Sometimes it seems Halloween is all about the kids, and rightfully so. We all have fond memories of dressing up like our favorite superhero or Disney princess and parading around the neighborhood collecting candy or smashing pumpkins, depending on whether you preferred tricks or treats. And telling ghost stories and sneaking around the spookiest house in town were always good for a few chills and thrills.
But you’re all grown up now, and you’re stuck drinking pumpkin-spice lattes and handing out healthy treats to the next generation of trick-or-treaters, admirable, but booo-rrring. That’s why you deserve a Halloween getaway to Myrtle Beach, where adults can act like kids for one night and celebrate the holiday in beach style.
Halloween parties, haunted houses, costume contests and more are among the many festivities on tap for grown-ups on the Grand Strand. And this year Halloween falls on a Saturday night, the perfect time to escape to Myrtle Beach, stay at Long Bay Resort for a long weekend, and hit some of these Halloween hot spots around town:
Broadway at the Beach: The biggest Halloween party on the Grand Strand takes place at the Celebrity Square nightlife district at Broadway at the Beach, which is only a short cab ride from Long Bay. More than a dozen bars open their doors to huge crowds of costumed creatures that roam from bar to bar to enjoy the occasion. But the center piece of the party is the outdoor stage, which hosts live music and a costume contest that brings some mind-blowing characters. The clubs offer everything from dancing, live music, comedy shows and more costume contests as the party roars into the morning hours.
Dr. Screams: This haunted house opened in a warehouse at Fantasy Harbour to rave reviews in 2013, and the attraction added a pair of haunted trails last year. There’s more in store this year although Dr. Screams has not yet made an official announcement about what horrors await the brave and adventurous. Stop by the nearby Boathouse for a nightcap and a Halloween party on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk: The Seafood Capital of South Carolina also becomes the spookiest marina on the Grand Strand on Halloween night. Visitors take the same stroll along the waterway from bar to bar and seafood shack to seafood shack, only dressed as pirates and Southern belles, among other creative costumes. Live music and special events are held at each establishment, and a costume contest draws a crowd of curious bystanders. The best parties are held at the Dead Dog Saloon, Bubba’s Love Shack and Wahoo’s.
Myrtle Beach Boardwalk: The downtown district is transformed into a scene out of a zombie movie as costumed characters roam the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk’s Plyler Park to the astonishment of uninformed tourists. Boardwalk Fright Nights runs from Oct. 3 through Halloween, when the month-long celebration culminates in a spooky outdoor bash. Scary music and fog float through the fall air and haunted attractions, like Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Mirror Maze, draw long lines for thrill-seeking patrons.
2001: This Restaurant Row bar goes all out to throw a Halloween bash for adults of all ages. Featuring three different clubs in one, 2001 offers a wide selection of live music, from oldies and disco to rock and hip-hop, and a whole lot of dancing. On Halloween it’s more like having four clubs in one, because watching costumed patrons dancing is a more hilarious sight than you will see at most comedy clubs. A costume contest is the highlight of a night filled with grown-up Halloween fun.
For grown-ups who like to celebrate Halloween like a kid, Long Bay Resort is the perfect place to stay. In addition to all the amenities designed for adults, such as the sauna, hot tubs and fitness center, Long Bay Resort also has a waterslide, lazy river and kiddie playground for adults who are still kids at heart.