By Gina Petruccelli, News9.com
OKLAHOMA CITY -- With temperatures cooling down, it's time to get into the fall spirit. You'll find fun, fright and foliage in News9.com's nine picks for fall in Oklahoma. There are plenty of family friendly activities across the state that will have you pulling out your scarves and a mug of warm apple cider. Here's our nine perfect picks for fall:
1. Enjoy the foliage along Talimena Scenic Drive
The Talimena Scenic Drive is a 54 mile scenic byway offering breathtaking views. The drive stretches across the Ouachita Mountains in eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. It's the prime place to see the leaves change from green to beautiful golden hues, maroon shades and burnt oranges. Along the drive you'll find hiking trails, historic houses and museums. The peak time to see foliage is looking to be the first week in November.
For more information, including maps, lodging and activities, visit the Talemina Scenic Drive Web site.
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2. Taste local vineyards at the Oklahoma Wine Fest
With 25 vineyards participating in the Oklahoma Wine Fest 2008, it's the biggest wine festival ever held in the state. Besides tasting and food pairing, the festival will feature wine workshops and live music. Learn about wine making, collecting or how to build the perfect wine cellar. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The festival will be held November 14-15 at 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit the Oklahoma Wines Web site. To purchase tickets, go to LocalWineEvents.com.
3. Get lost in the Maize Maze at Reding Farm
There's no place like a corn maze, and Reding Farm has brought Dorothy and all her friends from Oz to their farm. Their corn field has mazes in the shape of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch. Each maze varies in size and difficulty. Explore the corn fields during the day or experience the spooky side by traveling the mazes at night. Don't forget a flashlight.
The Maize, located at 614 Reding Road in Chickasha, is open through October 31, Friday-Sunday. For directions, prices and hours visit the Corn Field Maze Web site.
4. Pick pumpkins at the patch on T.G. Farms
Carving pumpkins is a fall and Halloween tradition, but you have to get a pumpkin first. T.G. Farms has two patch options, and one isn't far from Oklahoma City. Bring your family and let them each pick out their own personal pumpkin. T.G. Farms also offers other fun fall activities including hay rides around the patch and a general store with an assortment of fall produce. The pumpkin patches, located in Norman and Newcastle, are open through November 15. Admission is $8 and includes your choice of one pumpkin. For more information, visit the T.G. Farms Web site.
5. Pick juicy apples at Livesay Orchards
Livesay Orchards is known for pick-your-own peaches, but they also have apple picking aplenty. The original orchard was purchased in 1966, and it's been passed down through the family ever since. There are 10 acres of apple trees and the family has a farmer's market June through the end of October, so you can find apples, pumpkins, corn and more.
For directions, hours and general information, visit the Livesay Orchard Web site.
6. Hop on a hayride at Wild Things Farm
From the herb garden to the goat walk, Wild Things Farm has plenty of fall activities, but their hayride is a must. Hop up on the hayride and travel around the 90 acre farm. See the ducks by the pond, pet the horses and enjoy the fall breeze. When you're done, catch the goats walking up a high slanted ramp and pet some of the other animals on Wild Things Farm.
For directions to Wild Things Farm located in Pocola and hours, visit the Wild Things Farm Web site.
7. Find your inner superhero at the Toy and Action Figure Museum
Pull out your Spiderman gear, your Iron Man suit or your Creature from the Black Lagoon costume because the Toy and Action Figure Museum is having an action figure costume contest. Whether you love Marvel or DC Comics, this is the best place to see and be seen as your favorite superhero or super villain. The museum is also celebrating its third birthday, so join the fun and see how some of your favorite icons have evolved over the years.
The costume contest will be held at the museum in Pauls Valley on Saturday Oct. 25 beginning at 7 p.m. For directions and ticket prices, visit the Toy and Action Figure Museum Web site.
8. Find what goes bump in the night at 10th Street Haunted House
It's time for a spooktacular treat. Take a guided tour through the 10 Street Haunted House, but around every corner, ghosts and ghouls could be lurking. As the guide takes you through the house, you'll be invited to participate in the fun and fright while learning the haunted history behind this house of horrors.
The haunted house is located at 2005 10 Street, just east of NW 10 and Pennsylvania Avenue. The tours are given every Friday and Saturday night through October 18, and every night of the week from Friday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 1, 7-11 p.m. Tours are $5 per person. For more information, call 232-1816.
9. Haunted hollows and ghost stories galore at Scream and Boo Country
Scream Country is over 40 acres of dark trails, featuring the Carnivale Asylum, a haunted mansion and a one mile trail through the undead town of Spivey Hollow. Step back to 1931 and walk the trails of this zombie town. Your nightmares can't compare to the things still creeping around looking for a bite of the living.
Boo Country is the not so scary Halloween western town for littler monsters. Families can enjoy ghost stories, a corn maze with funny face pumpkins hiding in the field and trick or treating on October 31.
Scream and Boo Country are located two miles northeast of Drumright. For hours, tickets and directions, visit the Scream Country Web site, or the Boo Country Web site.