Halloween Festival Showcases New Events

By: Beki Akins | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2018

Hatter & Jack 
©2016 Cliff Moore

Hatter & Jack ©2016 Cliff Moore

The Halloween Festival at the Castle of Muskogee is just around the corner! Only a short drive from Tulsa, the Ghost Hosts’ of Oklahoma’s 60-acre park would like you to join them each weekend this fall. You’ll find a collection of culinary creations, 20+ shops for crafts, décor, clothing, and delightful entertainment for the entire family! Much more than a Haunted House, the Castle provides an array of thrills between 11 different attractions.

Just as the sun sets on the festival each evening, the Castle’s friendly monsters gather in the Village area to welcome guests. What a site to behold as the characters provide song and dance to everyone around. You may join the entertainment or capture some of the best photo ops of the season. Once the festivities have commenced, the shops, ticket booth and haunts come alive, so that guests may enjoy this magical event.

Families with wee ones are encouraged to plan a trip to Halloween Land, a carnival themed area ideal for ages 8 and under. Activities include kid-friendly games, face painting, and prizes with absolutely no scares. For a bit more adventure, the Castle’s Haunted Hayride provides fun for all aboard. The Castle’s Halloween Village also features live entertainment on the Chessboard Stage with the comedy of the Jester Rejects, Mark Logsdon the Escapologist, and Mirage Dance Company.

For thrill seekers, the castle introduces Casa Morte’s Murder Castle. Guests will travel back to the 1893 World Exposition of Chicago to meet the infamous H.H. Holmes. Accredited with building a hotel that claimed the lives of nearly 300 victims, Holmes’ holds the title of America’s First Serial Killer. Guests will check in with the bellhops and leave their fate to the staff of the sinister hotel. This haunt is rated for advanced level scares while remaining below the extreme haunt scale.

Domus Horrificus has also upgraded its shell with a new skin… The Horror Film themed haunt has new residents. Slender Man has made a home within the walls of Horrificus. With the familiar terror of the Purge, guests may have no other option but to escape through ventilation shafts and crawl spaces. There are dark halls and tight spaces in this cinematic nightmare haunt. Haunters beware of this terrifying 5 skull journey.

Perhaps the most infamous of the Halloween Festival is the Trail of Blood.  Hearts race once guests realize they have suddenly been abandoned in the backwoods of the Castle. There are multiple routes on the trail and groups have certainly been known to lose one another.  Fans of this haunt may also enjoy the excitement provided during the Dark Tower Zombie Hunt, where you are issued a weapon and tasked with a mission to clear the area of Zombies.

Guests are encouraged to use the Castle’s Skull Rating as a guide when choosing haunts. For example, at 2 skulls, the Haunted Hayride provides eerie excitement without the residual nightmares. Within the Castle walls, guests can step up to 4 skulls by daring a stroll through Casa Morte or 5 skulls with Domus Horrificus. With a scale from 0 to 5 skulls, over 11 events, we have something to entertain everyone!

Parking and admission to the Halloween Village is free. Tickets must be purchased for each attraction and prices range from $3.00 to $15.00 with Combo Specials available. New this season, is the option for a VIP package.  If you have purchased a combo, you can choose to upgrade to VIP for the added value of fast passes with your tickets.  Advance tickets may be purchased on-line. Go to www.okcastle.com”okcastle.com for pricing, combo packages and details on attractions. RULES: Unaccompanied minors (Under 18) must have a photo ID to enter. Minors (under 16) must be in attendance with a responsible adult at all times.

Park hours are Fridays and Saturdays through October 27th, 5:30pm till 10pm* , Halloween Land is open 6pm–9pm. (*Must purchase tickets by 10pm. Haunt remains open after ticket booth closes.)


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