10 Family-Friendly Fall Activities
Autumn is a beautiful time of year in northeast Oklahoma, and regardless of where your interests lie, you'll find a huge variety of ways to celebrate the season. Families with small children will especially love all the fantastic options for wholesome fun at many community festivals and attractions large and small across Green Country. Seek the perfect pumpkin, navigate through a cornfield maze or celebrate harvest time at a local festival while enjoying carnival rides and favorite fall treats. Let these ideas inspire you to get out and enjoy the crisp fall air and enjoy some of the great traditions of autumn in Green Country Oklahoma.
Annabelle's Fun Farm in Welch, OK is a popular attraction for families each fall. This family-owned farm provides a rich variety of activities for all ages to enjoy, including a petting zoo, tractor-pulled hayrides, corn and hay mazes, and a variety of games like cornhole and pumpkin bowling. After petting all the critters in the barnyard area, take the kids over to the Cedar Patch Mine to uncover gems, arrowheads and other treasures before heading home with fun memories of your day at Annabelle's Fun Farm.
Head to the scenic countryside just east of Bartlesville to enjoy seasonal games, hayrides, and other activities at the Country Bumpkin Pumpkin Patch. Open weekend afternoons and evenings from late September through the end of October, visitors can also enjoy activities like a corn maze, the punkin’ chunkin’ slingshot, special art & crafts classes on select dates, and browsing fall décor for your home. Seasonal goodies like caramel apples and hot cider are available at the Snack Shack, so don’t miss out on all there is to see, do, and taste at the Country Bumpkin!
Head to Tulsa’s River West Festival Park the weekend of October 20th for Tulsa Oktoberfest. Named one of the top five Oktoberfests in the country by USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler Magazine and Orbitz, this celebration of German heritage is a wonderful opportunity to introduce young minds to a variety of new cultural experiences. Bring your appetite and sample delicious offerings like schnitzel, Polish sausages, hot pretzels and fresh-baked apple strudel, and enjoy festival fun including carnival rides, the dachshund parade, wiener dog races, live music and much more.
Open all month long on 20 acres of farmland in southeast Tulsa, Pumpkin Town Farms is a favorite with Tulsa families and visitors alike. Pick out your family's pumpkins and have a blast with activities such as a petting zoo, pumpkin bowling, horse-drawn hayrides, face painting, and many more. Take advantage of the many photo ops to create lasting mementos of your fall fun. Find your way through Pumpkin Town’s uniquely designed corn maze (featuring a new design each year), let the kids enjoy camel and pony rides, or challenge each other to a game of pumpkin checkers - there's so much to see and do at Pumpkin Town Farms that you’ll need more than one trip to experience it all!
Enjoy a little Halloween fun by going medieval at the Haunted Castle Halloween Festival at The Castle of Muskogee. This magnificently recreated medieval town and castle in Muskogee offers a huge variety of fun for all ages, from Halloween Train rides around Castleton Village for the little ones to a hair-raising trek through the Casa Morte for the bigger kids in your group. Run from blood-thirsty zombies or stay in the scare-neutral kids zone for less spooky fun. Other activities include pony rides, hayrides, bouncy houses and crafts. Money-saving group packages which include activities appropriate for various ages are available.
Enjoy a family outing with all the wholesome fun you could ask for with a visit to the Pumpkin Festival at Shepherd’s Cross. Located on a 120-acre working farm and Christian mission northeast of Claremore, the Pumpkin Festival is a favorite of families with young children. In addition to all the farm’s year-round attractions like their Bible Garden and museum of antique farm equipment, activities at the festival include hayrides, scarecrow making, a farm animal petting zoo, as well as games and activities for all ages. Of course, selecting the perfect pumpkin from the hundreds scattered around the farmyard is one of the main attractions during the pumpkin festival. The whole family will have a memorable day of fall fun on the farm at Shepherd's Cross.
If you have children older than 10, here's an adventure than even teenagers will enjoy! Take a zip line canopy tour and enjoy the vibrant fall foliage from a new perspective as you zoom through the treetops from platform to platform at PostOak Lodge. Get a bird's eye perspective on the autumn foliage as well as downtown Tulsa in the distance as you fly above the trees. Stick around at PostOak Lodge to enjoy the Treetop Adventure Park where you can cross swinging bridges, pull yourself across a gap in the treetops on a modified skateboard, climb towers and more all while safely tethered. It's a great way to enjoy a crisp fall day in the outdoors while getting your adrenaline pumping and building lasting memories together.
Throughout the month of October, head to Pleasant Valley Farms in the beautiful countryside around Sand Springs to catch all the festivities of their annual Pumpkin Patch. Browse their huge selection of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes to find the one that’s perfect for your home, and get ready for a fun-filled day of hayrides, slides and cow train rides for the kiddos, an 18-hole mini-golf course and a 15-acre corn maze, just to name a few of the activities. There are also several photo op stations scattered around the property, so you can capture that perfect shot (or several) for the family album.
Head to Tulsa’s Brookside District on the morning of October 22nd for BooHaHa in Brookside, one of the city’s largest and most popular Halloween celebrations. Children of all ages can take part in several activities at the festival’s Kid’s Zone including inflatables, free candy, costume contests and face painting. Follow the trick-or-treating route to collect goodies at pop-up locations throughout the district, and witness the return of the annual Boo Ha Ha Parade, one of Tulsa's favorite traditions. The festival lasts from 9:00am to 12:00pm, with a focus on activities for children 12 and under.
Dress the kids up in their Halloween costumes (and don one yourself if you want) or come as you are and enjoy Spook-A-Rama at Kiddie Park in Bartlesville. For more than 70 years Kiddie Park has been delighting families with extremely affordable pint-sized carnival rides in a family-friendly atmosphere. The beloved park opens for a few days each fall to celebrate the season with Spook-A-Rama where kids can enjoy the rides, feast on some tasty treats at the concession stand and even summon up their courage to brave the spook house's 8+ rooms filled with thrills and chills. Admission is free and rides always cost only $0.75 each, so Spook-A-Rama is friendly for both your budget and your family.
Green Country is chock full of great ways for families to celebrate the fall season and all the fun that comes with it. From pumpkin patches and cornfield mazes to harvest celebrations and trick or treating events, Green Country offers so many opportunities for fun. Enjoy a hike through colorful trees at one of the Oklahoma state parks in Green Country and then cozy up around a campfire to roast some marshmallows. Find more Fall Festivals and ideas for Family Activities or browse our Outdoor Recreation and Children's Attractions pages for more inspiration.