Ultimate guide to area family-friendly Halloween events
Got plans this October?
We've compiled a comprehensive guide to all of the Halloween-related events, holiday alternative activities, retail discounts, fall festivals and trunk or treats we could find happening throughout the Upstate this month. Events are listed by category, and the type of event and locations have been bolded for easier sorting.
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.
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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.
• Augusta Road Churches United in Ministry will sell pumpkins Oct. 8 – 31 on the lawn of Church of the Redeemer in Greenville. Hours are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sundays – Fridays and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturdays. For details, visit http://www.arbc.com/arbc/ministries/arcum/.
• Trinity United Methodist Church will host a pumpkin patch Oct. 8 – 31 at 626 Norwood St., Spartanburg. Hours will be 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Mondays – Fridays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon – 6 p.m. Sundays. For more details, visit http://www.trinityspartanburg.org/.
NEW • The Holy Cross Pumpkin Patch is celebrating its 10th season in downtown Simpsonville. The patch will again be located at 109 W. Trade Street in front of Vaughn’s Country Store. Hours of the patch will be 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon – 6 p.m. Sundays. The patch will remain open through Halloween or until all the pumpkins are sold. The patch accepts cash, checks and major credit cards. All proceeds will be divided among 10 local charities.
NEW • Abiding Peace Lutheran Church and Academy in Simpsonville will have a Pumpkin Patch Oct. 16 – 31. Pumpkins and gourds of all sizes will be for sale 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 – 7 p.m. Sundays. The proceeds will go towards flood relief. For more details, visit www.abidingpeaceluthean.org.
• 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.
FESTIVALS and TRUNK OR TREATS
• The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 2600 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greenville, will sponsor a Pumpkin Patch Oct. 8 – Oct 31. In addition to pumpkins, there will be games and activities with prizes, photo ops and baked goods. On Oct. 29, the church will host a Craft Market and Trunk or Treat beginning at 5:30 p.m.
• Truth Missionary Baptist Church will host its trunk or treat 7 – 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 for ages 3 to sixth grade in the main parking lot. Its fall festival will be 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the church gymnasium, sponsored by the Truth for Youth. For more information, visit truthmissionary.com or call 864-269-7345. The church is located at 200 Saluda Dam Road, Greenville. For more details, visit http://www.trinityspartanburg.org/.
• First Baptist Greenville will host its annual trunk or treat from 6 – 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Phillis Wheatley Community Center, 40 John McCarroll Way, Greenville. Costumes are welcome. For details, visit firstbaptistgreenville.com.
RESCHEDULED • Sara Collins Elementary School in Greenville will celebrate Freaky Friday 3:30 – 10:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Greenville Technical College’s main campus. New offerings this year include a tent where kids can do a few crafts and Ghostly Golf, a little miniature golf area.
• Stop by The Children’s Museum of the Upstate for Booseum 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 29 in Greenville. Participate in ooey-gooey science experiments, vote on your favorite pumpkin, participate in Halloween-themed art, and much more throughout the day. For details, visit www.TCMUpstate.org.
NEW • Safe Haven & Educational Adventures, Inc. will have a free open house and fall festival 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at its animal sanctuary near Dacusville. Guests can expect to see a wide variety of animals including birds, lizards, tortoises, bobcat, alligators and monkeys. For a $5 fee, guests will be given opportunities to touch and feed animals. Safe Haven's Fall Festival will have many live animal encounters as well as opportunities to touch animals, food, a chili cook off, raffles, silent auctions and games for the kids. For information, including directions, visit http://www.rescueexotics.org/helping-hands-for-safe-haven.html.
• First Baptist of Easley will host a trunk or treat 6 – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the parking lot at the church in Easley. Ages toddlers through fifth grade are welcome to attend. For details, visit http://www.efbc.org/ministries/43-trunk-r-treat.
• Berea First Baptist Church will host its trunk or treat 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Berea. Costumes are welcome. For more details, visit http://bereafbc.org or call 864-246-1921. The church is located at 529 Farrs Bridge Road, Greenville.
NEW • Chick-fil-A of Mauldin will host a trunk or treat in its parking lot from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
NEW • The Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery will host a free community event at 4 p.m. Oct. 31. Families are invited to the cafe for a costume parade, trick or treating on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, and other fun Swamp-style activities. The bakery will be serving spooky specials throughout the day. The cafe is located at 205 Cedar Lane Road, Greenville. For more information, email email@example.com or follow the business on Facebook.
• Mountain Creek Baptist Church will host a trunk or treat 6 – 8 p.m. Oct. 31. The church is located at 255 W. Mountain Creek Church Road, Greenville. For details, visit http://mountaincreekbc.org/event/trunk-or-treat-2016/ or call 864-244-4524.
NEW • Haywood Mall in Greenville will have a Kidgit Boo Bash 5 – 8 p.m. Oct. 31. There will be no trick or treating at the mall this year. Families are invited to a carnival-themed Halloween event with games, costume contest and candy. For details, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/haywood-mall/stores/kidgits-club/stream/kidgit-boo-bash-4542925.
• Boo in the Zoo presented by Banfield Pet Hospital will celebrate its 30th anniversary with two weekend events at Greenville Zoo.This family-friendly Halloween event is for children ages 12 and younger and features trick-or-treating, booths, an extinct species graveyard, a princess castle with characters and an un-haunted house. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone is invited to come in costume. Times are 5:30 – 8 p.m. Fridays and 4 – 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 21 – 23 and Oct. 28 – 30. For more details, visit http://www.greenvillezoo.com/260/Boo-in-the-Zoo.
NEW • Halloween in Greer Station will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at 111 S. Main St., Greer and last until candy runs out. For more details, visit Facebook.
• Enchanted Forest presented by Safe Kids Upstate will be held 6 – 9 p.m. Oct. 27 – 28 and 5 –8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Pavilion Recreation Complex, 400 Scottswood Road, Taylors. Enchanted Forest provides children 10 and younger a unique fairytale trick or treat experience with an array of storybook characters from Sleeping Beauty to Snow White and destinations like Robin Hood’s Hideaway, Shrek’s Swamp, and the magical, mythical, maze. There will also be carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, treats and a costume contest at 7 p.m. each night. Admission is $7 per child, or $5 in advance. For details, visit http://greenvillerec.com/event/enchantedforest/.
UPDATED • Halloween Hoopla will be held 4 – 8 p.m. Oct. 29 in Greer City Park in Greer. The free event is sponsored by The Church at Greer Station and will include candy, crafts and entertainment. Food and rides will also be sold. For details, visit http://www.cityofgreer.org/visit/upcoming_events.php.
• Halloween at Heritage Park featuring Goblinfest will be held 12:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Oct. 29 in Simpsonville. Kids can have arts and crafts time, play games provided by local businesses, jump and climb on inflatables, visit with Disney princesses, and go on hay rides. Children will begin lining up at 5 p.m. to be a part of the Goblinfest trick or treat trail.
UPDATED • Families can trick or treat 6–8 p.m. Oct. 29 along the Trick or Treat Trail on West Main Street in Pickens. For details, visit cityofpickens.com.
NEW • Anderson Mall will have trick or treating 5 – 7 p.m. Oct. 31 in Anderson. The event will include inflatables and cotton candy in the mall parking lot. For details, visit http://shopandersonmall.com/events-news/event/malloween.
NEW • Westgate Mall in Spartanburg will have trick or treating from 5 – 6 p.m. Oct. 31 while supplies last. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For details, visit http://www.westgate-mall.com/event/Trick-or-Treat-at-WestGate-Mall/2145477939/.
NEW • Haywood Mall in Greenville will NOT have trick or treating this year. Instead, it will host a Kidgits Boo Bash. For details, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/haywood-mall/stores/kidgits-club/stream/kidgit-boo-bash-4542925.
NEW • The city of Clemson will hold its 2016 Halloween Festival 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Oct. 31 along College Avenue in downtown Clemson. The event will include trick or treating and other activities. For details, visit http://www.cityofclemson.org/parks-and-recreation/clemson-halloween-festival.
• The Town of Reidville will host its second annual Trunk or Treat 6 – 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 along Main Street. Call 864-303-2681 for more info, or visit http://www.townofreidvillesc.org.
• A Halloween Jump and Treat is 5-8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Monkey Joe's. The event will feature a costume contest, face painting, and other activities in addition to open jump. Admission is $7 per child. Greenville location only. Call 864-675-1414.
NEW • Caviar & Bananas will host Family Hallo-Eve pre-party 4 – 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at its location on North Laurens Street in downtown Greenville. Open to the public, the free event will include face painting, a balloon artist and pumpkin games on the patio. Caviar & Bananas will have fall treats, a Halloween-themed menu, potion for the kids, and adult beverages available for purchase. Costumes are encouraged for all guests, and the event will feature a children’s costume contest. Visit www.caviarandbananas.com.
NEW • Richard's Comics and Collectables in Greenville will have its annual Comicfest 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 29. It will feature free comics, candy, sketches and a costume contest. For details, visit http://www.richards-collectables.com/page7.html.
NEW • Astro Kennels will host the 8th annual Howl-O-Ween Party 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 29. There will be games, a boneyard hunt, haunted agility maze, vendors and more. Dogs and their humans are invited to attend in costume for a costume contest. Cost is $5 per dog. Vaccination records required. The kennels is located at 418 Scuffletown Road, Simpsonville. Visit http://www.astrokennels.net/News-Events/Blog/Blog-Home/ArticleID/1101/8th-Annual-HOWL-O-Ween-Party.
• Concerned Citizens for Animals will host the 33rd annual Bark in the Park Festival 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 29, but this year will see a change of venue from recent years. Pet lovers of all ages and their four-legged friends are invited to Conestee Nature Park in Mauldin, where a variety of food, vendors, auctions and games for the entire family will be set up for the event. Kids and their pets are invited to come in costume, and there will be dog contests with prizes. Special entertainment will be provided by K-9s in Flight, which trains former shelter dogs to be professional Frisbee performers. For more information, visit concernedcitizensforanimals.wordpress.com/bark-in-the-park.
• Monster Mash for ages 6 – 11 is at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Fountain Inn Branch Library in Fountain Inn. Come in costume for games, treats and spooky stories. For details, visit http://greenvillelibrary.org or call 864-862-2576.
• A Day of the Dead celebration is at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Hughes Main Library in Greenville. Enjoy includes sugar skull cookies, costumes, music and more. For details, visit http://greenvillelibrary.org.
• Make your reservations for a two-hour night-time walking tour and plan to enjoy a true “ghost stories experience” at the Hagood Mill in Pickens. There are four separate “frightfully good tours” from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Thursday evenings: October, Oct 6, 13, 20 and 27. Each tour can have no more than 30 people. Pre-registration and payment are required prior to the night of the tour. Register on-line at www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar for only $12 for adults (16 and over) and $8 for children (ages 7-15), with no charge for ages 6 and younger. You can also call Hagood Mill at 864-898-2936 to register.
• The Greenville Ghost Tour offers a family-friendly tour at 8 p.m. every Thursday-Sunday in downtown Greenville. For details, visit greenvilleghost.com.
• The Spartanburg Ghost Tour explores the haunting stories of the central city of Spartanburg, sharing history and legends. Tours are daily and begin at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each evening at the Magnolia Train Station in downtown Spartanburg. Reservations are required. Visit www.mainstreettrolley.com or call 864-574-9876.
• “All’s Well in Roswell” will open Oct. 21 at Easley Foothills Playhouse. The show will run for two weekends, at 8 p.m. Oct. 21-22, 3 p.m. Oct. 23, 8 p.m. Oct. 28-Oct. 29 and 3 p.m. Oct. 30. For tickets call the box office at 864-850-1817 or visit www.easleyfoothillsplayhouse.com.
• "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" will be presented by FIREside Radio at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Younts Center for Performing Arts in Fountain Inn. As with all FIREside Radio shows, the performance will be recorded in front of a live audience and made available for download through the Younts Center website. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. For details, call 864-409-1050 or visit www.yountscenter.org.