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Got plans this October?

Each year we compile a comprehensive guide to all of the Halloween-related events, holiday alternative activities, fall festivals and trunk or treats we can find happening throughout the Upstate this month. 

Editor's note: All events are up-to-date and accurate to the best of our knowledge, but cancellations or changes may occur. Check the listings or links prior to attending for updates.

Check back often – we’re frequently adding more events! To add an event, email angcamp@upstateparent.com.

FARMS/CORN MAZES/PUMPKIN PATCHES

St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Greenville’s annual pumpkin patch will remain open through Oct. 31. The church is located at 701 Cleveland St., Greenville. For details, call 864-242-1966.

Located in Enoree, which is an approximate 30-minute drive from Greenville, Stewart Farms hosts fall activities each season that include a 7-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch and wagon rides. Plus, it operates the Big Boo, a family-friendly and not-so-spooky haunted maze Friday and Saturday nights in October. Visit www.Stewartfarms.net.

Only a short drive from both Greenville and Spartanburg, Johnson Farms in Inman offers hayrides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, a playground, pedal cars and a gem mine. There’s also a concession store for buying fresh products. Visit www.JohnsonFarmsInman.com.

Each year, Fishers Orchard draws families to its Greer farm during its annual fall festival, which operates each Saturday through Oct. 31. Families can explore a corn maze, take a wagon ride, pick pumpkins and more. Visit www.Fishersorchard.com.

Denver Downs in Anderson is known as “South Carolina’s premier agritourism and entertainment farm,” and for good reason. Each fall it offers one of the largest corn mazes in the state, along with a haunted attraction for adults. The farm is also family-friendly, hosting a pumpkin farm, petting zoo and hosting regular activities for families each fall. Visit www.DenverDownsFarm.com.

FALL FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS

 

The Howlings at Hagood Mill – Hagood Mill Ghost Tours will run 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays through Oct. 27 in Pickens. A guide will share stories of the paranormal laced with bits of local history. Take a torch-lit walkabout through the ancient buildings and across a bridge into our ghostly forest. Cost is $12 for adults 16 and older, $10 for ages 6 to 15 and free for kids 5 and younger. For reservations, call 864-898-2936 or email dean@ancientfootsteps.com.

The Eastside Family YMCA Harvest Festival is 6 – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. The event includes games, face and pumpkin painting, an apple eating contest, a bon fire and s’mores and more. www.ymcagreenville.org.

Halloween Science is at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Visit www.tcmupstate.org.

Watch “Disney Junior at the Movies: HalloVeen Party!” in select theaters at 10 a.m. Oct. 21, 26 and 28 through FathomEvents.com. The event includes a costume party for kids, exclusive content and more. Showings include Hollywood 20 in Greenville and Simpsonville Stadium 14 & IMAX.

There will be a Fall Festivalat Safe Haven & Educational Adventures 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 21 in Easley. The free event will include exotic animals on exhibit, food, raffles, games and crafts for the kids. A $5 fee will allow visitors to touch some animals.

Fall Fest at the Forestis 5 – 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Shannon Forest Christian School. The event includes children’s activities, swing dancing and a love reunion concert by Brandon & The Books. Food will be available for purchase. Register online at https://www.shannonforest.com.

The GHS Family YMCA's Harvest Festival is 6 – 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Adams Mill Program Center. The community is welcome and costumes are encouraged. 

The Caine Halter Family YMCA Fall Festivalis 6:30 – 8 p.m. Oct. 27 Enjoy games including pumpkin bowling, mummy races and cornhole, bounce houses, costume contests, craft stations, hayrides, photo booths, music and more. 

Halloween Festis 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Sherman College of Chiropractic Health Center, 2020 Springfield Road. Trick-or-treating, food truck, candy and games will be offered for families in the community. 

Monster Dash is 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in downtown Spartanburg. The .10 fun run in Halloween costumes will begin at the front of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and end at R.J. Rockers Brewery. It will feature live music, drinks, dinner and a silent auction. The event is a fall fundraiser for Christmas in Action, a non-profit organization whose mission is to rehabilitate the houses of low-income, elderly, disabled, and otherwise disadvantaged homeowners, to provide for their continued safety and independence. Purchase tickets at www.ciaspartanburg.org or call 864-576-7101.

Downtown Anderson will host Howl-o-Ween 5:30 – 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Courthouse Plaza. The event will include costume contest, caricatures, microchipping, a pet parade, pet photos, grooming and trick or treating for pets and their owners. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Association of Anderson. Vendors benefit the Anderson County Humane Society, AC PAWs (Pets Are Worth Saving) and the Downtown Dog Park. Visit the event page for details.

Bark in the Parkis 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at Conestee Nature Park. All proceeds benefit at-risk animals in the Upstate. Pet lovers of all ages and their four-legged friends are invited to come in costume. It will include food, vendors, raffles and games for the entire family.

BOO!seum is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Participate in ooey-gooey science experiments, vote on your favorite pumpkin, participate in Halloween-themed art and more. Free with admission. Visit www.tcmupstate.org for details.

Haywood Mall will host its annual Boo Bash 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Belk Court. Families are invited to participate in a costume contest, make creepy crafts, play ghostly games, collect candy and more, all while jamming out to a Spooky DJ and interactive games.

Little Monsters Halloween Bashis 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31 at Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery. It will include candy, a costume contest, photos, hay rides and coloring activities.

 

CHURCH EVENTS

(Open to the community)

West Spartanburg Baptist Church in Duncan will host its Fall festival and Trunk or Treat 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. The community event includes dinner, a lesson, craft, games and inflatable; then at 7 p.m. all the activities close and Trunk or Treat begins. Guests can dress in non-scary costume or regular clothes. 

A Fall Bazaaris 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at Disciples United Methodist Church in Greenville. The event includes children’s activities, a pumpkin patch, crafts, a book signing by Author Matt Matthews and more. Call 864-297-0382 or visit www.mydisciples.org.

Harvest Fest is 2 – 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Spartanburg. The event includes a pumpkin patch, inflatable slides, obstacle course, face painting, sand art, a cake walk, bingo and more. For more information contact Shawn McClure at 864-764-4639 or ksjolly81@gmail.com.

Tremont Church of God will host a community Fall festival6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The event will include free candy, games, rides, hay rides, horse rides, and a hot dog plate for $5. The church is located at 2854 New Easley Highway, Greenville. Call 864-237-7432 for details.

Augusta Road Baptist Church will host a Trunk or Treat6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. The event will include a free hot dog dinner.

Sanctuary Church will host a fall block party 3:30 – 6 p.m. Oct. 29. The free community event will include food, games and more. The church is located at 302 Parkins Mill Road, Greenville.

Covenant Baptist Church in Spartanburg will host a Fall Family Festival 4-7 p.m. Oct. 29. The free community event will include games, inflatables, snow cones, hot dogs and drinks. No scary costumes allowed. Call 864-699-9578 for details.

Pelham First Baptist Church will host a Fall Festival 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 29 in Greer. The free event includes games, food, trunk or treating and more. Call 864-879-4032. The church is located at 2720 Old Highway 14 S, Greer.

St. John's Lutheran Church in Spartanburg will host a Trunk or Treat 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 30. 

New Hope Freedom Church in Greer invites the community to attend Halloween night for Trunk or Treat from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Free food and candy will be given out. The church is located at 109 W. Wade Hampton Blvd.

Concord Baptist Church in Anderson will host Trunk or Treat 6 – 8 p.m. Oct. 31. The church is located at 1012 Concord Road. For details, visit http://www.concordbaptist.com/events.

 

TRICK OR TREATING EVENTS

Boo in the Zoo, sponsored by Future Scholar, is 5:30 – 8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27, and 4-8 p.m. Oct. 21, 22, 28, and 29 at Greenville Zoo. It features more than 20 trick-or-treat stations, character photo opportunities with princesses and superheroes, an extinct species graveyard, a Not-Very-Scary House and a new area called Dragon Alley. A free park and ride service is available from County Square to the Greenville Zoo and back. Buses will run continuously between the two locations from one hour before the event until 9 p.m. Visit www.greenvillezoo.com.

The Trunk or Treat Spooktacular is 5-8 p.m. Oct. 21 at Mauldin Cultural Center. Take Heart Church will sponsor the event with free candy, a kids’ dance party, food trucks, and a costume contest with cash prizes. The night will end with a viewing of “Monsters, Inc” at 7 p.m.

Relay for Life of Greenville will sponsor a trunk-or-treat and kick off party 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Families are invited for trick-or-treating, jump castles, balloon animals, snacks and games. The event will be located at 355 Hudson Street.

Vic Bailey Volkswagen in Spartanburg will host its second annual Trunk or Treat 4-7 p.m. Oct. 23. There will be fun for the whole family, including treats, bounce house and inflatable slide, face painting, food trucks, and more

Enchanted Forest is 6 – 9 p.m. Oct. 26-28 at the Pavilion Recreation Complex. The event for ages 10 and younger includes a fairytale trick-or-treat experience with storybook characters, as well as carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, treats and a costume contest each night. Save by purchasing tickets in advance.

Halloween Hoopla is 4-8 p.m. Oct. 27 in Greer City Park. Sponsored by The Church at Greer Station, the free event includes candy, crafts and entertainment. There will be food and rides available for a fee.

Autumn Harvest at TD Market is 8 a.m. – noon Oct. 28 during the Saturday market in downtown Greenville. It will include trick or treating, a costume contest, cupcake walks and more.

Halloween at Heritage Park featuring Goblinfest is 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. This free annual event will include candy, costumes, inflatables and more. Trick or treating begins at 5 p.m.

The Halloween Festival in downtown Clemson is 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31. It will include inflatables, trick or treating, storytelling and other kid-friendly activities.

Boo on Mill in Inman is 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Families can trick or treat down Mill Street, enjoy children's activities, inflatables, games and costume contests.   

Relay for Life Trunk or Treat will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Oconee Medical Center in Seneca. Trick or treating and more activities will be offered free to the community.

FAIRS

The Piedmont Interstate Fair is Oct. 9 – 15 in Spartanburg. This year, the fair has new attractions, including Dr. Magical Balloons, Bubble Bots and Cosmic Putt Putt Golf along with musical entertainment, games and rides for all ages. 

The South Carolina State Fair is open Oct. 11 - 22 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.scstatefair.org.

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