A Halloween to remember Children come from near and far to trick-or-treat on White Street
Hundreds of little superheroes, ghouls
and witches pounded the pavement on
White Street Tuesday, Oct. 31, celebrating
Halloween and earning candy in
the process. The street was crowded for
hours with trick-or-treaters, something
White Street resident Mark Hughes said
he’s come to expect over the years.
“Historically, White Street has always
been the place where people take their
kids,” Hughes said. “It’s flat, it’s easy,
it’s still a real neighborhood … there’s
very few businesses up here. I think it’s
the place to be on Halloween.”
Raven Leggett and Scott Rodier
agreed. The best part of Halloween on
White Street, Leggett said, is getting to
interact with everyone in costume.
“You kind of know everybody, but
during Halloween, you don’t know anyone,”
Leggett said. “I like it, because no
one is shy to take pictures with you. No
one is shy to talk with you.”
Seeing so many people dressed up,
Rodier said, is inspiring.
“I just love the creative costumes
you see here … some of the most I’ve
seen anywhere,” Rodier said. “There’s
so many legitimately cool unique costumes,
and growing up on White Street,
it means a lot to me.”
Carol and Larry Williamson said they
come to White Street on Halloween for
that very reason. In many places, Larry
Williamson said, you’ll see a lot of
“Here, people make their own. That’s
the beauty of the art community we
have here in Eureka Springs,” he said.
“This wasn’t what Halloween was like
where I grew up. It’s better.”
“I agree 100 percent,” Carol Williamson
said. “This is more fun than almost
any other place I’ve been on Halloween.”
Alece Carrigan remembered when
she first brought her grandson to White
Street on Halloween 10 years ago, saying
she knew she had found something
“I thought, ‘I’m Dorothy in The Wizard
of Oz who feels like I’m not in Kansas
anymore,’ ” Carrigan said. “The kids
are fabulous. The adults are fabulous.
We all need this.”
“It’s magical,” Scott Thompson said.
“It’s just magical, and it’s so cool to see
everyone come out, put all their energy
into this and have a good time.”
Keely Smith, 8, and Tener Schabacker,
9, had the same thing to say about
Halloween on White Street.
“It’s awesome!” they said.
Smith dressed as Bloody Mary, and
Schabacker donned a Scooby-Doo costume.
Why did they choose those costumes?
“I just like blood and gory stuff,”
“I have a baby brother,” Schabacker
said. “He’s Scrappy-Doo.”
Zeek Taylor, who has lived on White
Street for 30 years, said he has always
had a large number of trick-or-treaters.
When he first moved to Eureka Springs,
Taylor said, he handed out candy to
more than 500 children on Halloween.
“It really has grown,” Taylor said.
“When people move into an area on
the street, they don’t believe that many
trick-or-treaters are going to show up at
their door. A lot of the time they run out
of candy the first year.”
Over time, Taylor said, he’s learned
how much candy to have on hand. He
described what he gives out to trickor-
treaters, saying he puts together individual
bags of candy and other treats.
This year, Taylor said, he had 1,200
bags ready on Halloween. If he runs out
of bags, Taylor said, he keeps a bag of
loose candy to hand out.
“People still feel like their kids are
safe trick-or-treating here,” Taylor said.
“The houses are close to one another,and we have a lot of sidewalks. I know
they come from even Fayetteville to
trick-or-treat. I like that. As long as the
kids are having fun … that’s the purpose
of the whole thing.”
Running out of candy is a real concern,
Hughes said. Last year, he said, he
and his partner decided to start a candy
bank. Anyone could donate candy,
Hughes explained, so the neighbors on
White Street would be able to keep up
with all the trick-or-treaters.
“So many people in town want to participate.
They just don’t live on White
Street,” Hughes said. “When we got the
word out about the candy bank, people
were coming in with bags of candy saying,
‘We’re so glad you’re doing this. I
used to bring my kids up here when they
were little. This is my way of paying it
The candy bank means the whole
community can be involved in Halloween
on White Street, Hughes said, not
just the people who live in the neighborhood.
“That’s what’s really exciting. People
want to participate. They love Halloween,”
Hughes said. “I hear everybody’s
Halloween memories. I hear about how
their kids are in college but they used
to come to White Street to trick-ortreat.
There’s all this nostalgia wrapped
“When I was a kid, I loved Halloween.
I loved trick-or-treating,” Taylor
said. “It’s one of my fondest memories,
and I hope we’re creating memories for
the kids who come trick-or-treating in
Eureka. I think I’m having as much fun
as the kids are seeing them have fun.”
He continued, “As far as I’m concerned,
they are most welcome to join
in on the fun. We try to make it a memorable
experience for them. I want them
to know they are welcome, and I don’t
care where they live. It’s all about the
kids. If the kids want to come to Eureka
Springs for Halloween, come on. You’re