Halloween Event Guide 2015

Halloween Event Guide 2015
Courtesy Photo Hallow's Eve is a'comin'.

Courtesy Photo
Hallow’s Eve is a’comin’.

Readers, it’s come to our attention that there are just so many great things to do for Halloween this year, that this week’s cover story needed to cover all of it (or at least some cool ones). The next two weeks are jam packed with events to get dressed up for.

There’s a healthy blend of all types of events for the 21 and older crowd and those with the kiddos looking for something fun for the whole family.

The problem here is, all of these events are must-see. It’s almost stressful how many cool events there are. These are just a few of them. You need to pick wisely. Or y’know, if you’re a crazed event addict, you could somehow attend each and every one of these. If that makes The Free Weekly an event enabler, then that’s something we can live with.

Halloween Parties

  • Hoodoo On the Hill: A Mystical Halloween Extravaganza

Thursday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. @ The Rev House, 12 S. West Ave. Fayetteville.

Located at the newly established Rev House, Kody Ford of Idle Class Magazine is teaming up with Ashleigh Price and Kelsey Ferguson to create an eerie and artful party to kick off your Halloween weekend. Just $5 will get you in. Oh yeah, there’s definitely a costume contest at 10 p.m.

The party will showcase regional underground artists and their works in thematic, artistic interactive rooms throughout the house. Attendants enter through the Camp, where live ambient music will be played and a tarot card reader will be available, and enter into the house-turned art gallery with a DJ. The two bedrooms will be converted into a black and white silent film room, and the other a dream-world featuring portraits of locals by Tom Edwards.

Friday, Oct. 30 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. @ Backspace, 541 W. Meadow St. Fayetteville

You better believe the Backspace squaredance is still going strong, especially on Hallow’s Eve. This month will be featuring the very talented Ozark Highballers. There will be a costume contest, with prizes for scariest, funniest, best group, and best overall. Definitely come dressed up and ready to dance as a baked potato (see our sidebar for more information on that dynamite idea).

There is a suggested donation of $5, and the event is BYOB.

Friday, Oct. 30 at 9:30 p.m. @ 25 E. Center St. Fayetteville. *21+

Courtesy Photo Beat Bachs is throwing one of, if not the biggest, Halloween dance parties this year.

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Beat Bachs is throwing a big Halloween dance party this year.

Alright, this is looking to be the biggest Halloween party of them all this year (excluding the entirety of Dickson Street). The party will be jumping with hundreds of people in costume, three levels to party on, and booze included with the $5 price of admission.

Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9 p.m. @ Backspace, 541 W. Meadow St. Fayetteville

If you miss out on the Backspace’s squaredance, the following night will feature the art of UA student gallery sUgAR and the music of several local favorites.

Artists exhibiting grotesque work of all sorts include Mariamsadat, Chris Drobnock, Parker Boales, Emily Chase, Cory Perry, A.j. Douglas, Mikayla Hoffman, Alli Woods Frederick, Ashley Byers, Sara Jasmine Moore, Raul Flores, Caleb Quin, Danny Baskin, and Wanbli Gamache. Music will start around 9 p.m. with the hauntingly sweet music of Ms. Candy Lee, followed by The Chads, Noise Counseling, Witchsister and RAT BRATS.

Music Festivals

Starting at 12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 to Sunday, Nov. 1 at noon @ Hog Ridge Hollow, Elkins, Ark.

If you want to party to the daylight hours of El Dia de los Muertos, take a look at Hog Ridge Halloween. It’s an EDM party with two stages featuring Fractal Sky, Domewrekka, AttA, Dalton Richmond and ИO.F^CES, among others. Tickets are $20, and of course, bring a costume.

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31 @ Lazy J Arena, Stillwater, Okla.

If you’re looking to get out of town, three hours away in Stillwater will be the raging Elektrik Prarie in the rodeo Lazy J Arena. The festival is a two-night music and art experience that hosts tons of acclaimed EDM artists. The line up includes Dj Carnage, Cazzette, Chiddy Bang, Chingy, Peking Duck and several more. There’s also a $1,500 costume contest Halloween night. Two day passes are on sale for $45. Individual day passes are available for $25.00.

Courtesy Photo The award-winning costume, A Baked Potato.

Courtesy Photo
The award-winning costume, A Baked Potato.

Last-Minute Costume Ideas

  • – Netflix and Chill

Step 1) Pick up a Netflix shirt or hat (About $20).

Step 2) Put on some sweet shades.

Step 3) Carry around a lunchbox ice pack.

Step 1) Either wear a power suit, or pick up an Austin Powers 60s style suit, either way wear a neckerchief (Cheap Thrills may have you covered).

Step 2) Be sure to put a Tom Cotton for Senate sticker on, or print one out and tape it to your chest.

Step 3) Have fake money spilling out of every pocket. Apply horn-rimmed glasses if desired.

  • – A Baked Potato

Step 1) Acquire tons of aluminum foil. Wrap yourself in it.

Step 2) Wear something brown.

Step 3) Explain to everyone that you’re a baked potato.


Haunted Attractions/Houses/Corn Mazes

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. @ Dogpatch USA, Marble Falls, Ark.

If you’ve ever wanted to experience what it would be like to check out an abandoned theme park (think Zombieland) now’s your chance. Sure, it won’t exactly be abandoned during the event with all the other families there, but you’ll get to walk around a derelict Arkansas theme park. It doesn’t take a whole lot to make the place creepy, said David Anderson, event organizer.

Admission is $10.00 per person, and $5.00 for children ages 4-13. Children 3 and under are free. You can contact the Facebook page for group pricing of 10 or more.

In the main town village of the theme park will be a scare free zone for trick or treating, various games and five mobile food vendors. On Friday, Magician Wyatt Beck will put on a show, and a psychic will be present for palm readings. For those looking to get their fright on, there will be a haunted hayride that takes the group to the abandoned chapel and the kissing stone.

Open only Halloween night at 2893 N Sunny Lane Fayetteville, Ark.

One of the few free Halloween attractions in the area, (donations go to Boxer Rescue of NWA and NWA Share) Banshee Manor seems to be the place to be for the traditional haunted house experience. There will be a kid-friendly scare-free zone from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and the haunted maze starts at dark and goes to 10:00 p.m.

Every Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. @ 3138 Dora Road, Van Buren, Arkansas

Down the road in Van Buren, a prison’s been overtaken by prisoners, as the story goes. Admission is $15, and the price includes the spooky trip through the prison and the Trail of Terror.

Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 30-31 @ 3484 E. Joyce Blvd. Fayetteville

Ok, so if you’ve ever wanted to live out your fantasy of surviving a zombie apocolypse guns-a-blazin’ with your friends, there is literally that exact scenario at Modern Mission the next two weekends. Must be 12 or older, and it’s $25 per person. More info at modernmission.com/zombie.

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