Boo in the Zoo highlights 13 weekend events for families
As we head closer to a certain spooky holiday, more and more festive events are planned.
If your kids love fire trucks, they can learn about fire safety and meet firefighters at 10 a.m. Friday at the Taylors branch of the Greenville Library System.
A Fall Bazaar is 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday 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.
Watch “Disney Junior at the Movies: HalloVeen Party!” in select theaters at 10 a.m. Saturday 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.
The 16th anniversary Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival & Liars Competition is 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday at Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens. Storytellers from across the region will gather to share tales of mystical places in Appalachia, mountain funnies and memories of yesteryear. Meanwhile, there will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basketmaking, pottery, hearth cooking, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, wood-carving, metalsmithing, leatherworking and beekeeping demonstrations. Admission is free, but parking is $5.
Halloween Science is at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Visit www.tcmupstate.org for more information.
Celebrate the change of seasons with German oompah bands, German foods (including desserts) and, for the grown-ups, German beer at Greer Station Oktoberfest Saturday in downtown Greer. Be sure to visit the wide array of artists who will offer their handiwork at the event. And be prepared to get super silly at the Chicken Dance Competition. Visit http://greerchamber.com for details.
There will be a Fall Festival at Safe Haven & Educational Adventures 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday 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. Visit http://www.rescueexotics.org/helping-hands-for-safe-haven.html.
Family Farm Day at Whispering Pines Stables begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Children will have the opportunity to become little farmers for age-appropriate learning activities. The focus is on chickens — how to hold, collect eggs, feed and clean up after them. Learn the basics about dairy sheep and goat care, handling and even how to milk the sheep and goats. There will also be basic lessons about about cows, horses, livestock guardian dogs and border collies. Cost is $50 per family. To reserve a spot for this event, text 864-360-3222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://www.wpstables.com for more details.
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 email@example.com.
The Trunk or Treat Spooktacular is 5-8 p.m. Saturday 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. Visit http://www.mauldinculturalcenter.org/event/trunk-r-treat-spooktacular/.
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.
Boo in the Zoo, sponsored by Future Scholar, is 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.
West Spartanburg Baptist Church in Duncan will host its fall festival and trunk or treat 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday. 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.
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