As both the state capital of Oklahoma and its most populated city, Oklahoma City (OKC) has plenty of options for families looking for Halloween-related events and activities. From candy hunts and pumpkin-painting in the downtown Bricktown District to classic trick-or-treating in destination neighborhoods like Nichols Hills and Edgemere Park, you'll have options come Halloween. The 2019 festivities start on Wednesday, October 31, in neighborhoods and towns around throughout the OKC area.
For many kids, getting dressed up in that perfect costume and stuffing bags with candy are the most important parts of the holiday. That said, planning your Halloween approach can go a long way toward maximizing the candy and fun. Picking a great location and taking a safety check can go a long way toward maximizing the fun.
Best Places for Trick-or-Treating
While almost every neighborhood in the Oklahoma City area is great for trick-or-treating, some neighborhoods are better than others. If you're new to the city, the best rule of thumb in picking a good spot for grabbing candy with your kids is to follow the crowd and decorations—the more you see of either, the more likely you are to score a bag full of candy with your kids.
The top neighborhoods in Oklahoma City for getting the most out of your night are Nichols Hills (one of the largest and most-giving neighborhoods in the city), Edgemere Park (home to many families), and Heritage Hills (with a mix of high- and low-trafficked areas.)
Can't wait until October 31? Head down to the Bricktown District on Monday, October 28, for "Brick-or-Treat," the annual candy hunt for costumed kids at various businesses downtown. The free event runs from 4 to 7 p.m.
In the Oklahoma City area, the following cities will participate in Halloween activities: Blanchard, Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, El Reno, Guthrie, Jone, Midwest City, Moore, Newcastle, Noble, Norman, Yukon, Harrah, OKC, Piedmont, Shawnee and The Village.
Experts and Oklahoma City officials recommend several precautions when taking your children trick-or-treating, especially in neighborhoods you are unfamiliar with—like you might experience if you're visiting Oklahoma City for vacation this Halloween.
You should always choose bright, recognizable, and unique costumes for your children, especially if your child is prone to separating from you in large crowds. You should also avoid long costumes that can trip a child or masks that can block eyesight as your child is more likely to get hurt.
As darkness falls, you should always try to travel on well-lit sidewalks and plan your route in advance so you're familiar with the neighborhood. Always be sure children are accompanied by an adult or guardian, and also make sure your children know your phone number, name, and address in case you do get separated.
After trick-or-treating, experts also recommend you inspect all candy and dispose of any unwrapped or suspicious-looking items. While reports of people hiding drugs, needles, and even razors in candy have declined in recent years, you don't want to risk your child's safety when taking candy from strangers—even on Halloween night.