Let’s be honest, Halloween is for everyone. Why should kids be the only ones to dress up as their favorite characters, pay money to be scared at haunted houses and get free candy? To ignite that childlike spirit in all of us, here’s a list of the best Halloween events happening around Oklahoma City.
SNU Equestrian Team’s Haunted Barn
One of the best Halloween events is happening right down the street from SNU! Members of our equestrian team are converting their barn to be packed full of scares for two nights only: October 24 and 25. On both dates, the event runs from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold next week in the commons for $10 or attendees can pay $15 at the door. Equestrian team member Andy Will said of the event, “The Haunted Barn is our way of reaching out and letting the community know about our program and getting them involved. We’re so excited to help people.” Come out to support fellow SNU students!
OKC Halloween Parade
Making it’s way down North Broadway Avenue, the 8th annual Oklahoma City Halloween Parade is a “celebration of the arts & creativity”. The event will start at 7 p.m. on October 25, with a costume party and Zombie Ball taking place immediately after in Automobile Alley. The party will feature local music, food and art displays, along with other entertainment. While the $75 parade entry fee is a bit steep for the typical college age student, the costume party will be an exciting time no matter what your budget is.
Oklahoma City Zoo’s “Haunt The Zoo”
While Haunt The Zoo is aimed at children, the event’s website does not state that older “kids” are prevented from participating. Dress up as your favorite character and get candy while learning about animals across 21 volunteer-run booths. Haunt The Zoo is open October 26th through October 31st from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7, and the zoo recommends expecting around 45 minutes to complete the trail. It is important to remember that because this is a child friendly event, the zoo asks that all visitors leave their frightening costumes at home.
P Bar Farms Corn Maze
What’s fall without a good corn maze? Although the P Bar Farms Corn Maze is about an hour away from SNU, it has a host of fun activities for students. Visitors can try to find their way through two corn mazes, with one being full of monsters simply waiting to try and scare you. The farm also features laser tag, mini golf and an old-fashioned pumpkin patch. “The place is pretty cool,” says sophomore Jared Seitz. Each event is priced differently, and more information can be found at pbarfarms.com. The area is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night until November 8.
Many of these events allow SNU students to engage with the community around us while having fun. However, if you don’t feel like dressing up in a costume and going out to be scared, you could always participate in my favorite Halloween event: buying tons of candy on November 1 and eating them alone in your room.
[author image=”http://i1.wp.com/echo.snu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/mike.jpg?resize=287%2C300″ ]Mike Vierow, Video Story Producer
Mike Vierow is a sophomore studying Mass Communication. He previously worked as the Graphic Design Intern at Golden Bell Camp & Conference Center.[/author]