Community center to host Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular Oct. 31

Thursday, October 17, 2019

By Samantha Jones

The Eureka Springs Community Center is celebrating Halloween with an event for the whole family, including our four-legged friends.

The community center will partner with Good Shepherd Humane Society to offer the Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. There will be a costume contest for kids and dogs, with registration slated from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The pup costume line starts at 5:45 p.m. and the kids costume line starts at 6 p.m. There will be an award ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Activities director Catherine Luna said she's excited to offer the event to the community. Halloween is a big day in Eureka Springs, Luna said, and the community center is aware of that. She said parking will be offered at the community center for $3 so families can have easy access to trick or treat on White Street after the costume contest ends.

"It will allow people to park close to White Street, participate with their kids and then head down to White Street for for that giant family event," Luna said. "We wanted to be very supportive of the family environment and help out with White Street in that way."

The event benefits Good Shepherd, Luna said, and participants are invited to bring donations for the animal shelter.

"We love working with our community partners like Good Shepherd," Luna said.

That's not all that's happening at the community center over the next few months. Luna said the community center will be the lineup site for the Zombie Crawl, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26. Then the community center will partner with the Eureka Springs City Advertising and Promotion Commission to offer events during the annual Folk Festival in November.

"We're going to have the historical museum come out and do a reprise of their Voices of Eureka's Silent City roles," Luna said. "We'll have a folk dancing demonstration and we'll play games in the gym that are traditional folk games. We're happy to partner with the CAPC on that."

Also in November, Luna said, the community center will display art created by local children in the lobby. Anyone is welcome to come see the art, Luna said. Other classes and workshops offered include yoga, gingerbread house making, drawing circle, stress-free holidays and more. The farmer's market will stop running on Tuesdays after Thanksgiving, Luna said, but will still operate on Thursdays.

Luna invited anyone who is interested to check out what the community center has to offer. For more information on the community center, visit

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