1. Fun on the Farm at Denver Downs Legends, Anderson
Get in all of your favorite fall-themed activities with a day on the farm at Denver Downs. Interact with the animals, pick and paint a pumpkin, play a game of Human Foosball, and listen to live entertainment on the weekends. Things get even more exciting after dark with barnyard bonfires, singing pumpkin lights and trips through the corn maze by flashlight. For those who love the scarier side of the season – check out the ‘Harvest of Horror’.
2. SCarowinds, Fort Mill
On the northern South Carolina border is one of the country’s most exciting amusement parks, Carowinds — which transforms into SCarowinds for 20 nights of terror every October. From haunted mazes and scare zones filled with monsters, zombies and creatures of the night to live entertainment and roller coaster rides in the dark, SCarowinds is horrifyingly fun.
3. Boone Hall Fright Nights, Mount Pleasant
This annual event is the state’s largest haunted multi-attraction Halloween event, with four spine-chilling events: Psycho Clowns in 3D, the Terror Trail Hayride, Nightmare Manor and the Chaos Quarantine. This elaborate, state-of-the-art Halloween event is not for the faint of heart!
4. Haunted Jail Tour, Charleston
Take a tour behind the scenes of The Old City Jail in historic Charleston, where some of the Lowcountry’s most noteworthy criminals were housed from 1802 to 1939. Walk the halls of the original structures where pirates and Civil War prisoners lived and died on one of the area’s most popular ghost tours!
5. Annie’s Bed and Breakfast, Montmorenci
This three-story cotton plantation house was built in the 1830s, but after the top floor met its demise (courtesy of a Civil War cannonball), the house was later used as a hospital. Legend has it that the ghost of a little girl can still be heard roaming the hallways and calling out for her mama in this present-day bed and breakfast.
When you feel that little chill in the mornings, it’s the perfect time to head to Enoree for some Halloween hoopla! Take the kids to the pumpkin patch and then try your luck in the corn maze. Keep things lighter in the normal maze, or embrace your spooky side in the Big Boo maze. And when the sun has set, hitch a ride on a nighttime wagon tour.
7. Hall of Horrors, Cayce
Haunted Houses are a Halloween institution, and few compare to Cayce’s Hall of Horrors. Terror chasers come back year after year for its thrills and chills, making it the longest-running scare show in the midlands. And the experience reaches beyond the house itself, with activities like a photo booth, games and snacks to keep you occupied while you await your turn.
8. Boo in the Zoo, Greenville
Get dressed up and head to the Greenville Zoo for trick-or-treating among the animals! This event isn’t a scary one, so bring the whole family for a night out at the zoo. Plus, kids 12 and under will receive a free treat bag, courtesy of the zoo!
9. Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle, Murrells Inlet
Every year Huntington Beach State Park hosts a “frightfully fun” festival inside the walls of Atalaya Castle. Children will enjoy the carnival games, crafts and spooky cartoons that play on the big screen. If you’re feeling brave or enjoy a little scare, venture through one of the two haunted houses inside the creepy walls of the castle. For more information, call 843-235-8755.
10. Boo at the Zoo, Columbia
In the last two week of October, visitors to the Riverbanks Zoo can enjoy a haunted carousel ride, marshmallow roasting, spooky safari, trick-or-treat trail and more! Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance here.