ANADARKO — Zombies, pumpkins, kites and football will descend on Anadarko this weekend with all the makings of a Halloween/fall fever dream.
The town will host its first Caddo County Kids, Kites and Frights event Saturday, and the event lineup is truly impressive.
“There’s not going to be a time of the day you’ll be bored,” said Julie Fair, director of the Anadarko Community Library and the City’s events coordinator. “You’ll have something to do all day long, and it’s free.”
Activities include: Kites Over Anadarko, Native American Arts Festival and Craft Fair, 5K Run for Your Life Halloween costume fun run/walk, Eerie Acres Haunted Armory, Zombies in Downtown, Anadarko Mutton Bustin’ Shindig, A Street Divided: OU and OSU watch party and tailgate competition, Downtown Rumble Car and Motorcycle Show, Native American War Dance Competition and Show (with $1,000 prize), Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Children’s Fishing Clinic, Shred Fest Skateboard Tournament and youth 3-on-3 basketball and adult co-ed volleyball tournaments.
Attendees can also explore a pumpkin patch or petting zoo, enter Jack-o-lantern chalk art contests, watch a mock gun fight in Cowboy Town, participate in a scavenger hunt or tepee-making class, shop at the city-wide garage sale, or care for their pets at a free rabies clinic.
Throughout the day, local musicians will provide entertainment in a Downtown Darko Concert series. Richard Clift Jr. will perform from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by Dani Carson and Michael Goss from noon to 3 p.m. and Across the Washita from 3-5 p.m.
The Anadarko Municipal Airport will host Kites over Anadarko from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring a professional kite show, kite making demonstrations and a rock wall for climbing. After dark, people can play laser tag downtown from 7 to 9.
Anadarko has hosted Zombies in the Park events for three years around Halloween, but this year, Fair said they decided to go all out. The Kids, Kites and Frights Committee has been planning activities since July.
“We have a lot of talent in our community and we want to show it off,” Fair said. “It’s going to really be a lot of fun. I’m excited about all of it.”