Halloween 2020: Masks on masks and social-distanced spooks


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Halloween 2020 is sure to be like no other we’ve experienced, but that does not mean it’s canceled. With masked masquerades, socially distanced costume contests, drive-in theaters, and more, we’re bringing your Halloween plans back from the dead.

LET THE FRIGHTS COME TO YOU (DRIVE INS AND REMOTE EVENTS)

For the West Ashley folks; the terrifying Terrace Theater will feature a lineup sure to satisfy your Halloween-flick cravings. The features include ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ ‘Come Play,’ ‘Halloween’  (1978), and ‘Halloween’ (2018). These films will roll Thurs. and Fri., and tickets cost $28 per car.

Set up camp in your car and watch some spooky favorites at Woodlands Nature Reserve’s drive in. Catch the Ghostbusters and Halloween (2018) double-feature on Fri. and Sat. Tickets start at $40 per vehicle and the first flick begins to roll at 7 p.m.

The Holy City Drive-In on Patriot’s Point will double-feature Friday the 13th and Halloween (2018) on Fri., then Addams Family on Sat. Ticket options include both in-vehicle and lawn seating options, ranging from $12 kids’ tickets to $20 adult tickets, and $15 tickets for military and senior citizens.

On Friday, the Hampton Park circle will undergo a transformation for a  Trick or Treat Boo Thru. From their cars, attendees will take funny family photos, tune into spooky Halloween music, hunt for pumpkins. Costumes are encouraged and bonus points for any vehicle decorations. Time slots are limited from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m, but the tickets are free so be sure to reserve your slot.

Funk will come alive on Halloween night for Here Come the Mummies first ever ‘Ween Stream,’ a livestream funk concert sure to spread Halloween joy to your home. Tickets are $22 for the stream and the fun starts at 9 p.m.

Pull the car up to Moonlite Theaters Drive In Mount Pleasant on Fri. and Sat. night for Halloween classics like ‘Casper,’ ‘Hocus Pocus,’ and ‘Halloween.’ The parking lot premieres will begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets run $30 per vehicle.

BOILS AND GHOULS (KIDS AND FAMILY)

Send the kids Halloween morning to Halloween Kids Yoga with Jill Keefe at Holy Cow Yoga Center. The in-studio class will feature wickedly fun yoga games and poses, plus kids get to leave with a treat. Tickets are $10 with pre-registration and $12 for same-day drop-in, and the zen begins at 9:30 a.m.

Embrace the DIY-project for adults and kiddos at Board and Brush on Fri. and Sat. Attendees can BYO drinks and snacks to the  Rocky Horror Pick Your Project night, Halloween PYP Workshop  (home-made costumes recommended for that true DIY spirit), and a Kids’ Halloween Costume Party. All materials and instructions are provided by the professional DIY experts at Board and Brush for $68 per adult ticket and $25 for the children’s workshop.

On Halloween, dress up the family and head to Tattooed Moose Johns Island for their kids and dog-exclusive Halloween costume contest and live music from Weigh Station. Each of the kiddos and doggos will be given a number and then called up for individual judging. Goody bags, Moose merch, and Moose money will all be available prizes. The event is free to the public and festivities begin at 2:30 p.m. 

Is your child infatuated with the magic of balloon art? The answer always seems to be yes, and Carol’s Balloon Art will be creating magical and spooky Halloween masterpieces in front of Belk in Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre on Halloween from 1 to 4 p.m. 

CANDY CORN AND WITCHES’ BREWS (EATING AND DRINKING)

Enjoy the spooky decorations and Halloween themed drinks at Handcraft Kitchen and Cocktails Mount Pleasant. They’re open from 4 to 11 p.m. daily with their magical concoctions served now through Halloween night.

The team at Two Blokes Brewing will throw a pre-Halloween Spooky Night on Fri. with Chewbacky playing live themed music outside and a costume contest. Dashi will be serving food and there will be a special Halloween firkin on tap; the Pumpkin Spiced Latte Milk Stout. The night begins at 5 p.m., but the contest will be  judged at 8 p.m

Throw a costume on and head to the costume contest at Pawley’s Island Brewing Company on Halloween between 6 to 8 p.m. 

The Halloween Bash on Sat. at Freehouse Brewery will host food trucks, trick-or-treating, costume contests with prize money, and the release of a spooky-themed beer. Both human and K-9 costumes are encouraged, as well as bringing your own lawn chair. The brewery opens at 2 p.m. and winners will be announced at 7 p.m., and it’s all open to the public!

Pump up your costume for Trademan Brewing Co.’s Keep Yo’ Distance Halloween Party which requires attendees to wear inflatable costumes. The party will begin at 7 p.m. with food cooking, beer flowing, and distance-socializing. 

Halloween at Frothy Beard Brewing Co. will include a murder mystery escape room for groups of four, DJ Cobra spinning all the best Halloween tunes, a costume contest, and a socially-distanced movie on the lawn (BYO lawn chair). The escape room begins at 12 p.m. for $5 per person, but the rest of the festivities are free.  

Rules have been changed for Triangle Char and Bar’s Creep with Us costume contest to accommodate for COVID. Simply show up in costume on Halloween day, snap a selfie and tag Triangle on Facebook to enter the contest. The bar team will also be slinging spooky cocktail creations all day long and the Best-Dress, most liked photo will win a $100 gift card.

Drive out to  the Area 51 Food Truck and Phillip’s Sweet Treats cooking up some tasty snacks just off Clements Ferry Road. The ovens fire up at 5 p.m. and the food will be flying out on saucers until they run out.

Decorate your own Halloween mask for The Bay Street Biergarten’s Halloween Mask-erade. The night will feature live music from The Black Diamond Band, spooky food and drink specials, and a costume contest with prize awards for scariest, funniest, and most creative. The fun begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public, but masks (especially COOL masks) are required.

HAUNTED HAPPENINGS (EVERYTHING ELSE)

You won’t be able to swim through the South Carolina Aquarium Haunted Trail, but it’s filled with Halloween “gills, chills, and thrills” for walkers and swimmers alike. The attraction is a new edition to the aquarium and the trail is made up of eight spooky rooms filled with creepy crawlers, ghostly ghouls, and more. The haunting is free with admission or membership, and is open every day now through Halloween.

Take the family down to Patriot’s Point for  Halloween Fun on the Yorktown with a touchless costume contest and daytime ghost tours by Bulldog Tours. The contest winner will receive two year-long admissions passes and the tours will be available Fri. and Sat. Anyone who comes dressed in costume will get a special $8 admission and the activities begin at 10 a.m. on Fri.

Sign up for Charleston Black Pride’s Halloween Anniversary Weekend, decked out with  a whole two days of activities. The weekend begins with a Meet and Greet Drag Show and Vendor Event then features events like Southern Soul with DJ T-Roy, a MaskQueerade Ball, and more! The festivities start on Fri. at 6 p.m., and go through Sat. night, tickets available per event, or an all-access weekend pass for $150. 

Join Nature Adventures Outfitters on Halloween for their Blue Moon Bonfire and Paddle. On the beautiful McClellanville campground overlooking the intracoastal waterway and Bulls Bay, attendees can hangout around the bonfire, play family friendly games, compete in a costume contest, and eat some food all before a sunset and moonrise paddle. Tickets cost $25/adult and $10/child, $10/single kayak, $20/tandem kayak, and campsite/cabin rentals also available, with events starting Halloween day at 4 p.m. 

If you’re looking to make Charleston a little cleaner this Halloween, join Keep Charleston Beautiful on their Keep Charleston BOO-tiful West Ashley Halloween Litter Walk. Volunteers are required to pre register online and encouraged to dress up in costume. There will be a prize for best costume and weirdest litter item found, and attendees meet up at 9:30 a.m.

 Walk the dog down to Wag N Splash in North Charlestonfor their  Howl-o-Ween Open House and Vendor Fair where all dogs receive a treat bag and owners can spin the wheel of fortune for prizes. The event will feature various organizations including Carolina Wildfire Rehabilitation Center, Jeanne Taylor Photography for pet portraits, Charleston Dog Training Club, and more. Doggos that like costumes are encouraged to come dressed up and the open house begins at 11 a.m.

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