Pumpkins on every patio, witches in every yard and ghosts hanging out in corners... Halloween is almost here! This year is proving to be a frightening one in the Oklahoma City area, with events like haunted houses and spooky festivals popping up everywhere. Here are some of the best ones to consider attending.
This is the best time of year to head to the amusement park and enjoy some scary sensations in addition to the regular rides and attractions. Included with the regular price of admission, you can visit the Burial Bayou, Carnival House of Fun and Toymaker's Toy Factory. For an additional charge, you can also visit the Nightmare Haunted House, which features 30 rooms filled with your worst fears! Fright Fest runs through October 29 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. onward.
The Sanctuary is one of the biggest haunted houses in the OKC area. As the legend goes, a humanitarian named Charles Labrie began the sanctuary in 1913, welcoming the mentally ill. Extraordinary and inexplicable phenomena began manifesting soon after, and the place is still haunted 'this day! The Sanctuary is open October 27–28, and also October 30–31. You can purchase tickets online starting at $20 per person.
Take a 20-minute walk through a section of forest that is rumored to be haunted. Your worst nightmares will be waiting to surprise you as you wander along the banks of the Lost Lakes. Tickets are $20 per person, and the Haunted Forest takes place at the Lost Lakes Entertainment Complex nightly through October 31.
If you're looking for a slightly less scary event that won't quite have you shaking in your boots, make a visit to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Haunt the Zoo takes place October 28 and 29 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be trick-or-treating throughout the grounds, along with ghost train rides, giant pumpkins and other Halloween fun.
This is a special year at Trail of Fear as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. It has been the highest-rated haunted attraction in the state, and this year, Trail of Fear added a new feature: the Halloween Midway. The scream park features ghost tours and an interactive comedy show. There are also several haunted houses, Ghost Car Racing, and a family fun area that features less-scary attractions. The park opens at 6 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through November 4, and also on Halloween.