Halloween happenings

The Old City Jail on Magazine Street in downtown Charleston was built in 1802 and has undergone various incarnations as a sick ward, an asylum, prison and site of executions.

What: Bulldog Tours is offering a Haunted Pub Crawl. Learn about Charleston’s ghostly past while enjoying libations at some of the city’s bars and taverns.

When: 6-8:30 p.m. through Wednesday

Where: 40 N. Market St.

Price: $20

More info: 722-8687 or bulldogtours.com/tours/haunted-pub-crawl

What: From the master of the macabre comes the haunting tale of Edgar Allan Poe’s own mysterious death and disappearance. “Nevermore” takes you to 1827 Sullivan’s Island, where young Poe served in the Army at Fort Moultrie and penned such classics as “The Gold Bug.”

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Wednesday and Nov. 1-3; 3-5 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 4

Where: Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St.

Price: $38.50-$52.50 for adults, $36.50-$52.50 for seniors (60+), $22.50-$52.50 for students (25 and under)

For more: 577-7183 or www.charlestonstage.com

What: Join a group for a paranormal investigation of the Old City Jail. Measure cold spots with an infrared thermometer, take detailed photos and use special audio equipment to pick up hidden sounds. Use a ghost meter to pick up paranormal energies. For ages 13 and up; anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Midnight-2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday and midnight-2 a.m. Wednesday

Where: Bulldog Tours, 40 N. Market St.

Price: $25

For more: 722-8687 or bulldogtours.com/halloween-special

What: The course at Blackbeard’s Cove is all decked out for Halloween. Decorated by local businesses, this family-friendly event is all about fun.

When: Through Wednesday

Where: Blackbeard’s Cove, 3255 U.S. Highway 17, Mount Pleasant

Price: $10 includes a treat bag full of goodies plus a pumpkin cookie

For more:www.BlackbeardsCove.net

What: Ghosts of the South will guide you on a tour through the most haunted house and the most haunted hotel.

When: Thursday-Nov. 1

Where: Tour departs from the City Market

Price: $20

For more: 343-9255

What: 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 take a trip through the Myrtle Maze, carved into 10 acres of wax myrtles.

When: 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Legare Farms on Johns Island

Price: Gate admission is $1 per person (print out a coupon for $1 off), events range from free to $10; pumpkins cost up to $20 based on the size. Concessions will be available for purchase.

For more: 559-0788 or legarefarms.com

What: Hosted by the Charleston Department of Recreation, youths 12 and under are invited with their parents for a night of trunk-or-treating, climbing walls, ghost stories, hay rides and magic shows.

When: 4-6 p.m. Friday

Where: Hampton Park, 30 Mary Murray Blvd.; in the event of rain, the event will be moved to the City Gym, 65 Hagood St.

Price: Free

For more: www.charlestoncity.info

What: Inspired, tormented and mesmerized by phantoms he creates, The Poet weaves his story with reckless intensity until the monsters he has brought to life turn the tables and seize control of the show.

When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Wednesday

Where: Pure Theatre, 477 King St.

Price: $25

What: Presented by Charleston SUP Safaris, this event will feature categories for experienced and novice stand-up paddleboarders, kids and dogs. The Pet Costume Contest will be held after the race. Proceeds from the event will go to Pet Helpers and the Emerson Rose Heart Foundation.

When: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday

Where: Sunset Cay Marina, 66 W. 9th St.

Price: $20 kids, $35 adults; board rental are $10

For more: www.charlestonsupsafaris.com/SUPer_Scary_SUP_Race.html

What: Enter your pet or just catch the show as fur babies compete in the categories best superhero, best homemade/most original, best duo (can be pet-pet or pet-owner), most fabulous/cutest and best monster/scariest. Prizes will be awarded to winners and runners up in each category, with one grand-prize winner. All proceeds will go to Pet Helpers.

When: Registration begins at noon, contest begins at 1 p.m. Saturday

Where: In front the Palmetto Grande Theatre at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre

Price: $10 per category

What: Get into the Halloween spirit with spooky tales and creepy legends appropriate for all ages in North Charleston. Check out up to eight storytelling stations featuring lively presentations of local folklore and traditional ghost stories by the members of the Backporch Storytellers of Charleston. Participants are encouraged to come in costume. All proceeds will go toward the city’s Christmas Charity benefiting needy families. Homemade treats and hot chocolate will be available for purchase.

When: 6-8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Olde Village section of East Montague Avenue in North Charleston; the event starts at The Meeting Place, 1077 E. Montague Ave.

Price: $4 for adults, $1 for kids 12 and under; one adult and three kids can get in for $6.

For more: backporchstorytellers.com or 740-5854

What: This fourth annual event will feature an evening of games, prizes, a costume contest, haunted train rides, critter corner, magician and more.

When: 6-10 p.m. Saturday

Where: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens off Ashley River Road

Price: $10 per person, $40 for a carload of five; food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For more: 571-1266

What: With more than 300 years of history including the Colonial period, the Revolution and the Civil War, Charleston has a vast collection of true pirate stories, ghost tales based on historic events, and fascinating legends of Gullah lore. Dressed in period apparel, master storyteller Eric Lavender regales you with tales of Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet and Anne Bonny, along with some of the ghost stories that have made Charleston known as one of the country’s most haunted cities. Children under 18 must be accompanied by adult.

When: Saturday

Where: Tours begin at Waterfront Park (Concord Street and Vendue Range)

Price: $13-$18.50

For more: 442-7299 or charlestonpiratetour.com

What: Join Goodwill Industries and Charleston Stage for an evening of haunting entertainment, culinary delights and cocktails. The night starts out with a showing of “Nevermore,” a tale of the life of Edgar Allan Poe, along with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a specialty drink, Goodwill trunk show and silent auction. Costumes are optional; a prize will be awarded for the best dressed Edgar Allan Poe. Proceeds from this event will benefit South Carolina Special Olympics and Goodwill’s Operation Independence Program.

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Dock Street Theatre

Price: $75 in advance, $85 at the door

More info: www.charlestonstage.com or www.palmettogoodwill.org

What: Led by Dancing DJ Carol Wiggins, come as you are or in costume for a night of fun. Attendees are asked to bring their own snacks and drinks.

When: 6-9 p.m. Monday

Where: Lowcountry Senior Center

Price: Free for members, $5 nonmembers

What: Put on by the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department, kids ages 2-5 are invited with their parents to don costumes for some early trick-or-treating. Various themed games and crafts will be held in the building, while a jump castle and pony rides will be outdoors. Participants also can have their faces painted, watch a magic show and come aboard a firetruck to visit members of the Mount Pleasant Fire Department.

When: Noon-2 p.m. Tuesday

Where: G.M. Darby Building at Pitt and King streets

Price: Free

For more: 849-2061

What: Middleton Place’s weekly wine stroll gets a Halloween twist this week as attendees are asked to don a masquerade mask as they enjoy wine and live music.

When: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: 4300 Ashley River Road

Price: $15; those wearing a mask get $2 off admission at the gate

For more: www.middletonplace.org

What: Hosted at the S.C. Aquarium, this second annual event will surround attendees with thousands of marine species and haunted decor. Enjoy live entertainment from the Mad Violinist and Symphony Crack Orchestra, a re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” jet propulsion exhibition over the harbor, Halloween-themed fashion show and chance to win $500 cash for best costume. This event is for ages 21 and over. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Tanzania Education Foundation.

When: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday

Where: Patriots Point

Price: $30, $55 for VIP; drinks and food sold separately

more INfo: www.nightmareontheharbor.com