Like the kids and families who make their way through its 3.5 miles of husk-lined trails, the corn maze at P Bar Farms wears a different costume each Halloween. This year, it celebrates the Oklahoma City Thunder's NBA Finals appearance with a winding logo-shaped maze that has 95 different decision points and innumerable twists and turns. After navigating the hand-cut labyrinth, a feat that generally takes most maze-goers about one hour, folks can make their way around the property and enjoy P Bar Farms’ many other fall-flavored activities. The Main Barn serves as the hub where visitors can recharge with concessions, relax at picnic tables, or challenge a rooster to a sing-off during free karaoke sessions. Outside, families can enjoy a hayride over to the farm's pumpkin patch or make their way to the barnyard to pet farm animals. The property's big red barn plays host to adrenaline-fueled laser-tag matches, and mini golf allows for more leisurely family fun.
The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs have their sights set on making a second-half run to climb the Lone Star Conference rankings. Cheer on the squad, led by senior Megan McLain and junior Jamie Simmons, as they drain three-pointers, posterize defenders with tomahawk high fives, and put dazed opponents in a deep slumber with hypnotic dribbling. Upon the conclusion of the women's hard-fought sweat swap, basketball aficionados and fans super glued to their seats can stick around as the men's team takes the court to show off their high-flying athleticism and Charles Barkley impersonations. Led by seniors Jacquiese Holcombe and LaDarius Hall, this dream team–composed of players with the ability to dream and be part of a team–has already posted 13 victories heading into division play, and is hoping to inflict its dominance on opposing teams as fans clap in approval, shout out random lottery numbers, and melt the flesh of opposing fans with flaming foam fingers.
Abby M.—also known as Aerial Abby—spends a lot of time with her feet off the ground. The professional aerial acrobat has studied under Cirque du Soleil performers, not to mention working with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Abby's skills go well beyond the big top, however. She has studied yoga and other fitness disciplines, with a focus on areas such as balance, strength, and creating muscle mass leaner than a fitness magazine printed on deli meat. All of this expertise comes into play during Aerial Abby's workout sessions, which include an aerial fitness class, a hand balancing class, and personal training.
Saluting 86 historic horses and 141 of their human counterparts, the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum is a sprawling 45,000 square feet of equestrian exhibits and attractions in a sleek, modern space. Towering bronze statues of noble steeds greet knowledge-thirsty museum-goers next to the Wall of Honor, a commemorative mural that varies its appearance depending on the direction from which its viewed. Inductees get their props in the elegant Grand Hall, where rock columns support high ceilings above a floor etched with genealogies of famous horse heroes and the jealous tears of overshadowed mule villains. Voyage further into the lives of game-changing mares, stallions, and stallion people in the timeline exhibit, full of glass-encased artifacts and photography, audio recordings from hall-of-famers' own brethren, and the technologically-advanced, multimedia Champion's Gallery, which recreates events such as glory-bestowing races and the American Quarter Horse World Championship Show.
Head trainer Jeff Cox—a certified instructor and nutrition counselor at Zach’s Club 54—believes that fitness is about more than just the body, stating that “fitness is a positive approach to life incorporating physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects…” This rounded approach to well-being pervades throughout the 35,000-square-foot facility, which cultivates a fun and communal atmosphere to workout, socialize, compete, and play within. Cutting-edge strength-training equipment from brands such as Precor and Hammerstrength bolster muscle mass, a well-stocked cardio theater entertains while quickening heartbeats, three racquetball courts host matches between friends, and an indoor pool welcomes both lap-minded exercises and splash-happy tots. A specialized cycling room and a 2,000-square-foot fitness studio—which houses an array of instructor-led group classes such as yoga, BodyCombat, and Turbo Kick—also send sweat glands into overdrive. A trio of personal trainers, which collectively boast NGA and ISSA certification, stands by to help willing exercisers formulate and achieve individual fitness goals.
Before donning sweatbands and inflatable muscle suits in the locker room, parents can drop kids off at the toy- and media-equipped child waiting area staffed by CPR-certified attendants.
Located on notoriously twisted Route 66, a derelict movie theater has become the stomping grounds of the McKill family—a criminally insane brood with a predilection for torture and murder. The site is filled with horrific vignettes: piles of human skulls, walls stained with gory handprints, and funerals attended by the dead.
Down the theater's dilapidated halls specters stalk interlopers, awaiting the right moment to jump out and shock—but never touch—their prey. The location has appeared on the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story, where numerous suspected apparitions were caught in the act.