PRICE TOWER TRANSFORMS TO HAUNTED HOTEL
Bartlesville’s most famous structure will be transformed into a “Haunted Hotel” during late October, giving Oklahomans several spooky ways to celebrate the season. On October 22, 23, 29, 30 and 31 beginning at 6 p.m., Halloween-lovers are invited to see “the guts” of the Frank Loyd Wright designed Price Tower and meet the guests who checked into the hotel… but didn’t “check out.”
Price Tower Executive Director Tiffany Wade says the new “Haunted Hotel” demonstrates her team’s desire to create events and programs which bring fun, Tower-centered activities to northeastern Oklahoma.
“Price Tower is such a magical place, and we want people of all ages to feel welcome here,” said Wade. “This part of Oklahoma is truly special and we’re excited to grow our programs by bringing back great traditions like the Olive Drop and creating new favorites each year. The more Green Country comes together to support the Arts and local events happening here, the more we can build our events to be bigger and better each time.”
Wade says the three-part “Haunted Hotel” is a fundraiser for Price Tower and proceeds will help fund unique art experiences, live music and educational programs. The multi-date event begins by offering a Fun House (designed with all ages in mind) that invites visitors to immerse themselves in wacky colors and artistic spaces, while mingling with the “odd and surreal.”
Ages 13 and up will be welcomed to the Basement Haunt to experience the dark pit of Price Tower’s infamous basement to be transported to the underworld of creepy crawling things below. Haunt visitors will be placed in groups of up to 6 people. The Haunted Hotel (ages 13 and up) will take guests in groups of 2-3 on a journey upstairs and inside to meet Price Tower’s most notorious ghosts and “demented” staff.
According to Price Tower museum curator Deshane Atkins, the inspiration for the “Haunted Hotel” came following the success of downtown Bartlesville’s popular “Ghost Walk” event and other similar area events.
“After talking with others that love the Halloween holiday, we realized what a unique experience it would be to host a Haunted Hotel. Price Tower is such a unique building and we’re always looking for ways to share it with others,” said Atkins. “People of all ages can enjoy the Fun House on the 2nd floor, and “scarier” options feature our dark, creepy basement and the Haunted Hotel, where visitors ride the elevators to certain floors and meet characters like the “Deranged Artist,” the “Collecting Innkeepers” and the “Guests Who Never Left”… just to name a few.”
Atkins says the “Haunted Hotel” is the perfect way for visitors to have a unique Halloween experience while supporting Bartlesville’s Price Tower. The fun house is $5 and both the Basement Haunt and Haunted Hotel cost $15. The “Tower Pass” options offers all three tours for $30 and tickets and additional information can be found at https://www.pricetower.org/price-towers-haunted-hotel/. All three attractions are open the last two weekends of October starting at 6 p.m.
Executive Director Tiffany Wade encourages Oklahomans to come enjoy themselves while continuing to support Price Tower through these fun October events.
“We exist due to the continued generosity of Oklahomans. The Arts Center is a non-profit organization and proceeds from our restaurant, inn and events like these go back into preserving the building and community outreach for future generations,” said Wade. “I’m so grateful to be the new executive director and feel a sense of responsibility to honor those who came before me and to continue to build the legacy of this beautiful place and to serve this part of our great state. I look forward to hearing and creating more soulful stories of the Price Tower.”
Price Tower Arts Center is a member of Green Country Tourism, one of eight Multi-County Organizations promoting regional tourism in Oklahoma.
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