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Halloween 2011 in OKC

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Halloween is coming up!  Many different haunted houses and other spooky events are going on this month.  I’ve covered several of them in previous years (like Haunt the Zoo, FrightFest, and the Haunted Warehouse).  This year, I’d like to highlight a couple of other events in the area.  If you want something a bit different, you might want to take a trip to nearby Lawton for the Trail of Fear or head downtown and take a ghostly “Haunt the River” cruise.

The Trail of Fear actually isn’t a new event: it’s in its 14th year.  It’s billed as Oklahoma’s largest haunted attraction, and it certainly is big.  What started out as just a small maze and a few tents has grown to include four different venues: the Trail of Fear, the Voodoo Bayou, the Cirque de Morte, and new for this year, the Crispy Family Carnival.

The Trail of Fear would be a nice, leisurely walk outdoors…if your idea of a leisurely walk includes scary scenes, ghosts in the party, a fantasy forest, and the pyramid of doom!  The haunted midway section of the trail is full of fun and includes zombie target practice, severed head tossing, and other fun games.

Then there’s the Voodoo Bayou, a gruesome scene full of dark, creepy specters.  This area cranks up the horror and may be too much for some.

Be warned, the Cirque de Morte is certainly not the Ringling Brothers.  Guests will find themselves lost in the circus maze and, while trying to escape, will come upon some of the most fantastic and horrific performances ever.

Finally, the new Crispy Family Carnival features death-defying stunts.  This area puts a lighthearted spin on the macabre and the spooky, making you both gasp in fright and then light in amazement.

The Trail of Fear opens October 7 and runs through October 31.  Tickets go on sale at 6:30 pm, and the gates open at 7:00.  Admission is $12 apiece for each of the four events (yes, you need separate tickets).  However, combo packages are available, and the all attractions pass is $30.  The midway features games that cost extra.  Discount coupons are available at some businesses, so you can get in for a bit less if you visit one of those locations (they’re listed on the official website linked below).

Haunt the River is put on by Oklahoma River Cruises.  Guests set sails after dark on the Oklahoma River for fun, food, and more.  The cruise starts at the Meridian Landing.  Once onboard, guests can enjoy some snacks, a cash bar, and even a costume contest.  Of course, reservations are required since space is quite limited.  The cruises begin October 14 at 8:00 pm and run every Friday and Saturday night through October 29.  The cost is $35 per adult, so it’s a bit expensive.

More on the Trail of Fear can be found at, and more on Haunt the River is at

Other blogs about these and other OKC Halloween events:

The Uncovering Oklahoma blog has a nice list of Halloween events in Oklahoma.

Likewise, Adam Knapp has a list of his own spooky OKC events.

Haunt the Zoo is still going strong, and it’s a great place to take younger kids who might be too scared on the Trail of Fear.

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