Halloween is coming to downtown Oklahoma City as Pumpkinville opens Saturday at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
As many as 3,000 pumpkins, scarecrows, straw creatures and mums will give the gardens a Halloween theme. Pumpkinville will be open through the end of the month, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Admission is $5 per child and $3 per adult for nonmembers; Myriad Botanical Gardens members are admitted free.
Pumpkinville is a celebration of pumpkins and all things fall and was the idea of Myriad Gardens Executive Director Maureen Heffernan.
“Fall is such a wonderful time of year to enjoy the gardens, and Pumpkinville is a charming place for families to celebrate the season,” Heffernan said.
The entire children's garden will be transformed into a fun, not-too-spooky wonderland, complete with a hay-bale maze, arts and crafts activities, games and storytelling.
New this year will be a centerpiece created by artist Hugh Meade of Oddfab Design Lab. A giant owl constructed of straw and other natural materials will occupy the center of the children's garden. Special display sponsor for the event is Delta Dental of Oklahoma.
From 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 during the Pumpkinville Halloween Party, guests will sample spooky witches' brew and other haunted treats and take part in activities while jamming out to seasonal favorites such as “Monster Mash.” Children and adults are encouraged to come dressed in costumes.
The party is free for members, and $10 per child and $8 per adult for nonmembers.
“This is a fall festival on a scale never seen before in downtown Oklahoma City,” Heffernan said. “It's loosely modeled on celebrations held by other botanical gardens, although there's no place in the world quite like Pumpkinville.”
Oklahoma City's Pumpkinville is presented by OGE Energy Corp. For more information visit www.myriadgardens.org or call 445-7080.