October is almost at an end…the temps are getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors and Downtown is decidedly SPOOKIER! Halloween is around the corner & it’s not just for kids anymore! So if you’re looking to get your hair raised & your spine tingled, or just get your drink on, gather all your boos & ghouls & head downtown.
Although Halloween definitely has an adult following, for kids, it is that all important time of the year that is only topped by a visit from the guy in red. Downtown provides lots of spooky events certain to provide plenty of fright & delight for your little monsters. The perennial favorite, Boo in the Zoo is in its final weekend October 25 – 27. Hours are 4:30 – 7PM on Friday and 3 – 7PM Saturday & Sunday; cost is $9 for kids, $6 for adults & babies under 2 are free (Discounts for Zoo members). The Children’s Museum features spooky events all month, with the BOOseum on the 26th, from 10AM to 3PM and Trick-or-Treating on the 31st from 5:30 – 7:30PM. Events are usually included in your museum admission, but some may require pre-registration. The Hughes Main Library offers several events ranging from the Bouncing Babies Boo Bash & Musical Monster Mash for preschoolers to Spooktacular Stories. Most of the events are free, times and days vary. The Saturday Market will wind up its season with Autumn Fest on the 26th, featuring cupcake walks, trick-or-treating and a costume contest for the kids. Hours are 8AM – Noon & the cost is free. Older kids & teens may prefer a Halloween event with a little more BITE! Join the zombie hoard on October 25 as they shamble downtown in search of brains. This all-ages, grassroots event benefits local charities (this year’s charity is the Barker Rescue Project). Zombies are to gather 7 – 7:30PM at Ocha Tea Bar, Riverplace to drop off donations & await the Greenville Zombie Awakening.
Now that the kiddos are entertained, it’s time for some adult-type fun! …….