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Trick-or-treaters! It’s the spookiest time of the year!
The Bull Shoals Lake White River Chamber of Commerce will host its spooktacular Colorama Fall Festival this Halloween on October 21-22.
Trick-or-treaters are invited to take a haunted village tour at Mountain Village 1890 before taking a plunge into the darkness of Bull Shoals Cavern on this All Hallows’ Eve.
Those that survive can jam out to tunes by DJ Peace while enjoying tasty BBQ and Paradise Cream ice cream. A Kids Zone will be available for the little ones inside the village.
Tickets for the event are $10 per person, with the option to buy three tickets and get one free.
“It’s kind of two events in one,” said Stacey Foster, treasurer for the Bull Shoals Chamber of Commerce. “They did it as a hayride at other locations for a long time, the Bull Shoals Chamber did, but then the opportunity came to host at the Mountain Village 1890. It’s awesome. We don’t have to construct places to scare people out of them, and they’re already there.”
The chamber will kick off the festival by opening up the village on Oct. 21 for scare tours starting at 7 p.m. The walking tour will run through the various historical buildings that will be transformed into “scare stations” staffed by volunteers.
Foster said the chamber is looking for more volunteers at this time to staff more of the stations.
The doors to the village will officially open at 6 p.m. on the same day to allow families to grab a bite to eat and get their tickets for the haunted tour. DJ Peace will provide music at the village from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
On Saturday, the chamber will start the day at 10 a.m. with tours of the Bull Shoals Cavern. Those tours will run throughout the day. Foster said the daytime events would be perfect for little ones too young to go on a full haunted tour.
At noon, several events for the day will officially kick-off. To start, the Kids Zone will be available for children, and vendors attending the festival will also open for business for those who would like to do local shopping.
The 5K Colorama Run will also kick off at noon. The 5K will be a mixture of street and trail running and has been designed to show off the areas changing colors. Runners may or may not run into “surprise creatures” along the way.
C12 Athletics is sponsoring the run.
Lastly, live music will start at noon as well. Festival goers can sit down and rock out to tunes from country duo LANLAW before a follow-up performance by Resurrection Classic Rock Revisited!
DJ Peace will continue the fun throughout the night at 6 p.m. Haunted tours will begin again around 7 p.m.
The Bull Shoals Food Pantry will be providing BBQ throughout the festival. Beacon Point will be providing chili, chili dogs, and Frito pies. Laura’s Mexican Kitchen will also be on the scene for those looking for a little more spice in their life.
For those businesses wishing to sponsor a scare station, the chamber currently provides a four-tiered sponsorship plan ranging from $25 to $1,500.
Some of this year’s sponsors include GFS Outdoor Equipment, Carter’s Jewel Chest, Bull Shoals Family Dental, Midway Animal Clinic, and more.
For more information on this year’s festival, please contact (870) 445-4443.