There’s something about Halloween candy that transports me back to the fun and frivolity of my childhood. Or maybe I just love sugar. Either way, I have such fond memories of running through my neighborhood, the streets packed with costumed cuties, and then carefully organizing my haul into piles by candy type (I’m an Enneagram 1, y’all). Watching my kids enjoy those same rituals gives me a sense of both joy and nostalgia.
Our family of five has been highly committed to group costumes over the years … but as my kids get older, they are slowly growing out of thinking it’s cool to match mom and dad. Even as this tradition grows less cool, I’m holding on while they’ll still allow some semblance of family costumes. But they are not too old to enjoy trick-or-treating, and since costuming five people is a bit of work every year, we love to take advantage of multiple trick-or-treat events around the metro. (Plus, we gotta collect that candy tax, right?!) Because all neighborhoods aren’t packed with kids running the streets like in my childhood, trick-or-treat events allow me to give my kids that sense of camaraderie and fun I want them to have as memories, too.
As we close in to Halloween, the top 3 metro trick-or-treat events your family can enjoy this weekend are:
- Storybook Forest at Arcadia Lake is open through Oct. 30. This sweet (not scary!) event is one of my very favorites! A trick-or-treat trail winds through the trees where fairytales come to life through detailed vignettes and costumed characters. Storybook Forest is perfect for all those younger kids, or adults like me!, who’d rather steer clear of the fear. Hayrides, games, story time and campfires for roasting marshmallows are available before or after hitting the trail. Tickets are $12 per child and $5 per adult. Tip: the car line to get in gets really long so arrive before the trail is set to open.
- One of my family’s favorite spots in the metro, Scissortail Park will host an Enchanted Treat Trail Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This family fun event features fairytale fun that follows the tale of Hansel and Gretel. Trick-of-treaters can follow their sweet tooth throughout the park to uncover all the magical activities. Tickets are $10 for the first child and $5 for additional children.
- A program of Edmond Parks & Recreation, Mitch Park in Edmond hosts a Trunk or Treat in the Park on Oct. 29, and it’s FREE (and all the mamas said “amen!”). Enjoy decorated vehicles, candy for kids and costumed characters in this safe and fun environment from 5 to 9 p.m. Kids must be under 14 and in costume to receive candy.
And while you’re in costume, don’t forget to snap a pic so you can enter MetroFamily’s Halloween Costume Contest for a chance to win some great prizes, including a family stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort! Photos are accepted through midnight on Halloween, and then you can vote for your favorites, Nov. 1-4.
Looking for more family fun this weekend beyond candy collection? Check out these 5 bonus family fun events happening through Halloween night:
- The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts their annual Steampunk Fall Celebration on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy making Steampunk crafts, the robot maker space and more. All activities are free with admission.
- I smell children! Chisholm Creek‘s Movie on the Lawn series will feature a FREE outdoor screening of the original Hocus Pocus on Oct. 29. The movie begins around sunset; bring your own blankets or chairs.
- Scissortail Park is hosting a FREE Festival de Vida y Muerte – Day of the Dead Celebration at Scissortail Park on Oct. 30. This family fun event features vendors, music, ofrendas and dancing from noon till 8 p.m.
- On Halloween evening, take part in the FREE Haunt the Hill On Calle Dos Cinco in Historic Capitol Hill. Enjoy games, trunk-or-treating and more from 5 to 7 p.m. Costumes are encouraged!
- The quintessential spot for Halloween fun, Skeletons: Museum of Osteology will host their Bone Chilling Halloween Event on Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Come in costume to enjoy a bounce house, games, candy, raffles, owl pellet dissections and more. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids.
Now, when it comes to scary fun, I’m the absolute last person you’d want to visit a haunted house, trail of terror or any other creepy venue with. But I gathered my people who know a thing or two about frightening fun, and here are their top metro recommendations:
Creepy fun for all ages:
- On Oct. 28, the Edmond Railyard and the Oklahoma Paranormal Association present A Haunting Downtown Halloween Spooktacular and Paranormal Ghost Tour. From 6 to 10:30 p.m., check out pop-up shops, trick-or-treating, a live DJ and a costume contest, followed by a ghost tour by the Oklahoma Paranormal Association. Tickets are required for the ghost tour; all other activities are free. I think even I could handle this one!
- Perfect for families and kids of all ages, the FREE Paranormal Fest at the Downtown Library on Oct. 29 features all things paranormal with presentations by guest experts, vendor booths, children’s programming and a movie marathon. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Another of my family’s favorite local spots, Martin Park Nature Center hosts FREE Ghost Stories in the Park on Oct. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Come in costume to enjoy a marshmallow roast and some scary stories.
Scary stuff for older kids:
- Fright Fest at Frontier City includes creepy shows and harrowing attractions when the sun goes down. Zombies and ghouls take over with haunted houses and scare zones throughout the park. Yikes. The attraction is open nightly Halloween week, 6 to 10 p.m.
- Bricktown Haunted Warehouse features an indoor haunted attraction. This one is not recommended for kids under age 10. Or people named Erin Page. The warehouse is open nightly through Oct. 31.
- Newcastle Nightmare features a unique haunted attraction with a haunted trail through a graveyard riddled with ghosts and zombies. That’s a nope for me. The trail takes about 20-30 minutes to complete and is open Friday and Saturday.
- Wicked Forest of Terror features an outdoor, walk-thru haunted attraction. The youngest ghouls and goblins (and their scared moms) are invited to arrive before sundown to experience the fun Children’s Forest on Saturday. Attendees can also test their skills on the paintball battlefield.
Looking for even more Halloween fun? For the best decorated neighborhoods, indoor trick-or-treating and where to eat on Halloween, check out our Halloween Guide here.