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The 10 Most Haunted Places in Charleston, SC
Charleston, South Carolina, a city steeped in history and southern charm, holds a lesser-known title: one of America’s most haunted cities . Beneath its genteel surface, a spectral world thrives, filled with eerie tales and ghostly apparitions.
From the lingering spirits of tragic spinsters and amorous gentlemen to the chilling echoes of mass murderers and mutilated apparitions, Charleston’s spectral landscape is as diverse as it is haunting.
Join us as we uncover the most haunted places in Charleston, SC, where history and hauntings intertwine, creating a tapestry of tales that will chill your spine and ignite your imagination.
1. Blind Tiger Pub
During the Prohibition era, the Blind Tiger Pub served as a speakeasy. These days it is a popular bar which also just so happens to be one of the most haunted places in Charleston! According to staff members there are quite a few ghosts hanging around and they are certainly not shy about making their presence known!
A former manager claims that while he was closing up one night, two friends were sitting at a table in the bar waiting on him. Suddenly, all three of them saw a lady in black clothing appear and walk across the bar area before promptly disappearing again!
We can’t say for sure if this is why the manager is no longer working there or not, but it certainly gave him a scare! Some of the regular customers have also had their own paranormal encounters at The Blind Tiger.
A few have reported having their hair pulled when nobody is around. Others have reported phantom footsteps and the sound of leaves crunching by the back patio, despite the fact that there is nobody nearby!
2. 20 South Battery
Formerly the Battery Carriage House Inn, this infamous building is known for playing host to several different ghosts.
There are two rooms in the 1843 inn that are said to be particularly haunted. Room number 8 is said to be haunted by ‘the headless torso’ which is every bit as disturbing as it sounds!
This terrifying apparition of a torso missing its head and legs appears in the room and moans in a menacing fashion!
Some people who have investigated the history of the inn have come to the conclusion that this grisly apparition is a Civil War soldier, or at least what is left of him!
The spirit that is said to haunt room number 10 is much more friendly. Known as ‘the Gentleman Caller’ this ghost has a fondness for the ladies.
Women who sleep in this room often experience his presence as he gently strokes their hair while they are going to sleep. Although initially startling, some ladies have described it as a soothing experience!
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3. Sword Gates House
Sword Gates House was built back in 1810 as a private residence. However, it later became Madame Talvande’s Girls School.
The school was well known for being extremely strict and the headmistress kept a close eye on her girls. However, one of the girls still managed to conduct a secret affair with her boyfriend.
Madame Talvande was livid when she discovered this and erected the tall gate and fence around the school to keep the boy and others like him out!
It seems like she has taken that mission to heart for all of eternity because today people still see her ghostly figure standing just inside the gates glaring at those passing by. As if making sure no boys are attempting to gain entry!
4. Poogan's Porch Restaurant
Poogan’s Porch restaurant was originally a Victorian-style residence which was built in 1888. It has long been considered one of the most haunted houses in Charleston. Thanks to the presence of a lady in a long white nightgown, who is often seen staring out of the windows long after the restaurant has closed for the night.
This is thought to be the spirit of Zoe Amand, a spinster school teacher who died in the house in 1954. Her presence has also been felt by diners during opening hours.
Among the reports of strange activity are instances of her apparition, appearing in the dining area and ladies being tickled by her in the restroom!
5. Dock Street Theatre
The land on which the Dock Street Theatre sits has a fascinating history attached to it. The original theatre burned down and was replaced by Planter’s Hotel, which has since been converted back into a theatre. It is also said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Charleston.
Actors and audience members alike have seen apparitions of spirits wander across the stage or lurk in the rafters. These could be the spirits of those who died in the 1809 fire that destroyed the building.
One of the spirits has been identified as actor Junius Booth. Who seems to be as yet unwilling to give up his time on the stage! It has also been claimed that there are a couple of ghosts still lurking from the building’s hotel days in the form of a prostitute named Nettie Dickerson.
6. Fort Sumter
It is more or less expected that battlegrounds are going to have at least some measure of paranormal activity and Charleston’s Fort Sumter is certainly no different. Even though there were actually no Union soldiers killed in the battle here against the Confederates.
There was one fatality, but the death was a result of a misfire. When the troops were saluting their flag one final time before it was replaced with the Rebel flag! Could this be the man that many visitors report seeing?
Witnesses describe the apparition that haunts Fort Sumpter as a man in an old uniform similar to what Union troops would have worn. His appearance is usually accompanied by the distinctive smell of gunpowder, so it certainly seems likely!
7. Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon
The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon was once used to house pirates. Who had been caught and were awaiting their trial and inevitable execution.
They were chained up in the dungeon area and denied food or water. All they could do as the energy drained from their bodies was moan in either protest or discomfort.
It is that sound, that the current staff say can still be heard, drifting up through the floorboards, sometimes accompanied by the sound of chains clanking!
The pirates are not the only ones haunting the building. Staff also describe hearing footsteps above them, on the upper floors when nobody is there, which would likely be the spirits of long-dead patriots.
8. Bocci's Italian Restaurant
A restaurant is not usually the first place that springs to mind when you think of a haunted building. Nevertheless, Bocci’s Italian Restaurant has more than earned a place on this list of Charleston’s most haunted spots!
It is said to be home to one spirit who hates locked doors! Reports suggest that whenever doors are locked, the entity will start pounding on them and has even been known to unlock and push the doors open!
It is not known why the resident spook, has such an aversion to being kept under lock and key!
9. Old Charleston Jail
One of the things that Charleston is known for, is being home to the first female serial killer in the United States. We are of course, talking about Ms. Lavinia Fisher. Who along with her husband John ran a motel-style establishment. Where weary travelers could find a bed for the night.
However, those unfortunate enough to stop there often failed to resume their journey the next morning. Because Lavinia would drug their evening cup of tea with poison and then when they were passed out in bed, John would go into the room and murder them.
Eventually, one of her would-be victims, survived because he didn’t drink the tea, instead of pouring it out so as not to hurt Lavinia’s feelings.
This meant that he was awake when they came for him and managed to run from the house to alert the police. John and Lavinia were subsequently arrested and both were hanged at Charleston’s Old Jail.
Lavina’s last words were alleged to be ‘If anyone has a message for Hell, give it to me, and I’ll carry it!’.
To this day people have claimed to see the apparitions of John and Lavinia Fisher around the old jail.
10. Charleston Orphan House
Charleston Orphan House was in operation up until 1918. When it was devastated by a large fire, which destroyed most of the building and claimed the lives of the children living there.
A tragedy of this scale is the perfect recipe for a haunting. So it is hardly surprising, that the orphan house is one of the most haunted places in Charleston.
The original building is long gone. New buildings and businesses now occupy the land, but that doesn’t mean that the orphans are gone.
Those in the new properties have reported seeing children running around and are often disturbed by the sounds of light, running footsteps, giggling and high pitched shrieking, even though there is nobody there to be making such a commotion.
It seems that the spirits of these poor orphans have remained here where they met their untimely deaths.
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This elegant Queen Street restaurant is set in what used to be the home of Zoe St Amand, a schoolteacher who lived here with her sister, Elizabeth. Forced to leave when her sister died, she eventually passed away in July 1954. But the remodelling of her beautiful home proved too much for Zoe’s spirit. Hugely angered, she is said to wander through every floor in a rage, sometimes pushing people, sometimes appearing in the mirror, and she is even known to walk straight through the front door. Local police have also reported getting calls about a woman wandering around wearing black. They never do find her, though.
Rebellious teen Anne Bonny ran away with her pirate boyfriend, saying she no longer wanted to live a tedious existence on her father’s plantation. Turning to a life of crime, she became admired and feared as a pirate herself, before she was eventually captured and hanged. Her spirit has been known to be drawn to this 17th-century building, which stored British ammunition in the Civil War. Now a museum on Cumberland Street, it is said to be stalked by the specter of Bonney to this very day.
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Battery and White Point Gardens
These romantic five-acre gardens with views of the Ashley River and Charleston Harbour have a much darker side than anyone strolling through them could ever imagine. This was where, in 1718, gentleman pirate Stede Bonnet and his entire crew were executed. Nooses were thrown around their necks and they were hanged in the oak trees. At night, their screams are still said to ring out across the park. There have been whispers of apparitions of cadavers gently swaying, their eyes alive only with terror.
Old Charleston Jail
In Charleston jail, malevolent forces are known to linger. The most famous of them is Lavinia Fisher, America’s first female serial killer. Fisher, along with her husband, ran an inn where they poisoned and robbed their guests. Unrepentant to the end, she mocked those attending her execution. Those mocking tones can still be heard within the fortified walls of the prison to this day.
Berry Residence Hall
This student residence, on Magazine Street, is built on the grounds of the old Charleston Orphan House. It witnessed a terrible tragedy in 1918 when, while the Spanish flu pandemic had the world in its grip, a fire broke out that swept through the orphanage. Some young boys died. Many tales of the ghosts of these poor children are told to this day. Some students swear that they can still hear the sound of marbles falling as they lie in bed staring at the ceiling, the sound of tiny voices singing Ring a Ring o’ Roses over and over into the night.
Dock Street Theatre
A bitter spirit still lingers in Church Street at the old hotel, now a theater, where Nettie Dickerson lived in 1840. Considered too old for marriage at 25 years old, she struggled to find a man. Heartbroken, she became a prostitute. One day, from her balcony, she was struck dead by lightning while screaming obscenities at the community that had ostracised her. Guests of the theatre have seen her float past in a red dress, her face awful and disfigured.
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Growing up in the Low Country of South Carolina, you get absolutely inundated with ghost stories . Even when it’s not anywhere near Halloween, people love talking about the most haunted places in South Carolina . A lot of them are right outside our back doors! Are you frightened of spooky urban legends from South Carolina, or do you find the creepiest locations fascinating and enthralling ? Here are 15 of the most haunted places in South Carolina that will send chills down your spine:
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Well, now you can stop searching for “abandoned places near me,” or not… Haunted South Carolina has many possibilities for spooky adventure. In such a historically rich state, there are many stories to be told and lots of them happen to be quite creepy. We’d love to hear your favorite ghost stories from South Carolina, and if you know of any other haunted spots, please share them in the comments !
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The Woods - Deep, dark, eerie and filled with the endless screams of tortured souls! What's that noise in the distance? Did something just run across the trail up ahead? What is that behind me???? Do you have what it takes to endure our over 3/4 mile long Massacre Meadows Haunted Trail? Come test your resolve and maybe you will be spared from the deadly touch of The Reaper!
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The Dark Knight's Terror Trail is back with an all new name and look! Dark Castle is gearing up for the 2018 Halloween season. Come experience 4 haunted attractions, all in one location! Take a guided walk through the castle in our indoor Dungeon of Darkness. Don't forget to take a spooky hike into the outdoors on the Dark Knight's Terror Trail, as we take you out of your comfort zone and into th... [ Read more ]
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Charleston’s Top 5 Most Haunted Locations
Established by English colonists in 1670, Charleston is one of the oldest and most storied American cities. From its history as a shipping port, its struggle during the Revolutionary War, and its involvement in the Civil War, Charleston is a rich well of history. The stories and characters from its past are compelling and unique…and not entirely left in the past.
Today Charleston is the site of extraordinary dining, taking advantage of the plentiful fresh seafood in the region. Skilled chefs create masterpieces, drawing on classic Lowcountry and Southern cuisines, such as expertly crafted barbecue. As you relish your exquisite meal, accompanied by the perfect cocktail, you may have a sense that you’re dining with an extra guest or two. Don’t worry; it’s not your imagination. That’s just some of Charleston’s more ancient residents stopping by to say hello.
Top 5 Haunted Places in Charleston
Here are a few of the best spots to catch a glimpse of some of the personalities from Charleston’s past.
1 – Old City Jail
Built in 1802, Old City Jail is a beautiful building reminiscent of an abandoned castle. However, it was home to some of the city’s most dangerous people, many of whom died within its walls. It housed pirates, murderers, and even the first known female serial killer, Lavinia Fisher . She was held there until her execution, and legend says she wore her wedding dress to the gallows.
People who were unjustly imprisoned were also held and died there, such as slaves and Civil War prisoners. The Old City Jail is considered one of the most haunted places in the country. People have reported hearing voices coming from empty rooms, seeing objects move on their own, and feeling someone poke them as they walk by. Many people have even seen the ghost of Lavinia Fisher, possibly sweeping through the halls in her wedding dress.
2 – Unitarian Church Cemetery
Your first glimpse of the Unitarian Church Cemetery makes it clear this is a mysterious place. While most graveyards in the area are meticulously maintained, to hold back the lush green growth, only the paths of this cemetery are groomed. This overgrown vegetation is considered a symbol of life after death in the Unitarian Church, but it’s also the perfect backdrop for the spooky incidents in the graveyard.
The ghost of Annabel Lee is said to walk the grounds of the cemetery. Local legend says that Annabel Lee was only 14 when she fell in love with an 18-year-old man who was staying in nearby Fort Moultrie. Her father refused to allow the couple to be together, locking his daughter in her room to keep them apart. Annabel Lee languished and died in her room and was buried in the Unitarian Church Cemetery, in an unmarked grave so her lover could not find her even after her death.
An amazing twist in this story is that many believe that the man in this story was the poet Edgar Allan Poe. His poem, “Annabel Lee,” speaks of their undying love.
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee
3 – Poogan’s Porch
Seemingly hidden on Queen Street, Poogan’s Porch is a traditional southern cuisine restaurant that serves its meals in a Victorian townhouse. This restaurant is named after Poogan, the dog that lived and died there in 1979. Guests have often reported seeing him walk the grounds and even felt him brush past their legs as they eat.
However, there is another ghostly presence at Poogan’s Porch. The house was once the home of sisters Zoe and Elizabeth St. Amand. Elizabeth died in 1945, leaving Zoe alone and confused. She later died in 1954, and ever since, people have reported seeing a woman dressed in black wandering the rooms of the building. More than a few patrons have said that Zoe appeared behind them in the ladies’ bathroom, showing herself in the mirror.
4 – Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
This building was constructed in 1767, and it was a customs house, commerce center, and post office. Underneath all this mundane activity, however, the basement harbored a dungeon. Here pirates, war prisoners, and slaves were held in appalling conditions, many of them dying within its walls. Visitors have heard screams and felt hands reaching out for them as they toured the dungeon.
One of the famous prisoners held in the Old Exchange dungeon was Isaac Hayne. He was an English soldier who defected to fight with the patriots during the Revolutionary War, only to be caught and executed by the Redcoats. People have reported seeing someone they thought was a guide dressed in Revolution-era clothing, only to have him disappear before their eyes. It’s thought this apparition might be the spirit of Issac Hayne.
5 -Battery Carriage House Inn
One of the city’s most historic hotels, the Battery Carriage House Inn was rebuilt after sustaining heavy damage during the Civil War. Today it is a beautiful, elegant hotel, where more than one room seems to hold unexpected guests.
Room 8 is home to what is probably the most frightening apparition on site. Guests have reported waking in the night to find a headless torso floating beside the bed. It’s believed that he’s a soldier from the Civil War who suffered his gruesome injuries in battle.
In Room 10 you’ll find a friendlier apparition. A gentleman is seen moving through this room, sometimes trying to climb into bed with women who stay in the room. When the women scream, he flees through a built-in cabinet that stands where the door out of the room used to be. Many believe that this man is the ghost of a college student to committed suicide by jumping off the inn’s roof.
If you’re interested in seeing a spirit from days gone by, Charleston is the perfect destination for you. Nightly Spirits has experienced and knowledgeable guides to provide the experience you’re seeking. If you’re ready to encounter the stories and ghosts of Charleston, book a Charleston ghost tour today!
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The 8 Best Charleston Ghost Tours
Experience the Holy City's history and haunts on one of these excursions.
Charleston ghost tours take visitors through dark alleys and spooky cemeteries. (Getty Images)
Though many tourists travel to Charleston, South Carolina , to see attractions like the Battery or Rainbow Row , or to sample the city's Lowcountry cuisine, others visit to learn about the dearly departed. Thanks to its pre-Revolutionary heritage, its wealth of ancient tombstones and ghost-centric folklore, Charleston is often considered one of America's most haunted cities. With that in mind, U.S. News gathered a selection of the top ghost tours using both expert opinion and ghost hunter sentiment. Whether you venture out in the twilight hours or well after dark, Charleston's ghosts are not to be missed.
Tour Charleston at Buxton Books – Ghosts of Charleston Tour
Price: Adults from $35 Duration: 1.5 hours
This 1.5-hour jaunt takes you through the city's most historic (and haunted) areas, including the Unitarian Church graveyard, to which this tour has exclusive after-hours access. Many tourgoers report local spirits reaching out to them during the tour while guides regaled them with stories. Reviewers also applaud the amount of history shared and seem to appreciate that the tour isn't too frightening.
This tour departs every day at 7:30, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost approximately $35 for adults. Discounts are available for seniors, students and children. Tour Charleston also offers several historical tours that highlight the city's heritage.
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Walks in History – Supernatural Charleston Tour
Price: Adults from $40 Duration: 1.5 hours
Tourgoers will hear tales of hauntings, hangings and amputations during this 90-minute tour, which includes stops at the Old Citadel and the College of Charleston. Most reviewers appreciate the tour guides' vast knowledge, though some note that guides' storytelling abilities could use some polishing.
Tours run daily and specific times vary each day, though most excursions depart on or after 6 p.m. Tickets start at $40 for adults with discounts available for students, seniors and children. History buffs may also want to consider the company's Historic Charleston French Quarter Walk.
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Bulldog Tours – Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour
Price: Adults from $37; kids from $27 Duration: 1.5 hours
This unique walking tour – which lasts up to 90 minutes – takes you to one of the city's oldest graveyards after dark. As you traipse through the cemetery, your expert tour guide will tell you about notable graves and explain some of the town's spookiest paranormal stories. You'll even hear how past Charleston residents may have been buried alive. Travelers call this tour captivating and spooky. They especially enjoy seeing the picturesque cemetery at night.
Tickets for this Charleston ghost tour start at $37 for adults and $27 for kids 4 to 12. The tour departs daily at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Bulldog Tours offers a variety of other walking tours focusing on history and food, among other topics.
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Old Charleston Walking Tours – Pleasing Terrors Ghost Tour
Price: Adults from $28; kids from $15 Duration: 1.5 hours
This 90-minute tour starts in Charleston's Washington Square Park, taking ghost seekers on an alluring stroll through the historic city to learn about its otherworldly – and often gruesome – past. Tourgoers call the experience thought-provoking, excellent and a must-do in Charleston thanks to the thorough guide.
Tickets cost approximately $28 for adults and $15 for kids. You can choose to start the tour at 7:30 or 9:30 p.m. any day of the week.
Ghost City Tours – The Ghosts of Liberty Tour
Price: Adults from $25; kids from $10 Duration: 1.5 hours
The Ghosts of Liberty Tour focuses solely on stories about patriotic men and women who fought for America before their demise. You'll learn about these ghosts and their hard-fought battles, as well as Charleston's unique history and its famous churches. Patrons say these 90-minute excursions are wonderful and enthralling.
Tours depart at 8 p.m. daily. Tickets cost approximately $25 for participants 12 and older and around $10 for children 6 to 11. Kids 5 and younger can join for free. For even more thrills, consider the company's Death and Depravity Tour, which explores famous sites associated with the city's seedier history.
Sandlapper Water Tours – Haunted Ghost Tour and Cruise of Charleston Harbor
Price: Adults from $40; kids from $30 Duration: 1.5 hours
This 90-minute boat tour aboard a 45-foot catamaran takes you to corners of the city that are unreachable on foot to share ghostly tales of pirates, wars and the many ships lost in Charleston's harbor and just off its coast. Most reviewers say they would recommend this tour and give it high marks, calling it fun and insightful.
These haunted ghost tours depart at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and at 8:15 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets start at $40 for adults and $30 for kids 4 to 12. Children under the age of 3 are not allowed. Not a fan of the supernatural? Consider Sandlapper's other tours, including its sunset cruises.
Charleston Pirate Tours – Charleston Ghost & Pirate Tour
Price: Adults from $25; kids from $15 Duration: 1.5 hours
Learn about the Holy City's pirate folklore, legendary ghost stories and Gullah culture on this 90-minute tour, led by a costumed guide. Visitors call this tour informative and a great experience for all ages, especially kids.
Tours depart daily at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $15 for children 4 to 12. Charleston Pirate Tours also offers a daytime pirate tour as well as a treasure hunt tour for kids.
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Old South Carriage Co. – Haunted Carriage Tour
Price: Adults from $50; kids from $40 Duration: 40 minutes
This 40-minute carriage ride takes you on a tour of one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. Visitors can learn about ghosts, pirates and patriots from Charleston's history. During the tour, guides will share information and local lore as guests visit alleys, graveyards, hotels and the historical Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. Past tourgoers say the ride was entertaining and educational.
The carriage ghost tours depart several times daily, starting around 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults and $40 for children ages 4 to 11. Kids 3 and younger can join for free. Old South Carriage Co. offers a variety of other historical carriage tours as well.
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The Best Spooky Charleston SC Halloween Events for 2023
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Are you ready to get your spook on? Halloween is just around the corner, and Charleston , SC is the place to be for all things eerie and hair-raising. Whether you’re a local looking for a frightful night out or a visitor eager to experience the supernatural side of this historic city, these are the best spooky Charleston SC Halloween events that are sure to send shivers down your spine.
From haunted tours that will take you through the city’s dark and mysterious past to creepy costume parties where you can show off your best ghoul or ghost ensemble, Charleston has something for every Halloween lover. With its rich history of pirates, ghosts, and legends, this charming southern city provides the perfect backdrop for a genuinely spooky celebration.
So, grab your broomsticks and gather your fellow Halloween enthusiasts – we’re about to dive into the best spooky Charleston SC Halloween events that will leave you trembling with delight. Prepare for a thrilling journey through haunted mansions, eerie graveyards, and spine-chilling tales that will make your hair stand on end. Whether you’re a local, a visitor, or just a lover of all things Halloween, Charleston is the ultimate destination for a truly unforgettable spooky season.
The Best Spooky Charleston SC Halloween Events
Charleston is a great place for Halloween. With the perfect weather and lots of events, Charleston should be a destination to enjoy all the things that go bump in the night.
Whether you are looking for fun adult events or a family-friendly time, Charleston has you covered. Take time to enjoy the haunted houses around the area to get your screams out or find some, true haunted locations in one of the most haunted cities in The United States.
I hope that this list of the best spooky Charleston SC Halloween events will help you find the best Halloween experience for you. Dress up, have fun, get scared, and enjoy all the spooky scary skeletons.
1. Haunted Tours in Charleston SC
Charleston is full of amazing haunted locations with a lot of fun haunted tours. Whether you are looking to stroll the streets and hear stories or visit graveyards, Charleston’s haunted tours are full of fun and frights.
Most tours last between an hour to an hour and a half and involve walking. Take time to get scared and do a couple of tours during the Halloween season. Find the history and the famous ghosts that haunt these locations while you hear their stories.
Check out some of the best haunted tours in Charleston here:
- Charleston Ghost & Dungeon Night-Time Walking Tour with Entry to Provost Dungeon
- Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Night-Time Guided Walking Tour
- Charleston Haunted Booze and Boos Tour
2. Best Charleston SC Halloween Bar Crawls
Charleston is a great walking city and has many restaurants and bars that are close to each other. Making a holiday bar crawl is pretty easy when the city is very walkable.
During the Halloween season, Charleston does not disappoint with the bar crawl events that you can choose from. There are a couple of weeks of it, which is a lot of fun for those who love to dress up in costumes. The main day though, will be October 28th, where you can go to a few different bar crawls and even win a $1,000 costume contest!
Here are the best bar crawls to check out:
- Charleston Offical Halloween Bar Crawl – Takes place on October 28th from 4 pm – 10 pm. You will meet at Dalia’s at 441 Meeting St. Tickets are $0 – $24.99. Enjoy going from bar to bar with live DJs and a costume contest at the end. Get your tickets HERE .
- Charleston Happy Hour Halloween Weekend Bar Crawl – Takes place on October 21st from 4 pm – 10 pm. You will meet at Dalia’s at 44` Meeting St. Tickets are $0 – $19.99. This event takes place the week before the Charleston Offical Halloween Bar Crawl and is run by the same company. Get your tickets HERE .
- Wicked Wolverine Halloween Bar Crawl – Charleston, South Carolina – Takes place on October 28th from 5 pm – 11 pm. When you get your ticket, you will receive a meeting location. Tickets are $9.99. You will be given a wristband and a digital map of where you crawl to. Get your tickets HERE .
- Nightmare on King Street & $1,000 costume contest! – Takes place on October 28th from 3 pm – 11 pm. The location to meet up is TBA but it will be a bar on King St. Tickets are $10.40 – $33. All proceeds go to Charleston Animal Society. Enjoy plenty of bar locations, live DJs, Halloween swag, and much more including a costume contest! Get your tickets HERE .
3. Haunted Houses
One of the best things to do during the Halloween season is visit a haunted house. Nothing better than going with a group of friends, family, or your significant other and trying to get scared to death. It is all about having the best time while getting a pure rush of fear.
Charleston has some great locations to get out there and make you scream. Enjoy the locations and make an evening of it. Every year these locations are upping the fear factor to scare you. You will be able to purchase tickets ahead of time or at the gate to enjoy the best night of screams.
These locations put a lot of work into their haunted houses. Every year they change it up so no year is the same.
Boone Hall Fright Nights
Located at Boone Hall Plantation – enter at 2434 N. Hwy 17, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.
This event will takes place in September on the 23rd, 29th, and 30th and in October on the 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 21th, 22nd, 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th.
Tickets are either $38 for the Scream Pass (access to all three attractions) or $65 for the VIP Pass (faster lines and access to all three attractions). Tickets are available only online HERE .
There are 3 different attractions, Carnage, Freak Unleashed, and The Last Ride.
Located at Holy City Brewing – 1021 Aragon Ave. North Charleston, SC 29405 in Park Circle.
This event takes place in September on the 29th and 30th and every day in October except for Mondays and Tuesdays, except for the 30th and 31st, and November 3rd and 4th.
Tickets are $20 for general admission, $35 for R.I.P. access, and $155 for Get Buzzed which includes a lot of extras. Tickets are available online HERE .
There is only one haunted house at this location.
Granton Manor Haunted House
This event takes place TBD (NOT OPEN FOR 2023 BUT WILL BE BACK FOR 2024)
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $25 for V.I.P. Tickets are available online HERE .
This haunted house is not recommended for kids under 13 because it is highly gore-driven.
I spoke with the company and they are obtaining a new space and will not be open for the 2023 Halloween season but will be back for 2024.
4. Check Out Real Haunted Locations in Charleston
Charleston is one of the most haunted cities in The United States. Take some time to check out the most haunted locations around Charleston.
With a long history that dates back to 1670, Charleston has plenty of places that are haunted by ghosts. Take some time to learn about these locations and check them out by touring the locations.
Enjoy historical locations like The Old Exchange Buiding and Provost Dungeon, The Old City Jail, and even a haunted restaurant. There are so many great locations with bone-chilling stories to learn about.
To read more about the Top 10 Haunted Places in Charleston SC , check out my post that I wrote about in detail here.
5. Pumpkin Carving with Goats
This event is located at Flowertown Charm Farm at 225 Stallsville Rd, Summerville, SC 29485. Make sure to park at the church which is right down the road.
Goats and Pumpkins! Why not combine them from the place that brought you the first place to do Goat Yoga in The Lowcountry in 2018. Enjoy your time carving pumpkins with goats all around you doing their amazing parkour!
While you carve your pumpkins, feed the goats everything. Pumpkins are very good for goats and a natural dewormer.
When you purchase your ticket, you will get a pumpkin to carve and take home. Everything to carve with will be provided. These tickets sell out fast but there are many days where you can enjoy this experience.
This takes place on September 23rd – 30th and on October 6th – 17th and 26th – 31st. Tickets are $0 – $30 depending on the age. Check out the times and get your tickets HERE .
6. Hutson Alley Halloween Oyster Roast and Pumpkin Carving Party
This event is located at Coast Bar & Grill at 39D John St, Charleston, SC 29403.
The Hutson Alley Halloween Oyster Roast and Pumpkin Carving Party will take place on October 26th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Charleston is known for oysters and everyone loves to go out for a great oyster roast. What better to celebrate the spooky season than carving pumpkins and eating as many oysters as possible.
The tickets are $40 and include all-you-can-eat oysters, 3 seasonal draft beer tickets, and a pumpkin for you to carve. Parents, don’t worry, your kids will get in free with your ticket. Get your tickets HERE .
7. Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch
This event is located at Boone Hall Plantation – enter at 2434 N. Hwy 17, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.
The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch will take place on September 29th – October 1st, October 6th – 8th, October 13th – 15th, October 20th – 22nd, and October 27th – 29th.
The pumpkin patch at Boone Hall is an annual tradition in Charleston. While here, find your perfect pumpkins to take and carve with the family. But, there is so much more to do while visiting.
Enjoy many attractions like the family-friendly tractor tour, a giant 8-acre corn maze, and a petting zoo. This is just a little bit of what they offer while visiting.
Tickets are $15 for ages 3 and up. Make sure to pick up your tickets HERE .
8. Halloween Movies at The Terrace
Horror movies are always a blast to watch, especially during the Halloween season. Nothing is better than getting a chance to watch scary movies in the theater, and The Terrace Theater gives you that chance with some great classics.
The big movie that they are showing multiple times and multiple days will be “ Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Be on the outlook for movies from classic horror series from “Halloween” and “Friday The 13th” .
Keep checking their websites as they update with more movies and purchase tickets HERE .
9. Halloween at The Swamp at Cypress Gardens
Located at Cypress Gardens at 3030 Cypress Gardens Rd, Monks Corner, SC 29461.
This event will take place on October 19th – 21st.
Cypress Gardens is transformed into a haunted area that will make sure to give you goosebumps. While there, take The Haunted Swamp experience which is a boat ride through the swamp and then a walk through the haunted wooded trail. But do not worry, there are family-friendly things to check out as well.
Your kids will love the marshmallow roasts over a campfire, a jump castle, and a lighted pumpkin trail. There is plenty to do for the whole family.
Tickets go on sale starting October 1st for this event and will be between $15 – $20. The tickets for this event can only be purchased online to avoid large lines. Make sure to get your tickets HERE .
10. Candlelight: A Haunting Eventing of Halloween Classics
This event is located at The Unitarian Church at 4 Archdale St , Charleston, SC 29401.
Enjoy a string quartet as you relax surrounded by candlelight and take in some of the greatest Halloween songs while sitting in one of the oldest churches in Charleston, The Unitarian Church . This is a 60-minute concert that brings you some of the best renditions of Halloween songs like “Thriller”, “ Halloween (Theme)”, “Ghostbusters (Theme)”, and, “This is Halloween” . 17 songs in total will put a smile on your face if you love all things Halloween.
This is a three-night event that takes place on October 12th, 19th, and 26th. All three are on Thursday nights with two different time slots, 7 pm and 9 pm. Pick up your tickets online HERE .
11. Trick or Treat at The Yorktown
This event is located on The USS Yorktown at Patriots Point . Patriots Points is located at 40 Patriots Point Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.
The date has not been released yet for 2023 but it should happen October 21st or 28th. Will be updated when released.
Instead of going from door to door in a neighborhood, come dressed in your best costumes and go from plane to plane aboard the USS Yorktown . There will be candy stations all along the hangar deck.
You will be able to enter contests to win great prizes like a Friends of the Fleet annual pass. This pass lets you have unlimited museum access for a year.
This is a great family-friendly event that you should not miss. You should purchase your tickets ahead of time from the Patriots Point website HERE .
12. Take in a Halloween show in Charleston SC
Charleston is a great place to take in a show. In fact, the oldest theater in the country, The Dock Street Theater is in Charleston. But there are so many great locations to see a great show. Enjoy seeing a special Halloween show with a fresh take of Ballet.
- Dracula: Ballet With A Bite
This event will be at Charleston Music Hall which is located at 37 John St, Charleston, SC 29403.
Dracula: Ballet With A Bite will take place on October 24th at 7 pm.
This ballet is based on the book by Bram Stoker. Enjoy watching the story of Dracula and his vampire maidens dancing to haunted music. You will be memorized by the rock and jazz music combinations with beautiful, eerie, and sensual dancing.
Tickets are available online and are between $35 and $55. Make sure to get your tickets HERE .
- Fright Night at the Ballet
This event will be at Palmetto City Ballet which is located at 494 Wando Park Blvd A, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.
Fright Night at the Ballet will occur on two nights, October 21st at 7 pm and October 22nd at 3 pm.
The group of ballet dancers at Palmetto City Ballet will put on a beautiful but haunting show that will be sure to leave you in awe this Halloween season. Fright Night at the Ballet will consist of murder mysteries, spooky stories, ghosts coming back from the grave, and famous Charleston ghost legends. Book now and have an incredible time enjoying Halloween in a new way.
Tickets are available online at $50. Get tickets as soon as possible as the show will sell out fast. You can get tickets HERE .
13. Halloween Specials at Bars in Charleston SC
Just about every holiday season, Charleston’s bars go all out. Halloween is no exception, in fact, Halloween is one of the best bar nights or weekends of the year for fun. From spooky drink specials, live bands, DJs, costume contests, and more, Halloween and bars go hand in hand with one another.
Some of the great locations have bar crawls and costume contests that you have seen above. But, a few have a full festival that goes along with the Halloween festivities. Check out the ones below and take your pick at which one would be best for you.
- Boogieman Festival
The Boogieman Festival takes place at The Royal American . This location is located at 970 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403.
The Boogieman Festival takes place on October 28th at 1 pm.
Look for drink specials as you enjoy 15 bands on 2 stages throughout the day and evening.
Tickets are $35 to $55 and can be purchased online HERE .
- Spooky Season Festival
The Spooky Season Festival takes place at Frothy Beard Brewing Company at 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407.
This event takes place on October 28th from 2 pm to 7 pm.
This is a great Halloween festival that will have tons of craft beer, local food, and small business vendors. Your dogs are welcome to enjoy their time too. Come on out and have a blast with your friends while enjoying a spooky great time.
- Studio 300 Halloween Party
The Studio 300 Halloween Party takes place at The Alley at 131 Columbus St, Charleston, SC 29403.
This event takes place on October 27th at 9 pm.
The Studio 300 Halloween Party is The Alley’s annual themed costume party. This year’s theme will be…A Galaxy Far Away. Get ready to rock your best Star Wars costume at this year’s themed party.
With the purchase of your ticket, you will get to enjoy drinks, complimentary appetizers, free bowling and arcade games, and much more. Make sure to pick up her tickets HERE .
Is October a Good Time to Visit Charleston SC
October is one of the best times of the year to visit Charleston. The weather is great, usually in the mid-70s. However, it is still hurricane season, but you are able to track them ahead of time. Fear not though, the days are usually rain-free at this time of the year and every day is gorgeous.
October is also when the tourist season of Charleston starts to die down. The major hustle and bustle of the summer months are behind and the majority of tourists are out of the city. There are always tourists in Charleston, but there will not be as many as during the summer.
Because it is not the peak tourist season, you should be able to find some great deals on hotels, restaurants, and other events throughout Charleston.
How to Get to the Best Spooky Charleston SC Halloween Events
One of the best things about downtown Charleston, where most of these spooky Charleston SC Halloween events are, is that they are close to each other. The majority of downtown Charleston is very walkable. So you if are staying in a hotel in the downtown area, you should be able to get to many of these on foot.
But some of the events take place all over the city and transportation is always best. Since many of these events involve drinking, I do recommend having a designated driver or paying to have someone get to and from where you are enjoying your time.
Some of the best options are:
- Rickshaw – You will notice these all around downtown. Hop on one and have them take you to your great Halloween event.
- Rideshare – Charleston’s rideshare program is really great. There are always plenty of people out so you will not have to wait long. These are a great option for some of the Halloween events that are located a little bit away.
- Charleston Green Taxi – A local taxi service that is done by reservation only. They are a perfect service to use when heading out to your Halloween events. They are reservation only which ensures your ride home when you want it.
Where to Stay in Charleston SC for Halloween Events
Charleston is an amazing place to visit at any time of the year. Picking a hotel to stay at is always harder than it seems. Given the majority of Halloween events take place in downtown Charleston, I recommend staying close to the area.
have put together a great list of locations and what to do in the locations. Check out my post, Where To Stay In Charleston SC: Best Hotels and Locations to help you find out what works best for you.
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The Best Spooky Charleston SC Halloween Events: In Conclusion
As you can see, Charleston, SC is the place to be for an unforgettable Halloween experience. From haunted houses to bar crawls, and pumpkin patches to real haunted locations. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Charleston SC Halloween events are always fun for anyone who enjoys the spooky season.
For those looking for kid-friendly fun, Charleston offers plenty of options that are sure to delight and entertain. And for those seeking some adult fun, the city doesn’t disappoint either, with numerous events and attractions designed just for the grown-ups.
So don’t miss out on all the excitement and thrills that Charleston has to offer this Halloween season. Grab your friends and family, and make your way to the best spooky Charleston SC Halloween events.
So what are you waiting for? Get ready to have a spooktacular time with all these Charleston SC Halloween events. There’s plenty to do and enjoy, so start planning your trip now. Happy haunting!
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Halloween in Charleston 2022
Charleston is known for its Halloween celebrations. When it comes to the most hallowed of eves, this city gives other famous haunted cities — like Salem and New Orleans — a run for their money. From haunted hotels to creepy graveyards and plantation fright nights, you won’t find a shortage of Halloween activities in South Carolina. Check out some of our favorite things to do on Halloween in Charleston in 2022.
Things to Do on Halloween in Charleston – 2022
Old exchange and provost dungeon.
Nothing says Halloween in Charleston like visiting a haunted dungeon. The Provost Dungeon in Downtown Charleston once held American soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Yet before the war, the land was once home to a jail that housed pirates, including Stede Bonnet (and possibly even Blackbeard).
Today it’s said that the dungeon is still haunted by those who haven’t been able to move past their dark time in these quarters. It’s not surprising, considering the dungeon was once the site of executions and torture. Many visitors claim to see old chains that still hang from the walls of the dungeon swinging on their own. Sometimes visitors report being pushed by unseen hands or see strange orbs of light in the darker areas. Tour the Provost Dungeon in Charleston to find out for yourself.
You can’t celebrate Halloween in Charleston without visiting a haunted restaurant.
With so many bars and restaurants located in some of Charleston’s oldest buildings, it’s no wonder this city is full of haunted eateries and watering holes. If you’re looking for an extra diner to join you at your table, Poogan’s Porch is one practically surefire way to see a sighting.
One of Charleston’s oldest restaurants, Poogan’s Porch serves up some of the most delicious lowcountry cuisine in South Carolina — with a side of haunted entertainment. It’s haunted by not one — but two spirits. Many diners have reported a woman in black trying to free herself from the restaurant, who is believed to be one of the house’s former owners, Zoe St. Armand. Many diners also claim to feel the ghost of a small dog playing at their feet, who is thought to be the restaurant’s namesake dog, a terrier named Poogan.
Past Charleston’s large thoroughfares sit a complex pattern of back alleyways and narrow streets. While these streets are often inhabited by some of Charleston’s elite, they’ve also seen some of Charleston’s darkest history. Pirates and drunken sailors once roamed these narrow passageways — and some believe they still do.
In fact, Philadelphia Alley is thought to be one of the most haunted in the city. You can hear the history of Philadelphia Alley and many more on Charleston’s Alleys and Hidden Passages Tour.
It may not be an ‘official’ ghost tour, but our Charleston’s Alleys and Hidden Passages Tour will still get you ghost-adjacent. And who knows? You might even see one of Charleston’s long-departed souls with your own eyes!
Charleston’s plantations are some of the area’s biggest attractions at Halloween. Most of the plantations are decorated for the holiday and offer a variety of themed activities for both children and adults.
Magnolia Plantation runs a family fright night in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Included in the $10 admission are haunted train rides, a hay maze, face painting, a costume contest and other Halloween treats. It’s fun for the whole family! Magnolia prides itself on offering fun that everyone in the family can enjoy — including little ones.
If you’re planning on spending Halloween in Charleston, don’t miss out on these historical properties.
Battery Carriage House Inn
Want to spend an entire haunted night on Halloween in Charleston
While some visitors prefer to be terrified for a few hours, others crave the promise of getting creeped out for an entire night. If you want a more “authentic” spooky experience, why not stay at a haunted hotel for a night or two?
Charleston is known for its haunted hotels, and none is scarier than the Battery Carriage House Inn . This historic inn attracts guests year-round for its quaint architecture and convenient location. Yet if you’re looking for some extra entertainment, you’ll want to stay for the ghosts.
Request to stay in rooms 3, 8 or 10 for the spookiest experiences. You might run into some glowing lights, floating apparitions — and even a headless torso.
For those craving a little more wholesome fun this fall, head to Legare Farms in September and October. This famous pumpkin patch offers horse rides, a scarecrow factory, hay rides and after-dark pumpkin picking every weekend in October. Also included in the admission is live entertainment, including live music and pumpkin carving.
St. Michael’s Graveyard
Like most graveyards in Charleston, St. Michael’s Graveyard is super haunted, and it’s no wonder: it’s the oldest church in Charleston.
If you head down to the churchyard, you might even see some of the city’s most famous ghosts wandering around. Head past the grave of Charles Cotesworth Pickney to hopefully meet one of the signers of the US Constitution. Also buried here are former governors John Rutledge and Robert Young Hayne — amongst many others of Charleston’s elite.
Boone Hall Fright Nights
If you’re looking for something spookier for Halloween in Charleston, head to Boone Hall Fright Nights . Though the plantation features a pumpkin patch for the entire family by day, it’s known for its spookier Halloween activities by night. In September and October, the entire plantation is transformed into a farmhouse of horrors. The Boone Hall pumpkin patch, corn maze, and Halloween party (replete with Halloween costumes and haunted houses and a costume party) ensure plenty of Halloween fun.
Four different areas offer guests the opportunity to become entirely scared out of their wits for a few hours.
Mercantile and Mash
While Charleston is known for its Halloween celebrations, it isn’t known for its autumn weather. Luckily, you can still get all the cozy feels this Halloween season — even if you’re not feeling the average pumpkin spice latte.
For a warm drink to take on your ghost-hunting adventures, head to Mercantile and Mash for a juniper and sage latte. Slightly spicy and equally warming as a PSL, this drink is the perfect companion to your late-night jaunts.
Don’t forget to pick up a few pumpkin cookies at King Street Cookies for the haunted car ride home either. With so many Halloween activities in Charleston, it’s not hard to find one that’s perfect for every member of your family. You might even end up taking back an extra guest with you back home — if you’re not careful.
Halloween in Charleston might look a little different this year, but we still know how to have a frightfully good time in the Holy City!
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