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Halloween Guide: Ghoulish gatherings

Whether it’s with scary stories, costume parties, trick-or-treating or all of the above, Oklahoma’s going all out to celebrate Halloween.

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Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden invites children and adults to Haunt the Zoo. - PROVIDED
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  • Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden invites children and adults to Haunt the Zoo.

3rd Annual Muttster Mash

6-8 p.m. Thursday
Fassler Hall
421 NW 10th St.
facebook.com/allpawsrescueok
405-757-4604 | Free

Ready your hounds of hell for All Paws Rescue’s annual Muttster Mash. The dog-friendly event assures Halloween fun for pups and people and has been such a success, it outgrew its previous venue. Now in its third year and at Fassler Hall for the first time ever, organizers promise the Mash (the Muttster Mash) will be bigger and better than ever. So dress up your pups in the cutest or scariest costume you can find and let them in on the Halloween fun with trick-or-treating and a costume contest.

Haunt the Zoo

7-11 p.m. Friday
(All Grown Up | 21+ only)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
2000 Remington Place
okczoo.org
405-424-3344 | $22-$33


Forget family-friendly, leave the children at home and dress up Friday to enjoy the “All Grown Up” version of Haunt the Zoo. Labeling itself as “OKC’s biggest and best 21+ only Halloween event,” Haunt the Zoo offers two haunted experiences (childhood nightmares and a haunted forest), specialty cocktails and beers, outdoor grills, food trucks, games and prizes. Sea lions will even give a special, spooky presentation and international DJs Brothers Griiin performs. 

But adults don’t get to have all the fun, though, as the zoo’s premier Halloween event is back to family-friendly business Saturday and Sunday. Parents can buy the little ones trick-or-treat bags for the zoo’s candy trail or purchase the Boo-It-All wristband passes ($22-$33), which include admission, trick or treat bags, rides and attractions.

Hotel Habana Halloween Festival

7 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday
Hotel Habana parking lot
2200 NW 40th St.
hotelhabanaokc.com
405-528-2221
Free

Get your scary on at a brand-new event in Oklahoma City’s own gayborhood. Promising an outdoor Halloween festival like the city has never seen before, Hotel Habana hosts a two-day celebration with food trucks, vendors, giveaways, a local DJ, dancers and midnight costume contests with $1,000 prizes all in the hotel’s parking lot. The event will also give patrons a chance to learn about Habana’s new management and future plans for its restaurant and clubs.

Boo ’n Brew and Boo Bash

1-5 p.m. Saturday
Classen Curve, near Cafe 501
5825 NW Grand Blvd.
classencurve.com
405-902-2505
Free


Join Oklahoma’s very own SuperFreak as it plays live music for Classen Curve’s premier fall event, Boo ’n Brew. The events features lawn games and college football on a big screen in a large, covered patio as well as a fall makers market in the adjacent parking lot. Food and drinks are available for purchase from Cafe 501.

While parents are enjoying the brews, children can have fun at Boo Bash, which encourages the little ones to wear their costumes and enjoy a petting zoo, pumpkin painting, inflatables and other fun events.

Halloween Bar Crawl

4 p.m.-midnight Saturday
Various downtown bars
crawlwith.us/oklahomacity
$20-30


This tour of downtown OKC bars is definitely not family-friendly. Tickets get you two free drinks, entry into a “crazy after party,” drink/food specials at select locations and professional photography, not to mention there’s a costume party with a $1,000 prize. Bars include Coyote Ugly Saloon, Anchor Down, Pretty Please Social Room and Michael Murphy’s Dueling Piano Bar for the after party. Check-in starts at 4 p.m., so pace yourselves.

Calle Dos Cinco in Historic Capital Hill hosts Haunt the Hill to provide a safe environment for families to trick or treat. - PROVIDED
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  • Calle Dos Cinco in Historic Capital Hill hosts Haunt the Hill to provide a safe environment for families to trick or treat.

VHBC Stranger Things Halloween Party

7 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday
Vanessa House Beer Company
118 NW Eighth St.
vanessahousebeerco.com
405-724-7955
Free


Put on your best Demogorgon costume and step into the upside down at Vanessa House Beer Company’s Stranger Things-themed Halloween celebration. We can’t confirm Eggo waffles will be readily available, but the party will be complete with pineapple upside down cake IPA, Will Byer’s living room, beer ice cream floats, a costume party and live music by Foxburrows and Audio Book Club. 

Monsters & Margaritas

8 p.m.-midnight Saturday
Dunlap Codding
609 W. Sheridan Ave.
monstersmargaritas.com
$50-$1,500


Come for the Witches’ Kiss and Zombie Brains and stay for the fortune telling and fire dancing at this “horrifying gathering.” Freakish ghouls and fiendish goblins from OKC Girls Art School invite you to their second Monsters & Margaritas, an adult costume party with, well, monsters and margaritas. Only 150 people can get in, so snatch up your ticket fast.

Stranger Things: an OKC StorySLAM

7-8:30 p.m. Sunday
51st Street Spekeasy
1114 NW 51st St.
facebook.com/theokcstoryslam
Free


The theme is Stranger Things. Think paranormal activity, hauntings, the unknown and crazy, unexplained shit that keeps you up at night. That’s what organizers of this monthly open-mic event encourage storytellers to do. To participate, you need to tell a story in 7 minutes or less without notes. The audience will vote on their favorite story, and the winner will get a vintage trophy. 

7th Annual Haunt the Hill

5-7 p.m. Oct. 31
Calle Dos Cinco in Historic Capitol Hill
SW 25th Street, between Hudson and Robinson avenues
historiccapitolhill.com
405-632-0133
Free


This family-friendly event helps provide ease of mind through a safe trick-or-treating environment in Historic Capitol Hill’s business district, Calle Dos Cinco. The event features more than 20 decked-out trucks and storefronts with plenty of candy to give away and, of course, a costume contests with cash prizes. Local businesses and organizations can join the fun by setting up a table, booth or car and pass out goodies from your trunk.

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