10 things to do for Halloween in OKC…

Oklahoma is a pretty scary place right now—especially if you have a uterus or a heart. To lighten things up, we thought it might be fun to explore some of the spooky shindigs happening this weekend across the metro. Nothing as scary as Oklahoma’s mortality, obesity and education stats. And definitely nothing as terrifying as the condition of our city streets or Kevin Stitt’s eyebrows (for chrissake, people, we’re not monsters).

After haunting the lists and asking our most fun friends what they are up to this weekend, we present to you this carefully curated manifest of metro Halloween happenings, which even includes a few things for the fam.

1. Haunt the Zoo – All Grown Up
Friday, October 26th | 7 p.m.
OKC Zoo, Oklahoma City

If you ever suspected the Zoo would be more fun with booze and without kids, Friday is your chance to find out. Sure, you can trick-or-treat the candy trail, but we are most excited about drinking, dancing and prize-winning. Excluding the parties thrown by capitol lobbyists, Haunt the Zoo: All Grown Up is guaranteed to be the state’s wildest adult Halloween party. Revelers will be treated to spooktacular games and prizes, a tour inside the Zoo’s haunted herpetarium, an epic take-home trick-or-treat bag and more. Bring your contest A-game.

2. Exquisite Corpse All Hallow’s Eve Celebration + Auction
Friday, October 26th | 7 p.m.
Artspace at Untitled, Oklahoma City

Palm readers, sword swallowers, singing corpses and photo-ops, Oh my! Immerse yourself in a ghostly evening of art, music, food, drink, games, auctions, and even a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is a grand affair, no doubt, that celebrates the Exquisite Corpse Exhibition and serves as Artspace‘s primary fundraising event. Attendees will be privy to a preview of Artspace’s Exquisite Corpse Exhibition, which follows the spirit of collaboration and inventiveness of the surrealist movement, by bringing together Oklahoma’s art community for an assembled-art experience. Your fortune, should you choose to attend, is f-u-n.

3. Forensic Night: Halloween Edition
Friday, October 26th | 6 p.m.
SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma City

Calling all true-crime junkies and anthropology nerds! Short of grave-robbing, we don’t know of another opportunity to do what crime scene investigators, doctors and anthropologists do every day of their highly-trained lives: Examine human skeletons. Through hands-on activity, you will learn to “read” the features of a human skull to determine: age, sex, physical trauma and/or illness. During the event, your team will determine what happened (type of trauma) and if it was an accident or murder. This real-life episode of Forensic Files includes a 90-minute forensic activity, all day museum admission, Halloween treats and scavenger hunts. If you can’t get a sitter for Adult Haunt, this could be a pretty interesting consolation.

4. Downtown Norman Fall Fest
Friday, October 26th | 6 p.m.
100, 200 & 300 Blocks of E. Main St., Norman

With the downright fright that is OU’s defense, we are excited for a fall rite of passage that won’t reduce grown men or small children to tears: the Downtown Norman Fall Festival. Three blocks of Main Street will come alive with little ghosts, goblins and witches roaming the streets, trick-or-treating at local businesses, moon-bouncing and terrorizing their parents, who can enjoy performances from local arts groups while they sneak sips from their flasks. Free to the public, this community favorite is expected to draw 10,000 attendees this year.

5. Don’t Sleep Stay Woke Hip Hop Halloween Dance Party
Saturday, October 27th | 10 p.m.
The Other Room, Oklahoma City

If you need another reason to hit up one of our favorite local bars, this late-night, hip hop Halloween dance party is it. Party at The Other Room starts at 10 p.m. and goes ’til closing time. Pull up ready to groove. Strongly recommended are costumes and not doing coke in the bathroom (Wayne: We’re looking at you.)

6. Night of the Living Dead
Friday & Saturday, October 26 – 27th | 7 p.m.
Children’s Center for the Arts, Oklahoma City

Perhaps the best thing about this Oklahoma Children’s Theatre production is that it is not suitable for small children. Why? Because radiation from a fallen satellite has transformed the dead into flesh-eating zombies, and no one is safe. It’s the 1968 black and white, B-movie horror classic, brought to life with thrills, chills and dark satire. Tickets are available for shows both Friday and Saturday nights.

7. Haunt the Dome
Saturday, October 27th | 8 p.m.
Gold Dome, Oklahoma City

The Gold Dome is being taken over not by scheming con artists (this time) but by a boozy bunch of adults. And for a good cause. This night of frightful fun features Sounds x Triple Eight, glow-pong and other adult games (keep your hands to yourself), VIP room with extra perks (again, hands to yourself) and three costume contests. All proceeds benefit Warriors for Freedom (not to be confused with Warriors for Tyranny).

8. Monsters and Margaritas
Saturday, October 27th | 8 p.m.
DC on Film Row, Oklahoma City

Besides being the superhero intellectual property lawyers who helped TLO emerge victorious in its epic battle against the Evil Internet Weatherman, the lawyers at Dunlap Codding know a good cause when they see one—and know how to host a party. Margaritas & Monsters is just that: a great party for a great cause at a great venue. So grab your costume and graveside seat for the Oklahoma City Girls Art School‘s annual Monsters & Margaritas haunted house & ghoulish gathering at DC on Film Row. Attendees will sip on signature margaritas like the Morgue-arita™ and Vampire’s Kiss™ while shaking their bones to the spooktacular sounds of DJ Dre. You know it’s gonna be an epic party, when the cocktails are trademarked.

9. Trunk or Treat in the Park
Saturday, October 27th | 5 p.m.
Mitch Park, Edmond

Not prone to hyperbole (or feelings of any kind, really), the effusive promoters at the Edmond Convention and Visitors Bureau want you to know that if you bring the kids to Mitch Park on Saturday, they “…will have vehicles decorated for Halloween with candy for kids in a safe and fun environment. Costumes expected!” Costumes expected. Fun demanded. Just kidding. We’re sure it will be a blast.

10. Trick or Treat Wine Tour
Saturday, October 27th | 12:45 p.m.
Bricktown Central Plaza, Oklahoma City

Now we’re talkin’. Trick or treat like a grownup, for once.  And don’t let the location fool you, this Halloween wine tour only begins (i.e. you board the bus) in Bricktown. After that, you get to spend the whole day touring three different wineries, tasting delicious local wines. This is facilitated by a fancy charter bus that won’t cramp your costumed style (and a driver who is not also tasting the wine, we hope). Stops on the fermented grapes tour: Clauren Ridge WineryCoal Creek Vineyard and Winery and Waters Edge Winery. Be sure to get your tickets in advance.

If you encounter a spooky spectacle that wasn’t on our Halloween Edition of Weekend Radar, let us know for next year. And leave receipts for your fun—in the form of photos—in the comments.