Oklahoma is the place to be this fall. From pumpkin patches and scenic foliage drives to spooky haunted houses and fun festivals, we’ll help you put the awesome in autumn this year.
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The crisp air of fall signals that autumn has arrived in Oklahoma. As travelers venture out to enjoy leaves bursting with brilliant hues, patches filled with plump pumpkins and scary haunts, Oklahoma rolls out the red carpet with plenty of seasonal treats and fall festivities. Check out our list of the top 50 ways to celebrate fall in the Sooner State and get ready for a deliciously good time.
Autumn in Oklahoma means a trip to the pumpkin patch. Find the perfect pumpkin to carve or decorate at Chester's Pumpkin Patch in Piedmont. Don’t forget your camera - pumpkin patches are the perfect backdrop for fall photos.
Hiking is best when the air is crisp and the leaves are changing. Hit the Ouachita National Recreation Trail System at the Ouachita National Forest in Hodgen to experience the beauty of the season. Make a weekend of it by pitching a tent in one of the many campgrounds.
If you like things that go bump in the night, the Trail of Fear Haunted Scream Park in Lawton is the place to get your thrills. Put your nerves to the test and explore five attractions at this park that has been voted Oklahoma’s scariest haunted attraction time and time again.
Learn about turn-of-the-century crafts while munching on kettle corn at one of the season’s most anticipated events. The Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show in Broken Bow has something for everyone including a petting zoo for kids and the twang of banjos for folk music lovers.
Venture to southeastern Oklahoma and travel along the 54 miles of winding road that is the Talimena National Scenic Byway, a prime destination for fall foliage that begins in Talihina. During late October and early November, the changing leaves paint the roadside foliage in breathtaking reds, oranges and yellows, creating stunning panoramas in all directions.
German traditions come alive at Tulsa’s Oktoberfest each fall. Don’t miss your chance to sip on imported German beers, enjoy Bavarian-style entertainment and fill up on German food including schnitzel, bratwurst, hot pretzels and fresh apple strudel.
There’s nothing quite like grilling hamburgers and sharing your score predictions before a highly anticipated football game. Tailgate the Oklahoma way by heading to the University of Oklahoma in Norman for a Sooners game or to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater to cheer on the Cowboys.
Fluffy, golden pancakes await you at Cordell’s annual pumpkin pancake breakfast. Begin your day at the city’s Pumpkin Festival by filling up on this seasonal delight before enjoying the parade, pumpkin carving, costume contests and car show.
The Paranormal Investigation Team of Tulsa will be your personal guide through some of Tulsa’s spookiest sites on a Tulsa Spirit Tour. Take a party bus to sites including the Tulsa Cave House and Bloody 1st Street while hearing ghost stories from a paranormal investigator along the way.
Learn the tricks of fly fishing at the Beavers Bend Fly Shop in Broken Bow, then wade out into the cool waters of the Lower Mountain Fork River to cast your line and soak in the beautiful colors of changing leaves for a day of ultimate relaxation.
There’s no better way to satisfy your craving for fall sweets than with a gooey, delicious caramel apple. Stop at Nouveau Atelier de Chocolat in Broken Arrow for a 1-pound, double-dipped chocolate caramel apple and pick up some autumn-shaped chocolates too.
Experience the mysterious past of Historic Fort Reno, one of Oklahoma’s most haunted places, during a Fort Reno Ghost Tour. A local paranormal investigation team will recount chilling tales from this military camp in El Reno that include anonymous footsteps, unexplained activity and eerie images captured on film.
Cozy up around a warm fire on a cool fall evening at Parkhurst Ranch & Pumpkin Patch in Arcadia and roast hot dogs and s’mores in their picnic area. It’s the perfect end to a day filled with hayrides, pumpkin picking and wandering through a cornfield maze.
See pumpkins fly through the air as contestants fire them from pumpkin cannons at the annual Route 66 Punkin' Chunkin' event in Vinita. Participate in other pumpkin-themed activities, including pumpkin bowling and pumpkin decorating.
Fall is an ideal time for a state park cabin stay. Book your trip to Beavers Bend State Park in Broken Bow or Greenleaf State Park in Braggs and stay at one of the many quaint cabins surrounded by fall’s glorious foliage. Building a fire, wrapping up in a blanket and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa at one of these beautiful locations makes for the perfect fall getaway.
Warm up on a cold autumn day with a cup of coffee or hot tea at Painted Horse Bar & Grille in Bartlesville. Stop in for a dose of morning fuel and order a hearty breakfast burrito, sourdough French toast or a bagel and cream cheese to complement your seasonal favorite.
Explore four stories of spooky scenes at The Sanctuary in Oklahoma City. Themed around a WWII psychiatric hospital where experiments have gone horribly wrong, you’ll feel your adrenaline pumping as you turn each corner and try to anticipate this haunted attraction’s surprises.
Bring the whole family and take on the challenge of navigating the P Bar Farms Corn Maze in Weatherford as quickly as you can. With over three miles of twists and turns and nearly 100 decision points, you may be tangled up in seven-foot corn stalks for nearly an hour.
For a perfect pecan pie, buy fresh ingredients at the Route 66 Nut House in Claremore. You’ll also find delicious fudge, cookies, jams and breads. The Nut House also carries a variety of unique gifts including Route 66 souvenirs.
Celebrate all things autumn at the Robbers Cave Fall Festival at Robbers Cave State Park in Wilburton. Tempt your taste buds with caramel apples and barbecue sandwiches, ride along during the Fall Foliage Cruise and shop for homemade gifts ranging from pottery to cedar furniture.
Run as fast as you can through obstacles, dodging zombies all along the way, at the Castle Zombie Run at the Castle of Muskogee. Afterwards, listen to live music, browse through vendors and have dinner when you attend the Paint the Town Dead party for an evening of undead fun.
Visit the Oklahoma City Zoo for a unique holiday experience during Haunt the Zoo for Halloween. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and explore different themed booths around the zoo to gather candy until their baskets are full.
Enjoy crisp fall weather, the great outdoors and riding trails at the Robbers Cave Stables in Wilburton. Schedule a guided fall horseback ride for a day of fun and exploration.
Take part in the ghoulish tradition that is the Oklahoma River Cruises' annual Haunt the River. Ride down the Oklahoma River that runs parallel to the Bricktown Entertainment District in downtown Oklahoma City dressed in your best costume. On the cruise, you'll enjoy drinks, appetizers, music and festive decorations.
For the best seasonal cupcakes in the Oklahoma City area, visit two local sweet shops for a sugary treat. Choose between pumpkin spice, pumpkin latte, pumpkin brûlée and pumpkin s'mores cupcakes at ButterSweet Cupcakes, or enjoy the classic spiced pumpkin with maple cupcake at Green Goodies.
A refreshing nip in the air makes fall weather ideal for motorcycling riding. Take your bike along the Kiamichi Trace that runs through Hugo for a picturesque path full of pine forests and dazzling leaves in autumn hues. As an added bonus, this highway will take you through some of Oklahoma’s best camping spots.
Across the state, antique stores with hidden gems are just waiting to be discovered. Explore the popular Recollections Antique Mall in downtown Guthrie or the multi-story T’s Antique Mall in Purcell to begin your antiquing adventure in Oklahoma. Or visit the town of Jenks, known as the Antique Capital of Oklahoma.
For a bit of Halloween fun, grab the kiddos and head to the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore for the "Halloween Night at the Museum" event. Kids can trick or treat their way through the museum in their costumes and the whole family can end the night with a screening of "Headless Horseman" starring Will Rogers.
Each fall, Rustic Acres in Okemah welcomes families to tour their farm on a hayride. For an experience you won’t soon forget, explore your surroundings while seated on a hay bale. You’ll feel the cool fall breeze as you take photos and admire the pumpkin patch, petting zoo and corn maze.
Order a classic fall cocktail at Sidecar Barley & Wine Bar in OKC's Automobile Alley. Their smokey Old Fashioned combines the flavors of muddled fruit, Angostura bitters and bourbon whiskey in a glass that's smoked with cedar for an enchanting beverage that is sweet and warm with a subtle bite. Complement it with a brat on a pretzel bun or the butcher's board, a cheese and meat plate packed with great harvest vibes.
Pick a prime viewing spot, set out your lawn chair and take in the sights as hot air balloons float high in the sky at the Poteau Balloonfest. Take a tethered balloon ride and enjoy all that this fall festival has to offer. As the sun goes down, the balloons ignite one final time for the balloon glow that lights up the autumn night sky in Poteau.
Dress up in your favorite costume and celebrate the creepiest holiday of the year at the Haunted Castle Halloween Festival at the Castle of Muskogee. During the month of October, explore the castle’s Trail of Blood, Casa Morte and the Bates Motel in Muskogee for a scary good time.
Roll by Farrell Family Bread in Tulsa during autumn and pick up a loaf or three of their classic artisanal bread. The bakery also features a great selection of seasonal specialty breads like pumpkin cranberry.
For a short time during October and November, hunters head out for a special time of year known as deer season. Make your experience comfortable and worry-free with a stay at Red Rock Ranch in Marland where you can stay in a convenient lodge and go on guided hunts.
Head to Guthrie and plan to stay at the Stone Lion Inn, a beautiful early-1900s Victorian mansion. While you’re enjoying luxurious amenities including claw-footed bathtubs and decorated guest rooms, you may see the ghosts of residents past. For an extra scare, play your part in murder mystery dinners held every weekend.
Grab your camera and hike around the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur to capture colors in nature that only come around once a year. Photos of fiery reds and oranges from changing leaves and towering pines make excellent keepsakes.
Fall brings a new palette of flavors full of herbs, squash, sweet potatoes, jams and special salsas. The Cherry Street Farmers Market in Tulsa’s Cherry Street District has everything you need to make your favorite dishes as the weather gets colder and the holiday season approaches.
Gather up your friends and family for a camping trip to Lake Murray State Park in Adrmore or Tenkiller State Park in Vian. Spend the evening huddled around a campfire after the sun goes down telling ghost stories and making s’mores underneath the changing leaves.
For family-friendly Halloween fun, dress in costumes and attend the Boo on Bell Fall Festival in Shawnee. Take a haunted carriage ride, go ghost hunting, trick-or-treat for candy and enter your dog in the Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest. Complete the evening with a free scary movie after dark.
Fall beers offer delicious combinations of spices, honey, fresh hops and malty flavors. Sample Choc Beer’s Choctoberfest autumn microbrew at Pete’s Place in Krebs and chow down on some authentic Italian food for a filling meal that will keep you coming back year round.
Take the bite out of the air and warm up with a bowl of piping hot chili from Ike’s Chili House in Tulsa. Their spicy and hearty blend of this Midwestern favorite has been around since the late 1800s. Order it by the bowl or as a topping on spaghetti, corn chips or even a coney dog.
Bundle up and bring a basket to go apple picking at Livesay Orchards in Porter. U-pick apples are available from late August to early October. Gather the whole family and get ready to make new memories as you stock up on plenty of fresh, ripe finds right from the tree.
Gabriella's is housed in a building with a long history that was once a dance hall and speakeasy in the 1920s and 30s. Dine on some delicious Italian cuisine and keep your eyes and ears peeled for the ghost of Russell, a man who was shot in front of the main fireplace of the dance hall after flirting with another man's woman.
The Honobia Bigfoot Fall Festival & Conference held in the Kiamichi Mountains in Honobia each October has it all. Campfire stories about Bigfoot, research workshops and the chance to get your photo taken with Sasquatch make this event worth waiting all year for.
Ranging from the unique to the downright unusual, STASH in Norman is a one-of-a-kind find in Oklahoma. Combining internationally curated fair trade crafts and artwork with Made In Oklahoma decor pieces, you’ll find framed butterflies, animal skulls and Pendleton blankets you’ll want to take home to match the season.
Get in the spirit of Halloween with tickets to Oklahoma Railway Museum’s spooky Halloween train. Children and adults alike are welcome to take part in the festivities. Don’t forget to dress up and receive a costume discount for this once-a-year ride.
On Pioneer Road in Springer, a strange phenomenon occurs that you can try out for yourself. If you stop at the bottom of Magnetic Hill and put your car in neutral, you will get the unfamiliar sensation that your car is being “pulled” back up the hill. In this case, seeing is definitely believing and you might just find yourself more than a little creeped out.
Remember the past in the town of Wewoka at the annual Sorghum Festival. Production of the molasses-like sweetener sustained the city’s economy and is now celebrated with a day full of parades, food, sorghum mill demonstrations, live entertainment and handmade crafts each October.
If you’re into novels about vampires, read the Tulsa-based House of Night series by Oklahoma authors P.C. and Kristin Cast. Then, tour some of the character’s favorite places using our “House of Night Tulsa Tour” guide.