Spook Season in the Lowcountry

Tis the season when all manner of ghouls and goblins come crawling out of the woodwork to do their peculiar brand of mischief Eerie jack-o-lanterns with an array of grotesque expressions festoon the neighbors yard and ghostly white specters sway in a gentle breeze Dismembered arms and legs litter the porch A skeleton dangles from the rafters and calls out to anyone who dares to approach Halloween as we know it derives from an ancient Celtic ritual known as Samhein pronounced SAH-ween when ghosts of people who had died during the past year mingled with the living before traveling into the underworld and bonfires were lit to aid them in their passage In the eighth century AD Christian missionaries established a special date for the feast of All Saints Day to honor the saints and pray for the recently departed who had yet to reach Heaven In an attempt to convert the pagans over to Christianity church holy days were intentionally set to coincide with native celebrations and incorporated many of their traditions Bretons believed that the souls awaiting final judgement would be liberated from Purgatory and free to visit their old homes on that night known as All Hallows Evening and later contracted to Halloween Samhein Prowling Stoically stalking stiffs stealthily swarm the Styx with angst to bestow characters in crape cunningly creeping across to cook their eclair from frothing phobia and fractious fingers of fear-- fee-fi-fo-fum Yum Traipsing through the trees to a tryst with victims lured into their trusty traps Leave no doubt Therell be unalleviated grieving on All Hallows Eve Here in the Lowcountry we observe this special day in many ways at various venues around the area Fright Nights at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant feature a number of spine-tingling activities with the help of many weird creatures Dr Alex Hacker opens The Asylum to the public so that you can witness his research as he probes into the dark depths of the most disturbed minds ever encountered He has the demented desire to see how normal minds react when repeatedly exposed to heightened insanity The Chaos Quarantine allows visitors to enter the Biotech Industries facility even though it was placed on lockdown after it experienced a major contamination leak Many workers remain at large displaying horrific physical deformations and violent behaviors Dare to climb aboard the Terror Trail Haunted Hayride and venture into dark woods inhabited by indescribable creatures and indefinable beings who prey in the night Experience Little Amys Nightmare when you put on the special 3D glasses that will allow you to see what goes on in the tormented mind of a little girl who is terrorized nightly by horrific nightmares More specitics can be found on their website httpboonehallfrightnightscom Black Cat Walking Tours Haunted Charleston Tour is a journey through the Holy Citys most haunted places by lantern light This darkly romantic blend of ghosts magic and the roots of Gullah superstition also incorporates real-life weird science with tragic tales of honor occult spirits and demons secret societies cryptic architecture and more Wicked Charleston Tour leads you into the more unsavory crannies of Charlestons history focusing on some of its most colorful elements prostitutes gangsters politicians scoundrels scandals and debauchery This one is definitely for ADULTS ONLY Free Historic Battery Sunday Stroll explores the area south of Broad Street one of the most exclusive and wealthiest neighborhoods in America Highlights include The Battery at White Point where the first shots of the Civil War were fired and pirates were hanged from ancient oak trees A view of Fort Sumter renowned for being the ignition point for the Civil War aka that recent unpleasantness Civil War houses and blockade runners St Michaels Church and its famous cemetery The Walled City where French Huguenots first settled