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Halloween in Oklahoma City

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Halloween in fast approaching, and while you might already have your costumes (and costumes for your kids), you might not know about all of the haunted opportunities available in Oklahoma City.  OKC has several great events for those looking for a scary time and for those who want something a little more sedate.  If you live in the city or are planning to visit during Halloween, here are just a few of the events going on during October.

One of my favorite events at Halloween is Fright Fest, the annual haunting of Oklahoma City’s theme park, Frontier City.  The entire park transforms into a haunted ghost town full of spooks, great food, and fun.  While the roller coasters and all of the other rides still run, they’ve all been given a Halloween makeover for the month.  Fright Fest has something for everyone, too – kids can trick or treat in the park, while older visitors will enjoy the haunted House of Screams.  The park also hosts special dances and wild west ghost shows during Fright Fest.

Fright Fest starts on October 5 and runs through October 28 from 6:00 pm until 11:00 pm at night.  Tickets cost the normal $32.99 admission fee (this gets you into the park during the day as well as into Fright Fest).  You can pick up special two for one admission coupons at some local restaurants, including Arby’s.

If you have kids, Haunt the Zoo is a great event to go to.  I had the chance to attend a few years ago with my friends and their children, and the kids absolutely loved it.  We were met at the gate by zoo officials in costume, then led down the trail where more volunteers handed out candy and put on a good show for the us (nothing too spooky!).  We had our picture taken several times, and you can view and buy pictures online later at the official Party Pics website. 

Haunt the Zoo starts October 26 and runs through October 31.  Gates open at 6:30 and close at 8:30 no matter what the weather.  Tickets are $6.00 for children at the gate, but you can buy them for $5.00 ahead of time from the zoo or any El Chico restaurant.  Adults (anyone over eighteen) accompanying children are admitted free.

The last event that’s a part of my OKC trio of spooky spectaculars is actually one I haven’t attended, but a friend of mine has decided I have to experience it this year.  It’s  Bricktown’s Haunted Warehouse.  I don’t know how I’ve never been – the Haunted Warehouse has been scaring people for about twenty years now!  It’s a three story building full of room after room of terrors, and it’s not really for the children, so you might want to check it out on a night when they’re with the sitter.

The Haunted Warehouse has two different sections, the haunted house itself and a haunted ride.  Each costs $10, or you can buy a combination ticket for $17.  The Haunted Warehouse runs from October 5 until October 31st, and doors open at 7:00 pm.  I’ll let you all know just how scary it is!

Of course, you might want to stick to the traditional trick-or-treat adventure – going door to door in your neighborhood.  If you’re new to
Oklahoma City or are visiting friends or relatives over Halloween, you’ll want to check with your (or your host’s) neighborhood association.  Sometimes, especially if Halloween is on a weeknight like it is this year, a neighborhood will have treat-or-treating on the weekend before.  Some communities host parties at the local school or community center instead of having children go door to door, especially if the weather is bad. 

If you do venture out with your children to collect as many sugar-filled treats as you can, be sure to follow the porch light rule: in most neighborhoods in Oklahoma City, it’s OK to knock on a door if the porch light is on.  If it’s off, the occupants either aren’t home or don’t have any candy to pass out and would like you to pass them by.  Be polite and don’t interrupt their evening.

Well, those are three of the top-rated Halloween events here in Oklahoma City, plus a few tips on traditional trick-or-treating.  I hope everyone  has a blast on Halloween!  I’m looking forward to my first Haunted Warehouse experience, and I plan on finding time to hit the zoo and Frontier City, too.  Hey, these events only come around once a year!

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