Looking for something frightening for Halloween? Take a trip to the South Carolina city of Charleston, the scariest place on earth, at least during the month of October when pirates, thieves and creatures of the night take to the street. It’s all in good fun of course.
The city really outdoes itself with a spooky stage featuring chilling civil war memorabilia, a mysterious masquerade party and less intimating pumpkin patch activities. Here are some of the highlights:
- Fright night at the Charleston Museum–Artifacts of Charleston’s hair-raising history are part of the permanent exhibit at the Charleston Museum, including a uniform worn by James Wiley Gibson when he was killed by a sniper’s bullet during the 1862 Battle of Secessionville. The fabric tear over Gibson’s heart and bloodstain from the wound can still be seen. Additionally, visitors can examine a gold pocket watch that was found on a soldier’s corpse in 1862, but still remains in working order today. For more information, visit www.charlestonmuseum.org or call 843-722-2996 x235.
- A bloody remnant–The bloodstained book of Henry Timrod at the Charleston Library Society—goes on view from October 1 to 31, 2012. The death of Confederate scribe Henry Timrod in 1867 from Tuberculosis marked the end of a life filled with agony and illness. Devoted to his craft, the Poet Laureate of the Confederacy was writing until the day he died, with numerous bloodstains found splattered across his final manuscript. For more information, visit www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org or call 843-723-9912.
- Pumpkin Patch at Boone Hall Plantation adds a little levity—From October 1 to October 2012, hundreds of pumpkins blanket the grounds at Boone Hall for a family-friendly event featuring an eight-acre corn maze, hayride down Monster Alley, pumpkin patch play area, inflatable play structures and various competitive events to win prizes. For more information click on www.boonehallplantation.com or call 843-884-4371.
- Life’s a masquerade in Charleston–America’s oldest landscaped gardens welcome visitors to the Secret Gardens, where two lush areas are filled with majestic landscaping and ethereal marble statue, for a masquerade wine stroll at dusk. Guests can explore the gardens first settled in the late 17th century while sampling old and new world wine vintages. For more information check out www.middletonplace.org or call 843-266-7477.
- Fright nights—Starting September 28 to October 31, 2012, a terrifying legendary event celebrates its eighth installation with live performers lurking in the shadows at four haunted spaces, including the new Asylum and Little Amy’s Nightmare. For more information visit http://boonehallfrightnights.com/ or call 843-884-4371.
So if you’re looking for a spooky spot to spend Halloween, consider Charleston, America’s scariest city, at least during the month of October. Be sure to pack a costume.