SPOOKY OKLAHOMA SUMMER BUCKET LIST 2019
Something I’ve been seeing a whole lot of on Pinterest is bucket lists.
But the cool thing I’ve noticed is that they aren’t your average bucket lists. These bucket lists are aimed at specific seasons or decades of your life. Like SPRING BUCKET LIST or 40 THINGS TO DO BEFORE 40.
I thought I’d put my own EO spin on this whole thing and bring you a SPOOKY OKLAHOMA SUMMER BUCKET LIST for 2019!
There are plenty of things to do in Oklahoma these days. When someone says they can’t stand living here because there’s nothing to do, I want to shake them and say, “You’re not looking hard enough!“
This state, and specifically the Moore/Norman and downtown area of OKC have changed drastically since I was a kid. They have experienced exponential growth, and with that influx of people have come a lot of really cool things to do.
Sure, there’s the traditional trips to Frontier City or White Water Bay that peppered most of our childhood summers, but this bucket list is constructed specifically for those of us who are looking for something a little more off the beaten path.
Let’s get into it, y’all.
BUILD A FIRE PIT
This is one of my favorite things that I’ve ever done in the summer. A few years ago, Dustin (my cousin who saw the UFO featured on ep. 004) helped me take some bricks from an unused flower bed and construct a nice little fire pit for the back yard. This fire pit definitely comes in handy when you move on to the next item on this bucket list.
SCARY STORY NIGHT
Okay, so with the new fire pit, you need to properly christen it. And in my opinion, the only way to do that is to gather some fellow likeminded spooky folks and swap some scary stories. Maybe pick a theme. Like everyone tells the scariest real life thing that they ever experienced, or if you want something less heavy, maybe they tell about an experience that they think might have been paranormal. Another way to do this is to get a bluetooth speaker and play one of the many, many YouTube compilations of scary stories from Reddit.
VISIT A PSYCHIC
If this is something you’ve never done, you might want to give it a shot. There are a lot of fakes out there. And I do mean a lot. Probably only one out of every one-hundred are genuine. I’ve had the privilege of meeting two of those very real gifted people in my lifetime. But still, it can be a fun experience to get a reading from someone. And who knows? You might get a good one!
LEARN TO READ TAROT CARDS
So this is something that’s definitely on my bucket list for the summer. I’ve dabbled in tarot over the years but I am not an expert by any means. And tarot is something that you have to practice for a long time to get a really intuitive feel for the cards. Buying a deck can be a really fun experience, so check out some decks online and see which images really speak to you. Also, if you want to get updates from someone who reads their tarot frequently, check out Marisa’s Instagram stories. She was a guest on the OU URBAN LEGENDS episode.
GO TO NATURE’S TREASURES
For those of you that aren’t aware of this local gem, Nature’s Treasures is a witchy shop in Midwest City. Off of 15th and Sooner, it’s got everything you need for your next occult gathering. I’ve gotten tarot cards, books about different subjects, and various other items from them in the past. They always run sales, too, so keep an eye out for that and follow their social media.
GO LEGEND TRIPPING
Okay, so I want to preface this section by saying DO NOT TRESPASS. It’s illegal and getting in trouble for that is not fun. So keep that in mind! However, driving around and looking at places that aren’t private property is a great way to spend a night this summer. Stay safe, though, and don’t go alone. Not just because of the unseen dangers, but the very real ones.
CHECK OUT THE OKLAHOMA SECTION AT FULL CIRCLE BOOKSTORE
This is one of the places where I get a lot of my research materials. I love Barnes & Noble, but the local section just isn’t as great as what they’ve got going on at Full Circle. I found some great selections about hauntings concerning outlaws from the early days of Oklahoma’s history as well as stuff about the bombing. There’s also a really cool book out right now about the history of the most famous haunted hotel in Oklahoma City — the Skirvin.
GO TO ANOMALIST BOOKS IN LEXINGTON
Anomalist Books & Brews is a local treasure. Really. This place is awesome. It’s just a little hole in the wall bookshop that sells all sorts of used books. The guy who runs it is a Bigfoot enthusiast and actually has a cast of a footprint available to view. He has a selection of great local authors’ books on the paranormal and cryptozoology. I highly recommend checking this place out and sitting for a spell for some great conversation.
TAKE A HAUNTED ROAD TRIP
So there are a lot of haunted places in Oklahoma that you can readily visit. But did you know there’s also a haunted highway? Out to the west of the city, you can go down Highway 281 that runs along the northwest part of the state. It’s reported that people have lots of strange sightings on that stretch of highway. I’m planning on making a trip down it myself this summer. After dark.
HAVE A SCARY MOVIE NIGHT
This is a pretty self-explanatory one. But you might make it even more fun by doing this while camping. I mean, if you’re gonna scare yourself, go all in, right?
SPEND THE NIGHT IN A HAUNTED HOTEL
You guys have heard me talk about what a chicken I am when it comes to haunted hotels. I’m worse than useless in any haunted situation. Seriously. Cut your losses. Leave me behind. It’s too late to save me. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t test your own fears by staying in a haunted hotel. There are several around here. The two that come to mind are the Stone Lion Inn and the Skirvin. There are also plenty of haunted places where you can take ghost tours, such as the Grisso Mansion.
GO GHOST HUNTING
While you’re staying at one of these haunted places, it would be a crime not to do some EVP recording or try to snap some pictures of spirits. When I visited the Grisso Mansion, we got a lot of orbs in our photos. I’m not sure where I stand on orbs, but I know that they were definitely present in many of the photos.
LEARN ABOUT HEADSTONE SYMBOLISM AND VISIT SOME OLD CEMETERIES
So this is an upcoming topic for the podcast. Tombstone symbolism fascinates me, and there are A LOT of old cemeteries in Oklahoma. Did you know that if you see a lamb on top of a headstone, it’s for a child? I didn’t either until my grandma told me. She was a spooky lady, too. And I think she sparked an interest for me in exploring old cemeteries when she told me that the symbols on old headstones have a story to tell.
That all being said, I think it’s about time that the weather clears up and we get some summertime coming our way. I’m ready for some bonfire nights and watching the lightning bugs. Not to mention knocking out this bucket list.
Do you have other things on your spooky bucket list for the summer? Let me know in the comments!