Best time to go to Charleston, SC

Halloween 2021

The cobblestone streets of Charleston, dating back to the 1670s, are a perfect backdrop for frights and scares

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Charleston is one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Its historic French Quarter and Battery districts are full of haunted spots and dark secrets. So don't hesitate to take a ghost tour and explore Unitarian Church graveyard and the Old City Jail, where some of the Lowcountry's most noteworthy criminals were incarcerated in 1802-1939. For serious thrill-seekers, there's Boone Hall Fright Nights in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina's largest haunted attraction offers three experiences: Undertaker, The Playground, and Scary Tales Haunted Hayride.

On Halloween night large crowds gather in downtown Charleston. Halloween trick-or-treating for kids usually lasts until 6 pm. Then it's time for adults to show up in costumes for some of the wildest pub crawls and parties. Parades and Halloween-themed music concerts also take place in the larger Charleston area.

Skinful Halloween (October 23, 2021)

Skinful Halloween in Charleston Woodlands is one of the largest adults-only Halloween concerts in the area. Its previous lineups included bands like Mix Master Mike, Method Man, Redman, The Dubplates, DJ Qbert, and others. With four stages and lakefront car camping available on the festival grounds, this festival is undoubtedly one of the best fall music events in Charleston.

North Charleston Harvest Festival (October 23, 2021)

The annual Harvest Festival is a beloved family tradition of North Charleston. The festivities are held from 4 to 7 pm in the Olde Village of North Charleston, located at East Montague Avenue. Harvest Festival features live music, costume contests, an art market, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, and various activities. Kid’s Zone keeps the little ones busy with Halloween crafts, games, and more. Many restaurants offer food and drink specials during the festival, which is free for the public.

Halloween Carnival (October 30, 2021)

Halloween Carnival is one of the main annual events in Isle of Palms. The festivities include the Halloween Golf Cart Parade and costume contest, which start at 4 pm. This free community event also features games for all ages, a drive-thru haunted house, bouncy castles, temporary tattoos, face painting, Halloween crafts, trick-or-treating, and various prizes.

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