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Halloween happenings around Charleston

Following is a list of fun, frightening and family-oriented Halloween events taking place around Charleston County during the month of October:

All month long

Take a haunting walking tours of the Old City Jail, Charleston’s most haunted building. Tours depart on the hour from 7-10 p.m. nightly. Tickets can be purchased at Bulldog Tour’s offices at 40 Market Street for $18/adult and $10/child.

Children can enjoy the South Carolina Aquarium in downtown Charleston at a reduced rate for the entire month of October! In the spirit of the season, the Aquarium has been transformed into the “Scary’um Aquarium,” a family-friendly haunt where children can learn about deep ocean marine life while tracking the elusive Lizardman through the exhibits.

Some of Charleston’s most haunting places simply can’t be reached on foot! Take a Haunted Harbor Tour with Sandlapper Tours and discover all the ghouls and ghosts lingering in Charleston’s harbor and its historic offshore forts! Please consult for departure times. Tickets are $22 per passenger.

Get lost at Johns Island’s Legare Farms in their gigantic Myrtle Maze and Pumpkin Patch! Children 11 and up can explore the winding paths for $6 while even smaller ghouls can get lost for just $3. The farm is open on the weekend: Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Boone Hall Farm’s hosts its annual Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in Mount Pleasant for the entire month of October. Open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Consult for full pricing details.

West Family Farm’s Corn Maze in Monck’s Corner is open on the weekends. Call 408-2284 for details.

Daily events

October 15-18, 22-25, 27-31: Featuring four all-new attractions, Boone Hall’s Fright Nights promises to continue its tradition of Halloween horrors! The attractions are open from dark until 10 p.m. during the week and dark until midnight during the weekend. Attraction prices range from $5-10, but an “All You Dare To Scare” pass is just $25.

October 17, 23, 24: St. Paul’s Academy’s hosts its 30th Annual Halloween Extravaganza in Hollywood. A 40-minute haunted hayride and several houses of horrors will scare kids and adults alike! Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call 889-2702.

October 21: Get a jump start on Halloween festivities with the IOP Methodist Halloween Trunk or Treating festival. Children from four years thru 5th grade are invited to wear their costumes and join us in the church parking lot for lots of treats, games, food and FUN! Event runs from 5:30 – 7pm.  There is no charge, community children are welcome to participate.  The Church is located at 21st Avenue and Palm Blvd on the Isle of Palms.  Contact or call 886-6610 for additional information.

October 24: Support Louie’s Kids by taking part in Sullivan Island’s 5K Monster Dash and children’s-oriented Goblin Gallop. This fundraiser’s festivities begins at the Fish Fry Shack at 8am. For more information or to register, please visit

October 29: Explore Kiawah Island’s Night Heron Park while trekking the “Ghastly Ghosts” haunted trail. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 768-6001.

October 30: Get your face painted and participate in a costume contest at the Halloween Festival at Mount Pleasant’s Towne Center! Admission is free.

October 30: Do the statues come to life at the Charleston Museum once everyone’s gone and the doors are locked? Come find out at Charleston Museum’s “Nighttime at the Museum” at 360 Meeting Street! Tickets range from $5-$10 for members and $10-$20 for non-members. Reservations can be made at or by calling 722-2996.

October 30: Did you forget to carve your pumpkin? Get your last minute pumpkin carving and painting in at Kiawah Island’s Night Heron Park. $10 per pumpkin. Please call 768-6001 for more information.

October 30: Spend Halloween eve lost in the haunted maze at Kiawah Island’s Night Heron Park. Admission is $8 per person. Please call 768-6001 for more information.

October 30
: Dare to get your face painted or even peek behind that trick-or-treat door at Mount Pleasant’s Old Village Halloween celebration. This free event takes place at the Darby Building. For more information, please contact Florine Russell at 849-2061.

October 30
: Trick or treat for ghoulish goodies, play games, see divers in the deep dark, listen to spooky stories, and have a ball at the South Carolina Aquarium’s “Fish or Treat.” $5 for members; $8 for non-members. Event runs from 5pm – 7:30pm.

October 31: From 5-7pm, the Isle of Palms’ Halloween Carnival will delight children with its costume contest, jump castles, obstacle course, temporary tattoo booth, face painter, balloon artist, and fortune teller. The best part? It’s free!

October 31: John’s Island Trophy Lakes and Carolina Watersports BOOOey Fest will bring fun and fright to the water. Participants in the slalom and freestyle contests are encouraged to wear their Halloween best! More details can be found at or by calling 559-2520.

October 31: The Folly Beach Civic Club will host its 34th annual Halloween Carnival at the Folly River Park on Halloween night! The event runs from 6:30pm – 8:30pm with a costume contest at 7:30pm.

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