Oklahoma City and the metro area are known for fun times, celebrations, activities and events, and the Halloween season is no different. If you are looking for some fun and fright this haunted holiday then you are in the right town. The following is a list of some of the many events, haunts and attractions going on in the Oklahoma City metro area.
The Trail of Terror – Located at 2701 W. 10th in El Reno, the Trail of Terror is one of the more intense haunted house experiences in Oklahoma City. In 2009, they added a Haunted Barn, and the actors really go all out to scare you. The Haunted Barn will be open October 21&22 and 28&29 from 6:30 to 10:00pm. Admission for the trails and barn is $8.00 per person.
Frightfest – In 2011, Frightfest begins on October 1st and runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 30th. Organizers refer to the event as “family by day and fright by night,” with the family-oriented activities taking place in the afternoon and the more adult-oriented scares beginning around 7 p.m. See below for schedule. Frightfest is held at the Frontier City amusement park, located in northeast Oklahoma City along I-35, between Hefner Road and NE 122 Street. After exiting I-35, get on N I-35 Service Road. Admission to Frightfest activities is free with park admission, with the exception of an extra $5 charge for the haunted house. The annual Frightfest event at Frontier City features a number of activities:
- The Nightmare Haunted House begins at 7 p.m. and is not for the faint of heart, nor the little kids.
- Booville, on the other hand, is perfect for the kids. They can stroll the trick-or-treat trail, visit the pumpkin patch and enjoy pumpkin decorating, storytelling, face painting and more.
- In 2010, the park began Reunion of Souls “Rock the Dead”, several performances of rock and metal music on the Thunderbird stage.
- The Project: TERROR show is full of pyrotechnics and stunts.
- There are Saturday and Sunday performances of “song & dance adventure,” Hyde School Musical.
- Dance the Monster Mash with DJ Ghoul & the Gang.
- And visit supernatural psychic Madame Divine.
Haunt The River Cruise – Every Saturday in October, kids can get dressed up and enjoy a costumed Oklahoma River cruise with contests and more. Then, on Friday and Saturdays from the 14th through the 29th, adults can get in on the action. Adult Haunt the River Cruises includes contests, entertainment and cash bar.
Creepy Conservatory at the Myriad Botanical Garden – Snakes, spiders and creepy crawlers… This isn’t your typical ghosts and ghouls Halloween event. Instead, you and your family can be freaked out by the real thing. Held in October, the Creepy Conservatory is a unique Halloween experience. For times and ticket information, call 405-297-3995.
Haunt the Harn on Halloween Night – At the historical Harn Homestead Museum, family members of all ages can have a great time on Thursday, October 27th from 5:30–8:30 p.m. There will be hay rides, games, bobbing for apples, marshmallow roasting by the fire, crafts, trick-or-treating and more. Located at 313 NE 16th Street in Oklahoma City.
Ghoul’s Gone Wild Halloween Parade – At 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 29th, the 2011 Oklahoma Gazette’s Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade will begin at 12th and North Walker, travel south and then east to 10th and Broadway, and finally turn south again to 3rd. The 2011 Grand Marshal is theSpyFM.com, along with many local bands, dance groups, and individual performers. Plenty of food, drinks and merchandise will be available for purchase. For more information about events at the parade or to register and entry, or even to volunteer, visit http://www.okgazetteparade.com/ghouls/home.html.
Arcadia Lake Storybook Forest – Held each year at Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park and hosted by the city of Edmond, Storybook Forest opens October 24th and runs nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. through Halloween. The family event, geared toward the younger kids, lets them meet characters from their favorite fables. In addition, Storybook Forest features story-telling, campfires for hot dog and marshmallow roasting, a hayride, games and more.
Halloween Spooktacular in El Reno – On October 29th, El Reno’s annual Halloween Spooktacular takes place downtown, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be trick-or-treating at downtown businesses, a parade, costume contest and more.
Ghosts of Fort Reno Tour – On October 15th, head to El Reno’s historic Fort Reno for a thrilling paranormal experience. By lantern light hear the stories of the restless spirits of the old post align with some of the unsolved mysteries and murders that have occurred here. Visit with paranormal research teams who have done investigations here at the Fort
TG Farms Pumpkin Patch – With locations in Newcastle and Norman, TG Farms is one of the more popular pumpkin patches in the metro area. It begins on September 18th, and there are hayrides, races, mazes, food and more in this unique event for the entire family. When fall arrives and everyone prepares for Halloween, many metro residents visit the Oklahoma City pumpkin patches to pick out that perfect holiday pumpkin. Here is a list of Oklahoma City area pumpkin patches, with contact information on each. Many of the Oklahoma City pumpkin patches offer fun activities such as hay rides and petting zoos. Admission fee is $8 + tax per person during the day Monday-Friday (walking age and above). Admission fee is $10 + tax nights and weekends. Entry fee includes your choice of a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch! Newcastle location – Open year round, we are 10 minutes south of Will Rogers Airport. Take I-44 south to exit 108. Continue west 1 mile and we are on the south side of the road. Norman Location – Take 1-35 south past Norman to exit 106. Continue 1 1/2 miles west. Please call for hours. (405) 387-3276
With so many different things going on in Oklahoma City, there should be something for everyone to enjoy the Halloween season. Have a safe and happy Halloween!