Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl

Native Americans once told of a mysterious natural healing spring in the Arkansas Ozarks. Spanish explorers scoured this area seeking the elusive "Fountain of Youth". And in the 19th century, the town of Eureka Springs with its amazing healing springs grew to be a world-renowned Victorian health resort. Partaking freely of the water, scores of visitors regained health and vitality, apparently cured of their many ills. From blindness to baldness, from piles to paralysis, the curative power of pure Ozark spring water and fresh mountain air seemed to know no limits. But it never raised the dead...UNTIL NOW.

Zombie Crawl 2018Zombie makeup and fake blood is all the rage on the evening of Saturday, October 27, 2018, when Eureka Springs experiences its 7TH Annual Zombie Crawl. A creeping parade procession of funeral hearses, doomsday vehicles, Halloween floats, and post-mortem street performers will lead the hungry horde of the undead down historic Spring Street, from the Public Library to the Basin Park. Bring your kids (and your brains) downtown for some frightening family fun from the sidelines, or join the crawl yourselves! The event is free, and locals and visitors alike are invited to dress up and join the procession of undead revelers. Need help getting dead and ready? Makeup artists and Zombie-themed vendors will be available in the Basin Park before the parade begins to assist the dearly departed. Back by popular demand, we also have Melonlight Dance hosting a FREE family-friendly pre-parade Thriller dance workshop in the Basin Park from Noon to 2pm.

Brains and fake blood not your thing? Zombie hunters are also needed to help organize the horde. Or cruise the loop in your ghastly "grim ride", build a freaky Halloween float, or perform a scary street act! There is no charge to participate. Zombies and other parade participants are only asked to each bring two (or more) cans of food to benefit the Flint Street Food Bank. The Zombie Crawl starts at approximately 6:30pm at the Public Library, and ends when the slow-moving zombie horde reaches Basin Park!


We hear you - parking is a real headache! The downtown paid lots fill up fast for events as HUGE as the Zombie Crawl. This year, we've been working closely with Kim Stryker at the Mayor's Office to identify FREE parking lots for you on HWY 62, and the Eureka Springs Trolleys will be running later that evening - until 9pm. An all-day trolley pass is only $6. Just be sure to get back to the Downtown Trolley Depot (On Main Street) by 9pm so you can catch a ride back to your car.

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Zombie Crawl Parking Map



Early sign-in and canned food drop-off is available at the Flint Street Food Bank from 11am to 4pm. Then, be at the Carnegie Public Library at 194 Spring Street by 5pm to practice your shuffle, drag, and moan. Parking is very limited near the library and the downtown paid lots will fill up fast. Please refer to the Zombie Crawl Parking Map for park-and-ride trolley options. The BLUE, YELLOW, and PURPLE ROUTE trolleys will get you to the Transit Center on HWY 62 or the Downtown Trolley Depot, where you can catch a RED ROUTE trolley directly to the ES Public Library where the Parade starts. Don't forget to bring your two cans of food for the food bank (per participant).
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All vehicles and floats will line up at a separate location: the parking lot of the new Eureka Springs Community Center (old High School) at 44 Kings Hwy, just off HWY 62. Arrive by 5pm to enter your vehicle or float in this year's contest. We will award custom-made trophies at approximately 5:30pm to the Best Float and Best Vehicle! At 6:15pm, all floats and vehicles will be escorted by ES Police to the ES Public Library, where the Parade starts.
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Parking lots downtown will fill up fast for this event! Please refer to the Zombie Crawl Parking Map for park-and-ride trolley options. This event is a benefit for the Flint Street Food Bank, and we invite you to drop off non-perishable food items in front of the Little Chapel on the corner of Main Street and Flint Street between 11am and 4pm. Then, position yourself anywhere on Spring Street between the ES Public Library and the Basin Spring Park to watch the spectacle! The parade starts at 6:30pm. Take plenty of pictures, and please don't leave behind any trash. Thanks!

Totally 80s Halloween

SORRY - The Totally 80's Halloween After-Party is now SOLD OUT!

Following the parade, adult zombies are invited to shake their bones at the Totally 80's Halloween dance party! This official after-party for the 7th Annual Zombie Crawl will feature monster-riffic mixes and special effects visuals by the mad scientist of music: DJ Testube! It's a dead man's party and it is not to be missed! Hosted at Upstairs at Grotto - 39 Spring Street. Must be 21 to Enter the After-Party.

To participate in the parade or zombie crawl, please review our Parade Guide and Zombie Crawl Frequently Asked Questions.

Did you know? There's more to Halloween in Eureka Springs than just the Zombie Crawl! From traditional small town trick-or-treating, to creepy ghost tours, haunting theatrical experiences, and a a self-guided Tour of Halloween Homes, Eureka Springs has much to offer travelers yearning for a taste of the macabre for this Halloween! For a schedule of activities and events, please visit Eureka Springs Halloween!

A Benefit for the Flint Street Food Bank
Local Flavor Aquarius Taqueria
Groves Kikomics
Sytnathotep Melonlight Dance
Sacred Earth Gallery Testube

NWA Hauntours

Eureka Springs Zombie Invasion - Schedule of Upcoming Events:

Pre-Parade : Dancing in the Park - Thriller Edition!
When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: Noon to 2pm
Where: Basin Park - Downtown Spring Street, Eureka Springs, ARmap
Cost: FREE
This family-friendly pre-parade zombie dance lesson in the downtown Basin Park will help you channel your inner ghoul and learn the signature moves of the infamous "Thriller" dance by Michael Jackson! Presented by Melonlight Dance and the Eureka Springs CAPC.
Pre-Parade : Zombie Vendors in the Park
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: Noon to 8pm
Where: Basin Park - Downtown Spring Street, Eureka Springs, ARmap
Cost: Varies
Need help getting dead and ready? Professional makeup artists will be in Basin Park before the annual Zombie Crawl to assist would-be zombies with special effects makeup. Zombie-themed merchants will also be on hand offering their unique macabre merchandise to compliment your lifeless lifestyle!
2018 Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl
When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: Line-up at 5:00pm, Parade starts at 6:30pm
Where: Starts at Eureka Springs Public Library
194 Spring St., Eureka Springs, AR
Ends at Basin Spring Park map
Cost: Two cans of food per person.
The 7TH ANNUAL Eureka Springs Zombie Crawl will begin its slow descent in front of the Public Library on Spring Street. A creeping parade procession of funeral hearses, doomsday vehicles, and post-mortem street performers will lead the hungry horde of the undead. MORE INFO COMING SOON!

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions or contact us for more info.

SOLD OUT! Totally 80's Halloween - Official After-Party
When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 8PM Until Midnight
Where: Upstairs at Grotto
39 Spring Street, Eureka Springs, ARmap
Is that your heart pounding in fear, or is it just the bass?

Grab a quick bite to eat after the parade, and then prepare to shake your bones at the Totally 80's Halloween dance party. This official Zombie Crawl after-party hosted by the Upstairs at Grotto will feature the eerie eighties mashups and monster-rific mixes of DJ TESTUBE. Don't be caught dead somewhere else! Must be 21 to Enter.
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