Fall 2018: Your family-friendly guide to Upstate events
Got plans this October?
Each year we compile a comprehensive guide to all of the kid-friendly Halloween-related events, holiday alternative activities, fall festivals and trunk or treats we can find happening throughout the Upstate this month.
Editor's note: All events are up-to-date and accurate to the best of our knowledge, but cancellations or changes may occur. Check the listings or links prior to attending for updates.
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FARMS/CORN MAZES/PUMPKIN PATCHES
St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Greenville’s annual pumpkin patch will remain open through Oct. 31. The church is located at 701 Cleveland St., Greenville. For details, call 864-242-1966.
Located in Enoree, which is an approximate 30-minute drive from Greenville, Stewart Farms hosts fall activities each season that include a 7-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch and wagon rides. Plus, it operates the Big Boo, a family-friendly and not-so-spooky haunted maze Friday and Saturday nights in October. Visit www.Stewartfarms.net.
Only a short drive from both Greenville and Spartanburg, Johnson Farms in Inman offers hayrides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, a playground, pedal cars and a gem mine. There’s also a concession store for buying fresh products. Visit www.JohnsonFarmsInman.com.
Each year, Fishers Orchard draws families to its Greer farm during its annual fall festival, which operates each Saturday through Oct. 31. Families can explore a corn maze, take a wagon ride, pick pumpkins and more. Visit www.Fishersorchard.com.
Denver Downs in Anderson is known as “South Carolina’s premier agritourism and entertainment farm,” and for good reason. Each fall it offers one of the largest corn mazes in the state, along with a haunted attraction for adults. The farm is also family-friendly, hosting a pumpkin farm, petting zoo and hosting regular activities for families each fall. Visit www.DenverDownsFarm.com.
Spooky Events (kid-friendly)
Hagood Mill Ghost Tours will run 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through Oct. 26 at Hagood Mill in Pickens. A guide will share stories of the paranormal laced with bits of local history. Take a torch-lit walkabout through the ancient buildings and across a bridge into our ghostly forest. Cost is $12 for adults 12 and older, $8 for ages 6 to 11 and free for kids 5 and younger. For reservations, email email@example.com.
Greenville Ghost Tours are held throughout the month Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 13 and younger. Visit https://greenvilleghost.com.
Spartanburg Ghost Tours are presented by Main Street Trolley on select dates Oct. 9 through Oct. 31. Tours will begin at 7:30 pm at the Magnolia Train Station, 298 Magnolia Street.Tickets are $12 per person. Reservations are required. Reservations can be made by contacting Main Street Trolley, LLC. at 864-574-9876 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Festivals, Trick or Treating & Special Events
A Fall Bazaar is 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at Disciples United Methodist Church in Greenville. The event includes children’s books for sale, a pumpkin patch, crafts and more. Call 864-297-0382 or visit www.mydisciples.org.
Fall for Greenville is Oct. 12-14 in downtown Greenville. One of the largest free food and musical festivals in the Southeast, the event showcases more than 40 restaurants and 60 musical acts on five stages, as well as family entertainment and a children’s area. To buy food tickets in advance, visit www.fallforgreenville.net.
Rock the Block, hosted by Upstate Church Five Forks, is 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. This fall festival will feature bounce houses, food trucks and live music. Visit upstatechurch.org for details.
“Click, Clack Boo! A Tricky Treat" is presented by the South Carolina Children’s Theatre at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 13 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Kroc Center. Tickets are $10.50 each. For ticket information, visit scchildrenstheatre.org.
Boo in the Zoo is 5:30 – 8 p.m. Oct. 19, 4-8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Oct. 26, 4-8 p.m. Oct. 27-28 at the Greenville Zoo. In addition to trick-or-treating, fun-filled booths and Dragon Alley, this year’s event will feature the new Alice’s Fun House. Children must be accompanied by an adult and everyone is invited to come in costume. For details, visit www.greenvillezoo.com.
Enchanted Forest is 5:30 – 9 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and 4:30-9 p.m. Oct. 27, at the Pavilion Recreation Complex. The event for ages 10 and younger includes a fairytale trick-or-treat experience with storybook characters, as well as carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, treats and a costume contest each night. Save by purchasing tickets in advance. Visit greenvillerec.com/event/enchanted-forest.
A Monster Mash Dance Party benefitting the South Carolina Children’s Theatre will be held 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery in Greenville. Costumes are encouraged. A costume contest will be held at this kid-friendly event. https://www.facebook.com/events/618326198561192.
First Presbyterian Academy in Greenville will host its fall festival 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 for the community. This free event will include inflatables, food trucks, and more. https://www.facebook.com/events/230013567671544/
Harvest Festival is 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at Caine Halter Family YMCA, 721 Cleveland St., Greenville. Free and open to the community, the event will include free hot dog plates, barbecue for sale, games and prizes, crafts, a cake walk, bounce houses, hay rides, a haunted trail, campfire and marshmallow roasting and live music. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1620509794722042/.
Halloween ComicFest at Borderlands Comics and Games in Greenville is 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. People of all ages are invited to stop by for free candy and comics. Those in costume will receive 10 percent off any purchase. Halloween Comicfest also begins at 11 a.m. at Richard’s Comics & Collectables in Greenville. It will include free comics, sketches and candy. All ages are welcome.Visit https://halloweencomicfest.com/catalog.
A Trunk-or-Treat is 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Life Restoration Center, 523 Old Easley Highway, Greenville. This family friendly event will feature food, games and candy. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/256626478378225/.
Kroctoberfest is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Kroc Center in Greenville. This free festival includes bounce houses, crafts, games and activities, and prizes. Visit https://krocgreenville.org/kroctoberfest/
The 35th annual Bark in the Park will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Conestee Park. This kid-friendly event raises funds for Concerned Citizens for Animals and includes dog costume contests, vendors, games, entertainment, a silent auction, raffles, food and more. Visit https://concernedcitizensforanimals.wordpress.com/bark-in-the-park/
A Fall Festival is 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the pumpkin patch at St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Greenville. All ages can enjoy a bounce house, games, prizes, and candy. Costumes are welcome. Visit http://stmatthewumc.net/st-matthew-fall-festival.
A Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival will be held 3:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at Aldersgate UMC in Greenville. Family friendly costumes are welcome. The event will include dinner and children’s activities. The community is welcome. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/956758787843645/.
Watch "Ghostbusters" with a live performance of the score by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Center. For details and tickets, visit www.peacecenter.org.
A Kids Halloween Party will be held 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery in Greenville. This pre-trick or treating party will have Halloween-themed activities and candy for kids. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/237417376932634/.
Tremont Church of God in Greenville will host its annual Fall Festival 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Free for all ages, this community event will include games, inflatables, hay rides, popcorn, a silent auction and other activities. For more information, call the church at (864) 295-9984 and ask for Pastor SaDonna Buchanan.
A Trunk or Treat for the community will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Mauldin First Baptist Church in Mauldin. The event will include candy, live music and free activities. https://www.facebook.com/events/2167714296849257/
A Fall Festival will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 20 at Faith Baptist Church in Simpsonville. The free family event will include games, piñatas, candy and prizes. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2119515664962097/
Harvest Festival is 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the Greenville Health System Family YMCA, 100 Adams Mill Road. Free and open to the community, the event will include free hot dog plates, barbecue for sale, games and prizes, crafts, a cake walk, bounce houses, hay rides, a haunted trail, campfire and marshmallow roasting and live music. Visit https://www.facebook.com/ymcaghs.
Halloween at Heritage Park, presented by Ray Thompson's Upstate Karate, is 12:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 27. The event will feature inflatables, vendors with items for children, food vendors, free games and prizes. The Trick-or-Treat Trail opens at 5:30 p.m. and will include candy stops hosted by local businesses. Visit the Chamber's website.
Halloween on Main Street, hosted by the City of Fountain Inn, is noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Kids can dress in costume and trick or treat with Main Street merchants. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/515311818894085/.
Harvest Festival is 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Eastside Family YMCA. Free and open to the community, it will include hay rides, campfire and s'mores, dancing, pumpkin painting, inflatables, carnival games, food, free hot dogs, games and more. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/691562504555711.
The Church at Cherrydale will present its community Fall Festival 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28 at Northside Park, Taylors. There will be food, games and candy.
Pelham First Baptist Church in Greer will host its Fall Festival 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. The community is invited to participate in free music, games, trunk or treat, prizes and food. Costumes are welcome. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/219530555426310/.
Halloween Hoopla in Greer City Park is 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Hosted by Resurrection Church and The Church at Greer Station, this free community event will include free candy, inflatables, games, live music, face painting and more. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/991009504402824/.
Fall Festival 2018 at Safe Haven & Educational Adventures Inc. is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. The exotic animal sanctuary near Easley is only open to the public twice a year, and this free event allows families to see animals such as wolves, alligators and monkeys up close. Wristbands will be sold for $5 for those that want to touch certain animals. Refreshments, games, raffles and face painting will be included. Visit http://www.rescueexotics.org/adventure-day.html.
Spook-a-Rama, a free event for all ages, will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at The Bridge Church in Easley, located behind Easley Gymnastics. It will include candy, games, inflatables, trunk or treat and a food truck. Rain or shine. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/167898530760640.
A Trunk or Treat will be hosted by Easley First United Methodist Church from 5:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at Easley Presbyterian Church. Costumes are welcome to this free event, which will include candy, cotton candy, popcorn, bounce house and more. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/534965783640484/
Trick or Treating at the Stadium, sponsored by Liberty Festivals & Events, will be held 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Rec Stadium on Highway 93. Local churches and businesses will be on hand to pass out candy and provide activities. Visit https://libertyscevents.com/trick-or-treating-in-liberty/.
Pickens County Humane Society will host a Fall Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. There will be live music, food, bouncy houses, games, a costume contest for children 13 and younger, face painting and a dunk tank. Decorate pumpkins and enter a coloring contest. Visit https://www.pchumanesociety.org/events-1 for details.
“Hotel Transylvania” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Pickens Amphitheater in Pickens. No pets, smoking or alcohol allowed. Visit https://www.cityofpickens.com for details.
The Pumpkin Festival is Saturday, Oct. 13 in Pumpkintown. It includes a parade, food, rides and more. For details, visit www.face book.com/pumpkintownpumpkinfestival.
A Trunk of Treat, hosted by five area churches, is 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, 101 Edgewood Ave., Clemson. The huge event will include candy, food trucks, games and more. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/281700029114199/.
Trick or Treat in downtown Clemson 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. Hosted by the City of Clemson Parks and Recreation, this annual Halloween festival takes place on College Avenue with trick or treating, inflatables, games and other activities. Visit https://www.cityofclemson.org.
A community Trunk or Treat is 5-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 on the Village Green in downtown Pendleton. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/321295851764837.
The Hyco Family Fun Fest is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center in Anderson. Meet local K9s and police from across the state. A Kids Kourt area will feature bouncy houses, face painting, pumpkin patch and more for children. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2135581656678981/.
Boo in the Park is 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Mineral Spring Park in Williamston. The event includes free candy, entertainment, costume contests, rides, and games. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/383008342235260/.
Fall Farm Day, hosted by Harp & Shamrock Croft, at its new location on 254 Morgan Road in Wellford, will be held 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. See farm animals, visit the pumpkin patch, and meet local vendors. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/290923758181403/.
Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg will host its annual Fall Festival 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. The event includes balloon artists, inflatables, food, hay rides, costume contests and more. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1181728888635143/.
Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve in Spartanburg will host its non-scary Pumpkin Path 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. The free event will include games, face painting, candy and photo opportunities. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2134432316575547/.
A community Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat is 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Mount Zion Baptist Church Spartanburg. The event will include free hot dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy, popcorn and drinks, a bounce house, face painting, balloons, a cake walk, music and more. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2093454870908008/?event_time_id=2093454880908007.
Happy Halloween Candy-Palooza will be held from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 in Cleveland Park in Spartanburg. Tutu Sweetz will hand out candy. Costumes are welcome. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2211200042495781.
Spooktacular Trunk or Treat is 1-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 at Kars R Us in Spartanburg. Bounce house, cotton candy, costume party, games, prizes and candy will be included in this free event. Call 864-804-6644 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2672198696339573/ for details.
Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park is 7 – 9 p.m. Oct. 12-13, Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27 in Brevard, NC. This event includes a display of lighted, carved pumpkins in multiple scenes along a half-mile, accessible trail, food trucks, music, a scavenger hunt, storytelling, games and more. Remember to bring your own flashlight for the trail. Admission is $5 each. For more information, visit www. facebook.com/pumpkinpatchrevenge, www.facebook.com/silvermontpark or silvermont.org.
Bethel Bash is 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at Bethel Elementary School in Simpsonville. Visit https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/bethel/.
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School in Greenville will host its fall festival 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. It will include dinner, games, activities, bounce houses, dunk tank and live music. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1519865714780205/
Anderson School District One will host a Trunk or Treat and Resource Fair 5-8 p.m. Oct. 19 at Palmetto High School. Free candy, $5 snow cones, ice cream and boiled peanuts, and a mammogram mobile will be on site.
The 50th anniversary Fall Fest is 5 – 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Shannon Forest Christian School. Preorder a barbecue dinner online. The event includes free children’s activities, music, swing dancing and more. Visit shannonforest.com.