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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:
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: 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):
September: Chesterton, Indiana
The Wizard of Oz Festival
December: Lucedale Mississippi
Wizard of Oz Festival
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
Also coming up throughout the month of October, is the Great Godfrey Maze — a great Wizard of Oz corn maze just for Halloween!
- Other maze locations — across the U.S., Canada, and the world.
- What to expect if you go to a corn maze — how to enjoy it, and how to “conquer” the maze!
More Fun & Games… Wizard of Oz Style!
Little-Known Facts About The Wizard 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.
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.
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