Halloween is almosthere, and families will have plenty of chances to trick or treat this weekend. If Halloween isn’t your thing, don’t worry. The weekend offers some fun events great for families that don’t involve costumes or trick or treating.
“The Boy Who Cried Bully,” a 2nd Stage performance, is at 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kroc Center. A 50-minute production with a question and answer session immediately following the performance, this play is based on the famous Aesop’s Fable “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” It stresses the idea that bullying comes in many forms and is great for families. For ticket information, visit scchildrenstheatre.org.
The Wings of Freedom Tour will land at Runway Cafe at the Greenville Downtonw Airport Friday and offer tours through Sunday. Tours of WWII planes are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger and will be offered 2-4 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Special flights will also be offered. These aircraft stand as tributes to their crews and fly on as living history to enlighten future generations. For details, visit www.collingsfoundation.org/event/greenville-sc.
The GHS Family YMCA’s Harvest Festival is 6 – 8:30 p.m. Friday 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. Friday. Enjoy games including pumpkin bowling, mummy races and cornhole, bounce houses, costume contests, craft stations, hayrides, photo booths, music and more.
Bark in the Park is 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday 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. For details, visit https://concerned citizensforanimals.wordpress.com/bark-in-the-park.
Carolina Youth Symphony’s Fall Concert is at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Center. Tickets are available at the Peace Center Box Office. Visit carolinayouthsymphony.org.
Sanctuary Church will host a a fall block party 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The free community event is open to all and will include barbecue, cotton candy, inflatables, a fire truck, games and candy. 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. Sunday. 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. Sunday 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 South, Greer.
For those looking for pre-Halloween fun, there are several community events to enjoy, too.
Halloween Fest is 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Friday 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.
Enchanted Forest is 6 – 9 p.m. nightly through Saturday 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.
Boo in the Zoo, sponsored by Future Scholar, continues this weekend at 5:30 – 8 p.m. Friday and 4-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 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.
Autumn Harvest at TD Market is 8 a.m. – noon during the Saturday market in downtown Greenville. It will include trick or treating, a costume contest, cupcake walks and more.
POSTPONED! Halloween at Heritage Park featuring Goblinfest, originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, has been postponed due to inclement weather forecasted. The event is now scheduled for 4-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. This free annual event will include candy, costumes, inflatables and more.
BOO!seum is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday 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.
Halloween Hoopla is 4-8 p.m. Sunday 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.
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 Bash is 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.
Find more events and resources at www.UpstateParent.com.