With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, the merriment will stretch into the weekend, after a bevy of events already this past weekend.
Three annual traditions of terror – Nightmare Haunted House, Dr. Scream’s Haunted Mansion and Terror Under the Bridge – along with Ripley’s Carnival of Screams, will take the monster-size merriment a day past Halloween, going daily through Saturday.
All the major shopping complexes, including Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, The Market Common, all three malls and both Tanger Outler Centers, have trick-or-treating on Friday. The annual “Halloween on the MarshWalk” in Murrells Inlet continues casting the spotlight on costume contests for children and adults.
Halloween evening also will roll with the inaugural Shock-Shiver International Film Festival, highlighting horror movies, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, and for trick-or-treaters and partiers who don’t want the day to end, an all-night skate at the area’s lone roller rink, Fun Warehouse, near Surfside Beach and Socastee.
Map out your week and calendar for the rest of October and the start of November with this roundup of goodies of all kinds and for all ages:
When | Friday:
• 3-5 p.m. at The Hammock Shops Village, on U.S. 17 in Pawleys Island.www.thehammockshops.com
• 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, with fireworks at 8 p.m. 444-3200, 800-386-4662 orwww.broadwayatthebeach.com
• 5-7 p.m. at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17, on south end of North Myrtle Beach. 272-8349 orwww.bflanding.com
• 5-7 p.m. at Inlet Square, at U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. Also: pumpkin carving contest entries accepted until 5 p.m. Friday. 651-6990 orwww.inletsquaremall.com
• 5-7 p.m. at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, including complimentary carriage rides. 839-3500 orwww.marketcommonmb.com
• 6-7 p.m. Coastal Grand mall in Myrtle Beach. 839-9100, ext. 224; or www.coastalgrand.com.
• 5:30-7:30 p.m., with costume contest (with categories of infants through age 3, and ages 4-7, 8-13 and 14-adult) 6 p.m. in cinema court, at Myrtle Beach Mall, near Briarcliffe Acres. 272-4040, ext. 102; orwww.shopmyrtlebeachmall.com
• 6-8 p.m. at both Tanger Outlet Centers, on U.S. 501, near Carolina Forest (232-5100), and on Kings Road, near U.S. 17 and S.C. 22 and Briarcliffe Acres (449-0491).www.tangeroutlet.com
Walks and trails
Annual ‘Nightmare Haunted House’
When | Open 4 p.m. daily through Friday, and at noon Saturday
Where | 1001 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
How much | $12 ages 13 and older, otherwise $8
Information | 626-0022 or www.beachscream.com
Ripley’s Carnival of Screams
What | Three floors of live-action terror
When | Open 4 p.m. daily through Saturday
Where | Ripley’s Haunted Adventure site, 915 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
How much | $14.99 ages 12 and older, and $9.99 ages 6-11
Also | Horry County residents who show ID receive half-off admission.
Information | 448-2331
Annual ‘Dr. Scream’s Haunted Mansion’
When | Open 7 p.m. daily through Saturday
What and where | 5033 Dick Pond Road, Socatsee, in The Bargain Warehouse building, across from Dollar General/Bi-Lo area
How much | $15
Information | 748-0855 or drscreams.com
‘Terror Under the Bridge’
Benefiting | Fostering Hope Inc. of Conway, which assists foster-care children (254-8168 or fosteringhopeinc.com)
When | Open 7 p.m. nightly through Saturday
Where | The X Sports Mall, 568 George Bishop Parkway, between U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 501, just west of Myrtle Beach
How much | $10
Information | 446-2822, 457-1329 or terrorunderthebridge.com
Annual ‘Haunted Trail’
By | Grissettown-Longwood Fire & Rescue
When | Final night 7 p.m. Friday
Where | 758 Longwood Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.
How much | $10 ages 6 and older, otherwise free
Information | 910-287-3030
Second annual ‘Zombie Zone’
By | Socastee High School
What | Carnival and haunted trail, with live stage area entertainment by school Show Choirs
When | 9-11:30 p.m. Friday and 6-10 p.m. Saturday
Where | On River Road, off Socastee Boulevard (S.C. 707), between Socastee high and elementary schools
How much | $5
Information | 293-9041, 457-2110 or socasteeperformingarts.com
Plays timed for Halloween
• Theatre of the Republic’s “Young Frankenstein,” Mel Brooks’ new musical, at Main Street Theatre, 335 Main St., Conway: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, for $23. 488-0821 orwww.theatreoftherepublic.com
• Atlantic Stage’s “Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde,” at 79th Avenue Theatre, at Coastal Carolina University’s Myrtle Beach Education Center, U.S. 17 Bypass: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 9. $27.50 general; $22.50 seniors (ages 55 and older)/educators/military; $17.50 students, including Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members; and $12.50 side section seats. 877-287-8587 orwww.atlanticstage.com
• Swamp Fox Players’ “Little Shop of Horrors,” at Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, for $18. 527-2924 orwww.swampfoxplayers.com
‘Whose Haunting Is It Anyway?’
By | Carolina Improv Company
When | 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, with latter as adult show
Where | Uptown Theater, by Bass Pro Shops in Myrtle Beach mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres
How much | $12.75 advance online, or $14 at door
Also | Wear a costume and receive a ticket for a future performance
Information | 272-4242 or www.carolinaimprov.com
Halloween laser music shows
What and when | Thursday-Friday: “Laser Mania” 6 p.m., “Hypnotica” 7 p.m., and “Fright Light” 8 p.m.
Where | Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C.
Open | 11:30 a.m. Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays
Sky Theater dome shows | Through Jan. 3:
• Thursdays – “Astronaut” at noon, “Undiscovered Worlds” 1 p.m., “Back to the Moon for Good” 2 p.m., “Seven Wonders” 3 p.m., and “Dynamic Earth” 4 p.m.
• Fridays-Saturdays – “Back to the Moon for Good” (half price) 11 a.m., “Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea” noon, “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” 1 p.m.
• Fridays only – “Undiscovered Worlds” 2 p.m., “Two Small Pieces of Glass” 3 p.m., and “Dynamic Earth” 4 p.m.
• Saturdays only – “Astronaut” 2 p.m., “Seven Wonders” 3 p.m., and “Tales of the Maya Skies” 4 p.m.
Other laser music shows |
• Thursdays (Nov. 13 and Dec. 11) – Beatles at 5 p.m., “Laser Vinyl” 6 p.m., and “Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon” 7 p.m.
• Fridays (Nov. 14 and 28, Dec. 12 and 26, and Jan. 2) – “Laser Country” 5 p.m., “Laser Zeppelin” 6 p.m., and “Pink Floyd: The Wall” 7 p.m. (this show not recommended for young children)
• Saturdays (Nov. 15 and 29, Dec. 13 and 27, and Jan. 3) – “Laser Pop” 5 p.m., U2 6 p.m., and “Laser Spirit” 7 p.m.
How much |
• Site admission free, including Nano Exhibit through Jan. 17, in science hall
• Each show $8 ages 13-61, $7 ages 62 and older, $6 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger.
• Annual family membership $80
Information | 910-575-0033 or museumplanetarium.org
Annual ‘Halloween on the Marsh Walk’
When | All evening on Friday
Where | Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, on U.S. 17 Business, in northeast Georgetown County
• Trick-or-treating 5-6 p.m. and children’s costume contest at 6 p.m. at pirate’s statue behind Druken Jack’s restaurant, with “Most Awes Applause Award” for ages 2 and younger; for ages 3 and older:
Most Original, Best Duo or Group, Scariest, and Funniest; and Pawsitively Dashing Pet Award.
• Adult costume contest, covering all seven MarshWalk restaurants, in categories of people’s choice, “Big & Bulky,” best duo/group, best individual or best Murrells Inlet theme. See rules and procedure for selection of finalists in each division at marshwalk.com/special-events/2014-adult-costume-contest
How much | Free
Information | 497-3450 or marshwalk.com
Shock-Shiver International Film Festival
What | Horror film festival, for adults, and ages 16-17 with parent only
When | 6 p.m.-midnight Friday
Where | Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North (moved from initial plans for Frank Theatres’ CineBowl & Grille, at Inlet Square in Murrells Inlet)
How much | $10 individual, two people for $15 total, and free for anyone in costume
Information | 650-6697, 267-7052 or www.ivyleaffilm.com
When | 5-9 p.m. Friday
With | Music by the Scary Sock Hop, with 1950s and ’60s tunes, and invitation for everyone to dress in costume
Where | Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10420, 3459 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet
How much | $8
Also | Public welcome
Information/reservations | 651-6900
Halloween Senior Dance and Party
When | 7-10 p.m. Friday
Where | Myrtle Beach’s Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Drive, near The Market Common
How much | $7
Other dances | 7-10 p.m. Nov. 22 and Dec. 5 (Christmas party), each $7
• 918-2381 orwww.cityofmyrtlebeach.com
• Make reservations by calling570-655-1558
‘Fright Nights on the Boardwalk’
When | Nightly Friday-Saturday
Includes | Final “Howl-at-the-Moon” series concert, with Low Country Soul, 7-11 p.m. Friday in Myrtle Beach’s Plyler Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue and North Ocean Boulevard
Where | Myrtle Beach boardwalk area
How much | Free
Information | myrtlebeachdowntown.com/festivals-details?id=21
Monthly social ballroom dance party
What | In Halloween theme, but costumes optional
When | 8 p.m. Friday
Where | By the Sea Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio, 1145 Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach
How much | $10
Information | 800-299-9050 or www.myrtlebeachballroomlatin.com
Other fare for families
‘Peanuts Great Pumpkin’ Halloween
Where | Bass Pro Shops, at Myrtle Beach mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres
What and when | 5-8 p.m. daily through Thursday, and 4-8 p.m. Friday, while supplies last:
• Free 4-by-6-inch photo with life-size cutouts of Peanuts characters, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Sally and Lucy. (Also, the first 100 children to have a photo taken will receive free glow-in-the-dark glasses.)
• Peanuts-theme coloring sheets, and crafts for making a stuffed owl.
Also on Friday |
• Trick-or-treating in store, 4-8 p.m.
• Costume parade, 6 p.m. for ages 12 and younger, with free children’s owl drawstring bah.
How much | Free
Information | 361-4800 or www.basspro.com
Pumpkin decorating contest
When | Dropoff through Friday – carved gourds accepted only Thursday-Friday
Where | Horry County Memorial Library Conway branch, 801 Main St.
Open | 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays
Information | 915-7323 or www.hcml.org
‘Halloween Open House’
When | 6-8 p.m. Wednesday for ages 12 and younger and Thursday for ages 13-18
Where | Myrtle Beach’s Canal Street Recreation Center
How much | Free
Information | 918-1475
‘Trick or Treat Under the Sea’
When | 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday
Where | N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach, N.C.
How much | $11 ages 3 and older, otherwise free.
Aquarium open | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, for $10.95 ages 13-61, $9.95 seniors and military, and $8.95 ages 3-12.)
Informaion | 910-458-7468 or www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher
When | 4 p.m. Thursday
Where | Horry County Memorial Library Little River branch, 107 S.C. 57 N., in back of the Ralph Ellis County Building.
How much | Free
Includes | Costume party, storytelling for children
Information | 399-5541 or www.hcml.org
Pre-Halloween Family Fun Night
When | 4 p.m. Thursday
Where | Georgetown County Library main branch, 405 Cleland St., Georgetown
How much | Free
Includes | Magic show by Renzi Norris, showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” and drinks and popcorn.
Also | Other Family Fun Nights, 4-6 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 20, with holiday crafts and sharing holiday books
Information | 545-3300 or georgetowncountylibrary.sc.gov
‘Spooky Night at the Museum’
When | 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday
Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.
How much | $6 ages 3 and older, otherwise free
Museum open | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, for $8 ages 13-61, $7 ages 62 and older, $6 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger
Information | 910-579-1016 or museumplanetarium.org
Free ‘Scary Face Pancakes’
For | Ages 12 and younger
What | One free buttermilk pancake decorated with a whipped topping smile and eyes, and a strawberry nose, then the child is welcome to use a kit of toppings – eight pieces of sweet candy corn and two mini Oreos to finish decorating the face.
When | 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday
Where | IHOP restaurants, including:
• 1300 S. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach (626-0316)
• 100 Legends Road, off U.S. 501, near in Carolina Forest (236-2380)
Information | www.ihop.com
Fifth annual Fall Festival and Trick-or-Treating
For | Elementary school-age children
When | 4-6 p.m. Friday
Where | Georgetown County Judicial Center, 401 Cleland St, Georgetown
How much | Free
Information | 545-3036 or www.gtcounty.org
All-night Halloween skate
When | 7 p.m. Friday-7 a.m. Saturday
Where | Fun Warehouse Family Fun Center, 2349 Dick Pond Road (S.C. 544), between Socastee and Surfside Beach, a half-mile east of U.S. 17 Bypass
How much | $25
Includes | Skating, “Haunted Laser Tag,” slice of pizza and beverage, and spooky games all night long
Information | 748-0302 or www.funwarehousemb.com
Related weekend events
11th annual ‘Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)’
What | Free Family Day for Mexican cultural celebration
When | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Where | Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach
Includes | Folk tales and storytelling at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., lecture noon, textile lecture 12:45 p.m., roving mariachi Nuevo Guadalajara 1-3 p.m., traditional dancing with Grupo de Danza Tradiciónes 2:15, and children’s piñata 2:50.
Museum open | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, with free admission
Exhibits | “Dixie Dugan: A Retrospective” and “Hurricane Hugo Recalled: The Batiks of Leo Twiggs,” both through Dec. 28, and “Shadow of the Turning: The Art of Binh Pho,” through Jan. 4.
Information | 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org
All Saint’s Day Evensong
When | Sunday – with organ recital at 4 p.m. by Ashley Sosis, and evensong 4:30 by St. Augustine Choir, and light reception afterward
Where | Trinity Episcopal Church, 3000 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
How much | Free
Information | 448-8426