Posted on 10/18/2023 by Jessie Jacob

Halloween in the Lowcountry

Things are starting to get spooky in the Lowcountry.

Halloween is only a few weeks away, and so are a number of fun events all around Charleston. If you are taking a trip down to the Charleston area during Halloween week, here are some of our favorite events around town. There are options for families with young children, adults wanting to relive some Halloween cult classics, and every group in between.

If you have questions about these events or other things to do while you are visiting, please contact our friendly guest services team at (877) 300-5760.

Halloween Howl

This family-fun event hosted by the Charleston police department provides a safe alternative to trick-or-treat and check-out cool police car displays. There will be prizes, live music, food, and more!

  • Thursday, October 20, 2022
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Charleston Police Department. 180 Lockwood Blvd. Charleston, SC 29403
  • Free Admission

Set sail this Halloween on the Carnival Sunshine and fill your holiday with spooky-fun festivities. In addition to everything folks already love about Carnival cruises, traditional Halloween activities like costume contests, horror movies, pumpkin carving contests, and themed dance parties will be hosted on deck. And just for the little spook-ees, there's trick-or-treating, costume contests, games, photo-ops, and special desserts!

  • Oct 28 - Nov2, 2023
  • Carnival Cruise Port. 32 Washington St, Charleston, SC 29401
  • Request a quote for pricing

Come on Barbie, let's go Halloween party! If you can't get "Kenough" of the Barbie craze, grab your girls and join us for an enchanting evening in Barbie Land at Charleston's iconic pink bar. Your ticket to the Dreamhouse includes unlimited rosé and lite bites. There are limited spots available so reserve your tickets early.

  • Oct 29 - 30, 2023
  • 7:30 - 9:30 PM
  • Camellias. 404 King Street, Charleston, SC
  • $59.00 per person
  • Children not permitted
Halloween Cruise

Halloween is just around the corner, and we want to get into the spirit with an extra spooky story time on October 28! Come bedecked in your ghoulish attire for an extra bit of spooktacular fun!

  • Saturday, Oct 28, 2023
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM and 3:00-4:00 PM
  • Itinerant Literate Bookstop. 4824 Chateau Ave. N Charleston, SC 29405
  • Free Admission

Bring the whole family and enjoy a golf cart parade (must register in advance to participate), a drive-through haunted house, inflatables, food vendors, and trick-or-treat bags for children!

  • Friday, Oct 27, 2022
  • 4:00-6:00 PM
  • Isle of Palms Recreation Department. #24 28th Avenue, Isle of Palms, SC
  • Free Admission

Are you brave enough? Come out and join us on the beach to listen to local haunting stories as you sit by an open campfire. New this year: a brand new storyteller and more fire barrels!

  • Friday, Oct 20, 2023
  • 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Front Beach, IOP - Follow the beach access path beside the Sea Cabins
  • Free Admission
Ghostly Tide Tales

*This event is SOLD OUT! Email to be added to the waitlist.

Join the South Carolina Aquarium for this year's spooktacular Fish or Treat! There will be a costume contest throughout the evening, so be sure to come dressed in your Halloween best to win some shrimply amazing prizes!

  • Wednesday, Oct 25, 2023
  • 6:15-8:00 PM
  • 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston SC, 29401
  • $15 a person, toddlers two and under are free.

Explore Charleston Harbor on this one-of-a-kind ghost tour. Experience the fascinating horror that the Holy City's pirates, wars, and storms have ravaged past and present while riding Charleston's dark waves.

  • Offered year-round
  • Children 4 Years and older
  • 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29403
  • Adults are $40, Children under 12 are $30, NO Children 3 and under

Crawl for a cause! Crawls for Paws & Charleston Animal Society bring you the most horrific and yet cutest Halloween event in town. They'll be lining up some of Charleston's best bars, drinks specials, swag, Halloween decor, and over $1,000 in costume contest prize money.

Additional Details: Pick up your scorecards and other swag, meet our puppies up for adoption, and then crawl to the other participating bars on your scorecard. Don't forget to get your scorecard marked at each bar! The first 400 people to check in will get our signature Nightmare on King Street koozie. Professional photographers and videographers will be on-site to capture the fun. Participants gain free entry (with a ticket) to all participating bars.

*Drinking is 100% optional! You are not required to drink or purchase drinks at any bar in order to participate and get your scorecard stamped.**

  • Saturday, Oct 28
  • 2:00-10:00 PM
  • Check-in at Mesu. 570 King Street Charleston, SC 29403
  • $18.40 – $33 per ticket
  • Children not permitted
Charleston Ghost and Pirate Tour

Join us at Turtle Cove for Pumpkin Painting! Decorating supplies will be provided (paint, glitter paper, markers, etc.). Lights snacks and refreshments will also be available.

  • Every Wednesday in October
  • Drop in any time between 4:30-6:00 PM
  • Turtle Cove, Wild Dunes
  • $15 a pumpkin

Get ready for a frightfully fun night filled with delicious food, unique vendors, and a special outdoor screening of the classic film, Hocus Pocus. Dress up in your favorite costume and explore the market stalls offering a variety of creepy crafts, tasty treats, and eerie entertainment.

  • Wed Oct 18, 2023
  • 6:00-9:00 PM
  • New Realm Brewing Co.880 Island Park Drive, Charleston, SC
  • Free admission
Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics

*Tickets are almost sold out at the time of blog publishing*

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience under the gentle glow of candlelight. Seating is assigned on a first come first served basis within each zone

  • Oct 18 & 26, 2023
    • 7:00-8:00 PM, 9:00-10:00 PM (Doors open 45 mins prior, late entry is not permitted)
    • The Unitarian Church. 4 Archdale St, Charleston, SC 29401
  • Oct 18, 2023
    • 7:00-8:00 PM
    • Music Farm. 32 Ann Street, Charleston, SC 29403
  • Attendees must be 8+ years old. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • $35-55 per person
Candlelight Concerts

Dive into the Halloween spirit with alcohol-free mocktails (crafted by Divinely Elevated) and get your hands dirty with pumpkin carving! Fish Out of Water provides the tools and guidance you need to carve your pumpkin masterpiece! Your ticket includes two specially curated mocktails, light bites, and a pumpkin to carve.

  • Friday, Oct 20, 2023
  • 6:00-8:00 PM
  • 1646 Ashley Hall Road Charleston, SC 29407
  • $35 per person
  • No children permitted

This captivating collection of stories immerses readers of all ages in the rich history, haunted tales, and occasional humor from the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Explore the moonlit shores where whispered legends and lingering spirits await. From forgotten pirates to resilient spirits, embark on a dark journey that uncovers the secrets hidden beneath the starlit skies and flickering bonfires that bring the Lowcountry's soul to life.

  • Every Fri & Sat, Oct 6th - Oct 28th
    • 7:00 PM, Oct 28th ONLY @ 8:00PM
  • Oct 6, 7, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 - North Beach, Wild Dunes
    • Oct 13, Croquet Lawn North (Wild Dunes)
  • $45 a person

Trivia, but make it spooky! If you love scary movies or start decorating for Halloween in August or still have your copies of Goosebumps and Scary Stories To Read In The Dark from your childhood...this might be the trivia for you! And since it's Halloween you know there will be costumes! Prizes for top trivia teams and favorite costumes!

  • Tuesday, Oct 31, 2023
  • 6:00 PM
  • Commonhouse Aleworks. 4831 O'Hear Ave. North Charleston, SC
  • Free Admission
Graveyard Chocolate Mousse

Come celebrate Halloween early at Local Love CHS and make your own graveyard chocolate mousse with Carb Coma! Each person will take home one 12oz container of chocolate mousse.

  • Friday, Oct 27, 2023
  • 4:00-5:00 PM
  • Local Love CHS. 1238 Camp Road #Suite E Charleston, SC 29412
  • $25 a person
  • Ages 5+
  • *Gluten-free chocolate "dirt" is available upon request

Kick off your Halloween celebrations with the Charleston Museum! Wear your eerie-sistible costumes and visit the Education Classroom for crafts, activities, and spooky snacks! Then embark on a guided trick-or-treat trail in exclusive areas of the Museum.

  • Fri Oct 27, 2023
  • 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Charleston Museum. 360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
  • $10 Museum Members, $15 Non-Members

Welcome to the enchanting Harvest Festival, where a delightful autumnal adventure awaits! As guests stroll along the festively adorned plaza, they will be delighted by an array of fall-themed decor vendors and charming shops, as well as exciting trick-or-treat stations for the young and young-at-heart. The festivities continue as the path leads to the prestigious Boardwalk Inn Hotel, where the seasonal magic lingers within its halls. Following the trail along the Boardwalk, attendees will be led to the Grand Pavilion, a hub of exuberant celebration, featuring a thrilling Halloween costume contest.

  • Oct 28, 2023
  • 5:30-8:00 PM
  • Sweetgrass Residences Plaza To Grand Pavilion (Wild Dunes)
  • Free

Spider webs, jack-o-lanterns, and mummies, OH MY! Learn how to make spooky macarons just in time for Halloween. Celebrate spooky season and learn the art of French pastry. Bake and fill your macarons and learn how to decorate them with spooky designs for Halloween.

    • Sunday, October 29

    • 4:00 PM

    • Mercantile & Mash. 701 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29403

  • Sunday, October 29
  • 4:00 PM
  • Mercantile & Mash. 701 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29403
  • $75 a person

At the end of the day, you can enjoy your newly acquired Halloween goodies curled up on the couch of your favorite beachfront rental. No matter your family's needs, Island Realty has the perfect space for you to make spooktacular memories!

*The photos used in this blog article are not owned by Island Realty. Each photo is provided by the depicted event's host. 

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