Hit one of Shawnee's nearly 50 fall festivals, trick or treats, and other autumn fun!
Yes -- really. Shawnee LOVES Halloween! Check the calendar for a list of all upcoming events and find an awesome autumn adventure.
Here's our Top 10 things to do for fall fun this year in Shawnee:
1. Pick your own pumpkin at Sunshine Shelly’s Pumpkin Patch
This 20-acre farm has fun for the whole family! Farm grown pumpkins, a Corn Maze, corn pits, big trikes, hayride, giant pumpkin bounce, fire pits, and special events like Halloween movie night every Saturday at sunset. Check here for this year's schedule.
2. See the changing leaves at the National Arboretum at OBU
There are more than 300 trees & shrubs on campus representing 134 different species, including a seedling from the OKC Bombing's Survivor Tree. Pack your walking shoes!
3. Kick your Halloween off with the Monsters on Main Halloween Festival
Formerly known as Boo on Bell, this annual fall festival celebrates the autumn season with family-friendly activities. A carnival downtown runs Thursday through Saturday, and a full-day festival happens on Main Street all Saturday! Costume contests (for kids, adults, and pets!), a trick-or-treat on Main, plus ghost stories, games, face painting, food trucks, and more.
4. Get spooked at the Nightmare Harvest Haunted Corn Maze
Shawnee's only haunted corn maze is back in 2023! Awarded Oklahoma's Outstanding Agricultural Attraction in 2021, this legendary haunted maze will spook your boots off (not recommended for children under 13.)
5. Get your very own Fall Gnome at The Arts @ 317
Craft your own autumn-inspired gnome at one of the seasonal classes, or buy one in the gallery from gnome artist extraordinaire Betty Combe.
6. Welcome soup season at a local soup hotspot
The Owl Shoppe's eclectic and experimental menu changes each week, so follow them on Facebook to see your choice of soup -- some of their popular soups include birria ramen, peach gazpacho, and jalapeno pepper chowder! Theopolis Social Club also features seasonal soups, a few favorites of which are red pepper bisque and potato leek. A final great soup stop is The Lunch Box, which features two soups every day on a rotating menu. We're partial to the white cheddar poblano...
7. Don your favorite flannel and throw axes at Lumberjack Johnson's
A hip flannel is not actually required, but a good throwing arm will do you some good! Open year-round, something about throwing axes that feels especially great once the air is crisp and the leaves are falling!
8. Celebrate Mummy Day with Oklahoma's Only Mummies
The first Saturday in November each year is Mummy Day at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, a free family-friendly educational festival celebrating Oklahoma's only mummies, who live at the MGMoA.
9. Cheer for the OBU Bison
Fall and football go together like Brad Pitt and George Clooney in movies. In Shawnee, we cheer for the OBU Bison! Oklahoma Baptist compete in the Great American Conference and see some of the best in NCAA Division 2 teams. Find their schedule here.
10. Spook the Competition at the legendary Firelake Costume Contest
This adults-only Halloween party at Firelake Casino is legendary, with a prize of $1000 to the best costume! Registration is at 7pm, judging starts at 8:15.