Oktoberfests, pumpkin patches, haunted houses, and more — your guide to October 

Served with a side of pumpkin beer

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It's fall, y'all (how many times have you heard that this year?) October is the month of all things pumpkin, sweater weather, and Halloween (don't worry we'll have a more exhaustive Halloween-only roundup later this month). Here are our hot picks for what to do and see these coming weeks.

Did we leave out one of your cool events? Drop us a line with details to connelly@charlestoncitypaper.com.

Oktoberfests & Fall Festivals

The 15th annual Charleston Oktoberfest at MUSC Health Stadium on Sun., Oct, 7, from 12 p.m.-5 p.m will get you in the mood for fall. With a $10 entry fee you will have access to German music, dancers, and food vendors. Kids zone and Bavarian games will also be a part of the festival.

Fam's Brewing Co. hosts an Oktoberfest featuring music from The Midnight City band, games, a pizza eating contest, and a beer release on Sun. Oct. 7 from 12-5 p.m.

The Folly Road Oktoberfest is held on Sat. Oct. 6 from 2-6 p.m. and features authentic German cuisine, German beer, keg races, a stein hoisting competition, and more. All proceeds benefit local children and veterans' charities.

On Oct. 20, North Charleston hosts the sixth annual Harvest Festival from 4-7 p.m. The festival is free; attractions include trick-or-treating on the streets, games and crafts, live music, local art, and a pop-up pumpkin patch.

On Sat. Oct. 13 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. the City of Goose Creek presents a fall festival featuring music, local performing groups, nearly 100 crafters and exhibitors, food vendors, and more.

Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre hosts a fall festival on Sat. Oct. 27 from noon-3 p.m. Enjoy a pet costume contest to benefit Pet Helpers, trick or treating, arts and crafts, and more.

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church hosts an Oktoberfest on Sat. Oct. 13 from 12-6 p.m. with German food, beer from Holy City, and live music. Proceeds benefit the St. Matthew's Community Outreach Center.

Pumpkin Patches

From Oct. 6, to Oct. 28, Legare Farms will have their Annual Pumpkin Patch. For a $1 entry fee (ages two and up), one can enjoy the free activities that Legare Farms offers: farm animals barnyard, mini-maze, and a playground. There are more activities, such as a scarecrow factory and a hayride to feed the cows, available for just a small fee.

Boone Hall’s Pumpkin Patch offers many activities to fill up a fall afternoon. Through Oct. 31., enjoy activities such as picking out your favorite pumpkin, playing in the corn maze, climbing the rock wall, and many more. After all of the fun, pick up some fall themed candy, jams, and jellies to take home.

Things that go bump in the night

In for a thrill? Head out to Boone Hall Fright Nights for a spooky evening to get into the Halloween mood. Get tickets for some of the attractions, or check out all four of the main attractions with a ScreamPass ticket option starting at $33. Open on Friday and Saturday nights from 7:15 p.m.-12 a.m., and Sunday through Thursday from 7:15 p.m.-10 p.m.

You have the year-round option to take a guided tour through Charleston’s Old City Jail (but why wouldn't you do it during the spookiest month of the year?). You will feel the spookiness in the atmosphere as you wander through the old cells and halls. Learn stories about Charleston criminals, such as Lavinia Fisher, America’s first female serial killer.

If you want the kind of spooky tour that involves drinking (sign us up), join the Haunted Pub Crawl, a daily tour that departs from Tommy Condon's at 4 and 7 p.m. It's a haunted nightlife pub crawl, what's not to love?

Family-friendly Spooky Stuff

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens hosts their 10th annual Family Fright Nights on Oct. 19, 20, 26, and 27. Kids of all ages are encouraged to dress in costume and enjoy games, tons of candy, a hay maze, pony rides, and more. 

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