NORMAN – For the second straight year, the Oklahoma baseball and softball teams will team up to host a Halloween Game at Marita Hynes Field on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Once again this year, the two Sooner programs have launched a fundraising campaign with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to support The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. The fundraiser will culminate with the intrasquad scrimmage, which will again be played in costume.
“We are excited to team up with the softball program again for this excellent event,” head baseball coach Skip Johnson said. “It is a great opportunity to help children in need while hosting a fun event that our student-athletes and fans enjoy. We have built a great relationship with the Vs. Cancer Foundation and OU Children’s Hospital, and we’re looking forward to the community coming out to help support a great cause.”
The 2018 Halloween Game will start at 6:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5:30. Admission is free and all fans are encouraged to attend in costume; additional information on costumes is available below. Kids attending the game in costume will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat at the field and meet the OU student-athletes from both teams. All children in attendance will be welcomed on to the field for a post-game group photo opportunity. Additionally, there will be free face painting at the event.
Last year, the Sooners raised $16,981 for OU Children’s for the Halloween Game, including $2,450 donated by Landers Auto Group. As in 2017, Landers will donate $50 per homer during the home run derby following the game.
Overall, Oklahoma baseball and softball have raised over $97,000 for Vs. Cancer and OU Children’s since 2014. OU baseball teamed with Vs. Cancer in its “Shave for the Brave” campaign from 2014-16, raising more than $80,000 to benefit the foundation’s research to eliminate childhood cancers and the OU Children’s Hospital.
“The Halloween Game has been a hit in the past, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it again this year,” head softball coach Patty Gasso said. “Giving back to our community is very important to this program, and this event is a great way to help the OU Children’s Hospital. We encourage fans to join us and the baseball team at Marita Hynes Field to support this great cause.”
This marks the second straight year and third overall that the Sooner sluggers have hosted a joint Halloween Game. The game originated in 2013 at baseball’s L. Dale Mitchell Park and evolved with the inclusion of OU softball, which hosted the game in 2015 and 2017.
Additional Costume Information
Fans in costume must be able to remove any mask, hood, helmet, or any other element of the costume that obscures the face prior to security screening. Real or realistic-looking weapons are prohibited. Costumes should be family appropriate and without offensive language or content.
OU Athletics introduced a clear bag policy and walk-through metal detectors at all home events this year, including the Halloween Game. More information can be found here.