31+ Things to Do in October

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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 its 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

Things to Do in October

Farm Stuff

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.

Apple Orchards

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 5th and 6th, 2019.

Families are invited to celebrate the many international businesses in Spartanburg at the popular annual International Festival held at Barnet Park on October 5th. There will be plenty of food, music, and fun!

In honor of Fire Prevention Week, families are invited to visit the firehouse for Spartanburg Fire Department Open House on October 6th, 2019. There will be tours, games, and free food.

The Piedmont Interstate Fair comes to Spartanburg October 7th – 13th, 2019 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 11th – 13th, 2019 in downtown Greenville.

The Pacolet Indian Summer Festival on October 19th, 2019 includes children’s rides and activities, vendors, a car show, a beauty pageant, live music 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 18th – 20th, 2019 and October 25th – 27th, 2019. 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 24th, 2019. 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 24th – 26th, 2019.

Halloween at Heritage Park in Simpsonville is a free, family-friendly event with games, inflatables, food vendors, and trick-or-treating held on October 26th, 2019.

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 31st, 2019. There will be a family costume contest, Halloween games, dancing, treats, and more!

For even more Halloween fun, see Our Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Spartanburg.

Crafting and More

October provides families with fall-themed crafting options including Home Depot Kids Workshops, and Fall Crafts at the library.

Spartanburg County Libraries also offer a LEGO club.

Ballet, Theater, Puppets, and Live Shows

Baby Shark Live! comes to Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium on October 3rd, 2019.

Spartanburg Youth Theatre will bring Miss Nelson Is Missing to the stage on the weekend of October 11th, 2019.

Ballet Spartanburg will perform the The Snow Queen, A Frozen Adventure at Chapman Cultural Center on October 18th – 20th, 2019.

Headquarters Library is hosting Monster Mania! for free on October 22nd, 2019 and October 24th, 2019.

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!

About the Author
Bethany Winston is the owner and editor-in-chief of Kidding Around Greenville & Kidding Around Spartanburg. She enjoys exploring parks, discovering local events, and meeting the people who make Spartanburg an amazing place to live. You can contact her directly at [email protected]

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