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 are open 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.
Frontier City's Frightfest
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.
Formerly located on the Insterstate 35 Service Road just north of Frontier City, the Sanctuary moves to its new home at the OKC Outlet Center in 2019. The Sanctuary is a seasonal haunted house 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. In 2019, The Sanctuary is open from September 27 through November 2, and tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the door.
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. In addition to Halloween night, the haunted house is open from 7 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in October, as well as a few additional dates from its grand opening on September 21 through its closing day on November 9, 2019.
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Open from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays into the month of November, Terror on 10th Street (2005 North West 10th Street) is a guided tour through a residential "truly haunted" house, complete with an interactive performance emphasizing the house's haunted history. A small fee is required to enter the premises of Terror on 10th Street, and private tours and group rental nights are available as well. Now in its 15th year, Terror on 10th Street is open from Friday, October 11 through Thursday, October 31, 2019.
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 go all out to scare you. From bloodthirsty clowns to possessed specters, the cast of characters hiding in the haunted barn are sure to give you a rush of adrenaline. In 2019, the trail is open from dusk to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays in October, and the headless horseman will appear nightly.
Trail of Fear in Moore's Little River Park
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 one-third-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.
Although the annual Spooksville event in Oklahoma City's western suburb of Yukon only last 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 held at the Yukon Community Center on October 26, 2019, from 3 to 6 p.m.
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; the Boo on Bell Fall Festival takes place on October 25 to 26, 2019.
The eastern Oklahoma City neighborhood of Bricktown has its own year-round haunted attraction, the Dungeon Haunted Ride in 3D, which involves riding in a small cart through a winding series of haunted rooms. During the Halloween season, the ride transitions from a "low scare" attraction to an "extremely scary" ride. Strap yourself into a moving cart and try to survive as it winds its way through a haunted house of terrors that features real actors jumping out to scare you along the way.
Formerly known as KATT's Haunted Forest, the Lost Lakes Haunted Forest is a seasonal attraction in Oklahoma City that takes place at the Lost Lakes Amphitheater on weekends in October each year. According to the organizers, this haunted attraction features a mile-long walk of terror through the forest where "all of your worst nightmares are hidden behind every corner." The walk takes about 20 to 30 minutes and is not intended for younger kids or the faint of heart. In addition to weekends in October, the Lost Lakes Haunted Forest is also open from Monday through Thursday of Halloween week in 2019.