When it comes to things that make your skin crawl, there's no better time of year to explore Oklahoma City than late September and October, when haunted houses creak open their doors for the Halloween season. In the darkened hallways of these haunted houses around the metro area, you're sure to face your biggest fears—from chainsaw-wielding killers and psychopathic surgeons to creatures from the underworld and creepy clowns. Whether you're traveling with family, friends, or a significant other or you're just in town for a business trip and looking for a great thrill to put you in the holiday spirit, these haunted houses are sure to entertain.
In 2020, some of these attractions may be closed or will have new social distancing guidelines in place. Be sure to check the official organizer's website for the latest updates.
Frontier City's Hallowfest
Operated by the Six Flags Theme Parks franchise, Frontier City is an amusement park right in the heart of Oklahoma City that welcomes guests year-round. All October long, the park offers family-friendly Halloween thrills during the daytime like trick-or-treating events and face-painting stations. However, after dark on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the park gets even scarier for Frightfest, when Frontier City transforms into a spooky wonderland complete with ghouls, goblins, and all sorts of costumed actors to give park guests a scare. For a small additional fee during the event, you can also explore a 30-room haunted house at Frontier City, which is designed for guests over the age of 13.
Guthrie Haunts ScareGrounds
This haunted house is open on Friday and Saturday nights from September 11 to November 17, 2020.
With over 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor thrills, the Guthrie Haunts ScareGrounds is one of the best Halloween attractions in the state. Guthrie Haunts arrived on the local scare scene in 2011 by taking over the former site of Harvey's Steakhouse on Highway 77 two blocks north of Cimarron Bridge, about 48 minutes northeast of Oklahoma City in Logan County. Now, Guthrie Haunts has become a prime destination for Halloween holiday horror.
Boo on Bell Street
This event will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
Each year, the city of Shawnee, Oklahoma, celebrates the Halloween season with the Boo on Bell Street Fall Festival, which features a full lineup of events, activities, and attractions for the whole family. Along with a carnival, costume parade, a "Macabre Theatre," kids' area, and comic convention, Boo on Bell also features paranormal tours of historic downtown Shawnee that are sure to fright and delight guests of all ages. Shawnee is located about 38 miles east-southeast of Oklahoma City.
Trail of Terror
This haunted house will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from October 23 to 31, 2020.
Located at 2701 West 10th in El Reno, about 25 miles east of Oklahoma City, the Trail of Terror is one of the more intense haunted house experiences in the area. The newest attraction, a Haunted Barn, features actors dressed up as all sorts of ghoulish and ghostly creatures that really commit to giving you a good scare. From bloodthirsty clowns to possessed specters, the cast of characters hiding in the haunted barn is sure to give you a rush of adrenaline.
This haunted house does not have any dates on the calendar for 2020.
Formerly located on the Insterstate 35 Service Road just north of Frontier City, the Sanctuary can be found at OKC Outlet Center. The Sanctuary is a seasonal haunted house typically open on Fridays and Saturdays in September and October—as well as Thursday through Saturday on the week of Halloween. According to organizers, the haunted house features Hollywood-style special effects and is the largest indoor attraction of its kind in the state.
Trail of Fear in Moore's Little River Park
This event was canceled for 2020.
Located at the aptly named Camp Deadwood in Moore, Oklahoma, about 16 minutes southeast of Oklahoma City, Little River Park hosts a spooky event on Halloween weekend each year known as the Trail of Fear. Centered around the story of a group of campers and counselors who all mysteriously disappeared, leaving the camp abandoned, this less than half-mile trek features ghost stories and live actors trying to scare your pants off as you walk through the woods. Trail of Fear takes place on Friday, October 18, 2019, from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are available online but can also be picked up at the Station in Little River Park; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult but are also welcome to attend.
This event has not been rescheduled for 2020.
Although the annual Spooksville event in Oklahoma City's western suburb of Yukon only lasts a day, it's a great way to introduce your kids to the thrill of haunted houses on your trip to the OKC region this year. Featuring children's and dog's costume contests and a carnival in addition to its signature kid-friendly haunted house, this free event is typically held at the Yukon Community Center.