Tricks and Treats on Little Rock Streets: Halloween 1950 in Downtown

A recent romp through an ARKANSAS GAZETTE gave insight into Halloween in Little Rock in the middle of the 20th Century.

Apparently by late afternoon on Halloween 1950, downtown Little Rock was filled with kids and teens in costumes. Much of the focus seemed to be on tricks as many of these revelers were utilizing water guns to soak people, throwing enough talcum powder to create an aroma downtown, shooting off firecrackers, and soaping store windows. Several industrious store owners had coated there windows with glycerine so that soap would not mark them.

The mayhem was enough to cause even more problems to traffic at rush hour. Police officers were helpless as they were directing traffic.  One city bus filled with passengers was attacked by a phalanx of waterguns, until the windows were all closed.

GAZETTE writer noted that two teen boys were dressed rather convincingly as girls. One was described as “rather pretty.” It was not until the teen let out an expletive (which the paper reported as “g— d—–”) that the reporter was certain it was a male.

Not everyone was focused on tricks.  Merchants in the Heights neighborhood created a block party with a carnival. It was deemed to be so successful that it would become an annual event.

Spooky Science today at the Museum of Discovery

Looking for a family-friendly Halloween event? Then Spooky Science at Museum of Discovery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, is for you! Here are the fun, but not-too-spine-tingling activities you can enjoy:

  • Static Ghosts
  • Fall-Themed Loose Parts Play
  • Leaf Rubbings
  • Halloween Games with Game Goblins
  • Cardboard Mask Creations
  • Frankenstein’s Electricity Lab
  • Spooky Science Shows at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Tesla Shows at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
  • Mystery Boxes
  • Candy Corn Construction
  • Large-Scale Spider Web Build
  • Meet Creepy, Crawly Animals
  • Glow Lab & Shadow Play
  • Hack-O-Lanterns

Spooky Science is included in regular museum admission or free for museum members. Purchase your tickets at the door or online.

Become a museum member and receive free admission for one year along with many other benefits, including free admission to hundreds of museums across the country! Memberships make great holiday gifts too! Purchase yours online.

Run Amok as CALS Ron Robinson Theater shows HOCUS POCUS tonight

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy in Hocus Pocus (1993)Continuing the Halloween-themed movies this month at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, tonight’s 7pm show is 1993’s Hocus Pocus.

In Disney’s Hocus Pocus, Academy Award nominee Bette Midler stars with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three wild witches who return from seventeenth-century Salem for a night of zany fun and comic chaos. After they’re conjured up by unsuspecting pranksters, the tricky trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth.

Midler and Parker would later play rivals for the same man in The First Wives Club.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available.  Cost is $5.

Boo! Who?! as Red Octopus Theater returns to stage for Halloween Show

Red Octopus Theater’s new Halloween show, Boo! Who?! runs October 24 – 26, at The PUBLIC Theatre, located at 616 Center Street in downtown Little Rock, AR. Doors will open at 7:15PM and the show will start at 8:00PM.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens, military and students. No reservations, tickets may only be purchased at the door before each show. If you wear a costume, you get $2 off your admission price. The show is recommended for mature audiences, children under 18 will be charged $199. Cash, Credit and NFC accepted.

Red Octopus will present another spooky, fun filled sketch comedy show concerning all things ghoulish and garish. The cast will showcase: Courtney Beard, Josh Doering, Drew Ellis, Jeremiah James Herman, Anderson Penix, and Jason Willey with special guest, Luke “Ramthor” Rowlan. The show is recommended for adults and includes bawdy talk, adult situations and spectral nudity.

Red Octopus Theater has been performing original, live sketch comedy for almost 30 years in Central Arkansas and the beyond. For more information please contact Red Octopus Theater at (501) 291-3896, or RedOctopusTheater@gmail.com. Red Octopus is also online at www.redoctopustheater.com.

Big Boo!-seum Bash tonight

Sponsored by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB), Big Boo!-seum Bash will take place Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Hosted by the Greater Little Rock Museums and Attractions Consortium, the event will feature 14 partners at nine downtown attractions.

Big Boo!-seum Bash is a free, family-friendly event that provides people the opportunity to visit many of Little Rock’s museums and cultural attractions for a night of safe trick-or-treating and family fun and games. Visitors are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes.

“The Big Boo!-seum Bash was created to provide the public free access to our great local museums and cultural attractions. It’s a great family-oriented event in secure locations that people of all ages enjoy,” said Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO Gretchen Hall. “It’s a perfect time to visit an attraction possibly for the first time, or re-visit one that you haven’t been to in a while,” she added.

Prize Information:

Printed by Target Printing & Office Centre, game cards will be provided at each participating Boo!-seum location. Get your card stamped at each participating location to be eligible for prize drawings. Entry instructions are printed on the game cards. Prize entrants must be 18 years of age or younger. Prizes include:

  • Grand Prize – Electronic Tablet. Visitors must visit all nine locations to be eligible.
  • Second Prize – $100 gift card. Visitors must visit seven or more locations to be eligible.
  • Third Prize – Goody basket with items donated by LRCVB, NLRCVB and Boo!-seum Bash participants.
  • Social Media Prize – Special Boo!seum Goody basket. Entrants must tag #LRBooseum on Facebook and/or Instagram for drawing eligibility.

2019 Big Boo!-seum Participants Include:

  • Arkansas Arts CenterNEW location: Terry House Mansion, 411 E 7th St
    • Central Arkansas Library System will participate on-site
    • Central Arkansas Water will participate on-site
  • Heifer International – 1 World Ave
  • Historic Arkansas Museum – 200 E 3rd St
  • Little Rock Visitor Center at Historic Curran Hall – 615 E Capitol Ave
  • MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History – 503 E 9th St
    • Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum will participate on-site
  • Mosaic Templars Cultural Center – 9th St and Broadway
    • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site will participate on-site
  • Museum of Discovery – 500 President Clinton Ave
    • Central Arkansas Library System will participate on-site
  • Old State House Museum – 300 W Markham St
    • Arkansas Secretary of State will participate on site
  • Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center – 602 President Clinton Ave

Little Rock Look Back: Tricks, Treats on Little Rock’s mid-century streets

A recent romp through an ARKANSAS GAZETTE gave insight into Halloween in Little Rock in the middle of the 20th Century.

Apparently by late afternoon on Halloween 1950, downtown Little Rock was filled with kids and teens in costumes. Much of the focus seemed to be on tricks as many of these revelers were utilizing water guns to soak people, throwing enough talcum powder to create an aroma downtown, shooting off firecrackers, and soaping store windows. Several industrious store owners had coated there windows with glycerine so that soap would not mark them.

The mayhem was enough to cause even more problems to traffic at rush hour. Police officers were helpless as they were directing traffic.  One city bus filled with passengers was attacked by a phalanx of waterguns, until the windows were all closed.

GAZETTE writer noted that two teen boys were dressed rather convincingly as girls. One was described as “rather pretty.” It was not until the teen let out an expletive (which the paper reported as “g— d—–”) that the reporter was certain it was a male.

Not everyone was focused on tricks.  Merchants in the Heights neighborhood created a block party with a carnival. It was deemed to be so successful that it would become an annual event.

Little Rock Look Back: More Tricks than Treats on Halloween Streets

A recent romp through an ARKANSAS GAZETTE gave insight into Halloween in Little Rock in the middle of the 20th Century.

Apparently by late afternoon on Halloween 1950, downtown Little Rock was filled with kids and teens in costumes. Much of the focus seemed to be on tricks as many of these revelers were utilizing water guns to soak people, throwing enough talcum powder to create an aroma downtown, shooting off firecrackers, and soaping store windows. Several industrious store owners had coated there windows with glycerine so that soap would not mark them.

The mayhem was enough to cause even more problems to traffic at rush hour. Police officers were helpless as they were directing traffic.  One city bus filled with passengers was attacked by a phalanx of waterguns, until the windows were all closed.

GAZETTE writer noted that two teen boys were dressed rather convincingly as girls. One was described as “rather pretty.” It was not until the teen let out an expletive (which the paper reported as “g— d—–”) that the reporter was certain it was a male.

Not everyone was focused on tricks.  Merchants in the Heights neighborhood created a block party with a carnival. It was deemed to be so successful that it would become an annual event.