The ghosts, goblins and ghouls should be out in force today as Halloween activities take over the state. Many churches and neighborhoods will host special carnivals and trick-or treat events, but you can also seek out bigger organized events like Boo at the Zoo (6-9 p.m. today, $10-$20) at the Little Rock Zoo. You could also live out your Walking Dead fantasies with the Zombie Hunt, 7-11 p.m. today-Saturday and Wednesday-Nov. 9 at Paintball Arkansas, 558 Sturgis Road, Conway. Admission is $20. Call (501) 470-4400.
Or you can try a haunted house. The Ritz Theater, 306 W. Main St., Blytheville, has been transformed into The Haunted Theater and will continue to scare people starting at 7 p.m.
today-Saturday. Admission is $5.
Professional and amateur chefs will show off their skillet skills cooking up cornbread and side dishes at the third annual Arkansas Cornbread Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on Little Rock’s Main Street, between 13th and 15th streets. A panel of celebrity judges will award big cash prizes and the public can taste and vote, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Bernice Garden, 1401 Main St. Vendors will be displaying and selling Arkansas art, handmade crafts, clothes, jewelry, home furnishings, locally produced food and gifts; there will be music all day and a lively kids’ play area. Admission is $10. Call (501) 663-4181 or visit arkansascornbreadfestival.com or the Facebook page, tinyurl.com/lp9r3gv.
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A five-time Tony Award winner is coming to Arkansas for two performances this weekend. Audra McDonald starts off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 S. Seventh St., Fort Smith. Tickets are $52-$55. Call (479) 788-7300. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, she takes the stage at the University of Central Arkansas’s Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall for “An Evening With Audra McDonald.” The hall is at 201 S. Donaghey Ave., Conway, and tickets are $30-$40, $27-$37 for ages 65 and older, $10 for children. Call (501) 450-3265 or visit uca.edu/tickets.
Anthony Burgess’ 1980s stage adaptation of his 1962 groundbreaking novel A Clockwork Orange,opens Friday at the Weekend Theater, West Seventh and Chester streets, Little Rock. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Nov. 16. Scenes of violence and sexual assault make the show inappropriate for young children. Tickets are $16, $12 for students and senior citizens 65 and older; visit weekendtheater.org. For information only, call (501) 374-3761.
The Arkansas AIDS Foundation will hold its 11th annual AIDS Walk at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Murray Park, off Rebsamen Park Road, Little Rock. Registration starts at 10 a.m. There’s a $25 registration fee ($15 for students with valid ID) per walker, which includes a T-shirt, entertainment and food and awards to teams with the most walkers, top money-raisers and best banners. A pre-walk wine-and-cheese fundraiser is 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Rogers House, 400 W. 18th St., Little Rock, with a silent auction and entertainment. Admission to that is $20. Call (501) 376-6299 or email Djtucker61@gmail.com.
More than 40 central Arkansas restaurants and service companies will provide signature dishes for what’s being billed as “the biggest tasting buffet in Arkansas,” and the GroanUps and Arkansas School for the Deaf’s young Singing Fingers will provide the entertainment at the Central Arkansas Independent Restaurant Operators’ annual Silent Sunday, noon-3 p.m. Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center, Markham and Main streets, Little Rock. The benefit for the School for the Deaf’s technology programs will also feature a silent auction; KATV, Channel 7’s Todd Yakoubian will be the master of ceremonies. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $12 for children 6-12. Call (501) 324-9506; you’ll find a list of participating restaurants at silentsunday.org.
Turn yourself blue. And red. And yellow. Maybe pink. The Color Run 5K returns to Little Rock, 9 a.m. Saturday. For this race, white-clad runners will make their way through clouds of colored powder along the route, which starts at the River Market.
There will be a check-in party for packet pick-up, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday in the River Market. Check-in on race day starts at 7 a.m. Registration is $45. Call (855) 662-6567 or visit thecolorrun.com/little-rock.
Troupe America is bringing its new national tour of Ring of Fire - The Music of JohnnyCash to Stuttgart at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Prairie Center, Phillips Community College, University of Arkansas-Stuttgart Campus, 2709 U.S. 165.
Tickets are $30 and $20. Call (870) 673-4201, Extension 1895, or visit pccua.edu.
Historic Washington State Park relives the days when Washington was the Arkansas Confederate capital with its annual Civil War Weekend, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Guests can walk through the streets and historic buildings in the town while living history demonstrators and battle re-enactors show what life in the town was like. Tickets are $10, $5 for children. Call (870) 983-2684 or visit historicwashingtonstatepark.com.
And it’s a busy weekend for lots of other area theaters: Red, John Logan’s best-play Tony winner about abstract artist Mark Rothko, continues 7 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 10 at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St., Little Rock. Tickets are $25-$40; as part of a collaboration offer with the Arkansas Arts Center, $5 off with a ticket stub from their Rothko exhibit, $5 admission to the exhibition with a Red ticket stub. Call (501) 378-0405 or visit therep.org/attend.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, director Alan Keith Smith’s adaptation of a Goethe poem, is onstage 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 10 at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock. Tickets are $12.50, $10 for Arts Center members. Call (501) 372-4000 or visit arkansasartscenter.org.
Benton’s Saline County Shakes offers Halloween-appropriate witches, mystery and murder in a second weekend of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth, 7 p.m. today-Saturday at the Tyndall Park Amphitheater, 914 E. Sevier St., Benton. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Call (501) 249-3169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s more murder and mystery through Nov. 9 at Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, in Frederick Knott’s Dial M for Murder. Dinner: 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Curtain: 7:45 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 12:45 and 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $31-$35, $23 for children 15 and under, $25 and $15 for children, show only. Call (501) 562-3131 or visit murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.
Get dinner and suspense at Searcy’s Center on the Square, 219 W. Arch St., as eight actors play the characters in and provide the sound effects for Vintage Hitchcock by Joe Landry, a radio show featuring adaptations of three Hitchcock film classics, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Dinner starts an hour before each curtain. Tickets (plus tax) are $29, $24 for senior citizens and students evenings, $27 and $21 for the matinee; $15 show-only. Call (501) 368-0111 or visit centeronthesquare.org.
The Conway Dinner Theater, 2201 Washington Ave., Conway, will stage Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley at 6 p.m. Friday and Nov. 9 in a dinner theater setting and 7 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 8 (show only, no dinner). Dinner theater tickets are $27.50, show-only $14.50. Call (501) 339-7401 or visit FaulknerAcademyofArts.org.
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