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A look at the preparation for Castle of Muskogee's Halloween Festival

Posted at 7:53 AM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 09:54:04-04

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — It’s the final weekend for the Castle of Muskogee’s Halloween Festival. Then, preparations begin for next year.

A lot of work goes into making the festival a success - from the sets to the costumes to the actors.

Matt Hiller, owner of the castle, said, “Everybody that participates in the Halloween Festival goes through several weeks of training and character building before they're able to participate."

The actors go through several run-throughs and dress rehearsals before the castle opens up to the public for the Halloween Festival.

Charla Whidtington, director of Casa Morte, explained, “It’s an opportunity to make sure your lighting is right, to make sure your actors are right, to make sure costuming is right. Everything has to be spot on."

Whidtington and Hiller said it's constantly a work in progress, Hiller adding, “You can always keep adapting to it and adding to it, adding a little more light here or a little more sound there, some fog or smells. You can always keep adding to the Halloween event; it's never finished right up to the very end."

Whidtington said, “We're always thinking about the next thing. Actually, while we're building it, we're like, 'next year, we're going to do this.'"

The Castle of Muskogee's Halloween Festival goes through this Saturday night. Click here for more information.

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