Halloween fun, fall festivals abound in York County

The HeraldOctober 28, 2011 

— Can't get enough of Halloween? You can take your pick of fall festivals, haunted tales and cemetery walks, all going on today through Monday across York County.

Saturday

The 17th Annual Firelight Fright Tale-telling will be Saturday at Fewell Park, 1204 Alexander Road. At 6 p.m., the Palmetto Readers will read fall and Halloween stories to children. Featured storyteller Suzette Hawkins will share ghost stories and other tales at 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available. The event, sponsored by Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism in partnership with the Palmetto Reading Council, is free and open to the public. For information, contact Jim Austin at 803-329-5645.

The St. Anne Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will have its 10th annual Fall Festival and Halloween Carnival from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Parish Life Center, 1694 Bird St., Rock Hill. The festival will feature games for all ages, a haunted house, costume contest, a magician, face painting, crafts, spaghetti dinner and other food. Proceeds will benefit the needy in the community.

Stories of the Stones, the 2011 Rose Hill Cemetery tour, presented by the Yorkville Historical Society, will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The circa-1829 cemetery is at 229 E. Liberty St. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.yorkvillehs.org.

Fall in Downtown York, presented by the York Downtown Business Association, will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday along Congress Street in downtown York. Events include craft vendors, music, contests, food, a car show and games. Highlights include the 1 p.m. Little Miss York Pageant, a 2 p.m. Ducky Derby at the York Fire Department, and Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Whitesides parking lot.

The Tega Cay Fall Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Glennon Center. There will be children's activities, games, a Halloween costume parade, craft and food vendors, and live entertainment. Approximately 70 vendors will be located inside and outside of the Glennon Center. There will be a mix of crafts with local talent displaying their art, pottery, jewelry and more.

The Halloween parade will be hosted by the Tega Cay Lions and will start at 3:30 p.m. at the tennis courts. Prizes will be awarded in various age groups. All participating children will be given a gift bag of candy.

The pie contest will start at 4:30 p.m. with the winners announced at 5 p.m. on stage.

A shuttle service from Tega Cay Baptist Church, SIMS International and Lakeshore Christian Fellowship Church will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be no parking at the Glennon Center.

Bootanical will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Participants can enjoy scarecrow stuffing, plant-based Halloween activities and ghoulish games. Kids can participate in nature-based scavenger hunts that may feature plants like pumpkin on a stick, bat-faced cuphea and creepy eyeball. Carriage rides will be offered, weather permitting. Children wearing costumes will receive a 50-percent discount with a paying adult. Cost: $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, and $6 children 4-12. 704-825-4490; DSBG.org.

Sunday

Dog Howl'oween costume contest will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Humane Society of York County, 8177 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill. Prizes for scariest, cutest, funniest and Best of show. In addition, there will activities for families.

Monday

Rock Hill's Boo-Haha will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday in downtown Rock Hill near the Gettys Art Center. There will be free and safe trick-or-treating with more than 25 vendors, a dance party with Josh Brandon, a Haunted Old Town Village, performances by Sullivan Dance and Studio One, and a costume contest. Registration for the contest is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Judging begins at 6:45 p.m. For complete details, visit onlyinoldtown.com.

Rock Hill Galleria will host "Mall-O-Ween" from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the mall on Dave Lyle Boulevard. There will be trick-or-treating and a costume contest for children 12 and younger. Registration for the costume contest ends at 6:45 p.m. and the contest begins at 7. Prizes will be awarded. An American Red Cross blood drive will be from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Food for Pilgrims' Inn will be collected today through Monday.

The Clover Police Department invites the community to Halloween in the Alleyway, a night of trick-or-treating fun, from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in the alley between 110 Bethel and 112 Bethel St. The Clover Police Department is accepting individually wrapped candy and monetary donations for this event. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Clover. Please be sure to leave your name and address with the donation.

Fort Mill Fall Festival will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday on Main Street. There will be treats and a Halloween costume contest for children.

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