Fun Things for Fall

Anita Mikeska, Staff Writer

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Finally, it is starting to feel more like fall, just in time to get your family piled in the car and go to a pumpkin patch, finding the perfect pumpkin to carve and put on your front porch, or even decorations to give your whole house the festive look. Here in Oklahoma, there are several activities that your family can choose from. Here are a few activities going on in Oklahoma:

Pumpkin patches are a great way to experience the fall weather and have fun with friends and family, Chester’s Pumpkin Patch  (5201 Cimarron Rd, Piedmont)  is a great one to go to! Chester’s Pumpkin Patch has a 3-acre mystery maze, kid-friendly hayrides, as many pony rides as your heart desires, awesome games, a free pumpkin with every admission, and many more fun things to experience. Admission at this event is only $10 for children ages 1-10, $6 for kids/adults, ages 11-64. Infants ages 11 months and younger as well as seniors ages 65 and older are free. Monday-Saturday, 9am-6pm, and  Sundays 1-6 pm. This pumpkin patch is open now until October 31.

Pumpkinville at the Myriad Gardens in Bricktown is having a celebration of everything that includes fall, this has crafts, festive games, displays, tons of pumpkins and much much more! This activity is free if you are a member of the Myriad Gardens but if you are not, admission is $6 for children and adults are $4. The times for this are 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. This is going on now until October 21st.

Boo on Bell in downtown Shawnee has three afternoons and evenings of festive fun. Their activities include live music, car shows, trick or treating, bingo, ghost tours, an exciting carnival with games and rides, a pet costume contest, pumpkin pie, a hot dog eating contest, and so many more entertaining activities. This is free to attend, but some activities may vary. It is held from October 18th through the 20th. For more information and a more detailed schedule, go to https://www.visitshawnee.com/events/m.calendar/22/view/36

The Penn Square Mall (1900 NW Expressway) is hosting a Mall-O-Ween where children or even teens can go throughout the mall and trick or treat and get candy. There is also a photo area where you can take pictures of your family and friends together. Costumes are welcome, but only at the time of the event which is absolutely free, October 24th 6-8pm.

Choctaw Park also has some fun events to attend. For teens and adults, there is a haunted trail with zombies and clowns. For younger kids, there is a haunted maze and a candy maze where they can go in to get candy. They have food and drinks like popcorn and hot cocoa. This event is held from October 26th, 27th, 29th, through October 31st.

Now that I have listed some awesome activities you, your friends, and family can go out and do, here are some fall pastimes you and your bunch can enjoy in the comfort of your home.

Spooky movie night. Halloween movies are a great way to snuggle up on the couch with your family and friends and have a good time, after all, who doesn’t enjoy a good movie? Some good movies for all ages are “Hocus Pocus,” “The Addams Family,” “FrankenWeenie,” “Halloween Town,” ”It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “ParaNorman,” “Labyrinth,” “Coraline,”  and a couple personal favorites, “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “The Craft”.

Baking is an easy and amusing activity for everyone, no matter how old you are. Baking could include, Pillsbury Halloween cookies, assorted pies, cinnamon rolls, Halloween themed cupcakes, or you can do any family favorite recipes.

Carving pumpkins is a fall favorite for many people, just find the right pumpkin, carving tools and knives, and get messy with the orange goo. Another thing you can do with the pumpkin is taking all the pumpkin seeds, soak them in salt water overnight, and then bake them in the oven and enjoy this tasty treat.

A fall gift exchange could be really nice, not only family can do this but also friends, this can include cute, festive, socks, the recipients favorite candy, drinks, or maybe even a gift card.

Now that you might have an idea of what you want to do with your family and friends this fall, I hope you enjoy it!

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