Tales of murder, war, and deceit have been etched into Charleston’s centuries-old buildings, streets, and harbor, which have given Charleston the reputation for being one of the most haunted cities in America. And there is no better time of year than October to experience the paranormal side of Charleston . . .
Below are 5 of the scariest ways to explore the spooky side of Charleston:
Boos & BBQ Cruise aboard The Carolina Belle: Charleston harbor is one of America’s oldest working harbors, and as such, it’s home to some of the darkest tales and secrets in the country. So what better way to celebrate the scariest day of the year than in one of America’s spookiest locales, Charleston harbor. (CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS)
Join Charleston Harbor Tours on Halloween night for an unforgettable Boos & Blues Cruise aboard The Carolina Belle. During this two-hour cruise, guests who dare to board this spooky ship will enjoy a delicious BBQ buffet, catered by Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ (which was recently featured in Esquire magazine for having some of the best ribs in the South), and live blues by the Hitman Blues Band.
There will also be a costume contest during the cruise with a grand prize of $100.00 given to the person with the best costume!
The Boos & Blues Cruise happens Wednesday, October 31 and boards at 6:30 pm and cruises from 7 – 9 pm. Tickets are $42.50 per person (this includes the cruise, live music, and BBQ buffet, but does NOT include alcoholic beverages—beverages may be purchased at the CASH BAR aboard the ship).
Click here to purchase tickets for this event. Or, call our ticketing partner, Zerve at 800.979.3370 (you may also purchase tickets over the phone with our corporate office at 843.722.1112).
USS Yorktown Ghost Tours: Hop aboard The Fighting Lady in Charleston harbor for a haunted 45-minute tour, where you’ll hear thrilling stories of war, heroism, and mysterious activity aboard the ship. Your knowledgeable guide will take you back to a time of war, piracy, and maritime history as you pass through the USS Yorktown’s history-clad interior and exterior. These tours are offered at 5:45 pm and 6:45 pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The USS Yorktown will also be offering Overnight Ghost Tours for groups of 25 people or more! These overnight tours must be booked at least 7 days in advance.
For more information about the USS Yorktown Ghost Tours click here to visit their website.
Boone Hall Fright Night: For a seriously scary night, visit Boone Hall Plantation for their Fright Nights, a multi-attraction haunted night where visitors can experience The Asylum, Chaos & Quarantine—The Outbreak, Terror Trail Haunted Hayride, and Little Amy’s Nightmare in 3D.
Screenshot above taken from the Boone Hall Fright Night website
The Boone Hall Fright Night Event happens everyday (Fridays and Saturdays it’s open from dark to midnight, and all weekdays the event is open from dark to 10pm).
**NOTICE from the Boone Hall Fright Nights’ website: Fright Night attractions are NOT recommended for children under 12, pregnant women, or people with adverse effects to strobe lights, smoke machines, loud, sudden noises, extreme darkness, and the sight of blood. This is an outdoor event and closed-toed footwear is highly recommended. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS – ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK
Charleston Ballet Presents Dracula: For a stunning interpretation of the 1897 classic novel, Dracula, join the Charleston Ballet on Friday, October 19 or Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm. As stated by the Charleston Ballet website, “[This ballet is] a mesmerizing, intimate and multi-layered portrait of a deeply tortured soul, danced by PRINCIPAL DANCER ALEXEY KULPIN, whose vampire is both a picture of courtly elegance and menacing force.”
Image above taken from the Charleston Ballet website.
The Dracula ballet takes place at the Charleston Music Hall. Ticket prices vary, depending on your seats.
To learn more about this event or to purchase tickets, click here.
rUNdead Charleston: Run from zombies for a night on Saturday, October 27 as you partake in the 5K rUNdead Charleston event. As soon as the sun begins to set, the race begins, where particpants will have to run through Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission’s newest park site, Old Towne Creek.
Runners will have a variety of obstacles to overcome, including running across rugged terrain in low lighting, as well as live zombies who will be placed throughout the course.
The event benefits the Lowcountry Food Bank, so if you attend the event as a runner, spectator, or zombie, be sure to bring some canned and non-perishable goods with you to the event to donate.
At the event there will be live music, entertainment, costume contests, a kids’ area, food, beer, and more!
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