We are coming up on one of our reader’s favorite times of year, October! This month’s event list includes farm activities, and of course, trick-or-treating events in Spartanburg. We already have some great lists to help you choose the best events for your family including our popular Fall Guide with it’s list of best farms, orchards, and fall festivals, our Fall Festival Guide with over 25 festivals to choose from, and our massive trick-or-treating guide that covers everything from safe places to get candy to haunted houses.
So, here’s your bucket list for October with 31+ activities your family definitely needs to look at as you plan your family fun. Remember October only comes once a year, so clear out that schedule for a little bit of family fun! If you enjoy one of these events, be sure to let the venue know that you heard about their place from Kidding Around Spartanburg.
RELATED: Be sure to check out our Ultimate Fall Guide to Spartanburg
There’s nothing that says “fall” like a good old-fashioned hayride, corn maze, or pumpkin patch at a local orchard or farm. Don’t worry though, we have a list of corn mazes, a list of pumpkin patches, and a list of u-pick orchards. If that doesn’t cover what you are looking for, don’t forget to also check our Ultimate Guide to Fall in Spartanburg.
Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches
Our area has several great corn mazes (some are even open at night). Here’s a couple of our favorites.
- Denver Downs Farm (Anderson, SC, 1 hour from Spartanburg) offers one-day admission that covers not just unlimited time in the corn maze but also unlimited hay rides and farm activities including a big jumping pillow, corn pits, and play areas. For those with teenagers, Denver Downs Farm also opens three haunted attractions on select nights including a scary haunted corn maze. This year’s maze is designed in celebration of John Deere’s 100th Anniversary. Denver Downs also sells pumpkins (pre-picked in a field).
- Eliada Corn Maze (Asheville, SC, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Spartanburg) has a storybook maze designed for small children and their admission fee also covers all farm activities.
- Stewart Farms (Enoree, SC, 35 minutes from Spartanburg) charges separate admission for their maze and hayride. On select nights they open the corn maze at night for a family-friendly “spooking”. Stewart Farms is one of the few farms that allows you to pick and cut your pumpkin directly from the patch.
- Strawberry Hill (Chesnee, SC, 30 minutes from Spartanburg) charges separate admission for their maze and hayride. The maze is also open at night and is designed in a Spookly the Pumpkin theme. Strawberry Hill includes a pie pumpkin with their hayride. The pumpkins are pre-cut but placed back in the patch.
We have tons of U-pick Apple Orchards from you to choose from. Apple season continues through October (in fact, some later varieties are still sometimes available for u-pick in early November). Many of the orchards also offer farm activities, play areas, and apple cider donuts and apple cider in addition to their produce. Two local orchards that we recently reviewed on our sister-site Kidding Around Greenville are Grandad’s Apples and Such and Justus Orchard. Sky Top is also a local favorite orchard.
If you are new to Spartanburg, you will quickly fall in love with Fall in the Upstate. With cooler weather and beautifully changing leaves, October is the perfect time to go outdoors, do some hiking or enjoy one of the many family-friendly local festivals. October brings loads of fun – the fair comes to town along with a ton of Halloween themed events. The hardest thing about this month will be choosing the events you will attend!
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If your child is turning six in October (or turned six in September), don’t forget to pick up your free Pepsi Party Pack the first week of October.
Festivals and Celebrations
The annual FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation takes place on October 6th and 7th, 2018.
Families are invited to celebrate the many international businesses in Spartanburg at the popular annual International Festival held at Barnet Park on October 6th. There will be plenty of food, music, and fun!
The 7th Annual Pediatric Health Fair hosted by VCOM takes place on October 6th, 2018. It includes games, activities, and Halloween fun with educational purposes.
In honor of Fire Prevention Week, families are invited to visit the firehouse for Spartanburg Fire Department Open House on October 7th, 2018. They will be tours, games, and free food.
The Piedmont Interstate Fair comes to Spartanburg October 8th – 14th, 2018 with rides, food, animals, music, and more! Ticket prices vary.
Greenville’s annual Fall for Greenville includes food, music, wine and entertainment. It will be held October 12th – 14th, 2018 in downtown Greenville.
October’s Second Saturday event at Roper Mountain Science Center on October 13th, 2018 is Star Wars themed. Children will participate in Star Wars-themed science experiments and get to meet some of the characters.
The Pacolet Indian Summer Festival on October 20th, 2018 includes children’s rides and activities, vendors, a car show, a beauty pageant, live music and more!
Furmageddon 3 is a free family-friendly and dog-friendly event to benefit Hub City Animal Project on October 20th, 2018. The event will take place at Fr8Yard and the green space by the clock tower.
Community Fall Festival at Stewart Park takes place October 25th, 2018. This fun, free event will feature107.3 Jamz, food, music, games, and more!
Halloween Events You Cannot Miss
Boo in the Zoo is a can’t miss event held at the Greenville Zoo the evenings of October 19th – 21st, 2018 and October 26th – 28th, 2018. Costumes are encouraged as you do some family-friendly trick-or-treating through the zoo.
Another popular annual Halloween event is the Pumpkin Path at Hatcher Garden held on October 25th, 2018. Children are encouraged to wear costumes as they trick-or-treat through the gardens and complete various activities.
Greenville County Rec’s Enchanted Forest is Greenville’s fairytale trick or treating event. Trick or treat at the pavilion with Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, in Robin Hood’s forest and Shrek’s swamp October 25th – 27th, 2018.
Halloween at Heritage Park in Simpsonville is a free, family-friendly event with games, inflatables, food vendors, and trick-or-treating held on October 27th, 2018.
For even more Halloween fun, take your family to TCMU for its annual Boo!Seum day on October 27th, 2018 for spooky science experiments and more.
Halloween Hoopla on October 27th, 2018 is a free family-friendly Halloween event in Greer City Park.
Boiling Springs Library’s Monster Mash is on October 23rd, 2018. There will be a family costume contest, Halloween games, dancing, treats, and more!
Halloween Spooktacular Fall Festival will take place on October 27th, 2018. It will include games, food, inflatables, trunk or treat, and more!
For even more Halloween fun, see Our Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Spartanburg.
Crafting and More
Drop the kids off for dinner and crafts at Hearts of Clay Kids Night Out. On October 5th, 2018, kids will paint ceramic pumpkins.
Ballet, Theater, Puppets, and Live Shows
Spartanburg Youth Theatre will bring the book Grace for President to the stage on the weekend of October 5th, 2018.
Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour comes to Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium on October 9th, 2018.
Ballet Spartanburg will perform the beautiful Beauty and the Beast Ballet at Chapman Cultural Center on October 19th – 21st, 2018.
Big Time Wrestling comes to Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium on October 21st, 2018 offering fans a chance to see their favorite wrestlers live.
Headquarters Library is hosting Creepy Carrots Puppet Show for free on October 23rd, 2018 and October 25th, 2018.
Do you know of a fun, family-friendly local event we missed? Let us know in the comments.
What will you do this October? Let us know in the comments!