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Creep It Real

Hoping for a harrowing Halloween? Be scareful what you wish for. Keep your adrenaline pumped and candy bags full with this collection of haunts and happenings.

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Michele Chiappetta
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September 28, 2019


Do you feel that crisp chill in the air? Notice the scent of pumpkin spice everywhere? Tempted by the bags of candy on shelves, and the costumes on the racks at the local box stores, inviting you to remember the days when you were a kid, trick or treating and dressing up to play holiday games?

That’s right — it’s time for Halloween fun. And boy, do Tulsa and the surrounding area offer a lot of spooktacular entertainment. The great variety of what Green Country serves up this time of year for kids, families, and adults alike is enough to persuade just about anyone to do the “Monster Mash,” watch Bela Lugosi movies, and howl at the harvest moon.

Whatever you can imagine, our area probably offers it. So, whether you want to get your heart pounding, or you want a relaxed taste of autumn cheer, you can find it. Ghostly visitations, zombie chases, unearthly monsters trying to grab you, corn and hay mazes to get lost in, kid-friendly games and prizes, or fun for the whole family, we’ve got you covered with a list of some of our favorite Halloween haunts in Green Country this month.

Ghostly visitations, zombie chases, unearthly monsters trying to grab you, corn and hay mazes to get lost in, kid-friendly games and prizes, or fun for the whole family, we’ve got you covered with a list of some of our favorite Halloween haunts in Green Country this month.

Barn of Harm
Pawnee County Fairgrounds | Pawnee | Oct. 25-26, 31, Nov. 1-2

Located at the Pawnee County Fairgrounds, the Barn of Harm has been a haunted attraction destination for over a decade. This scary barn houses over 30,000 square feet of terror, including live monsters lurking around every corner with the intent to make your heart race. Navigate through this haunted indoor attraction, and meander around uneven surfaces, tight spaces, and grotesque sights for a truly thrilling adventure. By the time your horrifying fun is complete, you’ll leave with your nerves frayed from the barn amenities, sounds, and smells.

Bartlesville Ghost Walk
Hilton Garden Inn | Bartlesville | Oct. 23-24

Listen to the ghost stories surrounding historic downtown buildings on the Bartlesville Ghost Walk. Starting at the Hilton Garden Inn, this tour will encompass seven different buildings, all within walking distance. Hear haunting tales in each location to find out sordid secrets from the past. The Bartlesville Ghost Walk gives visitors a glimpse of the history and the mystery of these local landmarks.

HallowZOOeen
Tulsa Zoo | Tulsa | Oct. 26-31

Looking for spooky but not-too-scary fun for the whole family, especially the kiddos? Then it’s time to take a trip to the Tulsa Zoo for their annual HallowZOOeen extravaganza. Children enjoy a host of entertaining things to do — candy stops, haunted house, activity areas, hay maze, pirate ship, dance party, and pumpkin decorating, all while surrounded by animal exhibits.

Harvest Carnival
Rhema Bible Church | Broken Arrow | Oct. 25

Treat the kids to an action-packed, candy-filled fall party at Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow. Infants, pre-K, kindergarten, and elementary school kids are invited to come in costume. Inside the Ninowski Recreation Center, children will find 80 game booths and 5,000 pounds of candy. Concessions like pizza, nachos, popcorn, and soda will also be available to keep stomachs satisfied while engaging in all the Halloween-themed fun.

Haunted Castle Halloween Festival
The Castle of Muskogee | Muskogee | Sept. 27-Oct. 26

One of the premier Halloween events in Green Country, The Castle of Muskogee is in its 24th year of Haunted Castle Halloween Festival fun. The Castle’s Halloween started as two haunted house areas, says Matt Hiller, vice president. Over the years, it has expanded, and today there are 11 events at the Castle, ranging in levels of spookiness so there’s something for everyone.

It’s free to get into the Halloween Village, which is where you’ll find food booths, shops offering Halloween-themed items, cotton candy, drinks, live shows, and more. Once you’re there, you can choose to attend as many paid events as you can fit into your time there. This approach allows the whole family or groups of friends to come together, then split up to take part in the events that fit them.

Kids ages 8 and under will enjoy the carnival of fun, a kid zone with bounce houses, games, inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and prizes. Those wanting some active entertainment can take on zombie paintball. There are a variety of haunted events to choose from including Casa Morte, Domus Horrificus, torture chamber, Trail of Blood and a haunted hayride. The Castle provides a “skull rating” for each attraction; the more skulls, the scarier.

And if you’ve been in the past, Hiller says come again, because they’re always making changes to keep things interesting. “We have altered our train route,” says Hiller as one example of what’s new. “It used to be completely non-scary. Now it’s going to be medium scary, good for kids up to teens, with special effects and lighting. It takes you through the center of the village and loops around through woods. It’s not just for the kiddies anymore.”

Hunter’s Home Ghost Stories
Hunter’s Home Historic Site | Park Hill | Oct. 25-26

Catch spooky tales told in Oklahoma’s only surviving antebellum home this Halloween season in Hunter’s Home. Held in Park Hill at what was formerly known as the George M. Murrell Home, the Hunter’s Home Ghost Stories event features storytellers in period clothing relaying spooky events in and around the home, as well as other bewitching tales. Enjoy cider and cookies in the smokehouse, then embark on a 90-minute tour of the 1845 plantation home.

Visitors will enjoy the recounting of mysterious events revolving around the mansion and northeastern Oklahoma. Learn about the mysterious black dog that suddenly appeared along the local creek behind the home one night more than 150 years ago, the woman who appears in the home’s attic window or the little girl who appears on the stairs.

During ghost story nights, visitors are ushered into the front hall decorated with candles, jack-o-lanterns, cobwebs and other ghostly decor. Participants will move from room to room, with storytellers recounting different legends in each location. Keep your eyes peeled and listen for spooky noises as local storytellers recount the oral traditions of the historic home.
Reservations are required. This event is not recommended for children under 8 years.

Killing Frost Productions
1109 N. Delaware St. | Dewey | Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, 30-31

In its 13th year of providing scares and dares in Dewey, Oklahoma, Killing Frost is offering up some Halloween entertainment this year in a presentation called 13/31 — At Death’s Door. With plenty of ghouls and ghosts and live actors in fright-inducing costumes, you’ll be sure to feel your heart racing at this haunted house experience.

Muskogee’s Haunted History Tours
Three Rivers Museum | Muskogee | Dates to be announced on Facebook

Love an excellent ghost tour? Oklahoma has its fair share of spooky stories and places that are rumored to be haunted. And one of the best ways to enjoy a ghost-inspired time is to head down to Muskogee for their Haunted History Tours. You’ll stroll through beautiful, historic areas that are said to be home to ethereal ghosts that creep and sneak and spook you out. While you walk, you’ll learn some history too. Not a bad deal.

Psycho Path
1517 E. 106th St. N. | Sperry | Check their website for dates and times

Following the epic flooding that hit Green Country in May, the Psycho Path was greatly affected. Many of their props were destroyed, buildings were overturned, and electronics were ruined. The group has been working since then so that they can open for their 15th season.

When you arrive, you’ll enter woods shrouded by fog and venture deep into the darkness where ghoulish creatures are waiting behind every twist and turn. Psycho Path offers visitors Hollywood-caliber scenes and over 40 acres of wooded terror. This haunted house attraction features high-intensity scares in an outdoor haunted experience. Take a 20-minute journey through the woods as you pass scenes filled with custom props, buildings, and creatures that will spring when you least suspect it.

Psycho Path incorporates elements of a theme park ride as visitors ride from scene to scene in a custom vehicle called the scareage. Take the signature Psycho Path Dark Ride and travel into a haunted forest on a dark and mysterious path for nearly a mile where there’s no turning back. All visitors that brave the Psycho Path are in for a thrilling haunted adventure with stunning audio and visual effects. Put your courage to the test as you and your friends encounter ghostly creatures that roam the woods outside of Sperry.

Next, take a walk through the on-site haunted house and participate in the additional attractions that are sure to leave your spine tingling. When terror works up an appetite, concessions are available.  

Pumpkin Festival
Shepherd’s Cross | Claremore | Sept. 24-Nov. 9

Celebrate fall with pumpkins, hayrides and harvest educational activities at Shepherd’s Cross, an authentic working farm in Claremore. Come out and select a pumpkin from truckloads available in all shapes and sizes. Guests can also take home straw bales and corn stalks for fall decorating. At this annual pumpkin festival, walk the hay maze, create a scarecrow, take a hayride, pet the animals in the petting zoo, and make memories. Enjoy lots of fun games and activities for the whole family, farm demos, and festive fall storytime while celebrating the harvest season.

Spook-A-Rama
Kiddie Park | Bartlesville | Oct. 17-19

Celebrate the Halloween spirit at Spook-A-Rama, a three-night event at Kiddie Park in Bartlesville. Kids can dress up in their favorite ghost, goblin or superhero costume to participate in the costume parade, and each participant will receive a small prize. Witness a mad scientist perform his wild experiments in a live show, with the first show starting at 6 p.m. each evening and performances every 30 minutes after.

At Spook-A-Rama, explore the haunted house full of creepy creatures and spooky ghouls, where you never know what’s around the next corner. Tour the funeral room, the funhouse room, the pirate room, the hall of horrors and the rest of the rooms in the haunted house for a scary good time.

The Hex House
5610 W. Skelly Dr. | Tulsa | Sept. 20-Nov. 2

With 18 nights of terror on the calendar, Tulsa’s Hex House promises to be a place you can return to repeatedly for scary entertainment … if you have the nerve. Their events are dark and frightening, not suitable for children under 13, those with medical conditions, or women who are pregnant. In other words, this is not your typical haunted house. There are no barriers between visitors and actors. Be prepared to be touched, spooked and creeped the heck out.

The Nightmare
4300 S. 91st E. Ave. | Tulsa | Every Friday and Saturday in October

Put on by GUTS Church, The Nightmare is a tradition for Tulsans. Unlike other haunted houses, this one takes visitors on a walk-through presentation of real-life, modern-day struggles challenging our world today. Be warned: it will feel real, and it will be graphic. No one under the age of 12 is permitted. The goal of the event is to find elements of hope among the lost, focusing on the price Jesus paid on the cross.

Dates and times are subject to change.

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