I don’t know about you, but whenever October rolls around, I always break out the scary movies.
Even when I take trips to the theater, it’s most likely for a fright night film.
When it comes to classic horror movies, there’s a pretty short list. But on that list would be the original “Frankenstein” (1931) and “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935).
And while many may have these gems at home, what better way to celebrate Halloween than with a trip to the theater for a spooky double feature.
That’s right, folks, both of the classic movies will be played on Oct. 24 in celebration of Universal’s 100th anniversary.
The event will begin with TCM host Robert Osborne as he treats audiences to exclusive interviews conducted at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival. Joining him will be Karloff’s daughter, Sara Karloff, along with Bela Lugosi Jr., the son of the classic “Dracula” star, and Academy Award-winning makeup artist Rick Baker. All three will talk about classic horror movies, how legendary icons such as Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi helped define the genre, and how today’s horror films measure up to the classics.
The showing will begin at 7 p.m. at Azalea Square Stadium 16, 215 Azalea Square Blvd. in Summerville, and Charles Towne Square 18, 2401 Mall Drive in North Charleston. Tickets are $12.50.
Go to www.fathomevents.com.
Cypress Gardens is offering a haunting experience of traveling through the blackwater swamp at night.
On the Haunted Swamp Experience, you will be paddled on a haunted boat ride through the swamp and then dropped off to return on a haunted walking trail through the woods.
The cost is $15.
For those looking for something a little less spooky, the Pumpkin Trail, an unhaunted lighted walking trail, will be open to the younger kids.
There also will be a jump castle, music, a campfire with a marshmallow roast and Mike Miller telling family-friendly stories.
The family fun activities cost $5.
Halloween in the Swamp will run 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Food will be available for purchase.
Check out www.cypressgardens.info.
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens off Ashley River Road is getting in on the Halloween action, hosting its fourth annual Family Fright Nights.
From 6-10 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 27, head out for an evening of games, prizes, a costume contest, haunted train rides, a critter corner, a magician and more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $10 per person, $40 for a carload of five. Call 571-1266.
While Legare Farms on Johns Island has been running its Pumpkin Patch & Maze every weekend this month, the real fun begins this weekend.
Instead of the traditional corn maze, the farm has a Myrtle Maze carved into 10 acres of wax myrtles. On Friday and Saturday, a haunted maze will be offered 8-10 p.m.
If the spooky stuff isn’t for you, pick out a pumpkin (everything from pie to carving pumpkins will be available), take a hayride, build your own scarecrow, mine for gems, ride a horse, visit and feed the barnyard animals, and more.
Gate admission is $1 per person (print out a coupon for $1 off). After you get in the gate, events range from free to $10; pumpkins cost up to $20 based on the size. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Hours for the Pumpkin Patch & Maze are 5-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Sundays.
Find out more by calling 559-0788 or going to legarefarms.com.
If Halloween just isn’t your thing or you’re just on overload, never fear.
The Charleston Angler will hold a film fest Thursday at the Terrace Theater on Maybank Highway.
Starting at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), enjoy a collection of videos from amateurs and professionals that promote the art of and passion for the sport of fishing.
Door prizes will be given before and during the show, and the winners of the festival will be announced that night.
Tickets are $5 and are available at all Charleston Angler locations; they will be $8 at the door.
Go to www.thecharlestonangler.com or call 571-3899.
Another movie event you won’t want to miss is the premiere of the award-winning “Little Red Wagon.”
Hosted by Wonder Works at the Regal Cinemas in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, the film is based on a true story about child philanthropist Zach Bonner and his journey to raise money and awareness for homeless children across America.
Bonner, who is now 15, will be in attendance.
While the movie is heartwarming, it’s noteworthy that some of the movie was filmed in the Lowcountry at local businesses and at Charleston scenic areas.
The film will roll at 7:10 p.m. Friday.