Having fun after school or work on Halloween really hits a special plateau this year, with the big day and night on a Friday and more than a spider web’s full of special events across the Grand Strand this weekend.
On the entertainment front, three local theaters’ plays this month come with ideal timing: Theatre of the Republic’s “Young Frankenstein” at the Main Street Theatre in Conway and Swamp Fox Players’ “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Strand Theater in Georgetown, both through Sunday, and Atlantic Stage’s “Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde” at the 79th Avenue Theatre, at Coastal Carolina University’s Myrtle Beach Education Center, weekends through Nov. 9.
The inaugural Shock Shiver International Film Festival, by Ivy Leaf Film Productions Inc., will be right at home, with horror movies rolling from 6 p.m.to midnight Friday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
The coordinator, Mike Ivy of Surfside Beach, said he found only one horror movie festival in South Carolina, in Charleston, but that others exist “all over the nation,” prompting his desire to start Shock Shiver, for which the name was chosen by voters from a list of 10 he suggested through his Facebook page.
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Ivy added “International” as the middle word of the formal event title because submissions also have arrived from Austria, Canada, France, India and the United Kingdom. He said after first receiving a mailing from Paris last week, he hoped that film bears subtitles.
This festival of about 12 movies, for adults only — and with everyone dressed in costume receiving free admission — fulfills a start for what Ivy hopes to build into a Grand Strand tradition for this “genre-specific” event for an art he appreciates.
“I’m from the old world,” Ivy said. “I love monsters … and werewolves and living mummies — stuff I know doesn’t exist.”
Mindful of times today, Ivy, also a parent, declared that no production “with any violence toward women, children or animals” makes his festival cut because “that’s too real, too.”
When asked about his nominee for the scariest movie he has seen, he named “The Exorcist” instantly and noted its true-story roots.
“Nobody had seen anything like that,” Ivy said, “and it changed my life.”
Ivy said horror movies in general all share something “about being afraid,” and although Halloween remains an exciting time to highlight them, “people like to be frightened 24/7, 365 days a year.”
“It’s just an escape from reality,” he said.
Ivy also harbors hope of starting a “HorrorCon,” naturally, in a horror theme, with “vendors with masks and zombie stuff,” makeup artists on hand and maybe a special guest from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” series, which he said he has watched loyally since its debut in 2010.
“I would love for it to be in summer,” said Ivy, whose company conducts virtual tours of hotels, “and give tourists something else to do … something so different. … This would be great because it would bring in tourism dollars, and vendors would come from everywhere.”
Community theaters’ timing
Tim McGhee, executive and artistic director for Theatre of the Republic, said the troupe’s second play of its 45th anniversary season, Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” has gone “very well” since opening Oct. 17 for three weekends and that “audiences love it.”
He said when planning shows for 2014-15, theater brass “didn’t think about Halloween” initially when scheduling “Young Frankenstein,” but “it’s working out very well” in this autumn slot to round out October.
Ticket sales for the show at 8 p.m. Friday, on Halloween night, were “very good” as of Monday night, McGhee said, noting the content in this “straightforward” musical, based on the movie in 1974 that Brooks directed, probably is best geared for ages 12 and older.
“I don’t know if we’ve even done a Halloween show,” he said, referring to drawing the curtain on any night of Oct. 31, and welcoming all patrons to “come in on Halloween all dressed up.”
McGhee said this production, with a cast of 35, brings “a lot of new people on stage” for “just a great, fun night.”
‘Little Shop of Horrors’
In Georgetown, Bob Gauss, the technical director for the Swamp Fox Players, also is directing “Little Shop of Horrors,” which he said follows the musical movie remake from 1986 “pretty closely.”
Remembering the fun of directing “Dracula” in October 2012, he said “Little Shop of Horrors” is “not a scary play” in taking a “doo-wop … spoof” approach of the comedy-horror movie, which included such stars as Ellen Greene, Steve Martin, Rick Moranis and, for the voice of the houseplant Audrey II, the Four Tops’ late lead singer, Levi Stubbs.
Musing on Motown music for a moment, Gauss said the cast of 14 on stage includes Lee Ford as the chops for the plant, ironic in that for “Hairspray” this past summer, Ford also played the character of Seaweed J. Stubbs.
Gauss said with the honor of digressing to direct a Swamp Fox Players show every two years, he said this choice for 2014 really hit the jackpot for Halloween. Rehearsals started in October, and a theater crew spent two months building “all the puppets from scratch,” he said, also planning to give them some extra fame with a display in a local shop after the play’s run.
Mounting any play takes time and research, Gauss said, because “once you’re committed to it, you’re married to it.”
He said “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Strand Theater “moves pretty fast … about an hour and a half long,” and it remains a family attraction, for people who saw the movie or play about 30 years ago “bring their kids to see this show.”
Asked if helping orchestrate this show has created any aversion to going to his next dental checkup, Gauss laughed that off, but he voiced his admiration for Bill Murray’s pulling off his root-canal scene in the patient’s chair and portraying “how he loves that pain.”
Check out 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 ‘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
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, Socastee, 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. daily 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
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 | For “Haunting” shows only, say “Boo-go” at the door, or use BOOGO promo code online, and receive one ticket free with purchase of a full-price ticket
Other shows | Most at same aforementioned prices:
• Student Showcases, on Saturday, with Level 2 at 5 p.m. Level 5 at 6:30, each for $5.
• “Whose Night Out Is It Anyway?” adult show, 7:30 p.m. Fridays – Nov. 7, 14 and 21
• “Whose Beach Is It Anyway?” 7:30 p.m. Saturdays – Nov. 8, 15 and 22
• “Dysfunctional Holiday Gathering,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 26
• “Whose Holiday Is It Anyway?” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28-29
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 Drunken 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
Halloween mannequin competition
Who | Freshmen cosmetology students competing for trophies
When | 9:30-11 a.m. Friday
Where | Horry-Georgetown Technical College, in Building 500, on Conway campus, off U.S. 501
How much | Free
Also | Anyone interested in professional makeup tips for dressing up on Halloween night is welcome to drop in
Information | Mary Cox, HGTC director of cosmetology, esthetic and nail technology, at 349-5233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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:570-655-1558
‘Fright Nights on the Boardwalk’
When | Friday-Saturday
Where | Myrtle Beach boardwalk area
Includes | Finales of:
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.
“Zombie Elvis” concerts by David Chaney of Myrtle Beach ( www.davidchaneymusic.com), 7-8:30 p.m. Friday in front of The Bowery, 110 Ninth Ave. N.; and 7-7:45 and 9-9:45 p.m. Saturday in Plyler Park.
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-themed 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 bag.
How much | Free
Information | 361-4800 or www.basspro.com
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
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 – rain or shine
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 Tradiciones 2:15, and children’s pinata 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 Saints 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