By Becky Billingsley
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, Myrtle Beach - Look no more for Myrtle Beach area costume contests, restaurant specials, haunted houses, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving contests and more, because we have an exhaustive list.
A major costume party is on Monday, Oct. 31. A kids' costume contest is at 5 p.m. at Drunken Jack's, with prizes for scariest, funniest and most creative. Local meteorologist Ed Piotrowski will host the children's contest - in costume - while doing his weather segments on WPDE-15 at 5 and 6 p.m. The adult contest starts at 7 p.m., with $1,500 in cash going to the winner, with prizes for second ($375 in gift cards) and third place ($175 in gift cards). Adults in the contest have to visit each of the restaurants on the Marshwalk, and then the final judging is at Wahoo's at 10:30. Throughout the evening there will be prizes, giveaways and food and drink specials. At 7 p.m. the band Liquid Platinum will perform at Dead Dog Saloon.
From noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday the 29th, there will be kids' karaoke, a petting zoo, face painting, free carousel rides and costume contests for children and pets, with chances to win prizes. From 5-7 p.m. on Halloween, children can dress up and go trick or treating at Barefoot Landing. Pick up a free bag in the Lakeview Courtyard, and children get to ride the carousel for free.
From 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, Dick's is having a Kids Night of Tricks and Treats. The evening includes a Rice Krispy Treat Station where children will get to decorate bats, cats, pumpkins and ghosts; pumpkin paining; a pumpkin relay race; pumpkin bowling; witches' hat decorating, and for the grownups, drink specials all night long. Each family attending will be entered to win a Family Thanksgiving Feast with one of Dick's Cajun Fried Turkeys and side dishes that feed 4-6 people. Dirty Dick’s Crab House is at 1101 U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach.
Halloween Party for Carolina Forest communities on Friday, October 28th, starting at 5 p.m. on the patio. It includes a barbecue buffet, happy hour prices until 7 p.m. and live music from Chris Hutchins at 6:30 p.m.. They'll also have a costume contest for prettiest, ugliest and most original. There will also be a contest for the community with the most attendees. Any community wanting to participate should contact Charlotte Hribar at Longbeard's by calling 843-997-8162 to make a reservation. There'll be special activities to introduce the people from different communities. Longbeard's is at 5040 Carolina Forest Blvd.
A costume contest starts at 5 p.m. on Halloween, with $25 cash winners in the following categories: cutest, scariest and most original. Also, each paying adult can have one child eat for free. Burger Brothers is at 1518 4th Ave. in Conway.
Starting Oct. 20 and through Halloween, the Hot Fish Club at 4911 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet is having a specially built Texas Chainsaw Massacre Horror House. It opens at 7 p.m., and admission is $10. On Friday, Oct. 28, Hot Fish Club is having a Halloween party with free admission. There'll be a costume contest with prizes, drink specials and live music by N'Tranze.
Get a free bag of chips and a drink when you buy a salad or most subs - they're excluding a couple of kinds from this offer. Quiznos is at 3735 Oleander Dr. in Myrtle Beach, in the Bi-Lo shopping center at 38th Ave. N.
There's free admission for Halloween Scareyoke starting at 10 p.m. on Halloween. The first 50 people to show up in costume receive trick or treat bags, and there will be beer specials all night. Molly Darcy's is at 1701 S. Ocean Blvd. in North Myrtle Beach.
On Halloween, all children who dine in and are in full costume will receive a free $2 game card and a free kid-size personal pizza. UCP Game Zone is in the Galleria Shopping Center in Myrtle Beach, off Lake Arrowhead Road at U.S. 17.
The staff is dressing in island-theme costumes and is handing out candy starting when it opens at 4 p.m. on Halloween. They also have treats for the parents. Fire Island Grille is in Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach.
From Oct. 29-Oct. 31, anyone wearing a costume will receive a free appetizer: Mozzarella Sticks, Pot Stickers or Crispy Green Bean Fries. You can also enter their "Frightful Fridays" costume contest for a chance to win a $50 gift card. T.G.I. Friday’s is at 500 U.S. 17 N., North Myrtle Beach; 7515 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach; and 3202 U.S. 17, Murrells Inlet.
From 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, there will be an adult Halloween costume contest and party in Celebrity Square, with live music by Corn Bread. The costumes get wild! From 5-7 p.m. on Halloween, there will be trick or treating for kids, with fireworks after dark. Broadway at the Beach is off U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, between 21st and 29th avenues North.
From 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, there will be $3 admission for children in costume plus Halloween treats, exhibits and fun activities for children ages 6 and younger. The Children's Museum is at 2501 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.
From 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30, the city of NMB will host this event in McLean Park, 93 Oak Dr. There will be a lot of free activities with both scary and scare-free zones, trick or treating, marshmallow roasting, live performances and inflatables.
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From 6-7 p.m. on Halloween, DJ Batman is hosting a children's party. There will be trick or treating at participating stores, and a big Monster Mash will be danced in front of the movie theater.
Trunk or Treat
Sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church, Trunk or Treat is in the parking lot of Freestyle Music Park from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. It's all free, including candy, games, hot dogs, bottled water and music. They are collecting 1,600 pounds of candy, 500 cases of bottled water and 11,000 hot dogs, plus 40 games.
Anyone dining in or picking up a carry-out order on Halloween while in "full costume" will receive six free Buffalo Wings with any order of $10 or more. Halloween candy will be available for trick-or-treaters. Pizza Grill-a is at 13088 Ocean Highway in Litchfield/Pawleys Island.
7 p.m.-midnight today-Sunday, October 31st, at 103 Third Ave., Conway, in the old warehouse under the Main Street Bridge, on the Riverwalk. $10; proceeds benefit Fostering Hope Inc., which assists foster-care children in the region. Some think this warehouse built in the 1890’s is haunted. The warehouse was visited by The Ghost Hunters a few years back as they gathered evidence of paranormal activity. Admission is $10.
...is at 915 N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, and for $14 ages 12 and older or $8 ages 6-11 (younger are not admitted), they have a special Oldtime Hollywood Horror for this Halloween season. They say it's "a multi-million dollar haunted house featuring live actors, animatronics and bone chilling special effect with all your favorite Hollywood ghouls." It's regular hours are noon to 8 p.m. daily, but on Friday the 28th through Monday the 31st, it's open from 2-10 p.m.
...is at 1001 N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, near the Skywheel. They have the Monsters of Midway Haunted Attractions that's $10 ages 13 and older or $7 ages 5-12. They describe it as, "Over 3000 square feet of terror. It's open Fridays through Sundays starting at 6 p.m. They also have The Paranormal Show with Paranormalist Nobody Jones for $12. It's a show with a séance, psychokinesis, clairvoyance and the powers of telepathy. It's open the same hours as the haunted house.
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