Ghosts, goblins and witches, oh my! With the arrival of cooler weather and the month of October, Halloween festivities are in full swing. If you are looking for a spooky activity, The Tupelo Haunted Castle—located in Mooreville, Miss.—is certainly one to consider.
The Tupelo Haunted Castle is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year and is excited to show customers what they have to offer. Last year after being named “Best Haunted Event in Mississippi” by Cosmopolitan Magazine, co-owner and operator Derek Harris said they have been looking forward to this year.
“We have been blessed with a gracious audience. As we start our 10th year, we look back and remember the nights spent with 10-20 guests and laugh as we had nearly 450 people our first weekend this year,” Harris said. “We are a part of many people’s Halloween tradition, and we strive to out-do ourselves each year.”
Harris said that this year guests can expect to see three different haunted house options: The Tupelo Haunted Castle, Delirium—an interactive haunt—and Lost in the Darkness—a haunted labyrinth.
“Our number one focus is guest satisfaction, and we will do anything to ensure everyone is thoroughly scared and thrilled to be our customer,” Harris said. “We can customize each event on the fly to accommodate any guest, and we strive to cater to both thrill seekers and families alike.”
Harris said that running a haunted house is no easy task. The team members take almost a full year planning and preparing for these events and strive to make improvements each year.
“We work on all three events starting in November with planning and beginning construction in June,” Harris said. “Each event features a new walk through each year that is hand built by our small team and features some very unique mechanics.”
Harris said that three years ago they expanded to a second property just a quarter mile away and opened up three new events in addition to the castle. This included a full contact, waiver required event, “The Dolor Experiment/Alone in the Darkness,” that ran for two years. No matter what year attendees came, guests can expect something unique and different each Halloween.
“We are always researching, planning and tweaking our events to be the scariest around,” Harris said.
When guests arrive to the Tupelo Haunted Castle they can expect to see security members, entertainers and photographers before entering the haunted houses. But, Harris said that he and co-owners Josh Harris and David Herdhal will be out of sight… as he prefers to run the chainsaw.
“Customers will first be greeted by our security and crowd entertainers. People like my father, Barney Harris, perform magic tricks, tell jokes and make the guests feel at home,” Harris said. “Once inside, guests are subjected to the highest degree of fear they can handle as our team of professional “haunters” do everything they can to make it a visit people will never forget.”
The Tupelo Haunted Castle is open every Friday and Saturday night throughout the month of October and on Halloween night. The haunted houses open 7 p.m. and go until the last guest comes through.
Tickets are $10 per event, or guests can purchase the “Fright Pass” to go to all 3 events for $25 per person.
“We love what we do and want everyone to know that behind it all is a family that loves to entertain,” Harris said. “If you should find yourself in our area, please stop by and see for yourself.”
For more information visit their website www.tupelohauntedcastle.com or on Facebook.com/