BooHaHa cancel for 2020
The past few months have been a struggle for Tulsans and our country as a whole. It is safe to say that our norms are shifting and life going forward will look very different for a while..
As the Brookside Business Association has been meeting regularly throughout the year to discuss and address concerns of our community, it has become apparent that our normal is shifting. Because of the severity and exponential growth of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sad to announce that out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel the events of BooHaHa for 2020.
We recognize that BooHaHa is a Tulsa tradition that dates back for 30 years along Peoria with parades, costume contests, food and free candy for young and old. This heritage of fun and community is something that we treasure, and we are deeply pained to have to make the decision to cancel it for this year. While we are saddened to have to cancel BooHaHa for 2020, we look forward to bringing back BooHaHa in 2021.
While COVID-19 is causing quite the stir this year, we know that with our American ingenuity, and our Tulsa spirit, we will conquer this virus and be ready for a new iteration of BooHaHa next fall.
Until then, be safe and look out for one another.
-The Businesses and Leaders of The Brookside Business Association
IN A TYPICAL YEAR UNLIKE 2020… the Tulsa area has embraced the Brookside BooHaHa as an annual fall tradition, where thousands of Tulsa’s young and young at heart dress up and enjoy one of our favorite fall holidays. BooHaHa is Oklahoma’s largest Halloween celebration. It kicks off again on Saturday, October 26, with lots of fun activities scheduled for kids of all ages (with a focus on children under 12) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. down Brookside’s historic Peoria Avenue!
For the first time in its history, BooHaHa will not host a parade down Peoria. Because the cost of hosting the parade is becoming prohibitively expensive and because the impact to both residents and businesses is quite tremendous throughout the entirety of the day, the Brookside Business Association has decided to take the best parts of BooHaHa and focus on making the whole morning better than ever!
This year we are introducing “Entertainment Zones” where we can showcase many of Tulsa’s great and unique clubs, businesses and specialty event groups without having to close down the street. There will be locations along Peoria from 51st Street down to 31st Street for families to stop, get candy and experience a more in depth show or interactive event! More information will come as we get closer to Oct. 26th.
We will once again be encouraging all of our Brookside businesses to give tons of candy and prizes to Tulsa’s trick-or-treaters! The route will start at the south side of Brookside near Myers-Duren Harley and end near 31st Street. Traffic control signs will still be rented, and special event signs will caution drivers to slow down and watch out for all the trick-or-treaters.
This year we will once again have six Kid’s Zones along Peoria where children will be able to enjoy inflatables, free candy, costume contests, face painting and many other fun, free and safe activities.
Convenient parking can be found at City Church, south of I-44 on Peoria, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and Orville Wright Elementary school. A map of the area indicating parking and the Kid Zones will be uploaded as we make final preparations at (https://www.facebook.com/BrooksideBooHaHa/).
Kid’s Zone Areas:
Fun, Free Events Planned, New Traditions to Begin!
- Myers-Duren Harley (4848 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74105)
- Brookside Collective (3737 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74105)
- Brookside Library (1207 E 45th Pl, Tulsa, OK 74105)
- Brookside Church (3615 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74105)
- Southminster Presbyterian Church (3500 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74105)
- City Veterinary Hospital (3550 S Peoria Ave, Tulsa, OK 74105)