Cover Story: Tricks! Treats! Frights! Delights! OKG’s Halloween event roundup is here

(Cover design: Christopher Street)

(Cover design: Christopher Street)

Pumpkins, goblins, zombies, murder mysteries, terror trails, candy, cocktails, costumes, bar crawls and more haunt the metro this season. With two weekends in which to celebrate the coming of all hallows’ eve this year, our city offers dozens of activities for adults and families alike. Heeeeere’s Oklahoma Gazette’s list of things to do and see this Halloween season.

 


Eat & Drink

Creatures & Cocktails

7-11 p.m. Friday

Oklahoma City Zoo, Botanical Garden + Aquarium

2101 NE 50th St.

zoofriends.org/events

405-425-0613

$15-$45

21+

Let out your inner animal at Creatures & Cocktails, a Halloween party benefiting Oklahoma City Zoo, Botanical Garden + Aquarium. Organized by ZOOtroop young professionals representing Oklahoma Zoological Society, Creatures & Cocktails is a scary good time. This party is a 21-and-older event with cocktails, food, dancing and a costume contest. Take a terrifying tour of the haunted herpetarium. Proceeds benefit zoo conservation initiatives.

4th Friday at the Market Trick or Treat Party

6-10 p.m. Oct. 28

Delmar Gardens Food Truck Park

1225 SW Second St.

delmargardensokc.com

405-445-9435

Free

All ages

Farmers Market District gets into the seasonal spirit with 4th Friday at the Market Trick or Treat Party at Delmar Gardens Food Truck Park. The Loaded Bowl, That Pie Truck and Murphy’s CookShack will be on hand for skeletons looking to put some meat (and veggies and dessert) on their bones. The all-ages party features pumpkin painting, a mask-making booth and a costume contest as well as live music from Hannah Denny and Groovadox.

(Photo OSSO Sports & Social / provided)

(Photo OSSO Sports & Social / provided)

Glo-K-C Halloween Bar Crawl

8 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct 28

Angles

2117 NW 39th St.

ossosports.com

405-418-6776

$25-$30

21+

While the neighborhoods are taken over by princesses, pirates and Power Rangers, adults can spend Halloween with OSSO Sports & Social on the Glo-K-C Halloween Bar Crawl. Starting at Angles, 2117 NW 39th St., the costumed procession also hits Copa, The Boom and Finish Line with a signature drink served at each. Revelers receive a bar crawl koozie, a shot at prizes and “more glowsticks than your grandmother would deem prudent.”

(Photo Gazette / file)

(Photo Gazette / file)

Asylum at Aloft

3 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 29

Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown-Bricktown

209 N. Walnut Ave.

aloftoklahomacitybricktown.com

405-605-2100

Free-$10

21+

It would be mad — mad we say! — to miss the fun of Asylum at Aloft. Costumed revelers are admitted free and can join the costume contest that offers prizes to first-, second- and third-place winners. The adults-only shindig starts at 3 p.m. with scary movies, and the ghouls really come out at night with drinks, food vendors and costumes aplenty on the hotel venue’s top floor.

The Dinner Detective Halloween Costume Show

6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 29

Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel

1 N. Broadway Ave.

thedinnerdetective.com/oklahoma-city

866-496-0535

$59.95

15+

Halloween isn’t fun until somebody gets killed, which is why The Dinner Detective Halloween Costume Show promises to be a frightening good time. For guests age 15 and older, this dinner includes a show in which anybody could be the victim, as cast members are hidden among the audience, waiting to get whacked. Dress up, drink up and brush up on your detective skills, because the guests figure out who committed the murder most howwwl.

(Garett Fisbeck / file)

(Garett Fisbeck / file)

Nightmare on Film Row

9 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 29

FlashBack RetroPub

814 W. Sheridan Ave.

flashbackretropub.com

facebook.com/flashbackretropub

405-633-3604

$5 | 21+

Most arcades can snap up $5 from gamers in a matter of minutes, but FlashBack RetroPub has them playing all night at Nightmare on Film Row. The screams start at 9 p.m., and guests can play vintage arcade games, break it down to ’80s hits on the dance floor and enjoy the full bar and a bevy of specialty drinks. A best costume contest also offers $100 to the winner.

 


 

Arts & Culture

The Rocky Horror Show

7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 26-27, Nov. 3; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29, Nov. 4-5; 9 p.m. Oct. 31; 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28-29, Nov. 4-5

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma

1727 NW 16th St.

lyrictheatreokc.com

405-524-9312

$31-$66

Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma only presents its production of The Rocky Horror Show every three years, making it an event worth the antici … pation for both Rocky faithful and first-timers. Two years before Tim Curry appeared in the 1975 film adaptation, he starred as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in Richard O’Brien’s groundbreaking 1973 musical. Lyric’s “glam-rock” musical remains true to the original. Austin, Texas-based actor J. Robert Moore stars as Frank in the musical directed by Michael Baron.

(Photo Joshua McGowen / provided)

(Photo Joshua McGowen / provided)

Heathers: The Musical

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Oct. 27-29, 2 p.m. Sunday

The Pollard Theatre

120 W. Harrison Ave., Guthrie

thepollard.org

405-282-2800

$15-$30

For those who may have missed out on Rocky Horror’s cult appeal, then this eerily foreboding stage adaptation of Heathers, the late-’80s R-rated dark comedy flick starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty, will be a better bet. The rock musical is an even campier version of its predecessor without sacrificing the original’s dark and relatable punch.

The Woman in Black

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Oct. 27-29, 2 p.m. Sunday

Civic Center Music Hall

201 N. Walker Ave.

reduxiontheatre.com

405-297-2264

$22-$37

This two-man ghost story has haunted London’s West End theater district since 1989. The Victorian-era story based on a 1983 novella of the same name opens Reduxion Theatre Company’s ninth season, also its first season with artistic director Tonia Sina. Matthew E. Ellis and David Fletcher Hall are the sole actors in the production about a man engrossed in the tragic history of a small English town. When he hires an actor to help reenact past events, he invokes the spirit of the mysterious woman in black, whom they ultimately hope to vanquish.

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(Photo Adele Wolf Productions / provided)

Adéle Wolf’s Burlesque & Variety Show 5th Annual Halloween Spectacular

9-11:30 p.m. Saturday

Oklahoma Contemporary

3000 General Pershing Blvd.

adelewolf.com

405-445-1696

$25-$40

Those interested in sultrier treats this season should attend Adèle Wolf’s annual holiday burlesque and variety show. The event’s fifth year features burlesque shows by Wolff, Apathy Angel (New York City) and Nikki Knockout (Houston) and performances by belly dancer Jahara Amar, cabaret vocalist Renee Anderson and a Knockout aerial display. Participate in a costume contest as well as win door prizes from Aalim Bellydance Academy, Adèle Wolf’s Burlesque & Variety Show, Bad Granny’s Bazaar and Dig It! Boutique. Dress to impress and guests must be at least 18 years old to enter and 21 to drink.

(Photo Gazette/ file)

(Photo Gazette/ file)

2016 Midwest Horror Shorts Film Festival

7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 28

Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO)

706 W. Sheridan Ave.

individualartists.org

405-232-6060

$15

Frightful films are classic Halloween fare, but how many times can horror fans watch the same old monster or slasher flicks? Instead of Frankenstein or Dracula, consider attending the second installment of Midwest Horror Shorts Film Festival, featuring original content created by local and regional filmmakers. This year’s event welcomes Oklahoma film icon Count Gregore (actor John Ferguson), who hosts the awards ceremony. The film submission deadline has passed, but those interested in screening passes can contact Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO).

(Photo Plaza District Association / provided)

(Photo Plaza District Association / provided)

Day of the Dead Festival

1-8 p.m. Oct. 30

NW 16th Street between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue

plazadistrict.org

405-367-9403

Free

Thousands of guests are expected to attend Plaza District’s third annual Day of the Dead street festival. Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday honoring and remembering dead friends and family members. Unlike Halloween’s focus on terror, this holiday is usually joyful. Guests can enjoy art, food, vendors, music, youth activities, dancing and a La Catrina parade, a walking procession of festive, skull-faced revelers resembling the traditional annual march held in Mexico City. The procession begins at 4 p.m. and is expected to last a half-hour. It starts at the corner of Indiana Avenue and ends in front of Lyric Theatre after a winding course through and around NW 16th Street.

 


 

Haunts

Terror on 10th Street Haunted House

7-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Oct. 26-Nov. 1

2005 NW 10th St.

facebook.com/terroron10thstreet

405-232-1816

$10

Legend has it that a strange old lady lives in a house on 10th Street. Nobody is exactly sure what goes on there, but stories of horrible things happening in the house have been told for the past 11 years. Experience the terror for yourself.

(Photo bigstock.com)

(Photo bigstock.com)

Zombie Hunt at Battle Park

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5

Battle Park

14805 W. Industrial Road, Guthrie

battleparkok.com

405-433-2223

$20-$21

The zombies are hunting for brains, and it’s up to you to save humanity. Do your part in the zombie war at Battle Park by taking a seat on the battle wagon. Each zombie hunter uses a mounted paintball gun with 200 paintballs on a 15-20-minute ride through a zombie-infested area. Soldiers may purchase extra paintballs in Battle Creek’s clubhouse or during the ride. Tickets may be used a second time for a half-price ride and free open play any Saturday or Sunday through Dec. 4.

KATT’s Haunted Forest

7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Oct. 31

Lost Lakes Amphitheatre and Water Park

3501 NE 10th St.

kattshauntedforest.com

405-702-4040

$10-$35

OKC’s Haunted Forest has seen its share of horrors since statehood. Not all its settlers were sane, law-abiding people, after all. Guests can take a 20-minute journey through the Haunted Forest in Lost Lakes Amphitheatre and Water Park and experience its hidden frights or fight the zombie apocalypse with laser tag guns or paintballs and win concert tickets, T-shirts and other KATT swag.

(Photo bigstock.com)

(Photo bigstock.com)

Guthrie Haunts ScareGrounds

7 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 27-31 and Nov. 4-5

4524 Riverside Circle, Guthrie

guthriehaunts.com

405-243-7671

$15-$30

Guthrie Haunts ScareGrounds features an interactive experience with creepy clowns, psychotic patients, ax-wielding maniacs, machines of terror and more. Barbecue food truck Rolled Up will be on hand for those with iron stomachs who are still hungry after witnessing the horrors of the ScareGrounds. On Thursdays, guests who bring a nonperishable canned food get $3 off admission. Canned goods collected will be donated to God’s Food Bank.

The Sanctuary

7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday and Oct. 28-29; 7-10 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 30; 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 31

12101 N. Interstate 35 Service Road

thesanctuaryokc.com

405-237-2803

$15-$35

Charles Labrie began building The Sanctuary as an institution for the socially discarded and mentally ill in 1913. Little did he know he had built it on the grounds of an ancient temple and hired a maniacal doctor who performed horrible experiments on his patients and fed them a strange green liquid from a lagoon in the temple grounds. Sanctuary guests tour the hospital and interact with its insane inmates.

(Photo bigstock.com)

(Photo bigstock.com)

Adult Haunt the River Cruise

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Oct. 28-29

Exchange Landing

1503 Exchange Ave.

okrivercruises.com

405-702-7755

$35

21+

Cruise the Oklahoma River in this adults-only haunted cruise featuring chanteys to spooky tunes, a holiday-decorated clipper filled with like-minded old salts where everyone splices the mainbrace with light snacks and rum (or any other cocktail) at the cash bar. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. Round-trip cruises last about an hour and a half.

Edmond Historic Ghost Tours

6-8 p.m. Oct. 28-29

edmondhistoricpreservationtrust.com

405-715-1889

$7

Tour guides dressed in period costumes from the late 1800s and early 1900s guide guests through downtown Edmond as they discuss the city’s history and important founding figures, bringing them back to life along the way.

Thunderbird Trail of Fear Haunted Scream Park

7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Oct. 27-31

14501 E. Etowah Road, Noble

thunderbirdtrailoffear.com

844-332-3327

$15-$35

Touted as the largest haunted attraction in the state, Thunderbird Trail of Fear Haunted Scream Park includes The Rotting Dead: Reckoning’s interactive storyline, Hackensaw Haunted Hill’s hungry and mysterious family, The Magic Guild’s unimaginable feats, The Apothescary specialty souvenir shop and The Gut Hut dining destination. The onsite ticket booth is open 6:30-10 p.m., or purchase tickets online.

Newcastle Nightmare

8 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday and Oct. 28-29

900 N. Portland Ave., Newcastle

newcastlenightmare.net

405-488-5274

$10-$25

Outdoor terror has a name, and it’s Newcastle Nightmare haunted trail and graveyard. Find yourself entangled in the Widow’s Web, combat evil at Camp Carnage and avoid becoming a permanent resident at Eternal Slumbers Cemetery. Embark on a Zombie Hunt hayride as you use your 200 paintball pellets to protect yourself from an undead horde. The ticket booth is open 7:30-11 p.m., or buy tickets online.

 

(Photo Frontier City / provided)

(Photo Frontier City / provided)

Frontier City Fright Fest

7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Oct. 29-30

11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road

frontiercity.com

$26.99-$44.99

The legend of Jeepers Creepers comes alive as local farmers fight off a flesh-feeding killer at Field of Screams. The 3 Little Piggs invite unsuspecting guests to dinner as other attractions await. Festival of Fright Parade raises spirits 6:30 p.m. each night with music and lighthearted merriment, and kids can enjoy a Booville trick-or-treat trail 4-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Most attractions are included with paid park admission. Nightmare Haunted House tickets are an additional $5.


 

Family

Monster Dash 5K and Fun Run

9 a.m. Saturday

Reaves Park

2501 Jenkins Ave., Norman

runsignup.com/Race/OK/Norman/JLNMonsterDash

$15-$40

Like the Monster Mash, Norman’s annual Monster Dash is a graveyard smash. Just ask frequent participants Wolfman, Dracula and his son. Each October, Junior League of Norman hosts this 5K and fun run and “strongly” encourages runners and walkers to dress in costumes. As witches, superheroes, goblins, nurses and Ghostbusters run through Reaves Park, they will be raising funds for the league’s community projects.

(Photo Carl Shortt Jr. / Myriad Botanical Gardens / provided)

(Photo Carl Shortt Jr. / Myriad Botanical Gardens / provided)

Pumpkinville

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Oct. 23

Myriad Botanical Gardens

301 W. Reno Ave.

myriadgardens.org

405-445-7079

Free-$6

As you would imagine, Pumpkinville is filled with orange gourds — more than 16,000 of them, in fact. Be sure to pick out your pumpkin from the patch, and then slide over to the painting station. Inside the Children’s Garden are a number of youth activities. Plan your visit on a Friday for old-fashioned cider press demonstrations and tastings on the Pavilion Lawn. Related events such as a Garden Monster Bash, pumpkin carving classes and more also take place during Pumpkinville.

Storybook Forest

5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 30

Spring Creek Park

7200 E. 15th St., Edmond

edmondok.com

$6-$10

Once upon a time, in a park in Edmond, not far from Arcadia Lake, well-known storybook characters gathered to share their tales with children and their parents. It was called Storybook Forest, and people arrived from all over to meet the characters in areas decorated as scenes from their stories. This event only gets better as the characters read their tales and share candy. Plan time to enjoy the game area and the campfire.

Brick-or-Treat

4-7 p.m. Tuesday

Bricktown, corner of Reno Avenue and Mickey Mantle Drive

downtownokc.com

405-235-3500

Free

14 and younger

Get a jump-start trick-or-treating at Brick-or-Treat, hosted by Bricktown Association. Like going door-to-door in a neighborhood, kids and their parents visit businesses across the entertainment district for treats and sweets. While there, youngsters might meet OKC Thunder mascot Rumble the Bison and OKC Dodgers mascots Brooklyn and Brix.

Halloween on the Green

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 29

Will Rogers Gardens

3400 NW 36th St.

okc.gov/departments/parks-recreation/halloween-happenings

405-297-1392

$5

Will Rogers Gardens is the perfect place to celebrate fall with your kids. Although its main October event is called Halloween on the Green, it’s very much a fall event. Add some foliage to your own home garden with the plant potting station. Next, learn about sugar skulls and Día de Los Muertos and decorate your own to take home.

Haunt the Harn

6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 27

Harn Homestead

1721 N. Lincoln Blvd.

harnhomestead.com

405-235-4058

$5-$7

Harn Homestead is the perfect place to step back in time and imagine the territorial life of Oklahoma. It’s also a great place for trick-or-treating. That’s right; youngsters and their families can trick-or-treat inside the historic Land Run home in OKC. Each year, the venue welcomes goblins, witches, action heroes, Disney characters and princesses to its historic grounds for candy, games, face painting, balloon animals and more. A highlight of the event is the hayride.

(Photo City of Oklahoma City / provided)

(Photo City of Oklahoma City / provided)

Haunted Hikes

Begins 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29

Martin Park Nature Center

5000 W. Memorial Road

okc.gov/departments/parks-recreation/halloween-happenings

405-297-1429

$10

Ever wanted to combine hiking and trick-or-treating? Or when trick-or-treating, do you find yourself distracted by creepy creatures like bats as they fly through the sky? Then Haunted Hikes at Martin Park Nature Center is for you. This family-friendly event at OKC’s hub for nature exploration and education becomes a hiker’s Halloween paradise. While walking along the center’s trails, they can also learn more about spiders and snakes. For those who still believe candy is the best part of Halloween, there will be treats. Trick-or-treat bags are encouraged. Registration is required.

Orr Family Farm Bonfire and The Great Pumpkin

8-9 p.m. Oct. 29

Orr Family Farm

14400 S. Western Ave.

orrfamilyfarm.com

405-799-3276

$10.50-$13.50

If there were one place the Great Pumpkin would rise in OKC, it would be Orr Family Farm. According to Linus from Peanuts, each year, the Great Pumpkin rises from the patch he finds most sincere. For years, Orr Family Farm has welcomed children and adults to a bona fide pumpkin patch surrounded by farm adventures. Children can trick-or-treat around the farm before finding a seat near the bonfire to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

(Photo Skip Largent / Paseo Arts Association / provided)

(Photo Skip Largent / Paseo Arts Association / provided)

Magic Lantern Celebration

3-6:15 p.m. Oct. 30

Paseo Arts District

3022 Paseo St.

thepaseo.org

405-525-2688

Free

A night of light instead of fright, Paseo Arts District’s Magic Lantern Celebration welcomes children and their parents to use their imaginations and creativity for an afternoon of making art. The event highlights are building paper costumes and parading on a painted path in the shape of a  jack o’lantern in the streets.

Drop-In Art: Model Magic Mini Pumpkins

1-4 p.m. Oct. 29

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

415 Couch Drive

okcmoa.com

405-278-8213

Free-$12

Those who enjoy painting and carving pumpkins but who have always wanted to go beyond should check out Model Magic Mini Pumpkins, Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Oct. 29 Drop-In Art event. White model magic, which is similar to putty, is modeled into a pumpkin shape and decorated with markers. Next, embellish with wiggle eyes, pipe cleaners, sparkles and more. After drying, the mini pumpkins are ready to become Halloween decorations.

(Photo Doug Hoke / Myriad Botanical Gardens / provided)

(Photo Doug Hoke / Myriad Botanical Gardens / provided)

Spooky Pooch Parade

6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29

Myriad Botanical Gardens

301 W. Reno Ave.

myriadgardens.org

405-445-7079

$10-$12

Halloween can be a fun time for the entire family, including four-legged friends. With more dog owners purchasing costumes for Fido, Myriad Botanical Gardens invites dogs (and their people) to join the Spooky Pooch Parade at the Great Lawn & Band Shell. Dogs that don killer costumes could saunter away with new toys, treats and other prizes.

Haunt the Phil

2 p.m. Oct. 30

Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre

Civic Center Music Hall

201 N. Walker Ave.

okcphil.org

405-842-5387

$9

Civic Center Music Hall is not haunted, but come Oct. 30 when Oklahoma City Philharmonic takes the stage, spooky sounds will fill the concert hall. This year’s Haunt the Phil offers music lovers a chance to get into the Halloween spirit. Arrive an hour before the show and show off your costume before heading over to introduce yourself to the performers.

 


Print Headline; Wicked fun, Pumpkins, goblins, zombies, murder mysteries, terror trails, candy, cocktails, costumes, bar crawls and more haunt the metro this season. With two weekends in which to celebrate the coming of All Hallows’ Eve this year, our city offers dozens of activities for adults and families alike. Heeeeere’s Oklahoma Gazette’s list of things to do and see this Halloween season.

Gazette Staff

This article was written by the Oklahoma Gazette staff. To reach an editor, please email jchancellor@okgazette.com with this story headline in your subject line.

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