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Fabulous Family Fun This Fall

Now that it’s October, Oklahoma City is finally feeling some hints of fall. There’s a rumor that a brisk chill is on the way and some leaves have actually started turning red and gold. With the new season comes many fun fall events, including Halloween! Read on so you can enrich your family’s fall with these local offerings in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas.


Family friendly activities through October (with a little November, too)

EdFest

October 4: EdFest will be held at the Downtown Edmond Festival Marketplace and feature food trucks, local breweries and live music. Activities for kids will include inflatables, face painting by Silly Lily, balloon animals, temporary tattoos, carnival games, character photos and more.

Oklahoma Regatta Festival

October 4-6: The Oklahoma Regatta Festival will celebrate its 15th Anniversary in 2019. The three-day celebration of rowing, kayaking, dragon boating, whitewater rafting and family fun includes racing on the Oklahoma River, the new OKC Thrive Outside Expo, RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures and deals on RIVERSPORT passes throughout the weekend. Food trucks, vendor tents and a beer garden will also be open.

Farm After Dark at Orr Family Farm

October 4-26, Every Friday and Saturday: Spend time at Orr Family Farm after the lights go out every Friday and Saturday in October. The kiddos can speed across the farm on the zip line in the dark, explore the fall maze by flashlight or toast marshmallows at a roaring fire pit. There will also be a firework display (weather permitting) at 9 p.m.

Down Syndrome Festival and 5K

October 5: The Down Syndrome Festival and 5K is the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma’s largest annual fundraiser and biggest awareness event. Money raised at the festival will stay in central Oklahoma to serve our growing families as well as other programs and related services.

Kids Take Over The Cowboy

October 5: Bring the kiddos to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and learn about the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the area. Your little cowboys or cowgirls can participate in the Little Buckaroos Round-Up, where they can test their skills in stick horse barrel races, roping and more. 

Oklahoma Czech Festival in Yukon

October 5: Celebrate Yukon’s rich Czech heritage with a carnival, parades and traditional Czech and Slovak dancing. The family can also enjoy delightful Czech foods including kolaches and sausages.

Harvest Hustle 5K Walk/Run in Midwest City

October 6: Lace up your walking shoes for this free 5K walk/run, featuring a variety of family-friendly activities and a wellness expo at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. The wellness expo introduces families to the many health resources available in Midwest City and the metro area.

Historic Spirit Tour at Fort El Reno

October 12 and 26: Hear the stories of the restless spirits of the old military post and how they align with some of the unsolved mysteries that have occurred at Fort Reno. It’s a spooky, fun and educational evening for the whole family and the Oct. 12 event will feature a special trick-or-treat night.

Fall Y'all at Oklahoma Hall of Fame

October 14-19: Check out the great daily themed activities and free family fun each day at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Activities will include story time, crafts, pumpkin painting, movies and more.

Family Fall Dance in Del City

October 18: Stop by the Del City Community Center to enjoy music, light refreshments, photo opportunities, giveaways, a candy bar buffet full of sweets and more. Family-friendly costumes are welcome.

Stockyards Stampede

October 19: This event capitalizes on the rich history of the Oklahoma National Stockyards. Chuck wagons, blacksmiths, gunfighters, carriage rides, food trucks and an enhanced children’s educational area with commodity trailers, tractors, straw mazes and games will all be featured. 

OKC Fall Festival at Parkhurst Ranch in Arcadia

October 19: This a free event held for the autism community at the Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch. Pony rides, a hay maze, petting zoo, tipi and more will be available for kids to experience.

colorful pumpkin patch

Tentober at Mitch Park

October 19: Enjoy fishing, outdoor games, story time, s’mores, dinner and an outdoor movie while camping in Mitch Park. Donations of money, canned goods and household items to benefit the Pine Pantry Food Bank will be accepted during the event.

Free Family Day at Oklahoma City Museum of Art

October 20: The SONIC Free Family Day will feature free museum admission, art-making activities and gallery experiences. The Metropolitan Library System will also offer a pop-up library so the entire family can check out books and sign up for library cards.

Open Streets OKC

October 20: Open Streets OKC is a local health and wellness project. Everyone who attends is invited to walk, bike, skate or board while they meet local business owners and celebrate the unique charm of the historic South Oklahoma City neighborhood.

Wiggle Out Loud at the Myriad Gardens

October 20: Stop by the Myriad Gardens for a fresh, diverse lineup of musicians and performers. In addition to live music, the entire family can enjoy engaging activities, a delicious variety of food trucks and more.

Storybook Forest at Arcadia Lake

October 23-30: Storybook Forest at Arcadia Lake features a fun, not-scary trail filled with roaming characters. Additional activities include hayrides, games, story time and a campfire for roasting marshmallows.

Fall Foliage Paddle at Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge

October 26: Paddle through the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge on a kayak while surrounded by changing colors of fall foliage. This event is weather/water-dependent.

National Weather Festival in Norman

October 26: Learn all about weather at the National Weather Center in Norman. The event will feature many weather-related organizations and activities including hourly weather balloon launches with local TV meteorologists, emergency response vehicle and equipment displays, weather-themed superheroes.

Turn the Town Upside Down at Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

October 26: At the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, families can sample sarsaparilla in the Silver Dollar Saloon, create a spooky woven matt, make a lantern, color a trick-or-treat bag and more. Costumes are encouraged!

Orr’s Gourd Wild: Pumpkin Festival

November 2: Bring your old pumpkins to the Orr Family Farm to smash or use unsold pumpkins. Guests can take a stroll through pumpkin guts and goo during the bash and destroy pumpkins in unique ways.

Pumpkin Harvest Craft Festival in Yukon

November 2: Shop from a variety of vendors from across the state offering candles, wood crafts, needlework, home décor, holiday decorations and more. There will also be Indian Tacos for sale along with a bake sale with proceeds going towards Friends of the Park.

Day of the Dead Festival in the Plaza District

November 3: Celebrate Día de los Muertos with food trucks, artists, hot-rods, ofrendas, live music, traditional dancing and other activities for the whole family. This event will be free to the public in the OKC Plaza District.


Halloween fun in Oklahoma City

Are you ready to celebrate Halloween through the entire month of October? Thankfully, there are plenty of spooky events happening all month long. From haunted houses to all the candy you can imagine (in moderation, of course) there is scary fun to be had in the OKC area.

kids in halloween costumes

Fright Fest at Frontier City

Month of October: The most daring park visitors can visit one of the seven haunted houses and scare zones throughout the park or settle in for one of the spooktacular shows taking place every weekend.

Haunt the River

Every Saturday in October: Kids can dawn their favorite costume and enjoy a haunted ride along the Oklahoma River. Once on the boat, get excited for candy, activity books, games and a costume contest!

Zombie Apocalypse Paintball

October 4-November 2, Weekly on Friday and Saturday: The Orr Family Farm will be invaded by the undead, and they need your help to save the farm. Join the fight this Halloween by loading up on a war wagon and shoot paintballs at the zombies on the farm's land.

Not So Spooky Spectacular

October 6: Enjoy special appearances and spell-tacular performances by Jack, Sally, The Sanderson Sisters and more. Treat yourself to ghoulishly good refreshments and treats, create creepy crafts and try your hand at a variety of carnival games such as Oogie Boogie’s Dice Roll or Graveyard Golf. Kiddos can also dance the night away with Vampirina and participate in the costume parade.

Pumpkinville

October 11-27: See the Myriad Children’s Garden transform as thousands of pumpkins take over the gardens and enjoy pumpkin painting, carousel rides, the Pumpkinville Express Train, vendors and more.  Special events will include a sensory night on October 11, a Pumpkinville Party on Oct. 25 and art classes every Sunday.

RIVERSCREAM

Every Friday and Saturday from October 11-November 2 + Halloween Night October 31: When night falls, the undead come alive at RIVERSPORT in the Boathouse District. You’ll climb the six stories of the SandRidge Sky Trail, maneuvering around obstacles and dodging zombies. This is a fun experience for ages 7+.

Pawtoberfest

October 13: Pawtoberfest includes rescue groups, vendors, food and costumes. Plan to dress up your furkids and show them off for the annual costume contest.

Haunt the Zoo

October 19-20 & October 26-27: There’s plenty of fun for the entire family as you explore the zoo and follow the spooky trick-or-treat trail. For adults 21 and up, check out Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up on Friday, October 25 for a fun evening of dancing, games and prizes.

Halloween Forensic Night at the Skeleton Museum

October 25: Families can explore what law enforcement, doctors and anthropologists can learn by examining human skeletons using forensic osteology. Through a hands-on activity, kids can learn to "read" the features of a human skull to determine age, gender, physical trauma and/or illness.

Trick ORR Treat

October 26: Drive out to the Orr Family Farm for a family-friendly Halloween spectacular. Attendees will enjoy the festivities at this favorite fall event, which is included in regular Farm admission for the day.

Trunk or Treat at Mitch Park

October 26: View decorated vehicles and enjoy candy for kids in a safe and fun environment. Attendees can also try their hand at a dunk-a-cop station.

Spooky Pooch Parade

October 26: Does your pup have his/her own costume? Special guest judges, Cruella de Ville and Captain Hook, will present prizes to the best and most creatively dressed pooches.

Trick or Treat City in Midwest City

October 26: Take part in a safe trick-or-treat opportunity for children and their families at the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park. Games and activities will also be available for children of all ages. Costumes are encouraged!

Halloween on the Green

October 26: Join the Will Rogers Gardens for Halloween on the Green, where families can take a walk down a trick-or-treat trail with fun characters handing out candy. After the trail, attendees can decorate sugar skulls, get their face painted and more.

Halloween Train

October 26-27: Join the Oklahoma Railway Museum in costume for a Halloween train ride, moon bounce, miniature golf and treats for the kids.

Monster Dash 5K and Fun Run in Norman

October 27: Children and adults are encouraged to wear costumes, creating a fun and festive way to burn off those extra candy calories. A 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run are available.

Magic Lantern Celebration in the Paseo Arts District

October 27: Families are invited to “come as they are” and meet local artists who can transform them into a fun character. Enjoy the “play shops” where pumpkins, paper and shine are ready to inspire character transformations.

Ghost Runners 5k Dog Run

October 27: Participate in the 5k Dog Run or the 1-Mile Dog Jog. You can also register to be a “Ghost” Spirit Runner, so you can stay home but still get a T-shirt!

Brick-or-Treat

October 28: Bring the kids to Bricktown to trick-or-treat at participating businesses. There will also be a free pumpkin-painting station, free photos, mascots from local teams and lots of great costumes.

Halloween K-arnival

October 29: The Halloween K-arnival at the Will Rogers Garden will feature a costume contest, a random play dance and much more.


The fall season is a great time to be in Oklahoma. With so many fall events happening around the metro, it will be easy to get the whole family involved to enjoy the festivities. For more health tips and information, check back to the INTEGRIS On Your Health blog for regular updates.



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