You probably dream of heading to the Myrtle Beach area’s white, sandy beaches, where you are greeted by the blue Atlantic waves crashing on the shore and kept warm by the glowing sun that illuminates your perfect day. But have you ever wanted to go beyond the waves and look into some of the local legends? The Grand Strand’s history is filled with interesting lore, including tragic love stories, bearded pirates and ghostly tales.
So, as the fall season sets in and Halloween nears, explore the area’s backroads and boardwalks to find a good fright. Whether you’re looking to attend a fall festival and tour a haunted castle or enjoy a three-course dinner followed by some of the spookiest spirits in the Lowcountry, Paradise Resort is ready to help you enjoy some of the area’s haunted attractions. Consider these options on your next Grand Strand getaway:
Conway Ghost Walk: Spirits of the Lowcountry
Get ready for some spooky and humorous ghost stories in the heart of downtown Conway, South Carolina. At this attraction located about a 30-minute drive from Paradise Resort, you and the family can walk through Conway’s historic streets and learn about its history – as well as discover Conway’s most famous ghosts. The Ghost Walks are held October 19-21 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and starting every 15 minutes thereafter. The tour lasts for about an hour, and you will walk about one mile. The cost is $15 per adult and $7 per child ages 12 and under. Make sure to check out the Conway Ghost Walk website to reserve a tour and read a little bit more about historic Conway.
Miss Chris’ Inlet Walking Tour
The MarshWalk Pirate Lady and local storyteller is somewhat of a legend herself down in Murrells Inlet. She will tell you the ins and outs of Carolina coastal history, but that’s not all. She loves to go into detail about the tragic love story of local haunt Alice Flagg, as well as the Gray Man who warns families to take cover from hurricanes. The ghost tour takes place Wednesdays through Saturdays starting at 7:30 p.m. During October, each tour is $10 per person, with kids ages 8 and under admitted for free. Make sure to check out the Inlet Cottage and Walking Tour Facebook page and make your reservation in advance, because there are limited spaces available.
Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro Ghost Tour
Featured on A&E’s Biography Channel in 2011, the Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro is one fall attraction you do not want to skip. Make your reservation today for a spooky night with a tasty bite! Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal at the Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro before embarking on a guided tour throughout the Victorian home. You will learn not only about all of its history, but also about recent sightings of spirits. The entire dinner and tour is $50 per person, and wait until you hear what you get to eat! You get your choice of Filet Béarnaise, Salmon Tarragon, Roasted Rack of Lamb, or Shrimp and Scallop Chardonnay. Then you can also pick between Chocolate Fondant and Key Lime Charlotte for dessert! Pair that with The Ghost champagne cocktail, and you will be all set to spot some paranormal activities.
Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle
For a bit more of a family atmosphere with some fun, head south to Huntington Beach State Park for Atalaya’s Fall Festival and Haunted Castle. The event takes place October 27-28 from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. You will be in for an evening of “frightfully fun family entertainment.” The festival includes two separate haunted-house attractions, as well as a maze through the “creepy” rooms of the haunted castle! And after you have spooked yourself out a bit, enjoy some s’mores, carnival games and spooky stories around the bonfire. Admission to the festival is $10 per adult, $7 per child and free for children ages 5 and under.
We want you to discover a different side of Myrtle Beach, so make sure to plan the spookiest weekend for your family and friends – and get ready to scare up some fun in Myrtle Beach.