The arrival of Halloween is bringing a host of scary and festive activities to Pine Bluff, with events tailored to people of all ages.

The arrival of Halloween is bringing a host of scary and festive activities to Pine Bluff, with events tailored to people of all ages.


Pine Bluff High School transformed into a haunted house on Thursday evening.


Pine Bluff High School Business Department education teacher Will Douthard oversaw the planning of the haunted house. As adviser to the Future Business Leaders of America, he guided students who volunteered their time to transform the Patterson Building into an unrecognizable dark place.


"We have mischievous students popping out and music that is very distracting to the ear," Douthard said. "This is strictly a student-run activity, so they are doing the scare tactics."


He credited the students for taking the lead. They distributed flyers in person and virtually through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Anyone is welcome to come.


Admission is $3 for people who bring a canned good and the flyer, $4 for those with a flyer only, and $5 for those without a flyer or canned good.


"We are getting ready for turkey court to benefit needy people," Douthard said. "The more food collected, the happier we will be. It is a lot of work putting activities together. We are on the same page as long as we work together. Our success is inevitable."


W.T. Cheney Elementary School will host a carnival starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Pine Bluff School District director of communications Kenetta Ridgell said. The carnival features games and concession stands and is open to W.T. Cheney students and families.


People can buy an armband of tickets for $8 before the end of the school day on Friday at W.T. Cheney School. Otherwise, they can buy an armband of tickets at the door for $10, she said.


Other organizations are hosting Halloween activities in Pine Bluff.


Overcomer Assembly, 1115 W. 14th Ave., will host a trunk or treat and chili event from 5-7 p.m. Friday. All families are invited to bring children for trick or treating in a safe environment and to enjoy chili. For details, people may call Pastor Jon McCullough at 413-2363.


A Hallelujah party will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the resource center/gym across the street from SONLite Ministries, 5103 W. Malcomb St. SONLite and its pastor, Jenise "Sandy" Blake will sponsor the event, which will include praise dancing, gospel line dancing, rapping, poetic moments, door prizes, a bounce house, candy and other treats.


New Beginnings Baptist Church, 8826 Old Warren Road, will host a fall festival from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. There will be games, prizes, food and singing. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, people may call Charles Cantwell at 870-718-1065.


The Pine Bluff Police Department will sponsor a fall festival indoors with fun activities for the entire family from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Admission is free. Participants may dress in their favorite costume. There will be games, bounce houses, face painting and refreshments.


Representatives from the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department, Davis Life Care, Tyson Foods, 21st Century CCLC After School Program, Milner Insurance and Margland Bed & Breakfast are scheduled to attend.


Grace Temple Baptist Church at 909 S. Wisconsin St. invites the public to Trunk or Treats at its parking lot at 7 p.m. Friday.