Halloween doesn't have to be scary. Although we do indulge in the occasional haunted house, nothing beats the good ol' fashioned family fun of a pumpkin patch or corn maze, and there are plenty to visit throughout the Lowcountry. Here are our top picks for harvest events, no matter how old you are.
Until Nov. 4, West Farm's corn maze will be up for all challengers in Moncks Corner. Use the provided map or just get lost in the two-and-a-half mile-long maze that's more twisting and turning than the one from The Shining, minus Jack. Other attractions include hayrides, a petting zoo, and a scarecrow-making contest to see who can make the most believable scarecrow. West Farm is open to the public Fri. from 5-10 p.m., Sat. from noon-10 p.m., and Sun. from 1-8 p.m. Find out more here or call (843) 408-2284.
Legare Farms is also having some country fun this month. Every weekend, stop by to pick some fresh pumpkins, take a relaxing hayride, or saddle up and go on a horse ride. The farm also claims to have the largest maze in the world, whopping in at 10 square acres. It's so big, you would have a hard time finding your way out with Google maps. There's also a scarecrow factory and a gem mine in which kids can find precious stones with their special mining equipment. The barn is open to the public for petting animals and there's a smaller maze available for the kiddies. Find out more at Legarefarms.com or by calling (843) 559-0788.
Stop by Boone Hall before the ghouls come out to check out the corn maze that includes an interactive trivia contest along the way. Stroll down monster alley on a hayride, or slide, swing, and climb on a large selection of playground accessories. Other attractions include a goat and bunny petting zoo and a huge pillow bounce. And of course, don't forget to pick a pumpkin while you're there (prices are by the pound). The fun is from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and from noon-6 p.m. Sun. On Mon., Wed., and Thurs., admission is $8 per person and weekends are $10. Stop by for two for Tuesdays when one paid child admission can get a free admission for an adult. For more info, go to boonehallpumpkinpatch.com or call (843) 884-4371.
The S.C. Aquarium is getting its spook on underwater. Stop by to see the pumpkin carving display in which divers try to make the best jack o' lanterns while swimming along with fish, sharks, and sea turtles. Youngsters will be the judges of who has the best pumpkin while they trick-or-treat around the aquarium. Contests will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, and at 11 a.m. on Halloween. The event is included in general admission. For more info, visit scaquarium.org or call (843) 577-3474
Every Saturday in October, St. Paul's Academy is inviting families to the 33rd annual Halloween Extravaganza. There will be haunted hayrides and a house of horrors for the brave souls, but for small ones there will be kiddie hayrides, a haunted fun house, and Christmas in Octoberland, a less frightening version of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Other attractions include a petting zoo, a rock wall, and paintball. The extravaganza starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday and is $5 at the door. For ticket information and directions, go to Stpaulsacademy.org or call (843) 889-2702.