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Halloween brings an array of fun and frights across Oklahoma

State merrymakers can celebrate the spooky season with Frankenstein, Harry Potter, Irma Vep or even our own fearless freaks, The Flaming Lips.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: October 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm •  Published: October 26, 2012

The spooky season is upon on us, and Oklahomans can celebrate with Frankenstein, Harry Potter, Irma Vep or even our own fearless freaks, The Flaming Lips.

From venerable haunted houses to the new Pumpkinville, an uncanny array of Halloween-theme events and attractions are scaring up fun across the state over the next few days. For even more spine-chilling and family-friendly options, go to

The Flaming Lips' Freak Night

Hear the Oklahoma City-based psychedelic rockers, along with special guests New Fumes and Stardeath and White Dwarfs, play a free show at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre, 2101 NE 50. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The event is touted as “the largest costume party in the Midwest.” Information: 364-3700 or

Haunt the Zoo for Halloween

The Lips won't be the only wild things celebrating Halloween at the OKC Zoo this weekend. Spend a fall evening with exotic animals, intricately carved jack-o'-lanterns and eco-friendly candy from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday-Wednesday at the Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50. Information: 424-3344 or

HallowZOOeen, Tulsa

Tour the Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E 36 St. N, with your treat-or-treaters from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday. Information: (918) 669-6600 or


Check out the new autumn wonderland in the Children's Garden at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Wednesday. Activities include pumpkin decorating, more crafts, hourly cider pressing, story times and more. Adults and children are encouraged to come in costume for the Pumpkinville Halloween Party from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Information:

Oklahoma City Philharmonic's ‘Phil's Monster Bash'

Get dressed up and hear a family-friendly Halloween-theme concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. Information: 842-5387 or

Oklahoma City Theatre Company's ‘Frankenstein'

See the modern adaptation by Dorothy Louise which has author Mary Shelley interacting with her characters as she creates them. A coproduction with St. Gregory's University, show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Civic Center's CitySpace Theatre, 201 N Walker. Information: 297-2264 or

Lyric Theatre's ‘The Mystery of Irma Vep'

Watch Charles Ludlam's sidesplitting spoof skewer Gothic horror, Victorian melodrama and classic movies at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Lyric at the Plaza, 1725 NW 16. Information: 524-9312 or

Reduxion Theatre's ‘Night of the Grand Guignol'

Celebrate the season in the gory and titillating style of the French theater that gained underground fame for its live naturalistic horror shows in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. and midnight Saturday at the Broadway Theater, 1613 N Broadway Ave. Information: 651-3191 or

Magic Lantern Celebration

Experience “a night of light instead of fright” Sunday at this annual Paseo Arts District event, organized by Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan. From 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, children can make their own costumes, and from 6 to 7 p.m., they can wake the dancing fairies in the Jack o' Lantern Labyrinth. Information: 525-2688 or

Bright Night of Harry Potter

Explore the science of magic with Quidditch matches, wizards' duels, Herbology lessons and more from 6 p.m. Friday to 8:15 a.m. Saturday at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52. The event will last all night. Select museum exhibits will be available as sleeping areas for guests who want to spend the night. The museum will offer free and extended hours for trick-or-treaters from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Information: 602-6664 or

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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