Below is a list of safety regulations and events for the Grand Strand and Pee Dee for Halloween night. If you have an event that you would like for us to add, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Halloween; October 31
The City of Myrtle Beach does not move the date on which Halloween is celebrated. They ask the following safety tips be observed for anyone planning to trick-or-treat:
- Have a responsible adult accompany children.
- Only visit homes with porch lights on.
- Always cross streets at intersections and crosswalks.
- Wear reflective material on costumes.
- Use makeup instead of masks to improve vision.
- Make costumes short enough to avoid trip hazards.
- Use a flashlight to see and be seen.
- Inspect children's candy before they eat it.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat; October 31, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Broadway at the Beach
Calling all ghosts and goblins! Bring the little ones to Broadway at the Beach for trick-or-treating in a fun and safe environment. Participating merchants will be anxiously waiting with little surprises for all those in costume.
Halloween on the Marsh Walk
Fun begins at 5 p.m. with the Children's Costume Contest
Adult costume contest begins at 7 p.m.
Click here to get all event infomation
Halle-Boo-Ya Festival: Trunk-or-Treat: Oct. 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Low County Community Church - 800 13th Ave. North North, Surfside Beach www.surfsideumc.org
Trick-or-Treat in the City of Darlington is set for 5 p.m. thru 9 p.m. on Halloween, October 31.
Trick or Treating hours in the City of Bennettsville are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Florence-Darlington Technical College hosts a free move night and treats for the children, Thursday night, October 31! This family friendly evening is sponsored by the Student Activities department.
Windy Hill Fire Station in at 103 North Williamson Road in Florence will be having its annual Halloween festival Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Florence County Sheriff's Office safety tips:
- FOR KIDS
? Avoid homes of strangers or those who may not be participating in "Trick or Treating" activities. No decorations or lights are a strong clue.
? For young children, a parent or responsible adult should always be within sight.
? Never go into a stranger's house for treats unless your parents are present and tell you it is ok.
? Be careful when crossing the street, and look both ways to make sure no cars are coming. Masks and costumes sometimes restrict vision, and extra attention is required when walking along the road at night.
? For older kids, remember, vandalism is not cool! Throwing eggs, damaging mail boxes and stringing toilet paper is destructive, and someone has to clean it up. If we catch you, that will likely be you.
? Report any suspicious or harmful behavior to a responsible adult or law enforcement.
- FOR ADULTS
? Check the FCSO website "Offender Watch" link for Florence County registered sex offenders in your neighborhood or any neighborhood in which your children may "Trick or Treat." Make sure your kids stay away from those houses! While on this link, take the time to sign up for email alerts from "Offender Watch," not just for Halloween, but every day.
? Help your child pick out a costume that is age and safety appropriate. It should be fireproof or treated with fire retardant. Make sure any masks have eye holes large enough for good vision and that any outer clothing won't cause them to trip or fall. Reflective material will also help your child be more visible to motorists.
? If you are not accompanying your child as they "Trick or Treat," make sure you know the route they will travel and set a specific time for them to return.
? Insist that your children not talk to strangers or get into their cars, no matter what. Unfortunately, there are those who would harm children, and the lure of free candy can reduce their suspicion of strangers.
? If your kid's costume includes a prop, such as a knife, pitchfork or other object, make sure the tips are smooth and flexible enough not to cause injury if fallen upon.
? Teach kids to cross the street properly and with due regard to vehicles who may not see them.
? Remind you older children that vandalism and destruction of property, whether at Halloween or any other time, is not only wrong, it is a crime which we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.
? Inspect all candy and treats before your child consumes them. Generally, treats and candy sealed from the factory are the safest.