A fun-filled family event and the only opportunity for night wildlife viewing at Eureka Springs’ favorite attraction
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) will hold it’s 18th annual Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular, October 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Games, food, and a children’s costume contest provide a fun experience for all ages.
The main refuge compound will be open to experience the night habits of lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, and the ever-popular grizzly bear, Bam Bam. The annual Halloween party is the only time the refuge animals can be viewed in the dark of night.
“This is one my favorite events of the year because the kids have so much fun and it’s the only time to view some of our animals after sunset,” said Tanya Smith, TCWR president and co-founder. “We are hoping to have Bam Bam’s new habitat and swimming pool open before the Spooktacular party, which will be a real treat for first-time visitors to the refuge,” added Smith
The refuge will open at 9 a.m. for wildlife viewing with hourly Walking Tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trolley tours will also be available throughout the day and wildlife feedings start at 5 p.m. Visitors to the refuge during the day will be allowed free entry to the Spooktacular party in the evening, but must exit the refuge at 6 p.m. and re-enter with a pass at 7 p.m. to allow the staff preparation time for the party.
Normal admission prices apply, $15 for adults, $10 for children 12-under, seniors, and military members. Children under 3 are free.
All donations are welcome and used to pay ongoing care and feeding expenses for over 130 tigers, lions, cougars, bears and other endangered wildlife making TCWR a life-long home. For refuge and event details, visit www.turpentinecreek.org or call 479.253.5841.