While Trail of Fear is now Oklahoma's largest haunted attraction, Hauntworld.com reveals that the original format was a small, roadside hay maze operated by a father and son in 1998. Today, a three-story pyramid looms above the theme park's frightful environs and prowling actors. Creators Bob Wright Sr. and Bob Wright Jr. supervise a staff of more than 100?a vast increase from their first crew of approximately 15 people and a few rusty table fans?as they guide visitors through four nightmarish worlds. Though the majority of these helpers return to the job each season with fiendish devotion, their strategies for harvesting screams evolve every year to surprise even the most loyal fans.
Between the two locations there are five haunted attractions, including a maniacal ringmaster overseeing the disorienting maze and murderous clowns of Cirque de Morte, malformed test subjects rising from The Experiment's excavation and lab sites, and performers injecting dark humor into their classic sideshow acts at the Thunderbird Trail of Fear.
On the Halloween Midway, Boo House BBQ supplies fuel for brave souls in the form of burgers and brisket. Fairground games embrace macabre twists; past activities include a severed-head toss and live-zombie target practice. For younger children, Pumpkin Junction entertains with scary stories and magic tricks on select nights. A portion of Trail of Fear's proceeds go to benefit a specific charity every year, contributing thousands of dollars to community causes.
Anytime Fitness lives up to its name by giving clients 24/7 access to exercise machines, weights, and tanning facilities. The fitness center even feature private bathrooms and around-the-clock security monitoring. A personal-training session for every new member helps clients put their best foot forward as they start exercise regimens.
Each year, runners gather in downtown Lawton for the Spirit of Survival, an annual, multi-race event benefiting the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma and cancer research worldwide. The gathering offers events for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, including the Hulkin' Half-Marathon, the 5K Superhero Race, the Spirit Walk, the Quick Silver Quarter Marathon, and the Superhero Kid's Marathon. In conjunction with the organization's aim at fighting cancer and overcoming obstacles, Spirit of Survival encourages runners to don superhero costumes.
At Optimum Foot Care, a team of orthopedic experts help alleviate aches across the entire body with a range of orthotics. Thorough foot-and-ankle evaluations allow the team to choose inserts with just the right amount of arch support, stability, and cushioning to correct unbalanced strides, relieve spinal pain, and protect joints.
Ashley Heddy, the experienced yoga guru behind Keep Calm Yoga, guides students through therapeutic yoga classes to strengthen muscles, improve endurance, and hone concentration. Students arrive at the studio in the morning armed with their own mats and props, ready to embrace their inner yoga warrior. Ashley shepherds yogis and yoginis through their asanas as they greet the sun with stretched sinews, taut muscles, and peaceful poses. Sessions cover the basics of stretching and breathing for newbies, and the experienced instructor’s keen yoga eye—her left—allows her to provide adjustments to challenge seasoned pupils. Stress melts away during the tranquil lesson, and Ashley empowers students to chop through their mental cinder blocks to find peace and tranquility during trying times outside the studio, from frenzied workweeks to harrowing games of high-stakes Jenga.
Southlake Taekwondo & Karate for Kids' chief instructor, Master Wesley Boyer, has a sixth-degree black belt—a level he reached over more than 23 years of martial-arts practice. The rest of the instructors on his team hold black belts, too, and they use their savvy to teach kids and adults alike the basics of fighting, with a special emphasis on traditional Songahm Taekwondo.