Magic Screams Set For Magic Springs On Weekends
Starting October 12 Through October 27
Largest Halloween Event In The State
(HOT SPRINGS, AR) Magic Springs is bringing back its annual "Magic Screams" Halloween festival for three weekends in October, beginning on October 12 and continuing through October 27. The park will be open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Several of the park's rides will be open including: X-Coaster, The Gauntlet, Wild Thang, Big Bad John, Ozark Mountain Taxi Co., Razorback Roundup (enclosed with black light paint), the Carousel and the kiddie rides. "We have the largest Halloween event in the state, possibly in the region and want our visitors to enjoy every bit of it," he added.
"Magic Screams will feature a trick or treat area, a pirate-themed haunted house, 'Shiver Me Timbers,' for smaller children and we'll have the kids' rides in operation," said Steve Honeycutt, general manager.
"We'll also have haunted houses with varying degrees of terror, costume contests and lots of surprises," Honeycutt said. This year's theme is "There's a Reason to be Paranoid" and will feature two haunted houses: "Psychophobia" and "Paradox."
Magic Screams will also feature two new shows, "Ghoul & The Gang" – a pop music teen-oriented show and "Reunion of Souls: Rock the Dead" featuring hard rock music with dancing ghouls. Visit the website (magicsprings.com) for show times.
"We'll have contests for the whole family, including 'King and Queen of Screams' the first Saturday and a 'Family Costume' contest the second weekend with families dressing as Scooby Doo characters," said Honeycutt. Scooby Doo will also visit the park on October 19 at 5 p.m. at the Pinecone Theatre and 7:30 p.m.in the Ghoul Zone.
"We'll also have 'The Great Mummy Wrap' where up to four team members wrap one of the members as a mummy. All our winners will receive a 2014 Season Pass," he added. Children and adults are welcome to join in the fun and dress in costume, but only children 12 and younger may wear masks.
Face painting and pumpkin painting are part of the event for a small additional fee.
Discounts available at Walgreens and with a Food Donation to Project Hope
Tickets are $29.99 for adults and $19.99 for kids over 3 and under 48 inches in height. Groups of 15 or more may purchase tickets in advance for $19.99 each with seniors 55 plus at $19.99. $10 discount tickets are available at area Walgreens or visitors may bring a non-perishable food item and receive a $5 discount. Food items will be donated to the Project Hope Food Pantry in Hot Springs. For complete details and to purchase tickets, visit magicsprings.com or call 501-624-0100.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
REUNION OF SOULS: RESURRECTED
It's time to rock the graveyard! Direct from their dark and dreary graves, these rockin' zombies have been itching to dig their way out and give you the nightmare of your life! So come experience the most terrifying concert of all time, as we resurrect the darkest souls of the underworld.
Show Times: Saturdays 7pm/9:00pm, Sundays 8:00pm
CAPTAIN GHOUL AND THE GANG
It's time to scream! Captain Ghoul is raising the pirate flag and starting this dance party with a jump to the left and a step to the right! To get this pirate ship rockin' he's looking for the most disturbing dancers to join his scurvy gang. Groove on over matey and get ready to boogie!
Show Times: Saturdays 5:30pm/8:00pm, Sundays 4:30pm/6:00pm
King and Queen of Scream Contest
Saturday, October 12 * Ghoul Zone* Sign-up 5 p.m., Contest 6 p.m.
The Great Mummy Wrap Challenge
Saturday, October 19 *Ghoul Zone* Sign-up 5 p.m., Contest 6.p.m.
Scooby-Doo Family Costume Contest
Saturday, October 19 *Ghoul Zone *Sign-up 6:45 p.m. Contest 7.p.m.
Fright Flicks Terror Trail
Saturdays and Sundays *October 12-27
Fast Passes to the two adult scare houses are available to everyone for $10. It entitles you to a one-time shorter wait period before entering each of the houses. Get your pass at Witches Brew, located across from the Carousel.
Also at Witches Brew, you can purchase seasonal beverages such as coffee, hot chocolate and hot cider. If you desire a sweeter spell for your taste buds, grab a cookie or some cinnamon-roasted cashews, almonds or pecans.
Adults can join in the fun at Fear Garden for just $20, which gets you two drinks, entertainment, and a fast pass to the two adult scare houses, Psychophobia and Paradox.
You can find our most popular dish, loaded baked potato soup, along with chili and turkey legs at Smoke on the Water, across the pond from Ghoul Zone. Fall favorites, caramel candy and fudge-dipped apples can be found at Prospector, just down from Smoke on the Water.