Wizard Of Oz Festivals, Memorabilia & Fun Facts

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Wizard of Oz movie starring Judy Garland. Who knew the Wizard of Oz would still be so popular today… more than 65 years after it hit the big screen?

And, with Halloween just around the corner, October also appears to be the most popular month for Wizard of Oz festivals.

Speaking of Halloween, first check out these one-of-a-kind Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes:
Cowardly Lion Halloween mask.

Now, onto the festivals which transport you back to the Land of Oz and celebrate all things Wizard of Oz…

 

The Wizard of Oz is still incredibly popular these days.

So much so, that there are a number of organized festivals in Oz-friendly towns across America each year.

Some of them…

 

October Wizard of Oz Festivals

I think these are timed more or less to coincide with October’s Halloween festivities each year:

Oct: Beech Mountain, NC
Wizard of Oz Park is no longer in regular operation, it has become the site of a Wizard of Oz party each year. There are always special guests from the original movie who show up just for the occasion.

Oct: Liberal, Kansas
Each year, there’s a celebration of Oz at Dorothy’s House. Upwards of 20,000 people attend this event each year, including several cast members from the movie.

Oct: Wamego, Kansas
There’s a Wizard of Oz museum and they also put on an Oz festival featuring Munchkins, authors, and other special guests. Highlights of the festival include the local community theater’s production of The Wizard of Oz and admission to the museum.

 

Other Festivals For Wizard Of Oz Fans

If you’re an Oz fan, then you’ll want to also know about these festivals (…so you can plan for next year):

June: Chittenango, New York
Oz-stravaganza and Wizard of Oz museum tour

September: Chesterton, Indiana
The Wizard of Oz Festival

December: Lucedale Mississippi
Wizard of Oz Festival

 

Hallmark ornament... Dorothy's red ruby slippers ornament. Speaking of Christmas… Check out Hallmark’s Wizard of Oz Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments. I especially like the pair of ruby slippers with buckles that light up when you press a button!

 

Fun Wizard Of Oz Corn Mazes

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Also coming up throughout the month of October, is the Great Godfrey Maze — a great Wizard of Oz corn maze just for Halloween!

 

More Fun & Games… Wizard of Oz Style!

The Wizard of Oz DVD.

Monopoly Wizard of Oz edition

Wizard of Oz trivia board game

Wizard of Oz birthday party ideas

Wizard of Oz party ideas

Wizard of Oz online games

“Talking” Wizard of Oz kids game

Watch Wizard of Oz DVD “Extras” Online

Wizard of Oz Books

 

Little-Known Facts About The Wizard Of Oz

Wizard of Oz characters on the yellow brick road in the Land of Oz. Have you heard that the movie & its characters represent something political known as “the Free Silver Debate”?

Here are some EXCELLENT behind-the-scenes facts about the Munchkins and child stars who were in the movie.

Check out Judy Garland’s birthplace home and museum.

Don’t miss this Wizard of Oz FAQ — filled with info about the characters, filming of the movie, behind-the-scenes secrets, and the Land of Oz itself.

Now, about those ruby slippers

See what the actual costumes were made of (for the cowardly lion, scarecrow, tin man, and Dorothy.

For more about the movie itself, check out the official Warner Brothers movie page or IMDB.

Here’s the most inclusive listing of Wizard of Oz stuff on the ‘Net!

 Don’t miss these 50 things you didn’t know about the Wizard of Oz.