Halloween has arrived in Mt. Pleasant, and that means it’s time for costumes, candy, and trick-or-treating!
Despite being a relatively recent phenomenon, the development of Trick-or-Treating in the U.S. has a fuzzy history. As a holiday, it wasn’t really celebrated in America until the 19th century, as immigrants from Ireland and Scotland brought over some of their old world traditions such as guising.
By the time of the Great Depression, it had evolved more into the “trick” than the treat, resulting in much mischief and vandalism. The theory holds that modern trick-or-treating developed as a way to curtail the excessive pranks that were occurring, reinstating the various versions of offering sweets to costumed visitors.
If you’re looking for some thrills beyond the normal scope of going door-to-door, begging for sweets, Mt. Pleasant has plenty of fun things to do for Halloween.
Halloween Events in the Lowcountry
Corn Maze at Boone Hall (October 1st-31st)
Before you get your pumpkin at the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch, take the time to get lost in eight acres of corn (compliments of Ameris Bank). Give yourself at least an hour. The trip is definitely worth it, even if the maze isn’t open during night hours.
Blackbeard’s Ghost on the Yorktown
Almost 300 years ago, the world’s most infamous pirate blockaded Charleston. He’s been making a visit every year, and on Halloween weekend you can bump into him on the USS Yorktown.
Holy City Ghost Tour
Learn about Charleston’s storied past as you tour the most haunted buildings in the Carolinas. The cobblestone streets, lanterns, and wrought iron gates really set the mood for the skillful storytelling of Holy City Tours.
Family Fright Nights at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
One great way to get in some quality family time is taking a seasonal trip to the Magnolia Plantation. Enjoy the haunted nighttime train rides, the hay bale maze, and the Mad Scientist Lab. There’s a varying array of other children’s activities and games suitable for the younger ones.
Dr. Randy Wants Your Candy
As fun as it is to collect all of that candy, drowning in a sugar-induced coma has its repercussions! As your pediatric dentist of choice, I’d love to help you and your children out of your predicament by purchasing your candy! No tricks here!
November 5th, from 10AM to 1PM, stop by our office and we will buy your candy at $1 per pound ($5 maximum). You’ll be doing your family’s health a favor and make some cash, too! The candy we collect will be donated to our troops. Somewhere, a soldier will be grateful that you shared your Halloween treats with them.
More details about our candy buy back program coming soon!