If the pumpkin patch is making you yawn, ditch the kids and make your way to one of the Lowcountry's scariest events. Fair warning: You may want to bring a change of drawers. Yeah, it's that spooky.
Boone Hall's Fright Night is the state's largest multi-attraction haunted event. Stop by and take part in a demented study gone wrong in an out-of-control asylum, investigate the scene of a biological quarantine zone, ride along in a sight-seeing adventure searching for unidentifiable creatures in a haunted forest, and get lost in Little Amy's Nightmare, a 3D tour of a little girl's creepy dream. The haunting takes place Oct. 18-21, 24-28, and 31 starting at sundown. For tickets and info, go to boonehallfrightnights.com or call (843) 884-4371.
Magnolia Plantation might seem just lovely in the daylight, but beware of their fourth annual Family Fright Nights on Oct. 20 and the 27. Take a ride on a haunted train and check out some of the crazy creatures in the critter corner. There will be a costume contest with prizes along with games and fun activities for all ages. It all starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. For more information, go to Magnoliaplantation.com and check out their upcoming events.
Up the road in Colleton County, the Lowcountry Nightmare is back for its third season. A 10-acre estate is scattered with nine different horror scenes from movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Jeepers Creepers. Youngsters are welcome to attend but parents are advised that these movies are rated R. The Nightmare opens up on Fri. and Sat. from 8 to midnight every weekend until Halloween and is $13 at the gate. For directions and more information, go to facebook.com/LowcountryNightmare.
On Sun. Oct. 21, Marion Square will be overrun with zombies for this year's Zombie Walk. It's the biggest zombie infestation since Micheal Jackson's Thriller, bath salts not included. Last year, the outbreak reached hundreds of locals who stumbled to the square for a brain-sucking good time, and it is predicted to be even bigger this year. But these zombies aren't just after brains — they're after your shoes. Donate an old pair of shoes to Souls 4 Souls, or simply give a $5 donation to MUSC's PH program or Camp Happy Days. The undead nightmare will begin at around 4:30 p.m. and the walk will get moving at around 5:30 p.m. For info, go to facebook.com/CharlestonZombieWalk.