Halloween is one of my favorite holidays in the Myrtle Beach area. Perhaps it’s because South Carolina weather in October is so perfect one can’t help but feel festive with the change of season. Or perhaps it’s because there is so much to do this time of year. There are plenty of fall festivals and outdoor events throughout the month, and one of my favorites is the Conway Ghost Walk.
The Conway Ghost Walk is presented by Conway Downtown Alive and takes place in the historic rivertown, about 12 miles inland from Myrtle Beach. This weekend, (October 18, 19 and 20, 2018) storytellers will recount tales of lowcountry haints along the live oak-lined streets of the scenic downtown area. Both spooky and entertaining, we try to make it to this event every year. This year my husband is actually participating as a storyteller along the tour, so I’ve had my tickets since they went on sale earlier this month.
Tours begin each night at 6:30 and leave the box office (the Conway Visitor Center at 428 Main Street) every 15 minutes until 8:30 p.m. The storytelling tour is 75 minutes long and participants can expect to walk around 1.2 miles while on the tour. As the tour moves through downtown Conway, attendees should also plan on wearing comfortable shoes as walking surfaces include sidewalks, grass, slight inclines, and roadways.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. The box office opens at 6 p.m each evening. While advance tickets for both Thursday and Friday night are sold out (this is a popular event!), there are still some available for Saturday night. Additionally, walk up tickets may be available for tours departing after 8 p.m. To purchase walk-up tickets, plan to arrive at the Visitor Center at 7:45 p.m. To purchase advance tickets for Saturday night, you can visit their website at www.ConwayAlive.com.
A couple notes: If you’re thinking about purchasing walk-up tickets for one of the later tours, it’s not a bad idea to bring along a flashlight. The downtown streets can get dark and downright spooky. It’s also a fun opportunity to explore more of downtown Conway beyond the ghost tour. There are some good restaurants within walking distance of the tour start and end location, so it’s the perfect chance to make a night of it.