Halloween Pub Crawl Offers Festive Drinks, Costume Contest

Travis Ramsey dresses up as King Midas on Oct. 31 in Bugsy’s.

Zombies, Jokers, pirates and TV characters alike gathered at Dickson Street bars on Halloween night to order ghoulish drinks while hits like Thriller blared in the background.

Thirteen decked-out Dickson Street venues attracted an assortment of costumed crawlers with festive decorations and themed drinks for Fayetteville’s first ‘Fright Night.’ About 130 attendees went to bars on the crawl, which included Infusion, C4 Nightclub and Lounge, The Piano Bar, JJ’s Grill, Sideways, Mickey Finn’s Irish Pub, Roger’s Recreation Hall, West End, Buster’s, 21st Amendment, West and Watson, Ryliegh’s and Bugsy’s.

Amber Hurlbut, owner of the bar Infusion, organized the event because she loves Halloween and because she thinks pub crawls are fun, she said. 

“I really like Halloween a lot,” Hurlbut said. “I decorate my bar and everything, like, go all out for it. It just seemed like nobody was doing it, and it’s something great for the community.”

Approximately $500 from the Fright Night proceeds will go toward Pagnozzi Parker Charities, Hurlbut said. Tom Pagnozzi, a former St. Louis Cardinal and Arkansas Razorback, founded the charity in 1999, according to the Pagnozzi Parker website, to provide scholarships to low-income youth so they can have equal access to athletic activities. 

Covered in fake blood, Destani Childress, 26, completed every stop on the Fright Night crawl with two other friends.

“It was fun, and C4 (Nightclub and Lounge) was pretty dope,” Childress said. “We had a cauldron sour shot, and it was good. We would do it again next year.”

The event also drew in people from out of town. 

Cassidy Watts, 21, traveled from Little Rock with a friend even though she does not typically celebrate Halloween, she said. She learned about the event at Lost Forty Brewing, a sponsor of the crawl. 

“We’re having a good time,” Watts said. “I’m excited about being able to try out different bars, especially the ones that aren’t on the map.”

Lois Brooke, a senior, was excited to try out bars she had not heard of during the pub crawl, she said.

“Halloween is like my favorite holiday,” Brooke said. “Usually, I decorate my parents’ house if I’m home, but I’m not, so I decorated my face.”

Orange lighting, servers in costumes and green margaritas with ghosts on top all helped set the mood for the costume contest that followed the crawl’s end at 11 p.m at JJ’s Grill. There were four categories participants could win: funniest, sexiest, scariest and best, with the best one earning a $200 cash prize.

Tegan Shockley is a staff reporter for the Arkansas Traveler, where she has been a staff reporter since 2017.

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