Kid-friendly Halloween events are plentiful this weekend
Halloween is almost here, and the weekend is full of holiday-themed events for families.
Sara Collins Elementary School in Greenville will celebrate its annual fundraiser Freaky Friday 3:30 – 10:30 p.m. Friday 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. Saturday 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.
Safe Haven & Educational Adventures Inc. will have a free open house and fall festival 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday 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 www.rescueexotics.org/helping-hands-for-safe-haven.html.
Boo in the Zoo presented by Banfield Pet Hospital is in its second weekend 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. Friday and 4 – 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more details, visit www.greenvillezoo.com/260/Boo-in-the-Zoo.
Enchanted Forest presented by Safe Kids Upstate will be held 6 – 9 p.m. today and Friday and 5 –8 p.m. Saturday 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 greenvillerec.com/event/enchantedforest.
Halloween Hoopla will be held 4 – 8 p.m. Saturday 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 www.cityofgreer.org.
Halloween at Heritage Park featuring Goblinfest will be held 12:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday 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.
Concerned Citizens for Animals will host the 33rd annual Bark in the Park Festival 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, 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.
Looking ahead to Halloween itself, there are a few events parents should note.
There won’t be trick or treating inside Haywood Mall in Greenville this year. Instead, the mall will host a Kidgit Boo Bash 5 – 8 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Belk Court. Kids in costume are invited to this carnival-themed Halloween event with games, costume contest and candy. For details, visit www.simon.com/mall/haywood-mall.
The Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery will host a free community event at 4 p.m. on Halloween. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the business on Facebook.
You’ll find a more comprehensive list of Halloween events, trunk or treats, and festivals at www.UpstateParent.com. Tailgating for the Clemson-FSU game? You’ll find tips on tailgating with kids at the website, too.