Halloween theme among oodles of outings in second half of October

Look for a perfect pumpkin at North Myrtle Beach’s annual “Howl-o-Scream” celebration, which draws thousands of attendees every year. The 2017 festival will be 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway. Admission is $2 for ages 15 and older, $1 ages 5-14, and free ages 4 and younger. Details at 843-280-5570, ext. 1; or parks.nmb.us/festivalsevents/special-events/howl-o-scream/.
In 1947, in the original “Miracle on 34th Street” movie, Kris Kringle, played by the late Edmund Gwenn, said, “Christmas isn’t just a day; it’s a frame of mind.”

The same probably applies to Halloween, which has been reported in recent years as growing into the second biggest retail holiday, an event celebrated long before the actual day, Oct. 31. Across the Grand Strand, Halloween events start this Friday and Saturday, building a crescendo through the weekend of Oct. 27-28.

Give your costumes multiple uses and outings this month, and let the trick-or-treating begin, amid a volume of other festivals filling the rest of October.

Halloween celebrations start early

— “The Devil’s Playground” haunted obstacle course – benefiting Special Operations Wounded Warriors – 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13,  at “Blood & Sweat” obstacle course, behind X Gym Sports Mall, 568 George Bishop Parkway, between U.S. 17 and U.S. 501. Advance at www.gunnysbootcamp.com/the-devils-playground-2/: $12 by Sept. 30, $14 Oct. 1-13, or $16 at site. 843-209-2315.

— “Myrtle Beach Trunk or Treat,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, (horn-free hour 10-11 a.m.) at Broadway at the Beach, near Landry’s Seafood, on 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, near U.S. 17. Free. 843-626-0247.

— “Ghosts of Brunswick County” walk, with Will and Allison Smith – authors of “The Dead Don’t Like to be Forgotten: Tales from the South Brunswick Islands” – 6 p.m. Oct. 17, at Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. $9.50 ages 13-61, $8.50 ages 62 and older, $7.50 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. 910-579-1016 or museumplanetarium.org.

— Conway Downtown Alive: Annual “Conway Ghost Walk,” hourlong tours, 1 mile across historic residential district, departing every 15 minutes, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19-21, from Conway Visitor Center, 428 Main St., for $15 ages 13 and older, otherwise $7; and “Conway Pizza Run,” 10 a.m. Oct. 28, with teams of four –in adult and family categories – in half-mile relays for 2 miles total, with consumption of pizza from box; $20 per team. Register at conwayalive.com. 843-248-6260.

— “Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash,” trick-or-treating 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Battleship North Carolina, at U.S. Routes 17, 74, 76 and 421 in Wilmington, N.C. $5 ages 3 and older, otherwise free. 910-251-5797 or www.battleshipnc.com.

— “Trick or Treat Under the Sea,” 4:30-8 p.m. Oct. 26-28 at N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach, N.C. Advance only: $13 ages 3 and older, otherwise free. Reservations at 910-772-0500 or www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

— “Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle,” 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27-28 at Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens. $10 ages 16 and older, $7 ages 6-15, and free ages 5 and younger, with park admission waived for this event only. 843-235-8755 or www.huntingtonbeachsp.com.

— “Frightfully Fun 5K” – for Old Bridge Preservation Society and Old Bridge Museum, 109 Shoreline Drive W., Sunset Beach, 8:30 a.m. Oct. 28 at Sunset Beach Town Park. 206 Sunset Blvd. N. $35 by Friday, higher as of Saturday. 910-363-6585 or www.oldbridgepreservationsociety.org.

— “Halloween Car Show,” with Myrtle Beach Car Club, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 28 at Surfside Beach Pier. Free to see; $20 car registration. 843-742-9802 or www.myrtlebeachcarclub.com.

— “Boo Fest,” noon-4 p.m. Oct. 28 at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. Free. 843-272-8349 or www.bflanding.com.

— “Howl-O-Scream,” 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway. $2 ages 15 and older, $1 ages 5-14, and free ages 4 and younger. 843-280-5570, ext. 1; or parks.nmb.us/festivalsevents/special-events/howl-o-scream/.

— Conway Parks, Recreation & Tourism’s Halloween Carnival, 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 28 at Conway Recreation Center, 1515 Mill Pond Road, including costume contest at 7:15 p.m., and movie outside at 8:45 p.m. Free admission. Games 25 cents to $1 each, or $5 pass for several activities. 843-488-1950 or www.conwayparksandrecreation.com.

— “Halloween Bash on The Avenue,” 7 p.m. Oct. 28 (rain date Nov. 4) at Broadway at the Beach’s The Avenue (formerly Celebrity Square), off 29th Avenues North in Myrtle Beach. Wear costume for free admission to participating clubs. 843-444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com.

— “Halloween on the Marsh Walk,” Oct. 31 at Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, on U.S. 17 Business: Trick-or-treating 5 p.m.; children’s costume contest at 6 p.m. at pirate statue beside Drunken Jack’s restaurant, 4031 U.S. 17 Business; and adult costume contest, 7 p.m., with final judging and awards at 10 p.m. at Bubbas Love Shak, 4037 U.S. 17 Business. 843-497-3450 or www.marshwalk.com/events/.

Feast on various tasty outings

— Little River “ShrimpFest,” 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at 4460 Mineola Ave., on Little River waterfront. Daily for ages 13 and older – $4 advance, $5 at gate, and free for children 12 and younger. 843-249-6604 or littlerivershrimpfest.org.

— “Taste of the Town,” for St. Andrew Catholic School of Myrtle Beach, 4-10 p.m. Oct. 17 at Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North. Admission $5 advance or $6 at door ages 15 and older, otherwise free ages 14 and younger with adult. Parking $5. 843-448-6062 or totmb.com.

— “Loris Bog-Off Festival,” 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 on Main Street in Loris. Free admission. 843-756-6030 or www.lorischamber.com.

— N.C. Oyster Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 22, at 8 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. $5 ages 12 and older, otherwise free. 910-754-6644 or www.ncoysterfestival.com.

Music-related amusement, all outside

— “Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest,” 4-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common, with free admission. 843-712-2618 or myrtlebeachbeerfest.com, and 843-839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com.

— Final dates for “Surfside Sunday Serenades,” 2-5 p.m. Sundays in gazebo at Surfside Beach’s Passive Park, near veterans memorial, at Surfside and Willow drives, by front of Horry County Memorial Library’s Surfside Beach branch – Alex Lawson, Zoey Lee, and Glenn “Houndog” Hanson Oct. 15; The Crave, Brian Roessler, and Crave & Co. Oct. 22; and Wind Oct. 29. Free. 843-450-7281.

— Saturday fests, each noon-6 p.m., at La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School: “Rock Back the Clock Music Fest” Oct. 21, with PaperWork, for $8; and “Halloween Saturday Bonfire,” 12:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 28 ($5). Also, bring two canned/dry good items for area food banks and receive $3 off admission for each. 843-399-9463 or labelleamie.com.

— “Made in the Shade” concert series finale, “Jazz Under the Oaks,” featuring Denny Hess Trio and Georgetown’s own Kevin Jayroe, 2 p.m. Oct. 29 on Kaminski House Museum lawn, 1003 Front St., Georgetown. Free. 843-546-7706 or www.kaminskimuseum.org.

Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art

All these events at 7 p.m. at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, 18 Reserve Drive, north off Willbrook Drive, west of Litchfield Beach. Check ticket availability at 843-626-8911 or pawleysmusic.com:

— “You’ve Got A Friend” Carole King and James Taylor tribute, with Kirsti Manna and Jonathan Birchfield, Friday, Oct. 13. $25-$45.

— Melissa Manchester, Saturday, Oct. 14. $25, $45 or $75, and VIP $250 individual or $400 couple.

— Balsam Range, Sunday, Oct. 19, $25 or $45.

— “Songs of Sinatra & Friends” with Joe Gransden and 16-piece big band, Oct. 20, $25-$45.

— Masters of Soul, Oct. 21, $30 or $50.

Annual showcases of arts, crafts

— Seacoast Artists Guild’s Fall Art Show & Sale, through Sunday, Oct. 16 – at Seacoast Artists Gallery, 3032 Nevers St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common, across from city’s Valor Memorial Garden. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. 843-232-7009 or www.seacoastartistsguild.com.

— Brunswick Arts Council Fall Exhibition & Sale, Oct. 16-28 (reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 19, with awards at 6 p.m.) at Franklin Square Gallery, 130 E. West St., Southport, N.C., open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (910-457-5450 or www.franklinsquaregallery.com). Reach council at brunswickartscouncil.org.

— Brunswick Plantation annual Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 21 in Brunswick House, 382 Brunswick Drive., Calabash, N.C. – From U.S. 17, turn into main entrance of Brunswick Plantation, and follow Middleton Drive to main club house sign, then turn right. 910-287-4604.

— Arts and Craft Festival, benefiting various local charities, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28 at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island, west of U.S. 17. 843-237-3428.

Fundraisers cover gardening, dogs, ballet

— Annual “Fall Garden Festival,” for Low Country Herb Society scholarship/grant fund, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14 at Inlet Culinary Garden, 5071 U.S. 17 Business S., Murrells Inlet. Free. 843-357-1194, or email sclchsnews@gmail.com.

— Friends of the Georgetown Library Community Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 14, at Georgetown County Judicial Center parking lot, near Dozier Street and U.S. 17 in Georgetown – behind Georgetown County Library main branch, 405 Cleland St. 843-545-3300 or georgetowncountylibrary.sc.gov.

— “Dogtoberfest,” for Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14,  outside on The Deck, at House of Blues, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. 843-272-3000 or www.hob.com/myrtlebeach.

— “Roaring ’20s” Ballet Charity Ball, for Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre – with studios in Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet – 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Marina Inn at Grande Dunes, 8121 Amalfi Place, Myrtle Beach. $75 individual, including dinner. 843-839-5678, 843-651-2006, or www.CYBT.org.

— “Oktoberfest” benefit, noon-4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10420, 4359 U.S. 17 S., Murrells Inlet. $13 corned beef dinner, $10 shepherd’s pie. Public welcome. 843-651-6900.

— “An Evening of Glamor, Live Music, Entertainment, and Dinner” – for Grand Strand Opera Workshop’s Herron-Carleton-Talbert Scholarship Fund for a Coastal Carolina University music student – with Italian themed entertainment including Larry Tanelli & Claudette, and Girolamo (Jesse) Bastiano, 5-11 p.m. Oct. 21 at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 101 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., off U.S. 501 and George Bishop Parkway, just west of Myrtle Beach and along Intracoastal Waterway, next to The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill. $45. 843-385-3963.

— “Wild at Wingswood” gala, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 21 at The Center for Birds of Prey, 4719 U.S. 17 N., Awendaw, about 35 miles south of Georgetown. $135. (Site open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, with guided tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and flight demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. – with general admission: $15 ages 17-64, $14 seniors and active duty military, $10 ages 6-16, and free ages 5 and younger.) 843-971-7474 or www.thecenterforbirdsofprey.org/zugunruhefest.

Get on your feet to help various charities

— “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk, 1.5 miles for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Broadway at the Beach, near Margaritaville, on 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach. 336-707-0022 or www.afsp.org/myrtle.

— Bicycle Poker Run – on foot, bicycle or golf cart – for Paws-Ability, Saturday, Oct. 14, with check-in 1-2 p.m., outside Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. $25 ages 13 and older, $15 ages 6-12, free ages 5 and younger. Preregistration required at paws-ability.org.

— “Waccamaw Heart & Stroke Walk” – 5K or 3.1 miles – for American Heart Association, 10 a.m. Oct. 21 at North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway. 843-282-2903 or www.waccamawheartwalk.org.

— Seventh annual Georgetown “Bridge2Bridge” Run, for Friendship Place, Oct. 28, with half-marathon and 12K at 7:30 a.m., and 5K 7:45 a.m., from clock tower on Front Street in Georgetown, at Screven Street. Entry rates vary. www.bridge2bridgerun.com.

Classic cars roll in mileage for benefits

— “Crusin’ the Beach” car show, benefiting Children’s Hospital of South Carolina, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 12-14 at Broadway at the Beach, in Myrtle Beach. Free to see; $40 car entry. www.cruisinthebeach.com.

— “Fall Rollout Classic Car Show,” for Pawleys Island Masonic Lodge 409 and its charities, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Georgetown County Airport, 129 Airport Road, along U.S. 17, just south of Georgetown city limits. Free to see; $25 car entry. 843-457-9621 or www.thefallrollout.com.

— “Cruise to the Coast Antique & Classic Car/Truck Show,” benefiting local charities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (rain date: Oct. 21) at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. Free to see; $20 car entry. www.chicoracarclub.com/nmbshow.html; and 843-361-3045, 866-805-5642 or www.nmbevents.com.

Myriad other events, all family friendly

— U.S. ProMiniGolf Association “Masters” National Championship, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 12-14, at Hawaiian Rumble Golf, 3210 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. Free to see. 843-458-2585, 843-272-7812, prominigolf.com, or email bdetwiler2@aol.com.

— “Fire Prevention Expo and Open House,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Myrtle Beach Fire Training Academy/Station 3, 2108 S. Kings Highway, at Harrelson Boulevard, with activities including fire engine rides, fire house tours, and “Kids’ Combat Challenge.” Free. 843-918-1221.

— Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 21 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 22 on Front Street in Georgetown; free admission. Also, Goat Island Yacht Club Regatta, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at – and benefiting – S.C. Maritime Museum, 729 Front St., for $85. 843-520-0111 or woodenboatshow.com.

— “Endless Summer Festival,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28 on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. Free. 843-361-3045 or www.nmbevents.com.

— Free Community Family Day for “Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead),” 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 28 at Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. 843-238-2510 or myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.

— “Hippie Fest,” noon-7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Myrtle Beach Speedway, 455 Hospitality Lane, off U.S. 501, near Tanger Outlets and Carolina Forest. $5 advance ages 4 and younger, free ages 3 and younger. Also, free movie, “Finding Dory,” at dark, Oct. 13. 843-236-0500 or www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com,

Fitness, health take spotlight on same weekend

— Surfside Beach Seniors Fair for Health & Wellness, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Surfside Beach Fire Department, 810 First Ave. N., behind Surfside Beach Town Hall (115 U.S. 17 Business N.). Free. 843-602-3118 or www.surfsidebeach.org.

— “Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon Weekend,” in various sites: health & fitness expo, 4-7 p.m. Oct. 20 and 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 21 at Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium, beside Grand Park; Coastal 5K (3.1 miles), 7:30 a.m. Oct. 21, and Doggie Dash (1 mile) benefit for Grand Strand Humane Society of Myrtle Beach, 9:15 a.m. Oct. 21, both in The Market Common; and half-marathon (13.1 miles) 7 a.m. Oct. 22 from Coastal Grand Mall to Plyler Park. Entry fees vary. www.runmyrtlebeach.com.

Area trick-or-treating, on Oct. 31

— 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, with fireworks at 8 p.m. 843-444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com.

— 5-7 p.m. at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17, on south end of North Myrtle Beach. 843-272-8349 or www.bflanding.com.

— 5-7 p.m. at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, including complimentary carriage rides till 8 p.m., from outside Dolce Lusso, at Howard Avenue and Nevers Street, near Valor Memorial Garden. 843-839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com.

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