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Time to Get Spooky

Pumpkin, witches and ghouls, oh my! October beckons Oklahomans to visit a variety of Halloween-centric activities. Along with the spooky stuff, you might also find some lions, tigers and bears at the 39th annual Haunt the Zoo in Oklahoma City.  Every Saturday and Sunday in October from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Haunt the Zoo provides an entertaining and unique way...

Making Monsters

Special effects (SFX) and prosthetic makeup are some of the most integral parts of filmmaking, especially when it comes to horror and science fiction. Tate Steinsiek, a native Oklahoman, is a master of the craft, working on everything from small budget horror flicks all the way up to The Amazing Spider-Man.  “Monsters and imagination were a big part of my...

An Engaging October

It’s October! Listen – I don’t have time for an intro, there are a lot of good films to list and only 500 words to get it done, so let’s go! After what seems like 6,000 delays, the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die, is ready to see the light of day. The alleged final outing for Daniel...

Spooky and Safe

While the origins of Halloween are linked to an ancient Celtic festival, most people today just enjoy the treats and shenanigans of Oct. 31 with costumes and revelry. But ensuring safety during the spookiest night of the year is essential.  Health Safety Halloween is more of a sober affair this year (as it was in 2020) with the vestiges of COVID-19...

Toasty, Tasty Pumpkin Seeds

As autumn rolls around, we offer a recipe that’s a favorite to generations of families. These toasted treats are simple to make. 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds 4 cups water 2 tbsp. salt 1 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Separate seeds from flesh and strings by putting them in a colander, rinsing them...

Haunted House Hellions

View the complete map of all our favorite Oklahoma Haunted Attractions Guthrie Haunted Scaregrounds 4524 Riverside Circle 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October, plus Oct. 28-31 and Nov. 2-3 Admission: $20 This half-mile adventure introduces you to the insane, murderous employees of the Dead and Breakfast, quite possibly the scariest guest house in town. The tour takes about 30-40 minutes, and with a...

Spirited Affairs

Many tours have words such as ghost and haunted in their titles, and people buying tickets want to hear about these spirits that go bump in the night. The spirit tours that happen every autumn across Oklahoma are also a good way to learn about the state’s history, because the stories are mostly about real people, organizers say. The Haunted History...

Treats, Not Tricks

As ghosts and ghouls come out to roam this Halloween, make sure your celebrations are full of frightful fun instead of disaster. A hazardous mixture of youthful excitement, festive costumes and bustling streets can lull Oklahomans into letting their guards down. “We see an increase in traffic accidents around Halloween,” says Jeanne Mackenzie, public information officer with the Tulsa Police...

Behind the Haunting

As the crisp fall air settles in, one occasion springs to the forefront of many minds: Halloween. With it come ghosts and ghouls, costumes and cauldrons, monsters and mystery, spooks and screams, and there’s no better place to indulge in all the terrifying tricks and treats than a haunted house. Long lines of people filled with a palpable mixture of...

Old School Halloween

The older you become, the more you get used to things around you fading into other things. So one day you turn on the oldies radio station and realize that the Beach Boys and Paul Revere and the Raiders have given way to Guns N’ Roses and U2, and that these songs aren’t “oldies” anymore, but “classic rock.” You...