Halloween is fast approaching, and there will be a variety of activities in and around the Oklahoma City area for children and their families to trick or treat or visit haunted houses. Here's a look at what's happening:
• Meet and Treat: This trick or treating event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 in downtown Edmond. Downtown business owners will dress up in costume and hand out candy to children.
• Storybook Forest: Storybook Forest is going on from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly through Oct. 31 at Arcadia Lake's Spring Creek Park, 2 ½ miles east of Interstate 35. The event is geared for kids 10 and younger. Children walk through a tree-lined trail collecting candy and visiting scenes from classic stories such as The Three Little Pigs. Admission is $5 per child Monday through Thursday and $7 on Friday and Saturday.
• Pumpkin Palooza: This event is sponsored by the Edmond Parks and Recreation Department and will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Mitch Park. There will be a pumpkin carving contest for the first 30 people who register and a flashlight pumpkin hunt at sunset. For more information call 216-7638.
• Guthrie Haunts Scaregrounds: Open from 7 p.m. to midnight every Friday until Halloween at 4524 Riverside Circle. Admission is $12. For more information visit www.guthriehauntsscaregrounds.webs.com.
• Haunted Trails and Haunted Forest: The Haunted Trails will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Oct. 31 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are $5 person. The location is 2001 N Harper in Choctaw. For more information call 390-8276 or 390-3232.
• Haunt Old Town: Haunt Old Town will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Old Town Moore and the Moore Community Center for safe trick or treating. There will be an animal petting zoo, hayrides, scary karaoke, food vendors and other activities.
• Trail of Fears: The Trail of Fears Haunted Trail at Little River State Park will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. The event is designed for ages 12 and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $5 per person and are available at Moore Community Center. Call 793-5090 for more information.
• Trick or Treat City: The event will be held at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. There will be a free candy village, food, games and crafts. Carnival events will require tickets that can be purchased at the event. The rain location is Nick Harroz Community Center, 200 N Midwest Boulevard. There will also be a trick or treat session for children with special needs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Nick Harroz Community Center.
• Haunted House: Sydney's Art in Motion Dance Studio is hosting a haunted house fundraiser Sunday through Tuesday to help underprivileged dance students with costumes and to pay for competition fees. The haunted house at 4400 W Main Street will be open from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $2 for the haunted house and $1 for the child's haunted house. For more information visit www.nightoffrightnorman.us or call 816-7333.
• Trick or Treat the Lake: Trick or Treat the Lake will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lake Thunderbird State Park. There will be decorated booths, games, prizes and plenty of candy for the kids. The Cleveland County sheriff's office will be on hand to fingerprint kids and kids will have the chance to tour a fire truck and ambulance.
• Haunt the Zoo: The Oklahoma City Zoo's annual Halloween event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly, Friday through Oct. 31 on the zoo grounds. Tickets are $7 at the gate and $6 in advance. Adults can visit free with their children. Kids will receive free trick or treat and can visit 21 booths throughout the zoo for treats.
• Bone Bash: The Oklahoma City Arthritis Foundation will host the Bone Bash beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NW 63. The gala will feature a live and silent auction. For more information call April Rutledge at 936-3366.
• Doggie Trick or Treat: Dogs and their owners can visit Neel Veterinary Hospital, 2700 N MacArthur Blvd. from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday to trick or treat. The event is sponsored by Neel Vet and the Bella Foundation. There will be a costume contest with a $10 entry fee and a chance to win a gift card to Neel Veterinary Hospital.
• Science Museum Oklahoma trick or treat: Science Museum Oklahoma will hold a trick or treat for families from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the museum, 2100 NE 52. Admission is free. For more information about Science Museum Oklahoma call 602-3760.
• Pumpkinville: The event takes place every day through Oct. 31 at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. In addition to pumpkin decorating and other crafts, the setup includes a hay maze, a “corn toss” game, chomping for apples and story times. A Halloween party for children is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 297-1528.
• Spooksville: The haunted house and carnival will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly Drive. There will be a dog and kid costume contest at 2 p.m. and a carnival and haunted house from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information call 354-8442. Admission is $3.
• Mummy and Son Masquerade: This event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Jackie Cooper Gym, 1024 E Main. Admission is $3 in advance and $4 at the door. Activities include a mummy wrap, hot dogs, games, a costume contest and music. For more information call 350-8920.