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  • Writer's pictureSydney Seegers

Spooky Season Events in Fort Smith

It's the season for all things spooky and haunting at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith (UAFS) and the Fort Smith community. Along with all the Halloween events, several haunted houses and attractions are open as well.

Several events will happen within the next couple of weeks at UAFS and other places throughout Fort Smith. These events include Haunted University at UAFS, UAFS Haunted Hustle 5k, Monster Mash Volleyball Tournament, Halloween Hoopla, Trunk or Treating, and Fall Festivals.

Some haunted houses in the area are The Haunted Prison and Trail of Terrors in Van Buren and Asylum X Haunted House in Fort Smith. Both attractions will open on Halloween night.

Here is a list of the times, dates, locations, and prices of all the spooky and Fall events happening the rest of October. Have a safe, spooky, haunting and fun Halloween!

Saturday, October 29th, 2022:

Join the UAFS Alumni Office for our annual 5k – this year with a new theme: Haunted Hustle! You can participate virtually or in person on October 29th for a live race on campus. Registrations with no t-shirt can be accepted through the morning of the race.

Registration is $35 for adults and $20 for kids (12 and under).

In-Person Participants

Our race will be held on campus on October 29th with registration starting at 8:00AM and a start time of 9:00AM. Come dress up and run our haunted trail on campus! Immediately following the race you can sample homemade chili from our student organizations at our Family Weekend tailgate then cheer on our Lady Lions volleyball team at 1:00PM in Stubblefield. All of these activities are included in your race fee.

Virtual Participants

Walk, run, cycle or zombie crawl the race at your own pace on your own time, wherever you are! When you’re done, post a photo on social media and #UAFSHauntedHustle!

Registration Deadline for a t-shirt: October 12

Registration Fee: $35; $20 for kids (12 and under)

On Campus Race: Saturday, October 29 at 9:00AM

2022-2023 Alumni Event Presenting Sponsor: Mercy Additional Event Sponsors: UAFS Cross Country

Haunted University is a Campus Activities Board tradition during UAFS Family Weekend that welcomes the community to join students for a frightful night! Participants will enjoy a family-friendly environment filled with free carnival games, trunk-or-treat, and candy! For those that have brave souls, take a walk through our haunted house that will leave you screaming with fright.

The City of Fort Smith Parks & Recreation Department's "Halloween Hoopla" event takes place Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 121 Riverfront Drive! The fun begins at NOON and is free for children of all ages! Questions? Contact our Parks & Rec staff at 479-784-2368.

Sunday, October 30th, 2022:

Goddard United Methodist Church’s Fall Festival! Sunday, October 30, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. We'll have food, games and activities, Trunk or Treat, Festival games, Fall Photo Booth, S’mores roasting, prize drawings, and much more!

Monday, October 31st, 2022:

Come out and enjoy Fort Smith PPC’s Cars & Candy Trunk Or Treat car meet. It’s totally FREE. All you have to do is pull up, get in line that will be there and follow that all the way through until you get to the end.

This is a safe friends & family event focused on giving the kids a great Halloween experience and lots of candy to take home.

If you would like to participate and bring candy to hand out to the kids, you are more than welcomed too. We will start giving out candy at 7pm and finish at 9pm, so make sure you get there early.

Put on those costumes and come out and enjoy yourselves.

We will be located at Central Mall in Fort Smith, Arkansas


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