There are plenty of frightening Halloween events around the Oklahoma City metro, but 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 downtown each year for over 15 years, 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.
2017 Date and Time
The 2017 Boo on Bell Street takes place Oct. 19-21. Activities begin around 6 p.m. during the week and 10 a.m. on Saturday, with Main Street trick-or-treating from 3:30 to 5 and the carnival until 9 p.m. As the event draws close, you will likely find a full event schedule online at seffshawnee.org.
Location and Directions
Historic downtown Shawnee is the site for Boo on Bell. From Oklahoma City, take I-40 east for about 25 minutes. Then merge onto Highway 177 south into Shawnee. The 270 BL West will take you to Highway 18, which intersects with Bell. Head north on Bell from Highway 18.
It's not Halloween without trick-or-treating, right? Well, Boo on Bell has that. Sponsored by Downtown Shawnee Merchants, the "Pumpkinville Main Street Trick or Treat" is free and open to children 12 and under.
But that's certainly not all to Boo on Bell. Here are just a few more events to check out:
- Boo-Rod Auto Show: Name the era, and there will probably be an automobile in representation of it. Check out cars from the nearly every decade in Woodland Park and vote for your favorite. If you'd like to register a car for the show, do so through the online form.
- Pet Costume Contest: These are always a lot of fun. Which pet will take home the prize in the Monster Mash costume contest? The contest is held off Bell at the Community Marketplace.
- Paranormal Tour: Take a paranormal tour of Shawnee’s most haunted buildings. The "13 Spirits" tour visits Hobgood Manor, an actual murder site.
- Twilight Carnival: Play all your favorite carnival games. Each booth is run by a non-profit organization, raising money for a number of very worthy causes.
- Food: You won't go hungry. the food court offers all the carnival favorites such as Indian Tacos, funnel cakes and burgers.
- And More...: But that's not even all. There's a parade, a hayride, a hot dog eating contest, bingo, a costume contest with prizes awarded in several age divisions, live entertainment at "Macabre Theatre," a craft and gift emporium, jack-o-lantern contest and street dancing. Plenty of live music and entertainment is on hand as well.
Interested in being part of the action? Inquire by contacting Safe Events for Families at firstname.lastname@example.org. To to an event vendor, whether to give information or sell food or merchandise, register online. Vendors get a 10 x 10 foot booth space, and a small vendor fee is required. Additional forms are required for food vendors.