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Halloween brings frights and fun to Oklahoma

From scary favorites like Frontier City's FrightFest and the Bricktown Haunted Warehouse to family-friendly options like Haunt the Zoo and the Magic Lantern Celebration, there are plenty of options for folks eager to celebrate the spooky season in Oklahoma.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: October 25, 2013
/articleid/3897124/1/pictures/2248201">Photo - HALLOWEEN-RELATED ACTIVITIES / CHILD / CHILDREN / KIDS: Bianca Ortiz, left, and Alexandria Espinoza laugh during Haunt the Zoo at the Oklahoma City Zoo in  Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
HALLOWEEN-RELATED ACTIVITIES / CHILD / CHILDREN / KIDS: Bianca Ortiz, left, and Alexandria Espinoza laugh during Haunt the Zoo at the Oklahoma City Zoo in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Bricktown Haunted Warehouse

Brave this longtime local favorite, which opens at dusk 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:

Bright Night of Superheroes

Dress up like your favorite caped crusader and test your Spider-senses in the rope maze, witness Hulk-like transformations and take in more super-science fun from 6 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52. The event goes all night. One adult is required for every six children attending. Register by calling (405) 602-3760 or emailing Information:

HallowMarine, Jenks

Celebrate the season with trick-or-treating, mermaid and pirate dive shows and carnival-style games from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday at the Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Drive. Information: (918) 296-3474 or

Museum of Osteology's Halloween Bash

Look at the bones, check out live insects and reptiles, do a little trick-or-treating and get discounted admission from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the skeleton museum, 10301 S Sunnylane. Information: 814-0006 or

Trick-Orr-Treating and Costume Contest

Take in a sprawling corn maze, pumpkin patch and hayrides from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Orr Family Farm, 14400 S Western. Trick-or-treating begins at noon, and the costume contest starts at 5 p.m. Information: 799-3276 or

Martin Park Nature Center's ‘Ye Olde Hallows Eve'

Take in a free old-fashioned Halloween festival with a howling contest, cockroach races and more family-friendly outdoor activities from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 at the park, 5000 W Memorial. Preregistration is required for the pumpkin Olympics and “monster” costume contest. Information: 755-0676 or

Haunt the River

Check out the Zombie Zip, Candy Corn Climb, Ghost Bounce, Kreepy Kayak Zone and more from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Boathouse District of the Oklahoma River, 725 S Lincoln Blvd. Information: 552-4040 or

Haunt the River Cruises

Leave the safe harbor of the Exchange Landing, 1503 Exchange Ave., 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. Boarding is at 7:45 p.m. Information: 702-7755 or

Hallopolis, Norman

Hear The Choke, Love Cobra and Shutdown Shutouts at 8 p.m. Thursday at The Opolis, 113 N Crawford. Information:

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Street Festival, Norman

Check out the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art's all-ages celebration of Day of the Dead, a holiday recognized in numerous Latin American countries that features food, music and art in celebrating the lives of those who have passed away. Presented with University of Oklahoma Student Life, the street festival is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 1 at the southeast corner of Boyd and Elm and will feature remembrance altars, live performances and hands-on art activities. Information:

‘Macabret: A Spooktacular Halloween Revue,' Edmond

Listen to the University of Central Oklahoma Musical Theatre Division present an evening of seasonal pop-rock favorites in its fundraiser show at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E 5. Information: 974-3375 or

Wormy Dog Halloween Bash

Hear Mont Lyons, Them Hounds and White Mule for free at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E Sheridan. Doors open at 8 p.m. Information:

‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'

Watch and listen as Breck McGough, a composer from Haworth, performs an original score he wrote for a free screening of the cult classic 1920 German silent horror film at 7 p.m. Friday at The Paramount, 701 W Sheridan Ave. on Film Row. The screening/performance is part of a triple feature that also will include the world premiere of movies created by local filmmakers Spike Alkire and Mickey Reece. Information: 517-0787 or

‘Birth of the Living Dead' and ‘Night of the Living Dead'

See George A. Romero's 1968 horror classic, along with a new documentary about the making of his influential zombie flick, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art's Noble Theater, 415 Couch Drive. The museum is offering free admission for moviegoers in Halloween costumes or past deadCenter Film Festival T-shirts — and for zombies, of course. Information: 236-3100 or

‘Evil Dead: The Musical,' Drumright

See the horrifically humorous stage show based on Sam Raimi's cult classic film franchise at 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Scream Country Haunted Forest's Boomstick Theater, 15853 W 101 St. S. Information: (918) 409-0274 or

Scream Country Haunted Forest and Hayride, Drumright

Take a “Curse of the Slender Man” hayride or brave the “Slender Forest Haunted Trail” from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2. Information: (918) 607-3327 or

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 Thursday at 2701 W 10. Information:

Haunted Castle Halloween Festival, Muskogee

Find thrills for the entire family from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Thursday and Nov. 1 and 2 at the Castle of Muskogee, 3400 Fern Mountain Road. Information: (800) 439-0658, or

The Hex House, Tulsa

Explore an extreme haunted attraction based on a real event in Tulsa's past from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday and Wednesday through Nov. 2 at the southeast corner of 71st and Memorial. Information:

Terror on 10th Street Haunted House

Be terrorized from 7 to 11 nightly through Nov. 2 during a tour telling the ghostly history of the house at 2005 NW 10. Information: 232-1816.

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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