Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
guest blogger: Holly Ryan
As the leaves start turning from their bright green to burnt orange, and the weather becomes crisp, fall is in the air. Autumn has large shoes to fill, following up the favorite summertime of family vacations, warm weather, and sun. Thankfully, fall brings about a beautiful time in Charleston. The Autumn season brings pumpkin spice, family-friendly events, and Halloween! It’s the perfect time to get out of the house and enjoy what this new season has to offer. Here is a list of ways to make the most of this autumn.
1. For a thrilling haunted attraction, check out the Fright Nights in Pleasantville, at the Boone Hall Plantation. There are four different haunted areas including, The Farmhouse, The Clearing, The Corn, and The Woods that are sure to leave you spooked! This attraction is offered throughout the entire month of October leading up to Halloween! If the spook of the haunted attraction doesn’t sound like the fun fall activity you were looking for, Boone Hall Plantation also offers a Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze for a less frightening type of fun. This attraction will be offered throughout the month of October as well! Here’s the link for purchasing tickets ahead of time so that you can jump on the Express line! https://boonehallfrightnights.com/
2. Celebrate like you’re in Germany at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Oktoberfest on October 13th. There will be German food and beer from Holy City Brewery served, and live music and children’s activities for entertainment! It’ll be a day of cultural fun you won’t want to miss! These tickets can be purchased ahead of time online and range from $10-$20 http://oktoberfestcharleston.com/
3. Get your new handcrafted arts and crafts at the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens October 13-14th. The event is called Autumn on the Ashley, and it will feature more than 30 artisans with different wood crafts, natural skin care, paintings, photography, and more! Attendance to the event is free, but if you plan to enter the garden, there is a $20 admission fee for adults, $10 for children 6-12 years old, and it’s free for anyone five and under. If you’re really into the thrilling Halloween scene, Magnolia Plantation Family Fright Nights include many attractions, including a spooky train ride and Mad Scientist Lab for the whole family to enjoy! These events will run on October 19-20th and October 26-27th. Regular admission is $10 a person, and children under six are free. http://www.magnoliaplantation.com/whatsnew.html
4. Attend the 60th annual Coastal Carolina Fair featuring entertainment, rides, and carnival games from October 25th to November 4th. Be sure to check out the petting zoo, tiger show, and different competitions that will be taking place! Ticket prices are posted on their website, where they can be purchased in advance http://www.coastalcarolinafair.org/p/34
5. Another staple in the Charleston area’s fall season is their ghost tours! Check out the Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour, the Haunted Jail Tour, the Ghost & Dungeon Walking Tour, the Darkside of Charleston Walking Tour, the Haunted Pub Crawl of the Market, and a few great other tours that are perfect for getting you into the Halloween spirit! Book your tour here! https://bulldogtours.com/ghost-tours/ (p.s. an employee recently tried out Bull Dog Tours and highly recommends touring with Al and his spooky tales!)
With such grand festivities planned in the area, it will be impossible to be bored this October/fall season! You’re sure to be spooked and entertained with any of these attractions. Embrace the season and check out what Charleston has to offer!
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