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Things to do in Oklahoma in October

A new month provides Oklahoma Christian University students with an opportunity to get off campus and experience all the state of Oklahoma has to offer. The Talon has compiled the top things to do in Oklahoma during the month of October.


EdFest, a street festival in downtown Edmond featuring local cuisine and live music, will return for a seventh consecutive year on Friday, Oct. 4. 

Family-friendly band Superfreak will provide entertainment on the main stage. Seven food trucks, including Hall’s Pizza Kitchen and Klemm’s Smoke Haus, are slated to appear at the festival. 

Proceeds from EdFest benefit Edmond Mobile Meals, a nonprofit organization which delivers nourishing meals to elderly and disabled persons who might otherwise go hungry. 

Frontier City Fright Fest

Every night in October from 6 to 11 p.m., ghosts and goblins will haunt Frontier City during the 30th annual Fright Fest

In addition to two haunted houses, visitors can enjoy the Proctor’s Revenge stunt show and Halloween-themed Deadman’s Dance Party. 

The bravest of souls can enter to participate in the 30-hour coffin challenge, where coffin dwellers must survive 30 hours inside a dark coffin with no contact to the outside world. One winner will receive a $600 cash prize. 

Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference, Oct. 4-6 

Does Bigfoot live among us? According to regular attendees of the Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference, he is alive and well. 

This three-day event for skeptics and true believers alike offers games, live musical performances and Q&A sessions with prominent Bigfoot researchers. Limited RV parking and tent camping spots are available on site. 

Located in Southeast Oklahoma’s Kiamichi Mountains, Honobia is about a 3 hour drive from the Oklahoma Christian campus. 

Oklahoma City Thunder games 

Following a six month long offseason filled with trades and roster turnover, the Oklahoma City Thunder are set to return to action later this month. 

The Thunder will host two preseason and three regular season home games in October. Tickets for the regular season home opener against the Washington Wizards on Friday, Oct. 25, are available on StubHub for as low as $8 per ticket

For the first time in their 12-year history, the Thunder will play without All-Star guard Russell Westbrook on the roster. Westbrook was traded in June to the Houston Rockets for guard Chris Paul and draft picks. 

Fellow All-Star Paul George was also traded, going to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Shai Gilgeous Alexander, forward Danilo Gallinari and several draft picks. 

With a collection of talented veterans and young players, the Thunder will look to make a playoff push in the competitive Western Conference this season. 

Poteau Balloon Fest

Watch colorful hot air balloons fly high into the sky during the Poteau Balloon Fest Oct. 17-19. 

Weather permitting, the balloons typically take off during the early morning and late afternoon hours. Carnival rides and games will keep visitors occupied even when the balloons are not in the air. 

Admission is $5 per person over the age of five. 

Tulsa Oktoberfest 

German food, music and games will take center stage Oct. 17-20 at the 41st annual Tulsa Oktoberfest. 

Festivities will kick off on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 17, with an opening parade and fireworks. Those planning to come Saturday, Oct. 19, can enjoy barrel racing and tug-of-war competitions at the Bavarian Cup Challenge games. 

General admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Admission on Friday, Oct. 18, is free until 4 p.m. 

Tickets may be purchased here

The Sanctuary haunted house

Looking for a good scare to put you in the Halloween mood? Featuring state-of-the-art special effects and a Hollywood movie style set design, The Sanctuary in downtown Oklahoma City has it all. 

The Sanctuary will open at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through Nov. 2. General admission is $15 per person.

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