As October starts its third week, fall activities begin in Edmond and Oklahoma City, providing students at Oklahoma Christian University a chance to get off campus and try seasonal activities.
Around the block, Wings Annual Fall Festival offers hayrides, food trucks, a maze and pumpkins for purchase. They are open on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, which is the last day of the festival. The cost is $7 a person, not including the pumpkin prices.
The National Cowboy Museum offers a costume-themed event with their Steampunk Fall Festival. Access to this event is free with museum admission. Guests can choose to do fast draw target practice, design steampunk accessories, learn a dance and more.
For those who like to be scared, Guthrie Haunts offers an award-winning haunted house experience. They are open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 11 p.m. until Oct. 31. General admission is $20, and anyone wanting an extra scare can add a touch pass for $10.
Beyond the haunted house, guests can watch dancers and fire throwers, interact with wandering actors or purchase food from food trucks.
A 2021 review said Guthrie Haunts was entertaining from the moment they arrived, with helpful staff to boot.
“The actors or scare cast through the entire property were authentically creepy and also respectful for me, my family and others I witnessed during our first experience at Guthrie Haunts,” the review read. “Very hospitable people, and we appreciated it [very] much.”
Another review said the experience was one of the best they have had so far.
“The sets are interesting, unique and fun, and the actors are interactive and respond and snark back rather than generic jump scare interactions, which makes each go through a one-of-a-kind experience,” the review read. “Everyone working there from the traffic directors to the actors to the security and ticket staff are all very kind and personable. I will be going each year from here on out.”
Those who want more attractions than a haunted house and actors can attend Fright Fest at Frontier City in Oklahoma City. The park offers this nighttime-only event from 6 to 10 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday until Halloween.
Rides and shows are all dressed up for the holiday, with added scare zones to provide another fear factor. Guests can purchase an additional haunted house pass for $15 for access to the multiple haunted houses on site. However, the park is also open during the day if guests prefer to enjoy the park without the extra scares.
Oklahoma Christian has offered its own share of entertainment on campus for those who can not visit off campus locations. On Sept. 30, the university hosted Fall Fest, which included a kickball game, a cookout, a home run derby, a maroon and white scrimmage and a hypnotist show. The university also hosted Jordy Searcy for a concert on Oct. 8, and an annual tradition returned on Monday, Oct. 11 when students and staff ran in the ninth annual Glow Run.
Junior Trina Kenyon said she can not attend many events because of extracurricular activities, but some more fall activities on campus could be fun.
“A little ‘pumpkin patch’ sort of thing set up in the pavilion where one could go get a pumpkin and carve it up – I would probably go to something like that,” Kenyon said. “A costume contest for Halloween would be fun.
Junior Coleman Dillahunty said he would like to see more fall activities on campus.
“I would love to see more Halloween activities on campus, like a fright house in the old president’s house or a maze set up in the barn or one of the fields,” Dillahunty said. “Maybe even a bigger fall fest with some apple bobbing and other traditional festival events.”