Updated 1 p.m. Oct. 28
Good news for parents -- Halloween is on a Saturday this year as opposed to the dreaded school night, which means there will be plenty to do all weekend.
However, event planners and chambers of commerce leaders say the really big day for trick-or-treating will be Saturday with a variety of events running throughout the day.
For a look at just some of what's happening in the area, keep reading.
Unless otherwise noted, events listed here are free of charge.
Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina Celebrates Halloween: Family-friendly events offered today through Sunday, Nov. 1 such as the A'MAZE'ING Hay Bale Maze, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Maze begins at the King Neptune Statue. Halloween Scavenger Hunt, 1-8 p.m. daily. Also, Cappy the Clown to lead spooky science experiments on the hour and challenge participants to games on the half-hour. Cappy will be at the Shelter Cove Harbour Stage, 4-7 p.m. weekdays and 1-4 p.m. weekends. Trick-or-treating for children in costume at Shelter Cove Harbour stores 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 843-785-6424.
Above: The Hay Bale Maze at Shelter Cove Harbour (Submitted photo)
Cahill's Market Self-Guided Walking Trail: Dusk-9 p.m. today through Saturday Oct. 31, 1055 May River Rd, Bluffton. A kid-friendly but spooky trail. The market also includes a hay pyramid and Halloween decorations.
Bayview Manor's Trunk-or-Treat: 4-6 p.m. today Oct. 29, 11 South Todd Drive, Beaufort. 843-524-8911
Bluffton Ministry Center's Costume Trial Run: 5:30-6:30 p.m. today Oct. 29, 29 Plantation Park Drive, parking lot behind Diary Queen, Suite 101. Costumes encouraged for a pre-Halloween dress rehearsal. Includes festivities and refreshments offered in the Ministry Center.
Downtown Beaufort's Trick-or-Treating Event: 4:30-6 p.m. today Oct. 29. Includes trick-or-treating at more than 65 stores and businesses along Bay Street and beyond. Parents strongly encouraged to attend. Bay Street, from Newcastle to Carteret Street (except Newcastle) and Port Republic to Scott Street will be closed to traffic during the event. 843-525-6644
Island Recreation Association's Pumpkin Patch: 4-8 p.m. Friday Oct. 30, Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head. Includes bounce houses, a costume contest, petting zoo, games, face painting, bungee jump, zip line, pumpkin patch and hayride through the park. Also, food and treats. Admission for ages 2-15: $10 per child. Free for parents. 843-681-7273.
Bluffton Zombie Run & Halloween Block Party: 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31. A one mile and 5K fun run and walk. Starts on Calhoun Street. Promenade Zombie Fest Halloween Block Party to follow featuring a costume contest, trick-or-treating, children's play area, music, refreshments, pumpkin toss and pub crawl. For all ages. Costumes encouraged. www.bearfootsports.com.
Halloween Wagon Ride: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday Oct. 31, Sea Pines Forest Preserve, Hilton Head. Children hunt for clues that lead to a pumpkin patch. Reservations required. $15 per adult; $12 per child (ages 12 and younger).
Campbell Chapel AME Church's "Community Hallelujah Fest": 5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, 25 Boundary Street, Bluffton. Includes games, treats and fun activities for children, best Biblical costume contest and fellowship. 843-368-6755
Trick-or-Treating at Tanger Outlet: 1-3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, Tanger Outlet Centers, 1414 and 1256 Fording Island Road, Bluffton. Includes games, activities and contests for families and especially children ages 12 and younger. Festivities to take place in the courtyard near Shopper Services at Tanger 2 and trick-or-treating to take place at both Tanger centers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Costume competition at Tanger 2 at 2 p.m.
Park Plaza Cinema's Free Family Day: Saturday Oct 31, 33 Office Park Road, Suite 201, Hilton Head. A complimentary Halloween Family Movie Day featuring Scooby Doo 2, Monsters Unleashed, rated PG, showing at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Includes door prizes and a special treat for all children. After the film, families invited to visit Park Plaza neighboring stores and restaurants giving out special treats during Family Film Day. (843) 715-0479
Church of the Palms' Pumpkin Patch and Trunk-or-Treat: Pumpkin Patch through Saturday Oct. 31, Trunk-or-Treat at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 31, Church of the Palms, 1425 Okatie Highway. (843) 379-1888
Bloom at Belfair's Trick-or-Treating and Fall Festival: 1-5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, 60 Oak Forest Road, Bluffton. A family-friendly event. Includes a jump castle, games, prizes and food. 843-548-0483
First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head's Trunk or Treat: 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head. Includes music, games and candy. 843-681-3696.
ON THE WEB: http://www.fpchhi.org
Shelter Cove Towne Centre's Trunk-O-Ween: 5-7 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, Towne Centre Drive, Hilton Head. A "trunk-or-treat" styled event with cars from the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. Includes trick-or-treating from trunk-to-trunk and store-to-store, Cappy the Clown, bounce houses and decorations.
Trick-or-Treating at The Shops at Sea Pines Center: 2-5 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, 71 Lighthouse Road. 843-384-3571.
ON THE WEB: http://www.seapinescenter.com
Beaufort High School's Theater and Dance Departments Present "The Legend of Sleep Hollow": 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, The Arts Center at Beaufort High, 84 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort. This play lasts about an hour and 10 minutes. $5; children in costume, $3. 843-322-2152
Plum Productions and Beaufort Theatre Company's Haunting of "The Castle" on the Point: 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, 411 Craven St. A family-friendly haunted house with members of the Center for the Arts haunting the inside and out. Includes refreshments.
Hunting Island's Trunk-or-Treat: 4-7 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, Hunting Island's Nature Center Parking Lot. Costumes encouraged. Candy art for sale, $5. 843-838-7437
Sea Smiles' "Great Candy Buy Back": noon-1 p.m. Nov. 4 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 5, Sea Smiles pediatric dental practice, 168 Bluffton Road, Bluffton. Sea Smiles will pay trick-or-treaters $1 per pound of unopened candy. Collected candy sent overseas to Operation Gratitude, a charity benefiting U.S. troops and veterans. (989) 415-3397
Port Royal's Fall Prestival: 5-7 p.m. Nov. 5, 1214 Paris Ave., Port Royal. A Port Royal styled Fall Festival. Includes DJ Jesse with Gavigan Entertainment, pumpkin decorating contest (bring your own pumpkin), games and prizes. Bake sale/ benefit. $5 admission, includes unlimited games.
"Spooky Evening" Networking and After-Hours Social: 5:30-7 p.m. today Oct. 29, River Dog Brewing Co., 591 Browns Cove Road North, Riverwalk Business Park. Hosted by River Dog Brewing Co. for The Greater Bluffton and Jasper County Chambers of Commerce, this event is for area professionals to meet and network in a casual atmosphere. Includes networking, door prizes, a raffle and hors d'oeuvres. First pint free.
Rose Hill Mansion's Haunted Happenings: 6:30-8 p.m. tonight Oct. 29 and Friday Oct. 30, Rose Hill Mansion, 199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton. For adults only, this event includes "true stories of haunted happenings and weird experiences from 1858 through the present." Costumes encouraged. $25; includes a glass of wine and holiday treats. Reservations required. 843-757-6046
Just down the road
"Alice Ryley:" 4 and 6 p.m. Friday Oct. 30, Charles H. Morris Center, Trustees Garden, 10 E. Broad St., Savannah. This opera to debut during Halloween weekend. A woeful ghost story peppered with murder, passion and history. Includes audience "talk backs" after each performance. Refreshments are available for purchase. General admission tickets: $53. 855-76-OPERA
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge's "Bat Spooktacular:" 1-4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31, Savannah NWR Visitor Center, 694 Beech Hill Lane, Hardeeville. A family fun event with bat-related educational activities for all ages. Get close up with rescued and rehabilitated bats, enjoy fun activities and crafts, learn more about bats at our afternoon presentation, and get a chance to win a bat house. 843-784-2468
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