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13 nights of Halloween in Charleston with these spooky and fun fall celebrations

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The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch is a favorite place to pick out a gourd. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

Fall is here, spooky season is upon us and Charleston will celebrate. 

Whether you're looking to hit up the pumpkin patch, get spooked on a haunted hayride or party it up in costume, here are 13 ways to celebrate autumn's arrival and Halloween's advent in the Lowcountry. 

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The haunted hayride is one attraction at this year's Boone Hall Fright Nights. File/Michael Pronzato/Staff

1. Boone Hall Fright Nights

Prepare for a scare at the area's haunted house extraordinaire. Boone Hall Fright Nights is running at a limited capacity on Thursdays through Sundays for the rest of the month. 

This year's three attractions featuring a bevy of scare actors and spooky scenes are the Fallen Oaks Motel, Tiny's Toy Factory and the Sinister Cinema Haunted Hayride. 

WHEN: 6:30-10 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, 6:30-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14-17, 21-24, 28-31

WHERE: Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, 235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant

PRICE: $35 Scream Pass, $55 VIP Faster to the Fear Pass, individual attraction tickets only sold in person for $18 each


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A green frog sits on the stem of a pumpkin at the Boone Hall pumpkin patch. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

2. Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch

It's pumpkin-picking time and while there is an array of pop-up patches across the Lowcountry, one of the largest is at Boone Hall. The pumpkin patch not only serves as a place to select your gourd, but a fall festival as well. 

There is a family-friendly monster hayride, petting zoo and corn maze, with inflatables and food vendors also on-site. 

WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Sundays Oct. 15-17, 22-24, 28-30

WHERE: Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, 235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant

PRICE: $12 ages 2 and up


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Little Stranger will perform at the Boogieman Festival. File/Jess Marie Spence/Special to The Post and Courier

3. Boogieman Halloween Festival at Royal

The Royal American will host an outdoor music festival featuring more than 15 bands on Halloween. The costume extravaganza will have two stages and music all afternoon and evening long. 

Headliners are local hip-hop duo Little Stranger and Philly rock band Mo Lowda & The Humble. 

WHEN: 1-11 p.m. Oct. 31

WHERE: The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, downtown

PRICE: $50


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The Coastal Carolina Fair is back in 2021. It was canceled for 2020 due to the COVID pandemic. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

4. Coastal Carolina Fair

The Coastal Carolina Fair will be back after a gap year with rides, food vendors and games galore at the Ladson Exchange Park. Among announced performances are an all-star stunt dog show and country performance by Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, with more to be released closer to the event. 

Hand sanitizing and washing stations will be available, and the fair recommends following masking and social distancing CDC and DHEC guidelines. The organization hosted its first fair in 1957. 

WHEN: Oct. 28-Nov. 7

WHERE: Ladson Exchange Park, 9850 U.S. Highway 78, Ladson

PRICE: Discount prices through Oct. 27 are $10 adults general admission, $6 kids ages 6-12, free kids 5 and under, $23 rides wristband; Prices after Oct. 27 are $12 adults general admission, $7 kids ages 6-12, free kids 5 and under, $25-$35 ride wristbands; Free admission Nov. 1 with copy of Sunday's Post and Courier


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"The Rocky Horror Picture Show" will be played and performed by a shadow cast at the Terrace Theater on Halloween. File/20th Century Fox

5. "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at The Terrace

The Terrace Theater will keep its "Rocky Horror Picture Show" tradition alive this Halloween with screenings alongside a drag performance by Dudley's on Ann's Brooke Collins. It's time to do the "Time Warp." Costumes are encouraged, so dress up as Frank N. Furter, Magenta and your other favorite wacky, wild and wonderful characters from the 1975 horror musical. 

WHEN: 11 p.m. Oct. 29, 30

WHERE: Terrace Theater, 1956D Maybank Highway, James Island

PRICE: $15


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The Alley's Studio 300 Halloween Party is back this year. File/Marie Rodriguez/Special to The Post and Courier.

6. The Alley '70s Halloween Party

Studio 300, an annual nominee for Best Party of the Year in the Charleston City Paper, is back for its eighth installment. This year's extravaganza at The Alley will be '70s-themed.

The downtown bowling alley will take a step back in time as a DJ spins disco classics, along with hit tracks. There will also be a haunted house equipped with scare actors from flicks like "Nightmare on Elm Street," "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Halloween." 

General admission tickets include cocktails, beer and wine; complimentary appetizers; free bowling and arcade games; haunted house access and a photo booth. 

WHEN: 9 p.m. Oct. 29

WHERE: The Alley, 131 Columbus St., downtown

PRICE: $80 


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The North Charleston Harvest Festival will feature a pop-up pumpkin patch and decorating stations. File/Provided

7. North Charleston Harvest Festival

This free fall festival will feature live music, an artist market, costume contests, trick-or-treating on the street, a pop-up pumpkin patch, food and drink vendors and a kids' zone. 

PopRockCult will play, while human and pet costume contests ensue. And there'll be on-site decorating stations near the pumpkin patch. 

There are also fall festivals happening in Goose Creek, Ladson, Summerville, Mount Pleasant and other area townships. Check your local listings for what's close by! 

WHEN: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 23

WHERE: Olde Village, E. Montague Ave. near Park Circle, North Charleston



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Local psych-rock band Orange Doors will play a Halloween cover show at Lo-Fi Brewing along with two other bands. File/Provided

8. Halloween Cover Show at Lo-Fi 

Lo-Fi Brewing will host a Halloween cover show featuring three Charleston bands. Canopy Hands will cover Steely Dan, Orange Doors will take on Neutral Milk Hotel and Newgrounds Death Rugby will perform The Cure. 

There will be Lo-Fi beers on tap all night. 

There will also be a belated Halloween cover show featuring local bands at the Tin Roof on Nov. 7 for those looking to celebrate on a different night. Just an excuse to wear your costume again! 

WHEN: 8:30-11:30 p.m. Oct. 29

WHERE: Lo-Fi Brewing, 2038 Meeting Street Road, downtown

PRICE: $10 advance, $15 day of show


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The Halloween Pub Crawl will kick off at Tommy Condon's. File/Michael Campina/Special to The Post and Courier 

9. Haunted Halloween Pub Crawl

The Original Pub & Brewery Tours of Charleston is bringing a wicked adventure during the month of October. The Haunted Pub Crawl will take groups on walking tours throughout downtown Charleston as the guide regales them with spooky stories, odd tales and local legends. 

There will be light appetizers and pub stops along the way. 

WHEN: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily through Oct. 31

WHERE: Departing from Tommy Condon's Irish Pub, 160 Church St., downtown

PRICE: $48


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Halloween candy is in store at the Citadel Mall for a kid-friendly Halloween festival. File

10. Lowcountry Halloween Fest

This kid-friendly festival at the Citadel Mall will feature trick-or-treating, vendors, a petting zoo, balloon art, face painting, activity zones and character meet and greets. 

The first 1,500 trick-or-treaters are guaranteed candy, and there will be costume prizes. 

WHEN: 12-6 p.m. Oct. 24

WHERE: Citadel Mall, 2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., West Ashley



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The Jenkins Orphanage is hosting a fish fry with live music to celebrate fall. Provided

11. Music in Tha Park Jenkins Institute Fall Festival

There will be free fried fish and red rice, along with music from DJ Terry Base, for this fall festival. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. 

WHEN: 3-6 p.m. Oct. 30

WHERE: Jenkins Orphanage, 3923 Azalea Drive, North Charleston



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Halloween Drag Brunch will take place at Trio. File/Andrew Whitaker/Staff

12. The Ladies of Trio Drag Brunch Halloween Special

Halloween is a Sunday this year, which means brunch. To celebrate in a spooky but sweet way, there will be a drag brunch Halloween special at Trio featuring the cast of "HalloQUEEN": Brooke Collins, Juliana Jade, Shariese Ses Pieces and Medusa Chaos, with a halftime performance by Scarlette Ray. 

WHEN: 12:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 31

WHERE: Trio, 139 Calhoun St., downtown

PRICE: $20 general admission


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"Hocus Pocus" will be playing on The Restoration rooftop. File/Walt Disney Pictures/Provided

13. "Hocus Pocus" at The Restoration

If you're looking to catch a spooky flick to get in the Halloween mood, try "Hocus Pocus" at The Restoration. There'll be a screening of the holiday classic starring the Sanderson Sisters on the rooftop. 

Admission includes your choice of popcorn or movie candy. 

You can also catch drive-in Halloween flicks at The Terrace to satiate your hankering for a scare, with "The Blair Witch Project" and "Hereditary" slated for Oct. 22-24 and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Halloween" playing Oct. 29-31. 

WHEN: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 28

WHERE: The Restoration, 75 Wentworth St., downtown

PRICE: $15


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Reach Kalyn Oyer at 843-371-4469. Follow her on Twitter @sound_wavves.

Kalyn Oyer is a Charleston native who covers arts & entertainment and food & bev for The Post and Courier. She's a music festival & concert photographer and used to write about music for the Charleston City Paper, among other publications.