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List of family-friendly activities to enjoy in NWA and River Valley this fall

To kick off the first day of fall 2020, here is a list of fun activities happening this fall in NWA and the River Valley.
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ARKANSAS, USA — Tuesday (Sept. 22) marks the first day of fall 2020, which means it is time for hoodies, pumpkins, hayrides and all things that make us fall in love with this colorful season.

More events and activities will be added to this story throughout the season, so bookmark it and check back for updates.  If you want your fall-themed event added to our list, email news@kfsm.com.

Halloween-Themed Events

Read All things Halloween 2020: Arkansas events, holiday headlines, weather, COVID-19 guidance and more to learn about local Halloween events.

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

Farmland Adventures

Farmland Adventures in Springdale has corn mazes, farm animals, pony rides, pumpkin patches, hayrides, pig races and more. For more information visit farmlandadventures.com.

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Exeter Corn Maze and Haunted Attractions

Exeter Corn Maze and Haunted Attractions is a fun, family experience located in Southwest Missouri, only 30 minutes from Northwest Arkansas. With a Haunted Barn, Zombie Paintball, Hayrides, Haunted Corn Maze, Pumpkin Jump, Cow Train, Petting Zoo, Birthday Porch, Fire-pits, Corn Cannons, Pumpkin Cannon, Paintball Shootout Shack, Movie Room, Photo-ops, Zipline, Corn Pit, Archery Tag, and  Go-Karts, Exeter Corn Maze offers something for all ages. Read more HERE.

Read: 10 Pumpkin Patches in Central Arkansas to Visit this Fall

Wild Things Farm

At Wild Things Farm in Pocola, visitors can enjoy a hayride, pony ride, petting farm, mountain slide, corn maze, jumping pillow, hayride and fall-themed decorations. Wild Things Farm will also be selling snacks, such as roasted nuts and cider donuts. To learn more, click HERE.

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Blossomberry Nursery

Blossomberry Nursery in Clarksville is hosting a corn maze, pumpkin patch and more. For more information, click HERE.

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Craft Fairs and Yard Sales

2nd Annual Fall Craft Market hosted by Elkins Farmers Market

On Nov. 7, Elkins Farmers Market is hosting its 2nd Annual Fall Craft Market. Vendors will bring an assortment of handmade crafts to include holiday delights, home-baked treats, jams and jellies and more.

Read 2nd Annual Fall Craft Market set for Nov. 7 at Elkins Farmers Market for more information.

The Junk Ranch

The Junk Ranch in Prarie Grove will be held Oct. 2-3 and will be packed with food trucks, live music and of course, junk. The Junk Ranch barn, festival tent and grounds will be filled with antiques, holiday decorations, handmade crafts, jewelry, furniture, home and body scents, plants and garden items, vintage clothing and more.

Visit thejunkranch.net for more details, or their Facebook page

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Skygazing

October's crisp autumn nights will bring plenty for stargazers to see in the sky, ranging from a meteor shower to great views of the planets, but the top astronomy event of the month will come on the month's final night. 

This year, October begins and ends with a full moon! A harvest moon will light up the skies tonight and a rare blue moon is coming on Halloween.  

Read: A meteor shower, two full moons and more to see in October's sky

Farmers' Markets

Fayetteville Farmers' Market

Fayetteville Farmers' Market is 100% local and offers products from four counties in Northwest Arkansas. Click HERE for more information.

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Haunted Houses

The Haunted Prison

The prisoners took over at The Haunted Prison in Van Buren and escaped. For more information, click HERE.

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The Asylum Haunted House

The Asylum Haunted House was voted the #2 Haunt in Arkansas by Scare Factor in 2017. Visit theasylumhauntedhouse.net to learn more.

Watch: Halloween tradition continues in Fort Smith

Pick Grapes at a Vineyard

Post Winery

At Post Winery in Altus, guests can pick fresh grapes by hand for the first time in its over 140 years of business.

Grape picking hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will continue for the next several weeks in the Ozarks until muscadine harvest ends.

Read the full story HERE. Visit postfamilie.com for more information.

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Hiking/Scenic Walks

Devil's Den State Park

Devil's Den State Park in West Fork offers caves and miles of scenic hiking on Fossil Flats Trailhead and Devil's Den Trail, plus rustic cabins from the 1930s. For more information click HERE.

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North Forest Lights 

North Forest Lights at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville is an artistic light and sound experience in the middle of the forest at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Five distinct installations bring the soul of the forest to life with light, sound, and sensory effects. For tickets and information, click HERE.

Watch: North Forest Lights at Crystal Bridges 

Caramel Apples

Kopper-Kettle Candies

Kopper Kettle Candies in Van Buren has caramel apples, and they are ready to make their way to someone's home. Visit KopperKettleCandies.com.

Scenic Train Ride

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

Take a ride on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad and enjoy a window seat to history as you travel through the scenic mountains of Northwest Arkansas.

For tickets, click HERE.

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Fall Festivals/Carnivals

Visit northwestarkansas.org for NWA festivals and seasonal event information.

Camping, Cabins and Bonfires

Read: Five Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Arkansas

Whiterock Mountain Recreation Area

Whiterock Mountain Recreation Area, near Mountainburg, offers beautiful hiking trails, camping, rustic cabins and lodges, ATV trails and stunning overlooks. Visit whiterockmountain.com for more information.

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Petting Zoo & Drive-Through Safari

Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari 

Wild Wilderness Drive-Through Safari in Gentry offers quality interaction opportunities between people and animals. They have a petting zoo, exotic animals and a safari for visitors to drive through.

The Safari is home to a variety of exotic animals in a natural environment within a beautiful Arkansas landscape and several large ponds. The 4-mile safari allows visitors to view animals in a natural environment on a self-guided tour.

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Outdoor Music and Concerts

Crystal Bridges' Friday Nights on the Lawn

Crystal Bridges' Friday Nights on the Lawn in Bentonville offers a free, family-friendly concert or performance and an art activity every Friday evening until Oct. 30. Bring your own blanket, or use one of their lawn chairs, and enjoy an evening outdoors with live entertainment. To learn more, click HERE.

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Live Music at the Amp

The Walton Arts Center and Walmart AMP will be offering alternative Halloween activities for people to safely enjoy on Halloween weekend. On Oct. 30, the Walmart AMP will be hosting its final happy hour of the season, featuring live music by Funk Factory, and a special drink menu that includes a fall-themed margarita, Long Island iced tea, and a Jello syringe shot. Click here to learn more.

Apple Picking

Read: Places to pick apples in Arkansas

Week of Halloween Events - Arkansas

Click on links for more details.

Bentonville:

Costumes Candy and Cops Carnival

Walmart Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat

Bethel Heights:

Trick or Treat with Mario Characters

Cave Springs:

The Asylum Haunted House

Fall Festival

Clarksville:

Blossomberry Nursery Haunted Maze

Elkins:

Super Heroes of the Bible Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat at First Baptist Church

Elm Springs:

Drive-Thru Trunk-or-Treat 

Farmington:

A Sweet Scoops Halloween at Sweet Scoops Blender Bar

Fayetteville: 

Little Sprouts Halloween Costume Parade 

Hocus Pocus and The Rock Horror Picture Show on the Big Screen

Walmart Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat

Halloween Scavenger at Hunt Holland Park

Trunk or Treat 2020 at Mount Comfort Church of Christ

Spooky Spokes Halloween Ride at Kessler Mountain

Fort Smith:

Tunnel Of Terror - Trunk Or Treat event with Pay It Forward 

Mile Of Candy Halloween Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat 

Carnival Games, Costumes and More at Fort Smith Community Market 

Halloween Party at Old Fort Harley-Davidson

Bat Wing Ride to Devil's Den Old Fort Harley-Davidson

Curbside Trick-Or-Treating at Randall Ford

Lowell:

Halloween Hotdogs!

Prairie Grove:

Trunk-or-Treat at Prairie Grove Church of God

Trick or Treating at Mel’s Diner 

Rogers:

PNWA Reverse Trunk or Treat

Walmart Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat

Siloam Springs:

Trunk-or-Treat Drive-Thru at Post Office

Springdale:

Farmland Adventures

Springdale Halloween Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat

Jeepers Creepers Halloween Jeep Poker Run 

Trick or Treat Halloween Party at Black Apple Hard Cider

Full Moon Glow Flow at Heroncrest

Fall Festival hosted by Mercy & Grace Cathedral

Drive-thru Trunk-or-Treat at Caudle Ave Baptist Church

Trunk or treat at Jb Hunt Park

Tabletop Farms Haunted Field

Van Buren:

Halloween Scavenger Hunt on Main

The Haunted Prison

Treats from the Trunk at Butterfield Church

West Fork:

A Spooky Hike & Bonfire at Devil's Den State Park

Winslow:

Drive-By Trunk-or-Treat

Walmart Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat

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Little Kansas:

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Muscogee:

Greenleaf’s Haunted House & Hayride of Horror 

Pocola:

Wild Things Farm 

Watts:

Trunk-or-Treat at GAS MX