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Spooktacular 2013

News Release 10/01/2013
For Immediate Release

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge holds 18th Annual Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular on October 26

A fun-filled family event and the only opportunity for night wildlife viewing at Eureka Springs’ favorite attraction

(Eureka Springs, AR) – October 1, 2013 – Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) will hold it’s 18th annual Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Games, food, and a children’s costume contest provide a fun experience for all ages.

The main refuge compound will be open to experience the night habits of lions, tigers, cougars, bobcats, and the ever-popular grizzly bear, Bam Bam. The annual Halloween party is the only time the refuge animals can be viewed in the dark of night. The refuge will offer guided hayrides throughout the evening to observe the big cats.

“This is one my favorite events of the year because the kids have so much fun and it’s the only time to view some of our animals after sunset,” said Tanya Smith, TCWR president and co-founder.

The refuge opens at 9 a.m. for wildlife viewing with hourly Walking Tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trolley tours will also be available throughout the day and wildlife feedings start at 5 p.m. Visitors to the refuge during the day will be allowed free entry to the Spooktacular party in the evening, but must exit the refuge at 6 p.m. and re-enter with a pass at 7 p.m. to allow the staff preparation time for the party.

Normal admission prices apply, $15 for adults, $10 for children 12-under, seniors, and military members. Children under 3 are free.

Donations are welcome and used to pay ongoing care and feeding expenses for over 130 tigers, lions, cougars, bears and other endangered wildlife making TCWR a life-long home. For refuge and event details, visit or call (479) 253-5841.


Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Background
Founded in 1992, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization operating one of America’s largest big cat sanctuaries. The 450-acre refuge, located 7 miles south of Eureka Springs, is home to over 130 big cats and other endangered wildlife. Open everyday, the refuge has been voted one of Arkansas’ Top 10 Destinations and is rated the #1 Attraction in Eureka Springs by

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Press Contacts
Eric Studer – (214) 676-3860
Tanya Smith – (479) 253-3715

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