While grown-ups, older kids, and kids at heart like to test their fear factor with the thrills and chills that come with Halloween, our little ones tend to like the treats over the tricks of the holiday. And we have plenty of places and communities hosting kid-friendly, “spook-free-tacular” events going on around the Myrtle Beach area that they’ll be screaming about (in a good way), such as:
Golf Cart Parades!
Who doesn’t love a parade? And Myrtle Beach’s version of one is on the locals’ favorite mode of transportation you see around here: golf carts! Here are two Halloween Golf Cart Parades to check out:
Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 3rd Annual Conway Golf Cart Parade. Taking place in historic downtown Conway along Main Street, this parade will feature golf carts and passengers dressed in colorful costumes and Halloween themes. It will start at the Conway Public Safety Building on 9th Avenue and end at Elm Street (appropriately). Awards will be presented. Pick a spot along the route to be a spectator or register in advance to participate at conwayalive.com.
Oct. 29, 3 p.m. Surfside Beach Halloween Golf Cart Parade. This caravan of costumed golf carts will travel along Ocean Boulevard in Surfside Beach. Take it all in and make sure the kids bring a bag to fill with treats thrown from the carts.
Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Halloween weekend is quite the treat at Thompson Farm, where the kiddos can frolic in a 6-acre play area, a 6.5-acre corn maze, hay rides, and a petting zoo. And at 4 p.m., a helicopter will start dropping bags of treats and goodies from the sky. Treat drops will be staggered by age groups (bring your own trick-or-treat bag).
Oct. 29, noon to 4 p.m.
Celebrate Halloween with the wee ones at the free BooFest! held at Barefoot Landing, which will have stilt walkers, balloon artists, kids’ and pets’ costume contests, and more. After the fest, gather the fam for dinner at one of Barefoot’s many restaurants for the perfect ending to the day!
Oct. 30, 1-4 p.m.
Georgetown’s historic Kaminski House Museum on Front Street will host the Family Fun & Literacy Day on the lawn, where one and all can enjoy food, crafts, and entertainment from Hispanic and Gullah cultures on All Hallows’ Eve. And, before you leave, each child will receive a free book.
Howl-O-Scream at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex
Oct. 29, 5-9 p.m.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Howl-O-Scream at the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex, which is transformed into a Halloween-themed spooktacular setting (but not too scary for the kids). The night of non-fright will include marshmallow roasting, games, inflatables, trick-or-treating, a fear-free hayride, and a haunted hayride.
Trick or Treat!
Looking for a safe trick-or-treating environment held in Myrtle Beach on Oct. 31 that’s catered to your precious children? Here are a few good, fun-filled bets:
Halloween on the Marshwalk, 5-10 p.m. Let the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk be your family’s runway to show off your costume best. The kids could win a prize for the contest at 6 p.m. in front of Drunken Jack’s at the pirate statue after trick-or-treating at 5 p.m. The adult contest begins at 7 p.m., with over $4,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.
Hometown Halloween. The Market Common welcomes trick-or-treaters to fill their treat bags with goodies given by the shops and restaurants marked with an orange balloon from 4-7 p.m. There will also be a Monster Mash dance party hosted by Mr. Farmer in front of Grand 14 Cinema and spooky carriage rides departing from the front of Dolce Lusso Salon and Day Spa.
Trick or Treat at Barefoot Landing. The stores and stops within Barefoot Landing are awaiting your trick-or-treating tots with lots of treats from 5-7 p.m.
Trick or Treat at Broadway at the Beach. This entertainment hub is hosting your costumed cuties for trick-or-treating fun from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The shops, restaurants, and attractions along Celebrity Circle will be passing out sweet treats for your sweet littles!