Story & Photo by Madi Zick
As Halloween approaches, people are looking for ways to celebrate the holiday. There are ads on Facebook and events shared by friends. In the Oklahoma City area, there are endless possibilities for families with children of all ages.
Haunt the Zoo & All Grown Up
For families with young children, a popular event to go to is Haunt the Zoo at the Oklahoma City Zoo. At the event, you can see animals, explore the zoo and go trick-or-treating. There will be 25 booths available to visit and costumes are encouraged.
This year, the zoo is also hosting Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up, for ages 21 and up. The event will include, “games, drinks, dancing, a live DJ, photo opportunities and more,” according to Chase Harvick, OKC Zoo Public Relations Specialist.
Harvick said Haunt the Zoo is becoming eco-friendly by replacing plastic sacks for trick-or-treating used in previous years. All treats are palm oil sustainable, to help reduce rainforest destruction and protect habitats.
Haunt the Zoo
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 20, Sunday, Oct. 21, Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday Oct. 28
All Grown Up
Time: 7 p.m. until midnight
Date: Friday, Oct. 26
Lost Lakes Haunted Forest
For families with older kids, the Lost Lakes Haunted Forest is located right outside OKC. This event is not recommended for children under 13.
The Haunted Forest includes a “...terrorizing stroll through the forest where [they] try and bring [ones] worst fears to reality,” according to Brad Wickwire, the managing partner for Lost Lakes Haunted Forest.
This facility is known for having an outdoor attraction along with bonfires, genuine scares and beverages for adults after the trail.
Time: 7-11 p.m.
Dates: Every weekend in October
Price: $25 for regular admission, $40 for a Fast Pass, which reduces the wait time by around 75 percent. There is also a $5 touch upgrade, which allows the actors to touch the customers walking through which intensifies the haunt experience.
Night of the Living Dead
Haunted trails might be a little much for the faint of heart. If that is the case, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre will bring the 1968 cult classic “Night of the Living Dead” to the stage for a less terrifying Halloween option. This production is recommended for those 10 or older.
TIme: 7-8 p.m.
Dates: Oct. 19-27
Spooky Pooch Parade
Halloween is not just for humans. Four-legged friends can join in the festivities at the Spooky Pooch Parade at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Downtown OKC. This event allows puppy parents to dress their furry friend in costume, with a chance to win best dressed pooch. Do not forget to pre-register.
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Date: Oct. 21
Price: $10 per dog for members; $12 per dog for non-members
The Day of the Dead Festival
This event will take place in the Plaza District and will pay tribute to the Latino holiday. According to plazadistrict.org, this event will feature, “Mexican Folkloric dancing, Day of the Dead procession, a lowrider car show, Offrendas and more.”
Time: 1-7 p.m.
Date: Oct. 28
Rose State fall events:
Fall Fest: This will be held Oct. 15-17 and feature craft tables, free food and club activities. Follow
@rscengagement on Instagram and Snapchat for more details.
The Addams Family: A New Musical: The classic television show and film are revamped for the stage in this musical. Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandmama and Lurch will all be featured in this all ages show.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Dates: Oct. 25-27, with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 28
Price: Free for Rose State students, faculty and staff; $5 general admission
Halloween Fest: Rose State will provide giveaways, free snacks and a photo booth during this event. A costume contest will be held as well.
Time: 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Date: Oct. 31
Place: Wellness Center
While there are many activities to attend in OKC during this upcoming spooky season, these events are the talk of the graveyard.
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