Since Halloween falls on a Wednesday in 2018, traditional trick-or-treating will take place on the Saturday night before the holiday on October 27. However, you can experience Halloween events and celebrations all month long in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
From a night of frights to children's activities and trick-or-treating, the OKC area has plenty for both kids and adults. Halloween in Oklahoma City is unlike any other in the Midwest, and after you're done with your frightful adventure, you'll understand why it's considered one of the "scare capitals" of the United States.
If you're traveling to Oklahoma City this October or over the holiday weekend, make sure you plan some time to check out one (or more) of these great Halloween attractions.
Each fall, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, a 17-acre exotic plant paradise with over 1,000 species of flora from six continents, opens a special section of the gardens dedicated to pumpkins. Over 16,000 pumpkins are brought to the Children's Garden to transform it into a New England themed Pumpkin Town. Pumpkinville will be open from October 5 through 21, 2018, and admission is free for members of the Gardens but $6 for non-members.
Ultimate Terrors, Terror on 10th Street, and Trail of Terrors are among the top-rated Oklahoma City haunted attractions that will be returning for the 2018 season. However, there are more than a handful of these spooky attractions to choose from, each with its own unique take on the holiday of terrors. Unfortunately, none of these destinations are appropriate for younger children, so you'll have to leave the kids at home to enjoy these area favorites.
The Oklahoma City Zoo will host its 35th annual Haunt the Zoo Halloween event on Saturdays and Sundays, October 20, 22, 27, and 28, 2018. Featuring trick-or-treating booths, a ghost train, and DJ dance parties. Each year continues to set attendance records, and it's one of the top places in the metro for parents to bring their children for safe Halloween fun. The cost of admission to the zoo includes all Haunt the Zoo activities, but you can also purchase trick-or-treat bags for an additional fee.
On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from September 29 to October 28, 2018, Frontier City turns into a haunted amusement park each evening as part of its annual Frightfest celebration. Featuring costumed ghouls and monsters, a trick-or-treat trail for kids, and a great haunted house for older visitors, Frontier City is a great place to spend the day with the whole family and enjoy the night with older kids and adults. Admission to Frightfest activities is free with park admission, but the haunted house costs a little extra.
While there are many cruises on the Oklahoma River, none can quite compare with the Haunt the River Cruise offered by Oklahoma River Cruises every Saturday in October. Departing from Regatta Park and Exchange Landings, this kid-friendly voyage across the river includes a costume contest, activity book giveaways, and various games for children to enjoy. You can purchase tickets on board or at the Regatta Park ticket booth. The same company also runs an adults-only version featuring a cash bar and concessions, which departs every Saturday in October from Exchange Landing at 7:45 p.m.
Although it took a break in 2017, the Storybook Forest is back in 2018 from October 23 to October 30 daily between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Arcadia Lake's Storybook Forest is located in Spring Creek Park and hosted by the city of Edmond. Storybook Forest is a family event geared toward the younger kids, letting them meet characters from their favorite fables. In addition, Storybook Forest features story-telling, campfires for hot dog and marshmallow roasting, a hayride, games, and other kids' activities.
The community of Bricktown goes all out for Halloween each year for the annual Brick-or-Treat event, held on October 29, 2018. You can take the kids to Bricktown for trick-or-treating at district businesses where owners and employees will be dressed in full costumes. Additionally, children must be under age 14 and dressed in a costume to participate in the candy giveaways. Events are centralized around Mickey Mantle Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (where you can grab a map) and run from 4 to 7 p.m.
Each year, the Oklahoma Railway Museum dedicates two days to providing children with a few spooks and thrills aboard the Halloween Train. In 2018, you can take this fun-filled adventure on October 27 and 28 several times daily. Trains depart from the Museum Depot, which will also have a moon bounce, a miniature golf course, and treats for the kids on-site before the train leaves the station. Put on your Halloween costume and enjoy one of the special holiday train rides at the Oklahoma Railway Museum.
Take the short drive to Shawnee for the annual Boo on Bell Street if you want a fun, safe event for the entire family. Held in historic downtown, Shawnee's Boo on Bell is presented by Safe Events for Families in conjunction with other non-profit organizations and has carnival games, live music, a costume contest, car show, story-telling, trick-or-treating, and much more. Events in 2018 take place on October 27.
Each year, the city of Mustang hosts a Spooktacular Halloween Carnival and Festival featuring a petting zoo, train rides, games, and more—all absolutely free. Held at Wild Horse Park and organized by the city's Parks and Recreation Department, it includes a special area for the little kids, and there are concessions available on-site for purchase. Events in 2018 take place on Saturday, October 27, from 5 to 8 p.m.