A wish by the Swamp Fox Players for several years will finally flash its fangs, in time for Halloween.
The theater troupe, based at the historic Strand Theater in Georgetown, will close 2012 with its production of “Dracula,” opening Friday for three weekends through Nov. 11.
Everyone in the Halloween and harvest time mood has many outlets to celebrate the season up and down the Grand Strand, and in Horry County’s county seat of Conway.
Foy Ford, theater manager, said the Swamp Fox Players had looked five years ago at Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” set in 1899, “but that didn’t work out.”
“We’ve been having this in the back of our minds,” she said, crediting director Bob Gauss for wanting to see the project through.
“Fall was the right time,” Ford said. “Of course, it has to be in October and November.”
The 13 cast members include a couple of high school students, Ford said, summarizing the mature content as “PG-13.”
“It’s a very sensual play,” she said.
In North Myrtle Beach, students from the sport and recreation programming program at Coastal Carolina University in Conway are teaming up again to help throw North Myrtle Beach’s annual “Howl-O-Scream” Saturday evening in the city’s McLean Park.
Bryann Hoffman, a senior in the CCU program, said she’s among 10 classmates “helping with volunteering, budgeting and ordering pumpkins” for a community night out which planners expect will draw more than 3,000 people.
“It’s really nice for families to come out to,” said Hoffman, who wants to work professionally in a recreation department. “I’m hopeful this experience will definitely help.”
The Pennsylvania native called Halloween one of her favorite holidays, and she remembered growing up with hay rides and her mother taking the family out for apple picking.
Hoffman said “Howl-O-Scream” gives families a safe means to “to get all kids out all together,” and that “it’ll be really good for them to meet friends.”
She’s ready to bring home her own memories from helping stage the event.
“That’s what I like about event planning,” Hoffman said. “You’re planning it, and you get to enjoy it.”
She also cherishes the refreshing renewal from fall.
“I love the weather,” Hoffman said, “that crisp feeling in the air.”
Some ways to celebrate Halloween/harvest time
10th annual ‘Conway Ghost Walk: Spirits of the Lowcountry’
‘The Exorcist’ movie screenings
‘It’s The Great Pumpkin’ Halloween event
• 4-by-6-inch pumpkin-patch photo with Peanuts characters and Peanuts-theme coloring sheets
• Early trick-or-treating 5-8 p.m. Friday
• Costume parade 6-7 p.m. Friday
• Crafts 1-4 p.m.: Saturday to make a Popsicle jack o’lantern, and Sunday to color a wooden mask.
• Halloween scavenger hunt with prizes, and grab-an-apple activity 1-3 p.m. Saturday.
• “Tricks of Nature,” 5-7 p.m. Friday, for children ages 10 and younger, accompanied by an adult, for trick-or-treating dressed as a favorite native animal, with activities such as a short hayride, storytelling and a bonfire at the pond pavilion, for $5.
• “Bike to the Boardwalk, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, through forests to salt marsh boardwalk on North Inlet, free for 15 participants.
• “Photo Safari,” 6:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, with Donald Withers, a naturalist and nature photographer, for $50.
‘Huntington’s Haunted Halloween’
‘Whose Haunting Is It Anyway?’
• 8 p.m. Friday, for all ages
• 7:30 p.m. Saturday, for ages 18 and older, including costume contest.
‘Dancing with Wool’ public art project
North Myrtle Beach Endless Summer Festival
‘If the River Could Tell ... Ghost Stories’ paddle
‘Autumn Jazz Pizazz Fest’
‘Halloween at the Old Bridge’
‘Brew at the Zoo’
Third annual Halloween Carnival
‘Celebrity Square of Terror’
‘Howl-o-ween Extravaganza Benefit’
‘Halloween Spooktacular’ Fall Music Recital
Fourth annual 'Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash'
Open nightly through Wednesday each with $15 admission:
• “Visions of Horror,” at 6 p.m. on northeast side of Broadway at the Beach, at 29th Avenue North and Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach, where the “Bodies Revealed” exhibit was shown. Details at www.facebook.com/pages/Visions-of-Horror/150881428281928?ref=ts&fref=ts.
• “Dr. Scream’s Scream Park, at dark, at Myrtle Beach Speedway, on U.S. 501, just north of S.C. 31, near Carolina Forest. Details atwww.facebook.com/DrScreams2012MyrtleBeachSpeedway
‘Terror Under the Bridge’
12th annual Halloween Party
• 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Broadway at the Beach, in Myrtle Beach. 444-3200, 800-386-4662 orwww.broadwayatthebeach.com
• 5-7 p.m. at Coastal Grand, in Myrtle Beach. 839-9100 orwww.coastalgrand.com
• 5-7 p.m. at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. 272-8349 orwww.bflanding.com
• 5-8 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, at Myrtle Square mall. 361-4800 or www.basspro.com.
• 6-7 p.m. at The Market Common. 839-3500 orwww.marketcommonevents.com
• 6-8 p.m. at Inlet Square, in Murrells Inlet. 651-6990 orwww.inletsquaremall.com
Annual ‘Halloween on the Marsh Walk’
• Trick-or-treating and children’s costume contest, 5-6 p.m., with judging afterward at pirate statue behind Drunken Jack’s Restaurant for three prizes each for Scariest, the Funniest, and the Most Creative costumes.
• Adult costume contest, 7-10:30 p.m., including top prize of $1,500. All contestants must visit each of the seven Marsh Walk restaurants – Spud’s Waterfront Dining, Dead Dog Saloon, Creek Ratz, Capt. Dave’s Dockside, Drunken Jack’s, Divine Fish House and Bovine’s Wood-Fired Specialties – and collect a paper bracelet for eligibility for final judging and prizes.
‘Wild West Fall Festival’