Halloween is Still Bringing Scares to Florence and the Pee Dee!
Though 2020 has tried to scare it away, Halloween is still on this year and bringing the fun, though with slightly different spooks than usual.
We’ve rounded up all the local Halloween-inspired events we’re aware of below, and we hope to add even more as they pop up. The whole Pee Dee Region is included in our list. Happy haunting!
Pumpkin Painting Party Hosted by The Little Gym of Florence
Parents deserve a recess too Little Gym of Florence says, so kids 4-8 years old can be dropped off from 6-9pm Friday for pumpkin painting, games, fun activities and pizza. It’s $30 for members; $35 for non-members.
Pumpkin Painting at the Environmental Discovery Center at Lynches River County Park
Did someone say…Pumpkin painting?! Lynches River County Park invites the whole family to decorate one pumpkin to take home or to reserve one pumpkin for each person in your group to paint! The cost is $5 per pumpkin. Spots are limited and must be reserved and paid for in advance. Call 843.389.0550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Payment is due at the time of registration.
The Dispensary’s Pup-Or-Treat
The Dispensary’s first “Pup-Or-Treat” is at 5pm! In addition to $4 Sangria and $4 pints they will host a costume contest for your four legged friends! First, second, third, and fourth place prizes will be awarded to best costume!
Wholly Smokin’ Downtown’s Halloween Costume Contest & Best Covid Mask Contest
Wholly Smokin’ Downtown’s annual Halloween Costume Contest & Best Covid Mask Contest featuring music from Analog Saints in the Courtyard!
Extreme Cheer & Tumble Spooky Fun Gym
Friday from 8-10pm Extreme Cheer & Tumble at 680 W. Darlington Street has a Spooky Fun Gym. Cost is $20 per person. Bring a ghoulish and ghostly friend for a $5 discount off your admission at the door. Put on your best costume and bring your treat bag. Best Costume and Best Group Costumes win a prize! Pizza and drinks will be served.
Scary Axe Weekend at Palmetto Axe Throwing
October 30-31, join the fun at Palmetto Axe for Halloween! They’ll have a costume contest for a cash prize, games, candy, and a 50/50 raffle! And of course, the best axe throwing in town! Call 843-799-5595 to reserve your lane or book on line. As always, outside food and drink allowed.
Halloween Fun House at The Little Gym of Florence
For ages 4 months-2 years at 9:30am, a parent-child Halloween experience with Trick or Treat like interactive stations, a photo booth and so much more! Call (843) 676-9001.
The Loft Halloween COSTUME Party
The Loft Downtown Bar & Grill will have a cozy, fun & relaxed atmosphere that is family oriented with the best wings and drinks. With their diverse atmosphere they offer private events, live music, reserving tables for a celebration, while our sports fan enjoy a good game while sitting at the bar.
Second Annual Halloween Bash featuring the Wedding of the Owners of
Downtown Southern Funk
Downtown Southern Funk, Seminar Brewing and Blade & Bull Axe Throwing feature the wedding of the owners of Downtown Southern Funk! Dress is very casual, and costumes definitely welcome! A live Zoom broadcast of the ceremony, link to be posted prior to the wedding. Music from the Wet Nose Dogs and DJ Travisito! Also a blood drive hosted by The Blood Connection.
Black Jack Harley-Davidson Trick or Trunk
From noon-4 at 2691 Alex Lee Blvd. they will have trunks outside in the parking lot full of candy!
Candy Palooza Trick or Treat Drive Thru at Palmetto St. Church of God
At 3132 W Palmetto St., the Candy Palooza Trick or Treat Drive Thru from 5-7pm (while supplies last) will have bags full of candy. Your family will also have an opportunity to win some cool prizes including a brand new Nintendo Switch!
Please remain in your car at all times. When you arrive, please enter their parking lot at the entrance with the balloons. From there, please follow the traffic pattern through their parking lot.
Trunk or Treat at Florence Toyota
Florence Toyota offers a trunk or treat at its dealership at 2300 W. Palmetto St. from 3-5pm. Wear a costume and safely get candy until supplies run out!
Trunk or Treat at Bible Temple Youth
From 6-8pm at 195 Gause Canal Rd. in Coward, Bible Temple Youth has a trunk or treat with limited contact for safety. Gloves and masks will be used.
Halle”boo”jah by Compassion Church Florence
This is a free community event featuring a trunk or treat from 6-8pm. There will be free food, games, and inflatables. Social distancing and precautions will be taken. Dress up and bring your kids!
Trunk or Treat at Abundant Life Church
Join them in the church parking lot at 3030 S. Irby St. for a trunk or treat with physical distancing in place!
Lake City Haunted Fun Run
The Lake City Haunted Fun Run at Lake City Lake Park is a family friendly 5K where racers are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes to run the race. There will be no obstacles this year. All racers can participate in the costume contest, and a cash prize of $100 will be given for the winner of each category: Most Creative, Funniest, Scariest and Most Unusual. Registration is at 4pm and the race begins at 5pm. Register here.
Films at the Farm: Hocus Pocus
Moore Farms Botanical Garden kicks things off with its Films at the Farm: Hocus Pocus from 6:30pm-9pm, a chance to see the classic Disney flick (getting a sequel next year apparently) in a safe, open space. Bring chairs, maybe a blanket, and note that admission is a donation of canned goods.
NZBC Trunk or Treat at New Zion Baptist
New Zion Baptist, located at 1231 McAllister Rd., presents a trunk or treat for all ages from 6-8pm.
Lake City Community Hospital
A safe and easy way to trick or treat from 5-8pm. Drive through the front entrance of the hospital (Hwy 52). No need to get our of your car. They will come to you and give the kids a bag of treats.
Bootanical Garden (SOLD OUT)
On Halloween, Moore Farms returns with its very popular Bootanical Garden event from 2-5pm where admission is again a donation of canned goods. Take the family, perhaps in costume, for trick-or-treating through the garden, pumpkin bowling, spooky punch, carnivorous plants and more. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Click here to register now.
Halloween Bash at Olio Studio
They promise a spooktacular time Saturday from 11am-5pm! Come in costume and have a fun day painting and creating then go Trick or Treating downtown! It’s 30% Off all Fall/Halloween Paint Your Own Pottery and 30% off all Fall Wood Signs & Home Decor. There will also be a slime making station, goodie bags & candy. Walk-ins welcome but will be taking appointments.
Monsters on Main
After BOOtanical Garden, go downtown for more Halloween fun with Monsters on Main! It’s a trick-or-treat drive thru presented by the City of Lake City from 5:30-6:30pm from your car, though golf carts are allowed.
CareSouth Carolina Drive Thru Style Trick or Treat
CareSouth Carolina hosts a drive thru style trick or treating from 10am-noon from the safety of your car. Children must be in the car to receive a candy bag. Enter from the Byerly Park Russell Road entrance and follow the road back to the TB Thomas Sports Center. This event is limited to the first 500 trick or treaters.
St. Luke UMC Drive By Trunk or Treat Parade
St. Luke United Methodist Church will feature a trunk or treat parade from 5:30-6:30pm on its campus where folks can dress up and drive through creatively decorated trunks displayed by members of St. Luke UMC! For your safety, you must stay in your vehicle at all times. All candy will be prepared and distributed by masked and gloved volunteers.
Darlington County Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Trick or Trunk and Movie
Darlington County Parks, Recreation, & Tourism is hosting a trick or trunk along with the movie Spiderman into the Spider-Verse at Virgil Wells Stadium at 5pm. Bring your own chairs, bug repellent, snacks, etc., and expect to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines, such as wearing a mask. Sponsored by the Terrence F. Carraway Foundation.
Santa’s Fall Festival
The Darlington County Fire District presents Santa’s Fall Festival from 11am-4pm at Darlington Raceway. All proceeds go to Santa’s Helpers, a charity of the Darlington County Fire District.
Trunk Or Treat & Harvest Festival at Mechanicsville Baptist Church
The Mechanicsville Baptist Church hosts their FREE Harvest Festival from 6-8pm. All participants are asked to follow CDC Guidelines.
Fright Fest 2020
Saturday from 2pm-7:30pm at the Public Square in Darlington the Greater Darlington Chamber presents Fright Fest 2020 that will include food and beverage vendors, merchandise vendors, a kids’ carnival, a cake walk, costume contests, and bingo. Fireworks will conclude evening festivities at 7:30pm.
Children are encouraged to wear costumes. Adults can also dress in costumes but NO HALLOWEEN MASKS for anyone over 12 years of age.
Trick or Treating will be available to children 12 years and younger.
Ongoing Events during Halloween season (check ahead via Facebook for hours, COVID precautions, etc.)
Fall Fun Fair at Magnolia Mall
The Fall Fun Fair at Magnolia Mall with carnival rides and carnival food runs from Oct. 23 -Nov. 1. Weekdays are 5pm-11pm, while weekends are 1pm-11pm.
Scream Acres Haunted House & Hayride
At 1137 Old Camden Rd. in Bishopville, they offer a haunted house, a hayride, a walking trail, and an attraction for general admission of $20. Fast pass is $30 and concessions are available.
Kreepy Hollow Haunted Attraction
At 1155 Joe Dority Rd in Bishopville, the attraction is regular admission for $25 and includes a mask (if you don’t have your own). Fast Pass admission is $40 and includes a mask as well. Hand sanitizer has been placed throughout their attractions for convenience.
Fletcher’s Farm is located on 150 acres of rolling hills and green pastures in Hartsville. Admission to their annual Ghost Town and Haunted Trail includes a bus ride, walking trail, several houses, a maze and more!