By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008
Children and adults of all ages find fun at the Haunted Castle of Muskogee.
Now’s the time to get into the spooky spirit of Halloween, so pack up the family for a short 35-minute drive from Tulsa to the Castle of Muskogee, where you can expect some new twists, turns and surprises at the 2008 Haunted Castle Halloween Festival. Nine great Halloween events ranging from tame to bone-chillingly scary will be taking place in one incredible setting. Located at 3400 Fern Mountain Road, the Castle of Muskogee is Oklahoma’s 60-acre Halloween theme park. “The best part is that fun thrills can be found for every member of the family – children, teens and adults,” says Matt Hiller, vice president and advertising director of the Castle of Muskogee.
For the most courageous of attendees, plenty of terrifying events will be available to send chills up your spine. Try a walk through the hauntingly dark woods along the Trail of Blood, where the lost souls of those who have passed before will guide you. In the Torture Chamber, you can see all the gory deeds that really happened during medieval times in the depths of castle dungeons. Casa Morte is a labyrinth through the 12th-century castle, with doom and mystery around every corner. Domus Horrificus will take you to the creepy areas that your favorite horror monsters dwell. The Ultimate Maze is a winding, confusing trail that is sure to frighten even the bravest souls. “Most of you will find your way out; the rest of you, well…” says Hiller, trailing off.
For the weak at heart, there’s always the Haunted Hayride, a trip that’s sure to keep you on your toes while riding through the Haunted Castle grounds. The Enchanted Boardwalk is your chance to stroll on a boardwalk filled with fun Halloween inflatables, and the Pirate Ship Stage allows you to experience the comedy antics of Willie’s Wenches and The Jester Rejects.
For the little goblins eight years old and under, The Haunted Castle hosts the scare-free Halloween Land – a carnival of kid-friendly delights, including a safe trick-or-treat zone, games, face painting and prizes.
Teens take a photo opportunity in Dracula’s Casket.
Halloween Village is the place where everyone experiences the very best of Halloween – ghost stories, bobbing for apples, hot and cold food and drinks, games, and dancing to great music in the deejay tent. Parking and admission to The Halloween Village is free. Tickets must be purchased for the other events, with prices ranging from $2 to $9.95. Advanced tickets may be purchased any non-festival day up to October 28. Go online to www.okcastle.com to check out discount tickets and combos.
The exciting events at the Haunted Castle of Muskogee will be going on each Friday and Saturday during the month of October, plus Thursday, October 30 and Saturday, November 1. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. except for Halloween Land, which closes at 9 p.m.
If you’re looking for an amazing Halloween adventure, gather family and friends and hop on the Muskogee Turnpike – you’ll arrive at the Castle in little over half an hour.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.