The Arkansas Department of Human Services will celebrate Halloween one day early with an after-school trick-or-treat event in downtown Little Rock this Monday, October 30.
The After School Spooktacular Trick or Treating Event runs from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. along Main Street and in the first-floor visitor parking lot of the DHS parking deck at 700 S. Main St. The public is welcome, and the event is free.
Each year, DHS invites beneficiaries, employees’ families, and students from area child care centers and elementary schools, as well as members of the public. The outdoors event will provide a safe place for everyone to trick or treat. It’s free to attend and timed for when school lets out.
October also marks National Children’s Health Month, and children will receive a DHS bag with health tips and fun activities while supplies last.
“Halloween is an especially fun time of the year for children, and DHS always enjoys celebrating in a big way,” said DHS Secretary Kristi Putnam. “We’re excited to invite the community to join us and experience a variety of fun booths and activities while also marking National Children’s Health Month.”
Each division or office within DHS has its own themed booth for the event. Themes this year include Barbie, Superheroes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mario, Little Mermaid, Haunted Mansion, and more.
In addition to bragging rights, each team is competing for one of a handful of awards: the gold, silver and bronze pumpkins, which will be determined based on votes from children who attend in person.
A downloadable flyer that can be shared by email or to social networks is available here and copied below.