10 Trick Or Treating Alternatives Near Greenville, South Carolina

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Not sure if your family will be participating in trick-or-treating this year? While there are still traditional events happening in the Upstate, some parents have indicated that they will be looking for alternative ways to celebrate Halloween this year. 

We’ve got some suggestions for ways you and your family can celebrate if you have chosen to forgo the traditional door-to-door and group activities.  

After you read our list, if you’re looking for more ideas, check out our complete Halloween Guide to Greenville.

DIY cookie set - Halloween
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Trick Or Treat Alternative Treats

DIY Cookie Decorating Kits

Call your favorite local bakery and order a DIY cookie decorating kit. They’ll provide you with the pre-baked cookies, icing in pastry bags, and fun extras! 

Handmade Chocolate Treats

There are several spots locally where you can get delicious specialty candies!

Halloween Macrons
Photo Provided by Creative Cakes By Larissa

Special Halloween Treats

Macrons, cupcakes, and more can compensate for the lack of commercially made candy on this memorable holiday!

Creative Cakes By Larissa
Halloween Boo Boxes $45
12 fun macaron designs/shapes | Ghost meringues | Candy | Spider rings
ORDER BY: Last day to order is October 15th
PICK UP: Local pickup/delivery starting October 27th
Placing Boo Box order with Creative Cakes By Larissa

Other Treat Options

Trick-or-Treating Alternative Activities

Have the Halloween Bunny Hide Eggs

Hey, lots of people have had to find new careers. So, sponsored by the Spartanburg Parks Department, you can have the Halloween Bunny sneak over to your Spartanburg County home and hide eggs for your kids to find.
The eggs are filled with small toys, stickers, and candy, and you can purchase a dozen for $10 (up to 5 dozen per family) thru October 18th (or until sold out). The Halloween Bunny, aka Spartanburg parks staff, will come to hide them in your front yard between October 28th and October 29th.
Here is the link to order Halloween Eggs

Spooky Display Driving Routes

Grab some of the candy and a cup of cider and hit the road at sundown for our Spooky display driving tour. We have houses in Greenville, Simpsonville and Mauldin that really did up the Halloween displays and decor.

Head to a Drive-In Movie 

Packing the kids in the car and heading to Greenwood to enjoy a drive-in movie would make for a memorable Halloween celebration!
The 25 Drive-In shows double features, so you can enjoy a whole night of fun. 
Admission: $5 ages 3-11, $10 ages 12 and over, $20 per vehicle for a food permit if you BYO. (There is a concession stand on-site)

Paint a Cute Canvas Art Project

Grab a unique art project like the “Halloween Kitty” canvas project offered at Painting With A Twist. The projects can be personalized with your child’s name or the family’s last name. In addition, there are several Halloween & fall-themed take-home projects to choose from.
Kits start at $38 a set and include everything you’ll need.

Book a Greer Ghost Tour

The Greer Heritage Museum has really fun and spooky ghost tours of Downtown Greer and also the nearby cemetery Find our what to expect in our review of the Greer Ghost Tours, then book your tour!.

Go in Search of Some Spirited Fun

If you have teens and tweens that won’t keep you up all night afterward, you can go hunting for some spirited fun in the Upstate. We went looking for places earlier this year, and we think our list of Haunted Cemeteries might only need to be driven past to make the hair on your neck tingle. 

Tell Ghost Stories Around the Campfire

Pack up the family, some marshmallows, and go camping for the weekend! There is no shortage of campsites near Spartanburg and campsites near Greenville.

Go Away for Halloween Weekend

This year Halloween is on a Sunday, so why not just make a weekend of it? So you can make memories on a socially distanced trip. 

  • We’ve got Halloween day trip and weekend getaway ideas all in one spot. Events that you can attend for the day, or make a trip out of it. Who knows, you might start a new tradition after this year. 
  • If you are looking for a more authentic Halloween weekend getaway, The Read House Hotel in Chattanooga might be the place to head. This historic and beautiful hotel has a sordid past, and that makes it all the more interesting. 
  • Head to Charleston and hop aboard one of the Haunted Harbor tours we took this summer. Charleston is full of ghost stories, and you are almost certain to feel the spirit of the spinster sisters that once resided in the building if you enjoy weekend brunch at Poogan’s Porch.
Haunted room at the Read House Hotel
About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom of two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures!

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