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Huntington Beach State Park to host 4th annual Atalaya Fall Festival

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - The Atalaya Fall Festival and haunted castle is a Halloween event that the entire family can enjoy at Huntington Beach State Park.

This is the fourth year the park has hosted this event. Park Ranger J.W. Weatherford says each year they’ve had about 2,000 visitors and they expect about the same, if not more, this year.

Part of the festival is the haunted castle. Park rangers decorated the historic Atalaya castle with spooky ghosts, bugs, and reptiles. And the experience is split into two haunted tours. The left side of the castle is geared towards the “Little Scares,” as Weatherford called it. This is more for young kids to about middle school-aged kids. The rooms are mainly static spooky scenes, and nothing will jump out at them.

If you instead head to the right side of the castle, that’s geared more for the “Big Scares." There will be more creepy scenes in each room. But be warned, on this side, there will be things and people jumping out at you.

“So try to stick with ocean-type mythical creatures,” says Weatherford. “So mermaids, and krakens, and a lot our local ghost stories. So like Crab Boy, and the Gray Man, and Alice Flagg.”

Once you finish the haunted tour, you can enjoy a bonfire or an outdoor movie. At the bonfire, a park ranger will tell the spooky ghost stories of the local scenes you just say in the castle. Or in the other outdoor courtyard, you can watch the Halloween Scooby Doo movie on a big screen.

On top of all of that, there will also be carnival games to win Halloween candy. Kids can do arts and crafts to make a souvenir to bring home. You can also roast s’mores. There will be a photo booth where you can dress up. And photo cutouts of everything from a park ranger to Frankenstein. And Chick-Fil-A and Moe’s Barbecue will be set up with food tents.

All the ingredients for s’mores will be provided for you in the ticket price. The Chick-Fil-A and Moe’s Barbecue food is for purchase. It is recommended that you bring some bug spray and a jacket.

The festival goes from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Adult tickets are $10. For kids ages 6-15, tickets are $7. And kids younger than six years old get in for free.

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