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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Frontier Country events

  • Festivals and events scheduled throughout Frontier Country.
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  • Situated at the crossroads of I-35, I-40 and I-44, the 12 central counties of Oklahoma known as Frontier Country offer a variety of events, attractions and festivals to entertain the whole family this Halloween.
     
    Festivals and Events
     
    Haunt the River with Oklahoma River Cruises on Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 26. The adult cruises begin at 8 p.m. departing from Regatta Park Landing. Enjoy the decorated boat, appetizers, cash bar, costume prizes, haunted tunes and frightful fun departing from Exchange Landing. The cruise is $35 per adult and reservations are required. Family-friendly haunted cruises are available on public service.
     
    Experience Frontier City’s FrightFest for festivities for all ages. Open on weekends through Nov. 2, FrightFest features all of the same great rides and attractions plus scare zones, ghoulish shows and entertainment and the Nightmare Haunted House for $5. The not-so-scary BooVille area provides a fun and safe Halloween experience for Trick-or-Treating families with children 10 years and younger.
     
    The Storybook Forest at Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park, Oct. 23-30 features a walking trick-or-treat trail with storybook characters and scenes from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly. Other activities include hayrides, games, storytelling and campfire. Admission is $6 per child in advance or $8 at the gate. Adults are admitted free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.
     
    Haunt the Harn at the Harn Homestead & 1889ers Museum Oct. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to trick-or-treat at each of the historic buildings on the Homestead grounds and participate in games and crafts. Admission per child is $3 in advance or $5 at the door.
     
    The annual Boo on Bell Fall Family Festival, Oct. 24-26 celebrates the autumn season with family-friendly activities on Bell Street in downtown Shawnee. A few of the festival highlights include carnival rides and games, ghost tours, live music, costume contests, hayrides, parade, trick-or-treating and more.
     
    Oklahoma City Zoo hosts the 30th annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween, Oct. 26-31. Haunt the Zoo, one of Oklahoma’s largest Halloween celebration, offers six nights of family-friendly trick-or-treating throughout the Zoo grounds from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. nightly. Admission is $6 per child in advance or $7 at the door.
     
    Yukon’s annual Spooksville Halloween festival is Oct. 26 at the Yukon Community Center. From 1:30 to 6 p.m., the event features a dog costume contest, kids costume contests, haunted house and a carnival area with games, crafts, magicians, treats and more. Admission is $3 per person.
     
    Take a Halloween Train Ride in costume at the Oklahoma Railway Museum in Oklahoma City Oct. 26. The train leaves Oakwood Depot at the museum at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The ride is approximately 25 minutes. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for children.
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    Haunt Old Town in Moore, Oct. 26 is a night full of activities for the whole family in Old Town, at the Moore Community Center and at the Moore Public Library. From 4 to 7 p.m. enjoy trick-or-treating, hayrides, carriage rides, inflatables, petting zoo, arts and crafts, food trucks and live entertainment.
     
    The Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City hosts their annual Halloween Bash Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. with prizes, candy, live insects and reptiles, crafts, games and a special museum admission price of $3 per person. Costumes are welcome.
     
    Theater and Music
     
    One of Lyric’s biggest hits is back by popular demand! Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma presents Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show at the Plaza Theatre in Oklahoma City through Nov. 2. Whether it’s your first time or this musical is part of your soul, join Lyric for ‘a night you will remember for a very—long—time!’ Tickets are $40.
     
    Phil the Penguin visits outer space at Phil Phone Home, A Discovery Family Concert with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Oct. 27. Beginning at 2 p.m. at the Civic Center Music Hall, join Phil and his friends in a performance that's out of this world with music of sci-fi movies and TV shows from the orchestra. Tickets are $9 for general admission.
     
    Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches
     
    The Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City presents Pumpkinville through Oct. 31. The entire Children’s Garden is transformed into a fun-filled, fall wonderland featuring 3,000 pumpkins, scarecrows, gorgeous mums, hay bale maze, arts and crafts activities, storytelling and more. Admission is $5 per child and $3 for adults for non-members. Call or check online for hours of operation.
     
    In Oklahoma City, Orr Family Farm celebrates a grand re-opening for the fall season. The Farm includes a variety of activities to entertain the family including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, train rides, fishing pond, pony rides and zip line. Open every day through Nov. 2 along with Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. The Trick-Orr-Treating and a costume contest is Oct. 26. Hours of operation and admission prices vary.
     
    Chickasha’s Reding Farm offers The Maize, Oklahoma’s largest corn maze covering 35 acres. Open through Nov. 3, Reding Farm is complete with hayrides, pumpkin patch, farm animals, train rides, campfire, corn cannon and a full concession stand. At night, experience the Haunted Maize: Harvest of Fear open through Oct. 26. Hours of operation and admission prices vary.
     
    In Piedmont, enjoy 25 acres of family fun at Chester’s Party Barn & Farm through Nov. 3 with a three-acre mystery maze, pumpkin patch, pony rides and hayrides, games, petting zoo and “Chester’s World’s Largest Ant Farm Habitat”. Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is $8.
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    Located near Enid, Daze in a Maze provides fall family fun through Thanksgiving weekend with a six-acre hay bale maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, picnic and play areas along with a number of corn mazes. Daze in a Maze is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays and also weekdays by appointment. Open on weekends and admission is $8.

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