HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Trick-or-treaters and thrill seekers in the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee will find something for everyone this Halloweekend.
If fear is what you want, fear is what you get when you visit Ripley's Haunted Adventure in downtown Myrtle Beach. Characters like the Carolina Creature will have attendees looking for the nearest exit door.
Pablo Chavez, general manager for Ripley's Attractions in Myrtle Beach, said the entire Haunted Adventure has a new theme and design.
"It scares guests in a different way," Chavez said. "We've changed the theme completely. We're going with a completely new style this year. It's called 'Blood Beach.'"
He added the storyline centers around the beach life and strange happenings.
"The whole storyline is based on something crazy happening during the summer. Maybe some people didn't leave and they are trying to invite people into the house, and maybe keep them there," Chavez said.
There will be total suspense when guests encounter creatures like the "Carolina Creature" snarling at them.
"The entire (Ocean) Boulevard is turning into a nightmare," Chavez said. "It's going to be a huge nightmare. We're going to have live roaming zombies, we have a second haunted house right next door to us. We're actually partnering with them so you can actually get both haunted houses for a discounted price."
Visit Ripley's Haunted Adventure website for more information about price and operation times.
Over at the Myrtle Beach Mall, Coastal Haunts is presenting "Asylum Nightmare."
Todd Cartner, owner of Coastal Haunts, said there are five different attractions that will offer scares for the entire family.
"We don't like the blood and guts. We don't like the Satan-type stuff," he said. "We work on scaring you with your fears."
Within the walls of the legendary Asylum Nightmare, a hidden passage was unearthed. This passage descended into The Asylum Hospital for the Mentally Insane. Much deeper and darker than anyone expected, the asylum is filled with endless screams of tortured souls.
Along with Asylum Nightmare, Cartner said there are four other attractions that include the Black Hole, a maze that guests must find their way out of, but not before meeting some frightening encounters.
There are also three escapes room in which guests of four or more must solvedthe mystery to escape the rooms.
Proceeds from the events will benefit three children's organizations - Caleb's Dragonfly Dreams, Barnabus Horse Foundation and St. Baldrick's Foundation.
Each will each receive a portion of the proceeds. Additionally, Coastal Haunts is seeking volunteers to help staff the event, whose organization can bring a minimum of 15 volunteers and receive 10 percent of gross ticket sales from the night for their respective organization or designated charity, according to Cartner.
For more information visit the Coastal Haunts website.
Then, there is a safe, fun Halloween event for young children and their families. Activities include hayrides, games, entertainment, concessions, marshmallow roasting, face painting, trick-or-treating and more.
Scare-Free and Scare Zones offer a variety of excitement levels that are sure to satisfy all. The cost of admission is $5 per vehicle.
The rain date for this event is Sunday, Oct. 30. The event is hosted by the North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department and Coastal Carolina University's Recreation and Sport Management Department.
The Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle at Huntington Beach State Park starts on Friday Oct. 28 and goes through Saturday Oct. 29. This marks the first opening of the park since Hurricane Matthew. The event will start at 6 p.m. and run until 9 p.m.
The Pilot Club of Darlington is also sponsoring the South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival. It kicks off at 9 a.m. on the public square in Darlington. M
ore than 80 vendors attended the festival in previous years, with entertainment held on the stage beside the Darlington County Courthouse.
The festival also includes more than 100 crafts, food and arts vendors, live entertainment, music, puppets, exhibits, an antique car show, and plenty of funnel cakes and sweet potato pies.