Halloween Parades in Oklahoma

by Blair Foy
Oklahoma City's Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade transforms the downtown to an All-Hallows Eve wonderland.

Oklahoma City's Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade transforms the downtown to an All-Hallows Eve wonderland.

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Each year in late October, ghosts, goblins, witches and warlocks are out in full force in Oklahoma City as part of the annual Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade. Hosted by the Oklahoma Gazette, this spooky spectacular has such popularity that more than 55,000 spectators have come to enjoy this haunting Halloween experience.

Parade History

Debuting in 2007, the Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade is put on annually by the Oklahoma Gazette. The purpose of this macabre parade is to showcase the creative and artistic talents of people in the Oklahoma City area. The parade includes both the downtown and midtown areas. As this event gains notoriety, the buzz around it grows and adds to its popularity. In 2010, more than 55,000 people were in attendance to take part in the ghoulish festivities.

Participation Rules

For those who dare to be a part of the Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade, there are certain rules and fees that apply. First, event rules stipulate that no one under the age of 18 is allowed to participate in the parade. There is a $25 fee for those who want to be in a haunted marching band, on a bicycle or in a walking group. A $50 fee allows you to be in the parade on a spooky float, motorcycle, car or wheeled vehicle. Parade organizers also take applications for costumed revelers who walk the parade route either alone or in groups.

Volunteer

With the grand scale of the Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade, it takes a lot of volunteer hours to ensure the event runs successfully. Those who want to give their time to be a part of the Halloween parade submit application forms to the event committee. Organizers are looking for artistically-natured or creative people to volunteer for assembly or disassembly help, judging and awards, parade marshals, equipment and power committee, marketing, entertainment, special services, fundraising, restroom assistance, food and beverage vendor organization as well as audio and video media help.

The Flaming Lips March of 1000 Skeletons

While it is a parade on its own, the Oklahoma-based band the Flaming Lips heads the March of 1000 Skeletons, which takes place during the Ghouls Gone Wild event. In this ghastly march, the band's fans, as well as other spectators, dress in skeleton costumes and carry torches with real fire. The two-hour long parade travels in Oklahoma City's Bricktown district as thousands of people dressed like skeletons march the streets. The same regulations for the Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade apply to the March of 1000 Skeletons. Potential skeletons must purchase both a costume and a torch from the Flaming Lips.

Other Oklahoma Halloween Events

While the Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade and the March of the 1000 Skeletons are the most popular Halloween parades for people to enjoy in Oklahoma, the state does have other events to celebrate All Hallows-Eve. The Oklahoma City Zoo has an annual Haunt the Zoo for Halloween where children can trick-or-treat with among the wildlife. Frightfest at Frontier City has activities for both children and adults with a trick-or-treat trail and haunted house. Families also enjoy the Haunt the Harn which is held at Oklahoma's historical Harn Homestead Museum. This spooky spectacular has hay rides, trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples, games and marshmallow roasting around a glowing campfire.

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