Cabins will offer nightly Haunted Hay Rides throughout the month of October. Beginning at dark, wagons leave the stables and make trips every hour and fifteen minutes. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $7.50 for children. The ride focuses more on being a thriller ride and not focused on gory horror movie type scenes. This event sells out every year so reservations are encouraged.
For two weekends in October, The Eureka Springs Historical Museum will be presenting Voices from Eureka’s Silent City. At this year’s event, professional tour guides will wear period pieces from the 30’s and 40’s and discuss life in the city of Eureka Springs during that time. One hour walking tours begin in the cemetery at 5:30 and leave every 20 minutes. Other activities include band performances at the auditorium and downtown hotels and the Original Ozark Folk Festival will perform musical themed stories. This will take place on October weekends of the 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
To get a head start on all of your holiday shopping, The War Eagle Mill hosts a four day craft fair from October 17th through the 20th. The fair includes three craft fairs in one with juried craftsmen from around the United States being represented. War Eagle Mill vendors will be set up on the grounds of the Mill, The Sharp Show will be in the fields adjacent to the Mill and across the bridge will be the War Eagle Farms Show. The items at the vendor booths range from original paintings to handmade pottery, quilts and candles, homemade soaps, collectibles and much more. In addition to the crafts for sale, food concessions are also on hand selling snack items like curly fries and crepes to full on meals like Beef Wellington and barbeque ribs. Booths are open until 5:30pm Thursday through Saturday and 4:30pm on Sundays with breakfast starting off each day at 6:30am.
When planning your fall weekend getaway, Arsenic and Old Lace Bed and Breakfast is ready to have you enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains in one of their five comfortable and spacious guest rooms. The Inn is located two blocks from the Historic Loop, shops, galleries and restaurants of downtown. Their award winning breakfast is served overlooking the garden and will jumpstart your day as you head out to explore the events in Eureka Springs.
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