Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Halloween in Tulsa: For the Kids

Pumpkin Town

There's so much going on in Tulsa this Halloween that I've made three - three! - lists of activities and events so that you'll have the easiest and happiest time possible putting together your spooktacular itinerary for this year.

First up is all the stuff the kids won't want to miss. From free, community events to paid ways to get your scare on, here's the list among lists of ways to make the children happy this Halloween season, starting this very weekend.

Pumpkin Town

Want to check out more ways to make the kids hoot and cackle this Halloween? Trot over to, where the mommies and daddies there are talking about everything from the scariest homemade costumes to how to make pumpkin cupcake cakes. will help you make this Halloween something to remember - and we don't mean by accidentally running over and crushing the fall display you made by the mailbox last night on the way to work the next morning.

Not that anyone ever does such things.

Out and About

Sand Springs Soap Box Derby Race 2009

Pumpkin Patches Galore
When: Now-Halloween
Where: All over Tulsa
Click here for a mega-list of the pumpkin patches in the Tulsa area.

Tulsa Corn Maize
When: Now-Nov. 8; Wed-Fri, 5-10pm; Sat, 10am-10pm; Sun, 12-6pm; Closed Mondays; Fall Break Oct. 15-16, 10am-10pm; Haunted Maize open at dark Fri-Sat., Fall Break and Halloween
Where: 32506 E. 61st Street in Broken Arrow
There's more to do at the Tulsa Corn Maize than just get lost. Let me count the ways: a paintball shooting range; campfires; a haunted maze; a cow train; hay rides; rubber ducky races; and a corn box (you have to see it to believe it). Admission is $6 per youth aged 4-12, free for kids 3 and under and $8 for adults.

Haunted Castle Halloween Festival
When: Oct. 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30 and Halloween; Hours 6-10pm
Where: The Castle at Muskogee, 3400 Fern Mountain Road
Fun for kids and the young at heart alike, The Castle delivers nine spooktacular events, ranging from not-so-scary to really-really-scary, across a 60-acre Halloween-themed park. From the sinister, fog-shrounded forest to the carnival atmosphere of Halloween Land, everyone is sure to find performances and activities they'll never forget. Check out the ticket combos, which are printable from your desktop and range $15-$25, on The Castle Web site.

When: Oct. 22-24, 8pm; also, 2pm on Oct. 24
Where: Linnaeus Garden Barn, southeast corner of Woodward Park
Rather celebrate the sweetly spooky side of Halloween than the ghastly and the goulish? Costumes, a Halloween musical by local actors and musicians, might just be the thing for you. The audience is encouraged to come in costume, and the walkway-lit garden will be open for exploration during intermission. Tickets are $10, which is donated to Tulsa Garden Center. Make reservations by calling 746-5125. Thanks to Tulsa People for publicizing this song-worthy event.

Camp Cute & Spooky
When: Oct. 24, 28, 29 and 30, 7-9pm
Where: Discoveryland!
Kids 10 and under can hit the trail to west Tulsa for an evening of great Halloween fun at Discoveryland!'s entertainment complex. Catch everything from a trick-or-treat trail through a lighted enchanted forest to a haystack jump to the "Monster Mash" dance stage. Admission is $6 (or $5 for the crafty among you who head to Quiktrip or Incredible Pizza for those $1 off coupons) and includes all activities. Don't forget to don those costumes.

Owasso Harvest Festival
When: Oct. 24, 11am-9pm
Where: Centennial Park in Owasso, 15301 E. 86th Street North (park at Owasso High School and ride the shuttle to the festival)
This festival, held in conjunction with the Oklahoma State Chili Cook-Off, packs an entire day of activities for the entire family. Look for hay rides, a costume contest, a scarecrow contest, pumpkin carving, face painting, balloon art, a car show and, of course, chili tasting. It's all free and open to the public.

When: Oct. 27-Halloween, 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Tulsa Zoo & Living Museum
Get wild this Halloween and bring your boys and "ghouls" to trick-or-treat at the wildest neighborhood in town. A spooky, but not too scary, Halloween adventure is planned at this 20th annual HallowZOOeen. Get treats at Goblin Stops, play games and see zoo mascots as you roam the trick-or-treat trail. General admission is $7 (or $6 for members), and kids under 2 and not trick-or-treating will be admitted free. Don't forget to bring that extra pillowcase.

When: Oct. 27-31, 10am-6pm (last paid admission is one hour prior to closing)
Where: Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks
Great ready for Halloween on the high seas - the Oklahoma Aquarium is spooky (and salty!) with carnival games, a trick-or-treat trail, haunted feed shows and plenty of pirates handing out tricks and treats. Admission is $7 per youth, $10 per adult.

New! Mummy and Son Halloween Dance
When: Friday, 6pm
Where: Bixby Community Center, 211 N. Cabaniss Ave.
At this second of annual Mummy & Son Halloween dances there will be dance competitions along with costume contest for those who dare to dress up. Plenty of refreshments will be on hand, the DJ Connection will provide the tunes. Cost is $5 per person.

Tulsa Run
When: Halloween
Where: Downtown Tulsa
Kids and adults alike can dress up and run in Tulsa's favorite way to burn a few hundred calories, the annual Tulsa Run. Register by Saturday, Oct. 24, to pay the regular $35 to race the 5K or 15K, or $15 for the 2K fun run. It all gets started bright and early (and chilly!) Halloween morning, with a finish line festival, including candy bars for the kids and warm coffee and cold beer for grown-ups, waiting at the end. Check the Tulsa Run Web site for more details and to register.

When: Halloween
Where: Brookside
Starting at 8am, Tulsa's favorite strip will be transformed into a Halloween treat for the 19th year in a row. The Kids' Zone opens at 11am, and trick-or-treating gets into gear at noon. The pet costume contest will commence in the Food Pyramid parking lot at noon, followed by the children's costume contest. Stick around for the annual BooHaHa Parade at 3pm, from 33rd-49th Streets. It's all free and open to the public.

NEW! Fun & Games on Main
When: Halloween, 6pm
Where: The Farmers' Market, 418 S. Main Street in Broken Arrow
There's nothing like coming home from a night of trick-or-treating to a toilet papered house and smashed pumpkins. Heighten crime awareness this Halloween and still have a good time on Main Street in Broken Arrow. Look for the special Katy engine from Union Pacific Railroad, a magic show, performances by the BA Hip Hop Cops and free food from Reasor's and Blue Bell Ice Cream. Plus, the Green Country Roller Girls will be handing out candy. Killer!

New! Halloween Night at the Winery
When: Halloween, 4pm
Where: Stone Bluff Cellars
Bring your little ones to a scenic Oklahoma winery for some Halloween fun. Snag some cupcakes and cider for the kids and a more bitter brew for yourself. Don't forget to get your photo taken with the Wine Gnome - very spooky indeed.

At the Libraries

Hardesty Regional Library

HalloWEEK Stories and Magic with Storyteller Michael Corley
When: Oct. 22
Where: Suburban Acres Library, 10=10:45am; Nathan Hale Library, 4-4:45pm; Brookside Library, 6:30-7:15pm
Oklahoma's only storytelling magician will take you on an spooky trail of ghost stories, from legendary monsters like the Weindgo to pirates from beyond the grave. Always spooky but never too scary, Corley will be in full costume, performing magical effects with lots of audience participation. For ages 5-12. Sponsored by the Tulsa Library Trust.

Get Zombified!
When: Friday, Oct. 23, 4:30-5:30pm
Where: Martin Regional Library
Learn survival strategies with local zombie expert Chris Askers as he leads a discussion on zombie history and biology and shows how to produce realistic-looking injuries. For teens. Preregistration is required. Call 669-6340 to register.

When: Monday, Oct. 26, 5:30-7pm
Where: Judy Z. Kishner Library
Enjoy a fun-filled family evening featuring hot dogs, games, face painting, buried treasure and candy. Wear a costume!

Preschool Story Time: Halloween Fun
When: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11-11:30am
Where: Martin Regional Library
Enjoy shivery songs, jack-o-lantern stories and creepy finger plays to get in the spirit. Wear a costume! For ages 3-5.

Storytelling 101: Scary Stories and Ghost Tales
When: Tuesday, Oct. 27, 4:45-6pm
Where: Helmerich Library
Explore jump tales and urban legends in celebration of Halloween. Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Helmerich Library. For ages 10-13.

Pumpkin Decorating
When: Wednesday, Oct. 28, 4:30-6pm
Where: Nathan Hale Library
Creative pumpkin decorating. For all ages. Class size is limited, so call NHL to register.

At the Parks

Pumpkin Town

Kiddie Park Spook-A-Rama
When: Oct. 16-17, 6-10pm
Where: Kiddie Park in Bartlesville (click here for directions)
If you haven't loaded up the kids in the van and trucked them to Bartlesville for an afternoon at the Kiddie Park in Bartlesville, you're all sorely missing out. Head there the weekend of the 16th to put your carving skills to the test in the Great Pumpkin Contest, held both nights of the festival for kids 12 and under. Then, hit the costume parade, and don't forget to squeeze in some trick-or-treating for candy and prizes. Check out the Fall Fun Fest Saturday from 4-6pm, too - it's 20 booths of spooky fun.

Pumpkin Painting
When: Oct. 26, 4-5pm
Where: McClure Park
Come to McClure and use their supplies to decorate your pumpkin for Halloween. Make sure to bring your own pumpkin! And don't forget to pre-register. Ages 3-14. Class price is $6.

Halloween Carnival Spooktacular
When and Where: Oct. 27 at Reed Park, 6-7:30pm; Oct. 29 at McClure Park, 6-7:30pm
Join other ghosts and goblins for our spooky, kooky carnival. Play fun games in a safe, indoor environment. Be sure to get in on the free costume contest, too. each game will cost 1 ticket, or 25 cents. Ages 2-11 are welcome, and everyone is admitted free.

Pumpkin Bash
When: Oct. 29, 4:30-5:30pm
Where: Owen Park
Toss your pumpkin and watch it explode and win prizes for the biggest mess. Woot! There's no fee, but do pre-register. Pumpkins will be provided. Ages 5-11 are welcome, and everyone gets in free.

Flashlight Candy Scramble
When: Oct. 29, 7:30-8pm
Where: Lacy Park & Community Center
Kids will have fun hunting for wrapped candy in the dark. Don't forget a flashlight and a container for all those goodies. Please bring a canned good donation. Oh, and did I mention prizes? They'll be there. Ages 1-12 are welcome, and everyone gets in free.

Halloween Spook Hunt for Candy
When: Oct. 29, 8:25-8:30pm
Where: Hicks Park
Join other kids for a candy hunt in the dark. The hunt won't last long so be prepared with flashlight in hand and arrive no later than 8:10pm. Ages 8-11 are welcome, and everyone gets in free.

Pumpkin Party & Parade
When: Oct. 30, 10am-10:45am
Where: Whiteside Community Center
Head to Whiteside for a parade, play games and enjoy a few snacks with friends. For ages 2-5 years. All participants must be pre-enrolled, so call Whiteside soon. Admission is $6.

Halloween Carnival
When: Oct. 30, 6-7:30pm
Where: Whiteside Community Center
Join the ghosts and goblins at Whiteside for a fun, safe Halloween experience. Admission is $5 for kids aged 2-8, which includes unlimited game play. Adults are admitted free.

Annual "Pumpkin" Hunt
When: Halloween, 5:30pm
Where: Central Park in Broken Arrow, 1500 S. Main Street
Guess how many "pumpkins" (read: plastic eggs with Halloween goodies inside) will be hidden in Central Park this year, just for kids ages 1-7 to hunt? 4,000, that's how many. It's all free and open to the public, and the kiddos are encouraged to come in costume. Stick around for the Main Street Merchants Night Out Against Crime, which packs free activities, food, safety and crime prevention information all into one fun-filled evening.

Halloween Carnival
When: Halloween, 6-8pm
Where: Chamberlain Park
Join the Chamberlain Park Staff and community volunteers for a sook-tacular time. Little ghosts and gouls can participate in carnival games, get candy and have fun. Ages 1-12 are welcome, and everyone gets in free.


Holly Wall said...

HOLY CRAP! How the heck am I going to fit all this in just a couple of weeks??

Becca said...

Where did you take the first picture in your post at? It looks like a great place to pick up a pumpkin. Please tell. :)

Tasha said...

Becca, the first and the second photos were shot at Pumpkin Town last weekend. GREAT place to pick up a pumpkin, for sure. Plus, there's tons there to keep the kiddos happy and busy for however long it takes you to find the perfect one. If you go, let us know what you think.

Holly, that's exactly what I said to myself when I realized how crazy-long this post is. Oy.

Anonymous said...

Do you have a list of events like trunk-or-treats?

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