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 www.wimgo.com.
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 www.zooamp.com.
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 www.okczoo.com.
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 www.tulsazoo.org.
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: www.myriadgardens.org.
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 www.okcphilharmonic.org.
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 www.okctheatrecompany.org.
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 www.lyrictheatreokc.com.
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 www.reduxiontheatre.com.
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 www.thepaseo.com.
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 www.sciencemuseumok.org.
Celebrate the season with trick-or-treating, mermaid and pirate dive shows and a carnival-style games from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday at the Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Drive. Information: (918) 296-3474 or www.okaquarium.org.
Museum of Osteology's Halloween Bash
Look at the bones, do a little trick-or-treating and get discounted admission from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the skeleton museum, 10301 S Sunnylane. Information: 814-0006 or www.museumofosteology.org.
Arcadia Lake's Storybook Forest, Edmond
Take the family on a hayride, roast marshmallows and collect goodies from storybook characters from 5:30 to 8:30 nightly through Wednesday at Spring Creek Park. Information: 216-7471 or www.edmondok.com.
Trick-Orr-Treating and Costume Contest
Take in a giant corn maze, pumpkin patch and hayrides, along with trick-or-treating, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Orr Family Farm, 14400 S Western. Information: 799-3276 or www.orrfamilyfarm.com.
Martin Park Nature Center's Haunted Hike
Take a guided 30-minute walk in the woods among spiders, bats, and snakes and other creepy creatures starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the park, 5000 W Memorial. Preregistration is required. Information: www.okc.gov/parks/martin_park.
Haunt the River Cruises
Leave the safe harbor of Regatta Park at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday for a fun and frightening voyage on the Oklahoma River. The Halloween-theme cruises are intended for adults. Reservations are required. Information: 702-7755 or www.okrivercruises.com.
‘The Cat and the Canary,' Norman
Hear organist Clark Wilson add the soundtrack to the seasonal silent film “The Cat and the Canary' at 8 p.m. Friday at the University of Oklahoma's Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd. Information: 325-4101 or www.ou.edu/finearts/events.
Bricktown Haunted Warehouse
Brave this longtime local favorite, which opens at 7 nightly through Halloween in the Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center, 425 E California, which fittingly is the former home of the Oklahoma Casket Co. Information: www.bricktownokc.com.
Ultimate Terrors Haunted House
Experience the terror beginning at 7 nightly through Halloween at 7000 Crossroads Blvd., Suite 3000, at Crossroads Mall. Total lights off candlelight tours are planned for 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 2-3. Information: www.ultimateterrors.com.
‘Evil Dead: The Musical,' Drumright
See the horrifically humorous stage show based on Sam Raimi's cult classic film franchise at 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Scream Country Haunted Forest, 15853 W 101 St. S. Information: (918) 409-0274 or www.evildeadok.com.
Scream Country Haunted Forest, Drumright
Get the creeps at the long-running attraction's new theme, “Halloween Haunt,” from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday. Information: (918) 607-3327 or online at www.screamcountry.com.
Frontier City's FrightFest
Check out the Freakshow Deluxe and other eerie attractions during the theme park's seasonal celebration from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday at Frontier City, 11501 N Interstate 35 Service Road. As part of the Fright Fest Food Drive, bring two nonperishable food items and get discounted entry into the park. Information: 478-2140 or www.frontiercity.com.
Trail of Terror, El Reno
Get spooked along the trail or in the Haunted Barn from dusk to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Wednesday at 2701 W 10. Information: www.trailofterror.org.
Haunted Castle Halloween Festival, Muskogee
Find thrills for the entire family from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Castle of Muskogee, 3400 Fern Mountain Road. Information: (800) 439-0658 or go to www.okcastle.com.
The Hex House, Tulsa
Explore an extreme haunted attraction based on a real event in Tulsa's past from 7:30 to 11 nightly through Wednesday at the southeast corner of 71st and Memorial. Information: www.thehexhouse.com.
Terror on 10th Street Haunted House
Be terrorized from 7 to 11 nightly through Wednesday during a tour telling the ghostly history of the house at 2005 NW 10. Information: 232-1816.
‘Halloween IV: Voice Faculty,' Edmond
Listen to University of Central Oklahoma School of Music faculty perform songs and opera arias both solo and in ensembles — and in costume — at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E Fifth. Information: 974-5004 or www.ucojazzlab.com.
Gazette's Halloween Parade
March with zombies, monsters and other creepy creatures in the sixth annual parade, formerly known as Ghouls Gone Wild, starting at 7 p.m. Saturday in Downtown and Midtown. Information: http://okgazetteparade.com.