Halloween Fun for Young and Old at Broadway at the Beach

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Whoever says Halloween is a holiday for children, not adults, is only half right — and that's especially true in Myrtle Beach. Sure, there are plenty of fun activities that allow kids to get into the spirit of the season, but grown-ups can also celebrate Halloween with different kinds of tricks and treats — such as getting tricked out in your best costume and treating yourself to a wild night at Celebrity Square and Broadway at the Beach. Long Bay Resort is the place to stay for adults who love to play.

Held on Saturday, Oct. 29, so patrons can have all day to get dressed up and all night to party, the Terror on Celebrity Square costume contest and Halloween Bash at Broadway at the Beach are the highlights of the Grand Strand's social scene for the spookiest holiday of the year. Thousands don scary and hilarious outfits and compete for cash and prizes at the costume contest, and a DJ keeps the crowd hopping while ghosts and ghouls roam from bar to bar in the popular nightlife district.

Featuring more than a dozen bars in a cluster on the north end of Broadway at the Beach, Celebrity Square becomes ground zero for Halloween with one of the biggest shindigs of the year. Even if Terror on Celebrity Square doesn't sound like your scene, it's a great place to go people-watch and pick out the best costumes. But the official judges bring the best monsters up on the main stage so the crowd can get a good look and vote via their voices for the winner of the $2,000 grand prize.

The big party takes place outdoors on the main stage on the square, but each bar also hosts its own Halloween festivities. Check out hot spots like Broadway Louie’s, Crocodile Rocks, Fat Tuesday and Hard Rock Cafe where the music and dancing go on through the night. The party starts at 8 p.m. and runs until the bars close at 2 a.m. Admission to the Terror on Celebrity Square costume contest is free, and many of the bars waive their cover charges for patrons who dress up for the night.

After the grown-ups have their fun, Broadway at the Beach turns its attention to the kids on Halloween night by offering a special trick-or-treating venue. Participating stores put an identifying sign on their doors so the little ones will know where to go for treats, and the Pavilion Nostalgia Park amusement attractions will be open so kids can ride all the thrill rides and enjoy other Halloween-themed activities. Not only will the kids be dressed up in cute outfits, but they will be joined by costumed performers like superheroes and spooky monsters.

Trick-or-treating will be held throughout the entertainment, shopping and dining complex from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, and the amusement-park attractions will be in operation until the start of the main event. The highlight of Halloween night is a free fireworks show that gets underway at 8 p.m., when the kids can dig through their goodie bags and relax with the family while the colorful pyrotechnics explode overhead. This is one Halloween night your children will never forget.

In addition to offering a special Halloween party for the children and the adults, Broadway at the Beach also hosts a free, family-oriented event that is a hit with young and old. Held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, Truck or Treat features a parking lot filled with emergency vehicles, 18-wheelers, trash trucks and more, allowing visitors to hop aboard and even get behind the wheel to pose for pictures while getting a feel for the steering wheel. Live music, amusement rides, food booths, trick-or-treating, train rides and a petting zoo are among the many activities available at Truck or Treat.

Whether you are celebrating Halloween with kids, friends or the whole family, Broadway at the Beach is the place to be, and Long Bay Resort is the place to play. Located only a short drive or cab ride from Broadway at the Beach, Long Bay Resort provides a convenient location to catch all the action and a comfortable home base with an indoor/outdoor water park, on-site restaurants and free unlimited DVD rentals for those who want to catch a scary movie to get in the Halloween spirit.