Thursday, October 29, 2009

What to Do in Tulsa This Weekend

I hope you have your costumes steamed, pressed and dry cleaned, Tulsans, because this weekend, Halloween arrives.

We all share those memories of bone-chilling All Hallows' Eves of yore – you remember, the time you decided to be Superman or Tinkerbell the year the temperatures plummeted to 29 degrees. You won't be wishing for a Sasquatch costume this year, kids. Temperatures will reach into the low 60s on Saturday, and the worst things are going to get is a balmy 40 degrees.

If you're taking the ankle-biters (not the Kibble-eating kind - well, not usually) out for some trick or treating, take a minute and refresh yourself on Halloween safety. I know, I know, I'm being a total mom. Even so, it's better to be safe than sorry.

As for the rest of you: Don't do anything I wouldn't do. Which, when it comes to this town, doesn't really leave much out.

As heard every Friday morning on the KRMG Morning News with Joe Kelley, here's the rundown on what to do in Tulsa this weekend. Happy Halloween, everybody.


Vincent Price Double Feature
When: Friday, 8:30pm
Where: Gardner's Used Books, 4421 S. Mingo Road
Give yourself goosebumps with these two classics: House on Haunted Hill, the 1959 film starring none other than Vincent Price as the shadowy character who offers five strangers $10,000 if they can stay a whole night in a house with a reputation for murder; and The Last Man on Earth (1964), in which Price plays Dr. Morgan, the only survivor of a worldwide plague of the undead. The showings are free, but get around early – seating is limited. Oh, and don't forget to dress up for the costume contest.

Saturday (Happy Halloween!)


When: Halloween
Where: Brookside
Starting bright and early at 8am, the main strip of one of Tulsa's most beloved historic neighborhoods will be transformed into a Halloween runway. The Kids' Zone opens at 11am, and trick-or-treating gets into gear at high noon. The pet costume contest will commence in the Food Pyramid parking lot at noon, followed by the children's costume contest. Don't miss the Thriller Dance Class at Ida Red at 2; then, stick around for the annual BooHaHa Parade at 3pm, from 33rd-49th Streets. It's all free and open to the public.


Dia de los Muertos Arts Festival
When: Sunday, 2-11pm
Where: Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E. Brady
Celebrate life, culture and family at this arts and heritage party. Traditionally, relatives hold vigil by a decorated altar, often at a grave site, to remember those who have died. The Tulsa Dia will feature an array of Hispanic food, music and artists. Don't miss performances by Mariachi Tulsa, Salsa Rhythm Project and Fire Dancers & Drummers. Admission is $5, and kids 12 and under get in free. Just don't show up an hour late. Daylight Savings time ends at 2am Sunday morning, so do remember to, as they say, fall back one hour.


Pumpkin Carving 2009

Understatement of the year alert: There's much going on in Tulsa this Halloween. For the sake of your sanity, I'll separate the All Hallows' events into two categories: For the Kids and Grown-Ups Only.

For the Kids

Sand Springs Soap Box Derby Race 2009

Tulsa Corn Maize
When: Now-Nov. 8; Wed-Fri, 5-10pm; Sat, 10am-10pm; Sun, 12-6pm; Closed Mondays; 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: Friday and Saturday; 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.

Camp Cute & Spooky
When: Friday, 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.

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.

Pumpkin Party & Parade
When: Friday, 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.

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.

Halloween Carnival
When: Friday, 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.

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. Don't get mad - do something about it. 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!

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.

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.

Grown-Ups Only

No Kids Halloween

Psycho Path Haunted Attraction
When: Now-Halloween; 7-11pm
Where: 15157 E. 106th Street North in Sperry
The woods are shrouded by a blanket of fog. All you can see is the narrow path taking you deeper and deeper into the darkness, where creatures wait behind every twist and turn. Your blood suddenly runs cold - you've realized there's no turning back. The Psycho Path may be your only way home. Yikes! When there's a haunted path, a spooky ride-through and a haunted house, there's sure to be scares and screams for all. Tickets range $8-40; visit the Psycho Path site for details and ticket sales.

The Hex House
When: Friday, 7:30pm; Halloween, 7pm
Where: Southeast corner of 71st and Memorial, next to Incredible Pizza
Hex House claims to be Tulsa's only extreme haunted attraction. One thing's for sure: It's not for children. Not for the faint of heart, Hex House promises to stupefy and terrify.

Halloween Glassblowing
When: Friday-Sunday during store hours
Where: Tulsa Glassblowing, 19 E. Brady
For the low, low price of $45, anyone aged 12 and older can walk right in to Tulsa Glassblowing on Brady and whip themselves up a good lookin' glass pumpkin or witch ball. The possibilities, they are endless - and spooky, too.

Scream Country Haunted Forest
When: Friday-Halloween, 7:30-11pm
Where: Deep in the woods of Drumright
Located deep in the woods, haunting more than 40 acres of dark, twisting forest, Scream Country will be scaring the pants off Oklahomans for the 12 year in a row in 2009. See the haunted forest, the haunted house (a.k.a. Dead Block, the world's first maximum security zombie prison) and the corn mayhem, all with one ticket. Admission is $18, or skip the line and pay $35 for a scream pass.

Vampire Prom Nite Murder Mystery
When: Halloween, 7pm
Where: Whispering Vines Vineyard & Winery, 7374 W. 51st Street
Solve the murder and win a bottle of award-winning, Oklahoma-grown wine, not to mention bragging rights. These three-hour shows sold out last year, so get your tickets now. Tickets are $59.95 and includes dinner, the show, tax and tip.

Tulsa Ballet's Dracula
When: Now-Halloween at 8pm; Nov. 1 at 3pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center (Check out that link for a video preview of this ballet)
Lavish sets, haunting music and ghostly lighting ignite the spirit of evil in this theatrical ballet, Dracula. As if we needed an excuse to travel back to 19th century Transylvania, the Tulsa Ballet is offering Tulsans the scenic route. Music will be by Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Tickets range $20-$70.

All Hallows Hangover
When: Friday, 6:30pm
Where: Rose Bowl Event Center, 7419 E. 11th Street
See My Solstice, Congress of a Crow and TRANNY will perform. General admission tickets are $10, or $12.25 at the door.

The Seven Deadly Sins: An Evening of Sinfully Fun Poetry
When: Friday, 8pm
Where: Living ArtSpace, 307 E. Brady
Living Arts invites you to the Brady District this Hallows' Eve for a sinful night of wayward poetry from Tulsa's best wordsmiths: Tony Brinkley, Mia Wright, Confidence Omenai, Tony Henley and others. Wear a costume portraying the sin of your choice, and don't forget to stick around a performance by the Portico Dans Dance Troupe.

Halloween Party for Adults at The Canebrake
When: Friday, 7pm
Where: The Canebrake, 33241 E. 732nd Road in Wagoner
The Canebrake is here this Halloween to prove this holiday isn't just for kids. Grab your friends and (adult) loved ones and head to Wagoner county for some grown-up time, complete with music and door prizes. And hey, just because you're a grown up doesn't mean you don't get to don a killer costume. A $5 admission donation goes to Wagoner Animal Guardian Society.

Prick or Ink Tattoo Festival
When: Friday-Sunday
Where: SpiritBank Event Center in Bixby
A temporary tatt just not going to cut it this Halloween? Check out tattoo artists, live tattoo competitions and live music all All Hallows' Eve weekend long in Bixby. Look also for the daily performances by the mind-boggling antics of The Lucky Daredevil Thrill Show. A single day pass is $25, or get the three-day pass for $50.

Brady Fall Arts Festival
When: Halloween, 10am-6pm
Where: Brady Outdoor Stage, 300 N. Main
Think you can handle 50 local artists? How about enough food and music to make you scream? It's all at Brady Fall Arts Festival all day on All Hallows' Eve. Presented by Local Art Matters.

Arsenic and Old Lace
When: Halloween, 1pm
Where: Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Road
In this 1944 madcap romp starring Cary Grant, Mortimer Brewster, a mild-mannered drama critic, learns on Halloween that his two kindly and loveable aunts have been poisoning people with elderberry wine. Corpses can turn up in the most unusual places in Brooklyn.

Free Thriller Dance Class
When: Halloween, noon-3pm
Where: Ida Red Boutique on Brookside, 3346 S. Peoria Ave.
You know you've always wanted to learn it - it's the Thriller Dance, the moves that the late Michael Jackson made famous. This Halloween, thanks to the folks at Studio 1 on Cherry Street, you have the chance to learn it for free. Find your way to Ida Red on Brookside for the class (starting at 2pm), along with a special Halloween set by local band The Red Alert (starting at noon) and a costume contest (starting at 3pm).

Have a Spicy Halloween
When: Halloween, 4-10pm
Where: Elote Cafe & Catering, Fifth and Boston
It's no secret that Elote is one of the hottest, spiciest places to dine in downtown Tulsa and this Halloween, nothing's changed. Head to the little Fresh-Mex cafe at Fifth and Boston for a costume contest complete with prizes, along with a spookylicious adult beverage. Yum.

Grown-Up Trick or Treat
When: Halloween, 6-8pm
Where: Brady Outdoor Stage, 300 N. Main
If you think your costume has what it takes to get the treats and leave the tricks, hit up the Brady Merchants Association at the Grown-Up Trick or Treat this Halloween. The fun kicks off just at sundown.

A PlayDate Halloween
When: Halloween, 8pm
Where: Allen Chapman Activity Center at University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Drive
What is Play Date? It's an alternative to the typical night out, that's what. On the agenda: Drinks, food, music, Hungry Hungry Hippos and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. After all, and as the saying goes, you don't stop playing because you get old; you get old because you stop playing. Pay $10 to get through the door, and don't forget to wear that titillating costume.

A Rocky (Horror) Halloween
When: Halloween, 8-10pm
Where: Brady Outdoor Stage, 300 N. Main
This first-ever Halloween celebration of its kind promises to be a day of art, entertainment and frightful partying. First, check out the Halloween Musical Extravaganza by Crossland, voted best party cover band in this year's Absolute Best of Tulsa Music Awards. Then, at 10pm, stay tuned for a screening of The Rocky Horror Show. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. $100 will buy a VIP package, which includes stage-front seating, a Props Pack full of everything you'll need to participate in The Rocky Horror Show) and admission to the late night VIP cast party.

35th Annual Freakers Ball
When: Halloween, doors at 7pm
Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main Street
Back in '74, a group of folks wanted to put together a wild night of costumes and music. Good thing for you that they're still partying down at Cain's Ballroom 35 years later, making the Freakers Ball the longest running costume contest in the state. Need more convincing? Nearly two dozen local acts will be rocking the monster mash. Tickets are $10 at the door, $9 in advance.

Spider Ball
When: Halloween, 8pm
Where: Enso's and IDL Ballroom, downtown at First and Detroit
If you can monster mash with the best of 'em, get ready to boogie at the first annual Spider Ball, a dance party so big it'll take two clubs to contain it. At Enso's will be Steve Cluck doing his deejay thing, and IDL will feature a live performance by PDA and hot spins by DJ Synthcon. The event is free, but you must be 21 or older to attend, and you have to come in costume - that, or black and white clothing only. A full liquor bar will be ready to rock so, as the Facebook event page for this event says, "bring your sexy."

Halloween Ball
When: Halloween, 8pm
Where: The Marquee, 222 N. Main Street
There will be plenty of music to be had at this little Halloween shindig, that's for sure - no less than six deejays will be rocking the house at The Marquee Saturday night until 2 am. Look also for a costume contest, giveaways and cash prizes. Admission is $5 with a costume, $7 without, and anyone with a Freakers Ball ticket stub gets a discount on the door price, too.


David Crowder Band

The David Crowder Band
When: Friday, doors at 7pm, show at 8
Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main Street
If you think you don't like church music, then you haven't heard The David Crowder Band. This six-piece Waco-based Christian electronic rock and worship band promises to rock Cain's no less than what it deserves. Tickets are $30 in advance or $32 at the door.

Signature Symphony: Sam Harris
When: Friday and Saturday, 8pm
Where: Tulsa Community College VanTrease PACE, 10300 E. 81st Street
Sam Harris, star of Broadway, screen and recording, returns to Tulsa to share his talent with the hometown crowd. Tickets are $27.50-$49.

Primal Swing
When: Sunday, 5pm
Where: Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First Street
When it comes to those cravings we all have for good music, there's no going wrong with a concert at the Jazz Hall of Fame, right in our own backyard in downtown Tulsa. If you're looking to get primal this Sunday, call the Jazz Depot on First Street at (918) 281-8600 for a ticket or five.

K.O.D. Tour featuring Tech N9ne
When: Sunday, doors at 7pm, show at 8:15
Where: Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main Street
“No negative energy – that is the remedy.” You can say that little bit of Tech N9ne wisdom again, and I bet on Sunday night, you will. Tickets are $25 in advance or $27 at the door.


Tap Dogs

So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2009
When: Friday, doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:30
Where: BOK Center, 200 N. Denver Ave.
See your top ten perform live on stage as the SYTYCDT (!) tour waltzes, tangoes and krumps its way to T-Town. Tickets are $38.50-56.

Tap Dogs
When: Friday, 8pm
Where: Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 701 S. Main Street
It's part theatre, part dance and part rock concert – it's Tap Dogs. If this rough and tough reinvention of tap is good enough to sell 12 million seats worldwide, then it's more than good enough for your Friday night. Tickets are $25-45.

Side Show
When: Friday and Saturday, 8pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second Street
Who doesn't love a tale of conjoined twins? This musical, nominated for four Tony Awards, tells of the twins' search for survival and love through both the high and low points in their search for careers in vaudeville. The best part? This musical is based on a true story. Judging by the popularity of reality television shows, we all love that very, very much. Tickets are $30.

Boy Gets Girl
When: Friday and Saturday, 8pm
Where: Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second Street
Got stalkers? Then this is the production, presented by Playhouse Theatre, for you. Questioning the assumptions at the very heart of romantic pursuit in the context of a blind date gone sour – frighteningly so. Tickets for this show, which is recommended for mature audiences only, are $25.

The Exonerated
When: Friday and Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 2pm
Where: Heller Theatre @ Henthorne, 4825 S. Quaker Ave.
Don't miss the drama of the true stories of six former death row prisoners who were released from prison after their convictions were reversed. Take a closer look at their false accusations, wrongful convictions and eventual exoneration. Tickets for this show, intended for mature audiences only, are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and college students.

Comedy Showcase @ The Nightingale
When: Sunday, doors at 7:30pm, show at 8
Where: Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. Fourth Street
It's not yet Thanksgiving, but A Murder of Comics is bringing the turkeys early. TU's pride and joy, Jack Merrywell, headlines what promises to be a night of uproarious laughter, and he's bringing the likes of my buddies Jay Dee and Justin McKean with him. Drinks and snacks will be there, and so should you. Tickets are $5.


TU Homecoming

TU Homecoming Game at SMU
When: Halloween, 1pm
Where: H.A. Chapman Stadium
TU's homecoming and Halloween collide this year, and the result promises to be so much fun, it's scary. Join in the tailgating festivities on Chapman Commons, complete with trick-or-treating, food and music, and cheer on the home team as it takes on the Mustangs from University Park, Texas.

OSU v. Texas
When: Saturday, 7pm
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater
Catch the Cowboy fun on Cox Cable Channel 8.

OU v. Kansas State
When: Saturday, 6pm
Where: Norman

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. 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.

U.S. Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show
When: Now-Oct. 31
Where: Expo Square
What's this little horse show about? It's about being the most prestigious North American championship in the Arabian show horse industry, that's what. This event offers Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses while both amateur and professional riders or handlers compete in competitions from halter and native costuming to western and hunter classes. Believe it or not, this horse show also offers world-class shopping and barn parties.

Other Stuff

Pioneer Woman Booksigning

The Pioneer Woman at Dwelling Spaces
When: Friday, 3pm
Where: Dwelling Spaces, 119 S. Detroit Ave.
The event starring the celebrity accidental country girl held at Tulsa Historical Society Tuesday night was a huge hit. So huge, in fact, that BookSmart Tulsa ran clean out of books. Good thing Ree Drummond, the one and only Pioneer Woman, agreed to hang out at Dwelling Spaces Friday afternoon to sign books for those who didn't get a chance to chat and snag an autograph. Books are $27.50. Find out more about Ree at Confessions of a Pioneer Woman.

Sidewalk Astronomy
When: Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 7pm
Where: BassPro Broken Arrow, 101 Bass Pro Drive; RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks, 300 Riverwalk Terrace
Did you know that it's the International Year of Astronomy? Well, it is, and the Astronomy Club of Tulsa is ready to help you get hip with the cosmos with their public observing events. Simply head toward the giant telescopes.

Oklahoma Reptile Expo
When: Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
Where: Tulsa Select Hotel, 5000 E. Skelly Drive
If you hit the ceiling at the mere thought of a lizard or a snake, then I'd advise against staying at the Tulsa Select this weekend. Everything from turtles to cage supplies will be showcased this weekend, and everyone over the age of 13 gets to see it all for a five spot (kids 6-12 pay $3). Just remember: Show coordinators are not responsible for injuries or damage. Yowzas.

City of Tulsa Mayoral Candidate Forum
When: Sunday, 4pm
Where: Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. Fourth Street
PFLAG, the Tulsa chapter of the League of Women Voters and Oklahomans for Equality are set to host a Tulsa mayoral candidate forum. Let's hope you're set to attend. All mayoral candidates have been invited to attend, and a reception will follow.


Michael Jackson's This Is It
When: Opened Wednesday, Oct. 28
In this season of the Thriller dance, be sure to catch this rare glimpse into the final days of Michael Jackson, compiled from an estimated 80 hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage. Rated PG.


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Anonymous said...

Sqeeeeee!! I had no idea Ree was going to be at Dwelling Spaces. Thanks for posting that!


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