The Ultimate Guide to Halloween Fun in OKC
With your busy schedule and so many Halloween events and activities to choose from—how do you know which ones are the right fit for your family? Look right here!
Whether you’ve got tiny tots or picky teenagers (or both!), are seeking daytime fun or evening entertainment, want a little fright or prefer a no-scare zone, our list of top fall events in the Oklahoma City metro has taken the guess-work out of choosing the right event to get your family feeling festive. Now get out there and enjoy!
Halloween Fun at the OKC Zoo
Pumpkin Drive: October 5-13
Pumpkin Chomp n’ Stomp: Friday, October11
Haunt the Zoo: October 26-31
One of Oklahoma City’s most beloved fall traditions is celebrating its 30th year. Haunt the Zoo’s six nights of trick-or-treating fun will take place Oct. 26-31 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening. This safe, family-friendly trick-or-treating experience takes guests along a jack-o-lantern-lined pathway throughout the acclaimed Oklahoma City Zoo, with stops at fantasy-themed booths to collect tasty treats from volunteers.
The Zoo’s team works for months each year to create new and exciting props to bring each of the event’s 21 trick-or-treating booths to life. Children’s favorite characters, animals and superheroes are presented in two or three-dimensional masterpieces, complete with special light and sound effects to make each one-of-a-kind stop truly magical. For all events, free parking is available at the Zoo, in the adjacent parking lot at Science Museum Oklahoma or across the street at Remington Park.
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens
2101 NE 50th Street
Trick-Orr-Treating & Costume Contest at the Orr Family Farm
Saturday, October 26
Pumpkins, pony rides and zip lines, oh my! The Orr Family has a lot of celebrating to do at this year’s Trick-Orr-Treating & Costume Contest, as they commemorate the Orr Family Farm’s 10th anniversary and a summer spent cleaning up and rebuilding after the May 2013 tornado ripped through their land. The farm reopened just in time to kick off the fall 2013 season. The farm’s annual Trick-Orr-Treating & Costume Contest will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00am- 9:00pm. This non-scary Halloween spectacular features all the staples of the farm, like the giant corn maze, cozy hayrides and the traditional pumpkin patch, along with plenty of candy and prizes for best costumes. Trick-or-treating throughout the farm begins at noon, and the costume contest begins at 5:00pm. Prizes will be awarded for the top three best costumes for ages 12 and under. Animal lovers will feel right at home in the animal barn, where llamas, pygmy goats, sheep, bunnies and a chicken are vying to be petted and fed.
Orr Family Farm
14400 S. Western
Pumpkinville at the Myriad Botanical Gardens
Free Crystal Bridge Admission: Friday, October 25
For those who have not yet visited the renovated Myriad Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, Pumpkinville is the perfect opportunity to see the gardens at its best. Open October 11 through 31 (Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Pumpkinville transforms the six-acre Children’s Garden into a charmed wonderland featuring more than 3,000 of fall’s favorite orange gourd. Visitors are immediately greeted by sights from a slower, simpler time, including an antique tractor, creative scarecrows designed by local artists and community members, straw sculpture animals and candy corn houses.
Old-fashioned fun at the Gardens includes cider pressing, a hay bale maze and pumpkin decorating. This event is especially perfect for kids and families who love to craft. Activities will be ongoing each day and include making cornhusk characters, swab skeletons, pumpkin
seed mosaics and monster masks. Active kids will love the games like pumpkin bowling and pumpkin leap frog, and those looking for the spirit of Halloween will find it in spooky storytelling.
While fun for all ages, Pumpkinville is ideal for ages 3 to 12. Admission is free for Myriad Gardens members and $5 per person for non-members.
With more than 5,000 expected during the event’s three-week span, consider visiting on a weekday or weekday evening to beat the crowds.
Parking for Pumpkinville and the Myriad Botanical Gardens can be found at meters around the gardens or underground at the nearby Cox Convention Center’s garage.
Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 W. Reno & Harvey
Haunt the Harn at the Harn Homestead Museum
Thursday, October 24
Step back in time at the historic Harn Homestead & 1889ers Museum to “Haunt the Harn” on Thursday, October 24 from 6:00-9:00pm. The open grounds of the territorial farm provide plenty of room for little ghouls and goblins to run and play throughout the evening as they collect candy
and enjoy fall-themed activities.
The Harn Homestead is a turn-of-the-century farm, including a one-room school house and 19th century Victorian home. Haunt the Harn was created in 2006 in true Harn spirit to give children a fun and safe opportunity to trick-or-treat. In its eighth year, the event has gained popularity and expanded to include children from across the metro.
Children are encouraged to don a costume and begin their evening by trick-or-treating at each of the Harn Homestead’s historic buildings. As they pass by each building, they will get glimpse into pioneer life as they see how Oklahoma’s early settlers lived and worked—like washing clothes by hand and grinding corn by hand. The rustic Event Barn hosts games and activities like pumpkin bowling, a cupcake walk, face painting and corn cob darts.
With a reasonable admission of $3 per person in advance or $5 at the door, Haunt the Harn is especially ideal for families with multiple children looking for a less-crowded option for trick-or-treating. The event is most appropriate for ages 3 to 10. To purchase advance tickets, visit www.harnhomestead.com.
Haunt the Harn is free to Harn Homestead members. Free parking is plentiful adjacent to the museum.
Harn Homestead Museum
1721 N. Lincoln Boulevard
Halloween Bash at the Museum of Osteology
Thursday, October 31
Could there be a more perfect place to celebrate Halloween than amongst 300 skeletons? The Museum of Osteology, opened in 2010, is home to the largest privately held collection of osteological specimens in the world. The 7000-square foot museum displays hundreds of skulls and skeletons from all corners of the world, from tiny mice to a 40-foot humpback whale, with the intent to showcase the form and function of the
The fourth annual Halloween Bash will allow guests to tour all of the museum’s exhibits, comparing and contrasting the variety of species within.
In addition to the fun of hanging out with skeletons on Halloween, the museum is truly an educational experience, making the bash a perfect choice for especially curious kids and family.
In addition to viewing skeletons of all shapes and sizes, Halloween Bash guests can interact with live creepy-crawly insects and reptiles, children can trick-or-treat while learning about the variety of species throughout the museum and families will enjoy seasonally-themed games and crafts. Cameras are welcome in the museum, so bring yours to capture some special skeletal photo opps. Admission is $3 per person and children are
asked to bring their own treat buckets. Free parking is available.
Museum of Osteology
10301 S. Sunnylane Rd.
Storybook Forest at Lake Arcadia
For families and children who love to read, Storybook Forest at Lake Arcadia is a nostalgic trick-or-treating experience that is a fall “mustdo”
event. In its twelfth year, Storybook Forest will take place nightly October 23-30 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Lake Arcadia’s Spring Creek Park. The winding trick-or-treat path along serene Lake Arcadia will present such characters as Rapunzel in her 16-foot high tower, the little old lady in her life-sized shoe house and the three little pigs in various stages of building their homes. New this year, Curious George will be monkeying around and Biscuit the Dog will be stirring up trouble! Many of the trick-or-treat stops along the path are threedimensional and life-sized, so children (and adults!) will feel they have stepped directly into their beloved stories.
Storybook Forest is ideal for children 6 months through 10 years of age, making it an especially great option for families with very young children seeking a memorable autumn experience. Admission for each child (including infants) is $6 in advance or $8 at the event. Adults are free as long as they are in the same vehicle as the child. Vehicles entering without a child’s ticket will be charged an entrance fee.
Storybook Forest at Lake Arcadia
Spring Creek Park, two and a half
miles east of I-35 on 15th Street in Edmond