Halloween arrives in Green Country; Broken Arrow maze to raise money for local food banks

Posted at 4:12 PM, Oct 31, 2016

BROKEN ARROW, Okla -- Halloween is here and families across Green Country stepped out into the spooky night.

The spirit of the holiday is alive and well here in the community thanks to Tapes Fine Arts, something that local residents are proud of.
With a haul of bones, ghosts, spiders and tombstones, Alexis Oakes and her family are bringing Halloween back to life in Broken Arrow.

“It's definitely an adrenaline rush,” she said. “The weeks putting it up, it's like 'are we sure we want to do this again this year?'”
“I think it's not part of any type of religion, it's just a time to have a good time with people.”

It's a good time for families enjoying the night before several city curfews set in for the holiday.
The NextDoor App is more popular than ever, hundreds of homes are bringing All Hallow's Eve into the 21st Century by registering online for trick or treating, creating a guide of where and where not to go.

But even then, there's alternatives.
“Kids can come by, see the fire trucks, interact with the firefighters, get some candy,” said Tulsa Fire Public Information Officer Stan May.

Three Tulsa Fire stations doled out sweets and donated Chick-Fil-A Monday night – an effort to teach kids life-saving skills that go beyond fire safety.
“It puts them at ease with us, in case we have to show up at an automobile accident or a house fire, they're not afraid of us, they're not intimidated,” said May.

The Tulsa Zoo and Oklahoma Aquarium also stayed open late to accommodate trick-or-treaters.
But for spooks like Oakes, there's no place like home.

“In the end, it's worth every scream, every smile, every laugh,” she said. “It's important to continue that, no matter how little or how much you're into it.”

Proceeds of Tapes Fine Arts' haunted maze benefitted local area food banks.

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