October is time for pumpkin patches, haunted houses, scary movies and, of course, plenty of candy.
Here’s a rundown of selected scary and kid-friendly seasonal attractions with events this weekend and ongoing attractions:
Brookside (Peoria Avenue)
Candy will be passed out to children, and kid-friendly activities will again be part of BooHaHa when the event returns to historic Brookside from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 22.
A parade route will start near Myers-Duren Harley Davidson, 4848 S. Peoria Ave., and end near South 33rd Street.
Kids’ zone areas will be located at Brookside Collective Park, 3737 S. Peoria Ave.; Brookside Library, 1207 E. 45th Place; Myers-Duren Harley Davidson and Southminster Presbyterian, 3500 S. Peoria Ave.
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Info: brooksidetheplacetobe.com and Boohaha in Brookside Facebook page.
Tulsa Zoo, 6421 E. 36th St. North; 918-669-6600
The Tulsa Zoo’s annual Halloween trick-or-treat event will take place over two weekends in October with activities for the entire family.
Dates are Friday, Oct. 21 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Saturday, Oct. 22 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Sunday, Oct. 23 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.), Friday, Oct. 28 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Saturday, Oct. 29 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sunday, Oct. 30 (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Tickets are $9 for zoo members and $18 for non-members. Children under 3 are admitted free. Reservations are required at tulsazoo.org. Call 918-669-6601 for guest services assistance.
Tickets and information: tulsazoo.org
Haunted History on the Hill
Head to Chandler Park on Saturday, Oct. 22, to find a variety of Halloween activities including spooky crafts, a haunted history stories, a costume contest, hayrides and a flashlight candy hunt.
Festivities are $1 per person (cash only) and will be held inside the community center in the event of rain.
Pumpkin Town Farms/Insanity Farms
One of the area’s Halloween season attractions is, for one weekend, going to the dogs — and cats.
On Oct. 22 and Oct. 23, Pumpkin Town Farms is hosting an animal rescue weekend. Local rescue organizations will be visiting with “adoptable pals.” Bring a can or bag of dry cat food or dog food to receive $1 off admission. Frisbee dog shows will take place both days, and a Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine van is scheduled to be on site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22.
Pumpkin Town Farms, open daily through the rest of the month, is a family-friendly property with many tame entertainment options for visitors, but those who prefer scares will be drawn to the haunted attraction there — Insanity Farms.
Insanity Farms is recommended for ages 12-up, but younger children are welcome if accompanied by a parent. Insanity Farms is open every Friday and Saturday night in October from 7 p.m. until midnight, plus Halloween. Admission sales end at 11 p.m. A “field of fear” corn maze, a chaos pallet maze and zombie paintball are available for scares.
Tickets and info: pumpkintownfarm.com
Admiral Twin Halloween market
The Admiral Twin Drive-In is hosting “Scary Movie Sundays” in October with double creature features.
Tickets (cost is $15 per carload) will be sold at the ticket booth starting one hour before showtime. Movies start after sundown.
“Beetlejuice” and “The Corpse Bride” are scheduled for Oct. 23. Also on that date, Admiral Twin is hosting a 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Halloween market featuring featuring tarot card readings and local vendors selling spooky vintage goods and original art. Admission to the Halloween market is free.
Tulsa Trails West Fall Festival
New to the Halloween scene is Tulsa Trails West, an agri-entertainment venue that features family fun, such as scenic wagon rides, ax throwing, horse/pony rides, kids spider climb and bungee jump, archery, roping and barrel riding. A zombie/monster paintball experience is available for an additional fee. Open Saturdays and Sundays in October.
Tickets and info: tulsatrailswest.com
Hex House/Westside Grim/Rise of the Living Dead
Scare-seekers have their choice of three haunted attractions at one west Tulsa location. The Hex House (inspired by a true story from Tulsa’s past), Westside Grim and Rise of the Living Dead are multi-element attractions that are not recommended for children younger than 13, anyone who is pregnant or who has back, neck or heart problems or any other medical condition.
Remaining dates are Oct. 21-23, Oct. 28-31 and Nov. 4-5. The box office is open from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets and VIP speed passes can be purchased in advance.
Tickets and info: hexhouse.com
Haunted Castle Halloween Festival
Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Mountain Road, Muskogee
The Castle’s Halloween village and festival are open Fridays and Saturdays in October. Gates will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are multiple attractions on site. A skull rating system is used to rank the attractions from one skull (“fall fun”) to five skulls (“consider yourself warned”). Outdoor haunts begin at dark, and indoor haunts open after the 6 p.m. “monster dance.”
Parking and festival admission are free, but tickets must be purchased for bonus attractions. Advance tickets can be purchased at okcastle.com. To preserve a family-friendly environment, minors younger than 16 must be in accompanied by a responsible adult.
Tickets and info: okcastle.com
Turkey Mountain Haunted Trail
Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area, 6850 S. Elwood Ave.
The Turkey Mountain Haunted Trail is a spooky stroll (three-fourths of a mile long) full of surprises. Cost is $12 per person.
Tours start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. Visitors can choose their preferred day and time. Tours begin at the main parking lot of the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area. Dates are Oct. 21-29.
The experience is not recommended for children under 12, the faint of heart or those with mobility issues.
Tickets and info: turkeymountainhauntedtrail.com
304 W. Cherokee Ave., Nowata
A still-inhabited old sanitarium (who’s in there?) is the setting for one of the state’s best haunted attractions. As soon as you are admitted, the other patients break free and take over. Expect blood, so do not wear your best clothing or best shoes.
The Asylum is open from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays in October, plus 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. the final three Sundays in October.
Tickets and info: okasylum.com
1517 E. 106th St. North, Sperry
Located in Sperry, Psycho Path features two haunted attractions, the Dark Ride and Shadow Box.
Celebrating an 18th season, Psycho Path is open every Friday and Saturday in October. Tickets must be purchased online.
Tickets and info: psychopathhaunt.com
Carmichael’s Pumpkin Patch
17137 S. Mingo Road, Bixby
Wagon rides, a cane maze, animal rides and, of course, a pumpkin patch attract visitors.
Carmichael’s Pumpkin Patch is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, plus 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free, although some attractions cost extra.
17516 W. Eighth St., Sand Springs; 17902 S. U.S. 75, Glenpool
The Patch operates locations in Sand Springs and Glenpool. Both locations feature an assortment of kid-friendly activities.
Locations are open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in October, but operating hours are noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays.
Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Sunday through Oct. 31. Entry fee is $2 in Sand Springs with kids’ activity passes at $9 per child. Admission is $9 per person in Glenpool.
Pleasant Valley Farms
22350 W. 71st St. South, Sand Springs; 918-248-5647
Pleasant Valley Farms offers more than a dozen free activities, from slides and mazes to pumpkin tic-tac-toe and getting up close to barnyard animals. Some of the activities require an additional fee, such as a 1-mile hayride, riding the cow train, a 15-acre corn maze or a round of mini golf.
Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily in October.
Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd’s Cross
16792 E. 450 Road, Claremore
The working farm has more than 60 activities ranging from games and mazes to glimpses into the daily life of the farm.
Hours are 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through Nov. 5. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person, with some activities having a separate ticket.
39232 E. 231st St. South, Porter
Porter is known for its peaches, but Livesay Orchards is all about pumpkins in October. Visit Pumpkin Playland to enjoy a hayride to a pumpkin patch where visitors can pick their own pumpkin. For the sake of preserving a kid-friendly environment, no scary costumes are permitted.
The pumpkin patch is open weekends in October, plus Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21. Pre-purchased combo attraction tickets, including the Frank Linzy baseball corn maze, are $9. Tickets are $11 at the door. Children 2 and under are free. Admission only to the apple orchard is $3 per person. A pumpkin-and-apples ticket, including hayride, is $6 in advance and $7 at the door.
Oklahoma Heritage Farm Annual Fall Festival
Enjoy more than 30 activities, from an 11-acre maze to a pumpkin cannon, giant slides to a paintball gallery. Some activities require additional tickets.
Hours are 9 a.m-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday through the remainder of October.
Oklahoma Aquarium, 300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks
Oklahoma Aquarium’s 19th annual HallowMarine celebration is a week-long (Oct. 25 through Oct. 31) trick-or-treating event. Dress up in your best Halloween costume for a chance to win prizes and, since you’re at the aquarium, check out creatures from the deep. Hallowmarine hours are 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets and information: okaquarium.org
The Great Halloween Hunt
Gathering Place, 2650 S. John Williams Way
Gathering Place’s The Great Halloween Hunt, scheduled 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, will allow guests to scavenge through 66.5 acres to find spooky and kid-friendly activities in themed realms throughout the park. The free event is presented by ONE Gas.
“Gathering Place is eager to welcome the community to such a large scavenger hunt event brimming with free, festive entertainment for families,” Sarah Van Zandt, Gathering Place’s director of education and programming, said. “Guests can expect to seek out experiences like seeing spooky witches in Sky Garden, visiting vampires in a bat cave at Mist Mountain, and more. We are excited to offer way more entertainment and engagement opportunities than ever before during this holiday.”
The Great Halloween Hunt will include more than 20 spellbinding experiences and family-friendly activities, including an alien dance party, pumpkin painting, medieval battles, magical movies, ghostly games and more. Creepy creatures like a swamp monster, aliens and vampires will roam the park.
Gathering Place will keep areas of Chapman Adventure Playground open past its regular dusk closing time to provide guests an opportunity experience the playground after dark.
Spooky Strings Concert
Unity Square, Bartlesville, 300 SE Adams Blvd.
OKM Music is presenting Tulsa Quartet for a free “Spooky Strings” concert 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.
The event will include visual performances by Stage Art Dance, Children’s Musical Theatre and Inspyral Circus.
Hard Rock party
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is preparing for the 2022 Halloween Party in its Sequoyah Conference Center on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring the return of its costume contest offering $10,000 in cash prizes.
Entrance to the party is free, and guests must be 21 or older.
Registration for the contest begins at 8 p.m. with deadline of 11 p.m. to participate in the contest. Official judging begins at 10:30 p.m. and winners are announced at midnight. You must be present to win.
First-place receives $3,000 and second-place takes home $2,000. Third and fourth-place winners are awarded $1,000 each and fifth-place through 10th-place winners are awarded $500 each.
All contestants will be surveyed prior to the start of the competition and will be informed if they need to remove any part of their costume that may disqualify them. Guests are reminded that costume masks, full-face paint, hats, hoodies and costume weapons are not allowed outside the designated area of the Sequoyah Conference Center. No nudity or implied nudity is allowed.
In addition to the Halloween party inside the Sequoyah Conference Center, live music will fill the night starting at Riff’s with Scott Eastman at 4:30 p.m., DJ Gus at 5:30 p.m. and DJ Ryno at 8 p.m. DJ Keri will take over Amp Bar starting at 7 p.m. and DJ Morgan Ganem will kick start the party at Track 5. with Jess Kellie Adams starting at 8 p.m.
One Star Rewards members will have a chance to win up to $1,000,000 cash with hourly drawings from 7 p.m. to 11 pm. Once selected, players will pick four of 20 mystery spaces for their chance to win.
Haunting on the Hill
Rogers State University, Claremore
Rogers State University will become Rogers State Boo-niversity when campus and student organizations come together for the annual “Haunting on the Hill” Oct. 28-29 at the university’s Claremore campus.
Haunting on the Hill activities are free to the public and include one night of Trunk or Treat (5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29) and two nights of a haunted house attraction.
The haunted house, located in Preparatory Hall, is presented by RSU Student Affairs and the Campus Activities Team (CAT). It is not recommended for small children, but it is family-friendly for most ages. Hours are 8 p.m.-11 p.m. both nights. The Trunk or Treat event will take place in the Dr. Carolyn Taylor Center parking lot near RSU’s south entrance.
“This is the second year that the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will be hosting Trunk or Treat,” said Mariana Flores, graduate assistant for student-athlete development and wellness. “Like other trunk or treat events, there will be different booths, although some organizations will be using parked car trunks while others use tables. Each booth will have different games for the kids to complete and they will have candy for the kids.”
Awards for outstanding booths will be given based on the decoration/presentation of each booth, with first place winning $100, second place receiving $50 and third place earning $25.
Registration to host a booth at Trunk or Treat is due Friday, Oct. 21. To register or for more information about Haunting on the Hill, visit www.rsu.edu/haunting.
This family-friendly event on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 181 Ranch will have a DJ spinning Halloween tunes, Tribe Circus Arts performances and an 8-foot mirror photo booth for free photos. Food trucks will be on hand, as well as the Candy Food Truck. A petting zoo, barrel train rides, bounce house, small business-sponsored “Stall Crawl” with games and candy and more are among the attractions. For an additional fee, go on the (Not) Haunted Hayride. Tickets are $7 in advance (ages 3-up) and $10 at the door.
Tickets and info: 181ranch.com
Halloween Bar Crawl
For the over-21 set, this event on Saturday, Oct. 29, includes stops at Elote Cafe and Catering, Inner Circle Vodka Bar, Rabbit Hole Bar and Grill, The Hunt Club, The Max Retropub and The Tulsan Bar. Each location will offer festive shots, food specials and exclusive drinks. After the crawl, Inner Circle will host an afterparty. Enter for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize for best costume. Two drinks or shots are included with a ticket as well as waived cover at all venues.
Tickets and info: crawlwith.us/tulsa/halloween