There is no more sublime tradition for a kid than Halloween trick-or-treating. A spooky costume, glowing jack-o-lanterns, and the candy…
Oh, the candy!
Myrtle Beach has a treasure trove of sugary stops, in addition to your standard neighborhood, um, haunts. While counties and cities have their own official trick-or-treat start and stop times, area businesses and attractions take part, too.
Here are some best bets.
Broadway at the Beach: We love this idea of combining Halloween tradition with some additional fun. Dressed-up kids can hit up stores for treats, and perhaps pause for a little dinner at one of the many Broadway restaurants. Parents of real little ones embrace this option because there’s no car traffic. And since Halloween is on a Friday this year, mom and dad have earned themselves a happy hour cocktail and appetizer at Liberty Steakhouse. Trick-or-treating goes from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on October 31.
Murrells Inlet Marshwalk: Every year the Marshwalk turns into a major party, with over-the-top costumes, music, contests and more. It’s typically family friendly for the first part of the evening, with costume parades and trick or treating, but turns to a more adult crowd later on — with all those great bars, how could it not? The folks behind the event said they had something new in store this year, but information wasn’t available at press time. Check back here in the coming weeks.
The Market Common: Every kid in the know is aware that the best trick-or-treating is in high density areas, where houses or businesses are close together in order to maximize the candy score. Enter Market Common. Like Broadway at the Beach, kids in costumes can visit participating businesses for treats, while mom and dad can break for a little grub. The event goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 31.
Barefoot Landing: North Myrtle Beach’s dining and entertainment destination has a little family-friendly spookiness up its sleeve as well, with trick-or-treating at the beautifully situated complex. It’s a safe alternative to making the door-to-door rounds, and kids will have goodies galore by night’s end. Trick-or-treating goes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on October 31.
Tanger Outlets: Definitely more treats (and deals) than tricks with this option. Families can roam around both Myrtle Beach locations and hit up the spots with the Halloween decal in the store windows. This is another safe, car-free option for the littlest kids. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 31.
Looking for some pre-Halloween frights and fun? Head to the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex for their annual Howl-O-Scream on Saturday, October 25. The complex turns into a spooky-fun haven of activities, trick-or-treating, and even a few good scares. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of tame stuff to enjoy for the non-thrill-seekers in your crew. The event goes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you’re really game for doubling down on the fun that day, Broadway at the Beach will be hosting their Nightmare in the Square costume contest and party that night starting at 8 p.m. This is definitely an event for mom and dad to blow off some steam (get a sitter for the kids) and have a memorable, fun and potentially lucrative night — the best costume wins $2,000. Live music and free admission to a bunch of clubs for those in costume merits it being called the largest costume contest in South Carolina.
Where do you go for great trick-or-treating in Myrtle Beach?
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