Charleston 2023 Halloween Guide

October 31, 2023

From Halloween parties to bar crawlsHalloween in Charleston is one of the most celebrated occasions in Chucktown. Whether you’re a local or just visiting, you’re bound to have some spooky fun at one of these events. This year Halloween falls on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, so many events will take place over the weekend before.

Charleston HALLOWEEN Events, Pop Up Bars, and Parties

Halloween Pop-Up Bars

Handcraft Halloween Cocktail Bar

Handcraft Cocktail | Mount Pleasant

Stop by the Halloween Pop-up Bar at Handcraft. The pop-up bar is open from Monday, October 2, 2023 to Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at Handcraft Kitchen and Cocktails. Guests can enjoy themed cocktails, speciality kids drinks, and fun festive decor.

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Harold’s Cabin Hitchcock Halloween Pop-Up Bar

Harold’s Cabin | Downtown

Harold’s Cabin Holiday Pop-Up Bar will open on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. This cozy cocktail bar will launch a “Hitchcock Halloween” pop-up with over-the-top decorations, specialty drinks, and bites. This pop-up will take place upstairs and on the rooftop of Harold’s Cabin.

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Haunted Houses

Boone Hall Fright Nights

Boone Hall | Mount Pleasant

Starting Saturday September 23, 2023 to Sunday, October 29, 2023 head to Boone Hall’s annual Fright Nights experience. Guests are required to be at least 12 years of age to attend. Tickets include access to all three experiences, Carnage, Freaks Unleashed, and The Last Ride.

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Southern Scream – Trapped Experience

Holy City Brewing | Park Circle

Southern Scream is hosting a haunted house called Trapped at Holy City Brewing this Halloween. This experience will be held on 27 nights throughout September, October, and November. Tickets range from $20 to $155+.

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Halloween in The Swamps

Cypress Gardens | Moncks Corner

This Halloween on Thursday, October 19, 2023, Friday, October 20, 2023, and Saturday, 21, 2023 October head to Cypress Gardens for a spooky night on a boat ride throughout the swamps of Cypress Gardens. Tickets go on sale on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

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Halloween Bar Crawls and Parties

6th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl

Bay Street Biergarten | Downtown

The 6th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl is Friday, October 27, 2023 and Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 4:00pm to 10:00pm starting at Bay Street Biergarten.

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Charleston Trick or Drink Bar Crawl

JohnKing Grill & Dueling Piano Bar | Downtown

Attend a three-day themed bar crawl this Halloween. The Trick or Drink Bar Crawl is Friday, October 27, 2023 from 6:00pm to 2:00am, Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 4:00pm to 2:00am, and Tuesday, October 31, 2023 from 6:00pm to 2:00am. Check in will be held at JohnKing Grill & Dueling Piano Bar. 

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Halloween Weekend at Trio

Trio | Downtown

Spend the weekend before Halloween at Charleston’s premier EDM nightclub, TrioThursday, October 26, 2023, to Saturday, October 28, 2023, Trio is hosting nightly DJ’s to celebrate Halloween. DJ, Eptic, Surf Mesa, and Goshfather will perform throughout the weekend. Attendees must be 21+. 

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Halloween Costume Contest & Bar Crawl

Uptown Social | Downtown

Show off your costume for a chance to win prizes and a total of $1,000 in cash that will be given out among the top four winners of the contest. The Halloween Costume Contest and Bar Crawl is Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 2:00pm to 11:00pm at Uptown Social.

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Boogieman Halloween Festival 2023

The Royal American | Downtown

Head to a Halloween Music Festival to kick off the weekend before Halloween. The Boogieman Halloween Festival 2023 is Saturday, October 28, 2023 starting at 1:00pm at The Royal American. This Halloween Festival will have 15 bands performing on two stages at The Royal American.

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Retro at The Ryder Halloween Party

The Ryder Hotel | Downtown

Retro at The Ryder Halloween Party is Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 8:00pm to 1:00am at Little Palm in The Ryder Hotel. Enjoy a night of dancing and drinks at the beautiful poolside bar, Little Palm. Guests are encouraged to come in their best Halloween Costume and compete in a costume competition for a chance to win a stay at The Ryder. 

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Ritual | Downtown

YASSS-HALLO-QUEEN Drag Brunch is Sunday, October 29, 2023 from 11:00am to 2:00pm at RitualAttendees can enjoy brunch at Ritual while watching a live show and competing in a costume contest. Tickets range from $20 to $300 and can include a Prix Fixe brunch menu and Mimosa Kits.

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Halloween Oyster Roast & Costume Party

HERD Provisions | Downtown

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 attend a HERD Halloween celebration. Attendees can enjoy an oyster roast on their patio during dinner service (the regular menu will also be available). Guests can make a reservation to dine on the patio during dinner and enjoy menu items from the Oyster Roast and there will be a restaurant-wide costume party throughout the evening.

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Baewatch Halloween

Republic | Downtown

Baewatch Halloween is Saturday, October 28, 2023 starting at 9:00pm at Republic. Attend a Baewatch themed Halloween party at Charleston’s nightclub and lounge, Republic.

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Barbie Halloween

Camellias | Downtown

Sunday, October 29, 2023 and Monday, October 30, 2023 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm head to Camellias in Hotel Bennett for a Barbie Dreamhouse Halloween. Tickets are $59 per person and include unlimited Rosé, light bites, and the best day ever.

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Halloween Experiences

Spooky Macarons Class

Mercantile & Mash | Downtown

This Halloween, get in the spirit with a baking class led by the pastry team at Mercantile & Mash. The Spooky Macarons Class is Sunday, October 29, 2023, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Mercantile & Mash. Student bakers will learn how to bake, fill, and decorate Halloween-themed French macarons.


Haunted Carriage Rides

Old South Carriage Company | Downtown

Book a Carriage ride this Halloween to experience the haunted parts of Downtown Charleston. Old South Carriage Company takes guests on a twilight carriage ride around historic Charleston. Hear tales of ghosts, pirates, and patriots from Charleston’s fascinating past. During this chilling haunted tour in Charleston, the carriage ride will pass by haunted alleys, graveyards, churches, hotels, and the famous Provost Dungeon and Old Exchange. Each tour is 40 minutes. 

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Movie Monday’s at Ritual

Ritual | Downtown

This Halloween season, enjoy Monday night movie night at Ritual. Ritual is hosting a rooftop spooky Halloween movie night every Monday in October starting at 8:00 pm. Popcorn and char-BOO-terie boards will be available for purchase, and guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets to this free event. 

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HallowsFest: Biergarten’s Fall Festival

Bay Street Biergarten | Downtown

Enjoy a family friendly fall festival on Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Bay Street Biergarten. Attendees can enjoy a family & dog-friendly event with a petting zoo, jump castle, pumpkin carving/painting, photo ops, drink specials, live music, and more!

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Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics

The Unitarian Church | Downtown

Enjoy hearing your favorite Halloween music in a live, multi-sensory musical experience with a String Quartet – Range Ensemble at The Unitarian Church in Downtown Charleston. Each show is 60 minutes long and the shows are held on Thursday, October 12, 2023, Thursday, October 19, 2023, and Thursday, October 26, 2023.

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Fish or Treat

South Carolina Aquarium | Downtown

This Halloween take your little ones to the South Carolina Aquarium for Fish or Treat on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 from 7:15pm to 8:00pm. Guests can participate in a costume contest, look at sea creatures, and get candy and treats. Adult and child tickets are $15 each; toddlers two and under are free. *You must be a South Carolina Aquarium member to purchase a ticket.

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Hocus Pocus Cookie Class

The Front Porch Coffeehouse and Creamery | Mount Pleasant

The Hocus Pocus Cookie Class is Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at The Front Porch Coffeehouse and Creamery. This two-hour class will be led by owner and creator of Bebe’s Cookie Classroom, Barb Berube. Students will be provided with all the necessary tools including freshly baked cookies, a variety of colorful icing, and other fun decorations!

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Halloween Party: Trick or Treat at the Museum

The Charleston Museum | Downtown

Bring your kids to The Charleston Museum this Halloween to enjoy a trick or treat experience like no other. The Halloween Party: Trick or Treat at The Museum is Friday, October 27, 2023 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm at The Charleston Museum. Attendees can enjoy crafts, activities, and themed snacks, and then embark on a guided trick or treat trail in exclusive areas of the Museum.

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Mount Pleasant Fall Festival

Mount Pleasant Towne Centre

The Mount Pleasant Fall Festival is Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre. Enjoy a free, family-friendly afternoon filled with fun fall-themed activities. The event will feature live music,  a marketplace filled with local vendors, numerous kids spaces, and event activations, including stilt walkers, a Bubble Therapy play area, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon animals, a bounce house castle, and, trick-or-treating!

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The Trick, Treat and Trial 5K

Wannamaker County Park | North Charleston

Enjoy a family friendly 5K with a festive post run/walk party. The Trick, Treat and Trail 5K is Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston.

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Halloween Cookie Class

Highfalutin Coffee Roasters | Avondale

Halloween Cookie Class is Saturday, October 21, 2023 from  6:00pm to 8:00pm at Highfalutin Coffee Roasters in Avondale. This event is hosted by Little Bee Sugar Cookies. Guests will decorate cookies in six cookie designs with the help of professional instruction. This even is limited to 15 seats per class. All necessary material will be provided.

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