What To Do In Myrtle Beach For Halloween

Myrtle Beach is being taken over by jack o' lanterns, candy corn, and plenty of spooky events for you and your family. We've put together a list of top attractions you aren't going to want to miss this October 31st. Happy Haunting!

Terror Under the Bridge Haunted House

The 2017 Terror Under the Bridge is called The Final Chapter because it's the last year this haunted house is putting on its production. You won't want to miss the final installment of one of Myrtle Beach's scariest attractions that has been scaring the community for over 10 years. Located in the X Gym sports mall, this haunted house isn't for the faint of heart. It's scheduled for October 20-22 and October 25-31 from 7pm-11pm. Admission is $14.00.

Ripley's Family Friendly Haunted Adventure

What's better than going in a haunted house? How about participating in one? The Ripley's Haunted Adventure gives you a laser gun to help you fight your way through this exciting attraction full of flesh-eating monsters. The Haunted Adventure is open Sunday-Thursday from 2pm-9pm and Friday-Saturday 2pm-10pm. It's suitable for ages 8 and up. Ticket prices are $14.99 for adults and $9.99 for kids.

Take a Walking Ghost Tour

Myrtle Beach and its surrounding towns has its share of creepy ghost stories. The best way to hear them all is by taking a walking tour. Every evening at 8pm, you can find a tour guide dressed in costume at 312 Ninth Ave North ready to educate you on some of Myrtle Beach's scariest history. In Murrell's Inlet, Miss Chris will guide you on an inlet walking tour where she will tell you tales of The Gray Man and Alice Fagg. Tours are held Wednesday-Sunday.

Nightmare Haunted House

For over 20 years, Nightmare Haunted House has been scaring Myrtle Beach tourists and residents alike with its presence on North Ocean Boulevard. Currently, the attraction is full of zombies ready to attack in the Undead Adventure. This attraction is open every day at noon and is $10 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under.

Cooking at the beach!

While Myrtle Beach does have its fair share of delicious restaurants, sometimes nothing is better than a home-cooked meal after spending the day in the sun. Surfside Realty has many houses perfect for the chef of the family.

Crown Jewel is a particular favorite, with its large, open kitchen and tons of counter space. The oceanfront dining room completes a perfect backdrop for any family meal. Enjoy your dessert poolside or on the covered porch overlooking the beach. If you want to experience a truly southern meal, try your hand at making a Lowcountry Boil with fresh corn, shrimp, sausage, and potatoes.

There's no better house for a classic oyster roast than Manatee Mansion. The large kitchen inside is complimented by a gas grille and tiki bar adjacent to the private pool. Grab a shucker and enjoy grilled oysters poolside. There's plenty of outdoor seating for your family and friends, or you can enjoy the view from two of the large front porches.

Not sure where to buy ingredients? The Waccamaw Market Cooperative provides Farmer's Markets around town through the end of October. Grab snacks from a variety of vendors while you stock up on fresh produce from local farms. Artisans will be selling their unique crafts, so it's also a perfect place to pick up a souvenir from your trip.

Best Places to Catch the Game in Myrtle Beach

Cooler weather and falling leaves can only mean one thing in the South. Football season is here! While we want you to enjoy your vacation at the beach, we completely understand you can't miss your favorite team as they battle it out on the gridiron. Here are some of the best places for you to catch the game in Myrtle Beach!

Broadway Louies (1318 Celebrity Circle)

With over 40 TV's and an all new 70ft SportsTron video wall, Broadway Louie's is a local favorite for sports enthusiasts. You'll feel like you're in the front row of your favorite game as you chow down on everything from artisan pizzas to sweet and spicy wings to hot oven subs. A state of the art arcade will keep the kids occupied while you watch the game, and the best karaoke in Myrtle Beach is held nightly.

The Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill (201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd)

Known as "the best backyard in Myrtle Beach," we aren't sure you'll be able to focus on the game with the gorgeous view at the Boathouse Waterway Bar and Grill. Shrimp baskets, burgers, and the best pork ribeye in town will keep you fueled during the game. And don't forget to come back on Sunday for the free Sunday Concert Series. It's open to all ages before 8pm, when it becomes 21+ only.

King Street Grille (3040 Howard Ave)

King Street Grille is an upscale bar perfect for watching the game after a day spent shopping in Market Common. Enjoy the famous made-from-scratch Chicken Chesapeake Sandwich on the outdoor patio or indulge in some of their daily drink specials. There are many reasons King Street Grille was voted "Best of the Beach" and being a great place to catch some football is one of them.

Rent a House made for Gameday

We offer many houses that would be perfect for gameday, but our favorite has to be The RegentSea. Enjoy the game only steps away from the ocean in this beautiful home that's large enough for 26 of your closest friends. Not sure what to do during halftime? This home features an oceanfront gameroom and a private pool and hot tub. Whether your team wins or loses, we can guarantee renting this home will be a touchdown.

Fall Festivals in the Myrtle Beach area

Say goodbye to hot summer nights and hello to cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and a variety of festivals for both locals and visitors to Surfside Beach this fall. From cars to art to food, there's an event for everyone to enjoy during this beautiful time of the year.

1. Myrtle Beach Mustang Week (September 5-10)

The 16th Annual Myrtle Beach Mustang Week brings thousands of Mustang enthusiasts to the Myrtle Beach area. Start the week with a Meet-N-Greet at Broadway at the Beach and continue the fun with a Burnout Contest at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. Attendees will enjoy free admission to all events.

2. The 42nd Annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival (September 22-24)

Join more than 100 artisans at Huntington State Park for the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival. Enjoy shopping for local arts and crafts while taking in the park's natural beauty. Local musicians will be playing in the courtyard each day. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Daily festival admission for adults is $10, and visitors 15 and under are admitted free.

3. St. John's Greek Festival (September 28 - October 1)

St. John's Greek Festival is one of the area's most popular fall events. Enjoy baklava, spanakopita, and Gyros while listening to authentic Greek music. The festival starts at 11am each day, so it's perfect for a family lunch. Tours of the church will be offered, and there will be inflatables and craft vendors set up for you to enjoy. Traditional Greek beer and wine will also be available.

4. Irish Italian Festival (September 30)

The City of North Myrtle Beach is hosting the 14th Annual Irish Italian Festival on Main Street. This festival will feature delicious food, live entertainment, and a variety of arts and crafts vendors. Enjoy two stages of music and dance groups as we celebrate these two cultures. There will also be a children's area full of inflatables and rides. If you're feeling up to the challenge, you can even enter a spaghetti eating contest. Festival admission and parking is free.

5. Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival (October 6 - 7)

The Second Annual Myrtle Beach Seafood Festival will be held on Ocean Boulevard. Enjoy delicious seafood, family friendly activities, and a corn hole tournament. There will be a beer and wine garden as well as live music.

6. Art in the Park (October 7 - 8)

The Waccamaw Arts and Craft Guild will hold the October Art in the Park in Chapin Park at 1400 N. Kings Hwy. Join artists from all over the country as they display a variety of artwork in different mediums. Can't make the October market? The next Art in the Park will be in Valor Park November 11 - 12 at Market Common.

3 Surfside Beach Vacation Rental Specials this Fall

Looking to escape the hum-drum monotony this fall? We've got three houses you'll love that all have specials for this fall. Check out these awesome Surfside Beach vacation rentals for yourself:

Islander D2

This second row condo sleeps five and has a shared swimming pool and great porch for listening to those beautiful ocean waves. If you book during September or October, you'll save 20%. There are still plenty of dates left!

Angler Villas 4 - Changes in Attitude

When you book this four bed, 4.5 bath second row home for any remaining week in 2017, you'll receive a $50 gift card with your reservation.

Rosalia Del Mar'e

This spacious home sleeps 18 and you can save 10% on any reservation for September and October. Every week in October is still available!

Upcoming Concerts in Myrtle Beach Fall 2017

Are you a huge fan of music? Why not take your vacation (or staycation) to the next level by attending one of these amazing concerts in the Myrtle Beach area this fall? All of these venues are a short drive away from our rentals in Surfside Beach and Garden City Beach:

Phillip Phillips - August 29, 2017 This American Idol alum has made a name on his jam-band style and pop sound. If you love Dave Matthews Band and Mumford & Sons, you will like him.

The Eli Young Band - September 3, 2017 House of Blues The Eli Young Band is a country band with a singer/songwriter at the helm. You're sure to love their boot-stomping anthems as well as the slower ballads. A great date night idea for Labor Day Weekend!

Clint Black - October 14, 2017 Alabama Theatre This Country music crooner was well-loved in the 1990s and is sure to play his classics like "Nothing but the Headlights," "Second Wind," "Killin' Time" and "Like the Rain."

John Pardi - November 4, 2017 House of Blues This country up-and-comer is best known for his hits "Missin' You Crazy" and "Up All Night." His current album single is "Head Over Boots" and has been doing well on the country charts. A great idea for girls or boys night out!

The Ultimate Surfside Beach Vacation Playlist

Is there anything better than kicking back in the sunshine with a beer in your hand? We've created a playlist that will be perfect for your vacation with us--or if you're just in the office wishing you were on vacation. These songs will make you feel like you're lounging at the pool, grilling out or playing Spyderball on the beach even when you're not:

Good Time - Alan Jackson

Beachin' - Jake Owen

Knee Deep - Zac Brown Band

Dancin', Shaggin' on the Boulevard - Alabama

Fishin' in the Dark - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Summertime - Kenny Chesney

Seventeen - Tim McGraw

Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes

Ready Set Roll - Chase Rice

Watermelon Crawl - Tracy Byrd

Boat Drinks - Jimmy Buffett

Jammin' - Bob Marley

Long, Hot Summer - Keith Urban

Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson

Download the full playlist from Spotify and get to rockin'! And if you have suggestions for additions, share them with us on our Facebook page!

Dog Regulations at Surfside Beach, SC

We often get asked about dog-friendly vacation rentals. After all, who wouldn't want to bring their four-legged kids along on the family trip? Surfside Beach does have strict policies when it comes to dogs on the beach during peak months, however. This is not only for the protection of all visitors, but also for the protection of your beloved fur kids. The sand is hot and the summer sun is powerful, making it a tough environment for canines. Here's the scoop on year-round dog rules so you can plan your vacation accordingly:

May 15 - September 15

Dogs or other domestic pets are not permitted on the public beach.

September 16 - May 14

Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach.

So if you're looking for the perfect getaway for your family and looking for dog-friendly rentals in Surfside Beach, try looking for fall, winter or early spring dates so that your pup can enjoy the beach as well. And don't forget that your pet must be up-to-date on all vaccinations (always a good idea before you travel anywhere) and owners are always responsible for picking up after dogs. Please help us keep the town of Surfside Beach looking beautiful for future visitors! And for those who love the idea of horseback rides on the beach, Surfside does not permit this. Horses and other large animals are not allowed on the beach at any time during the year.

5 Kid-Friendly Summer Snacks

Surfside Beach is an incredibly affordable place for your family vacation, but we know that the cost of food is one that can add up quickly when you’re staying for a week. If you’re renting a vacation house with Surfside Realty, kitchens are a huge perk. Here are a few snacks that are healthier than a bag of chips and easy to whip up that will keep the kids happy: 

Celery, peanut butter and raisins

You might recall, but this snack was called “ants on a log” when you were a kid. But it packs a protein punch with the peanut butter and is delicious. Not to mention, it’s easy to execute in the morning before everyone gets going.

Guacamole

Your children may not love avocados, but most kids love the tangy taste of guacamole. All you need is a few limes, tomatoes, avocados, red onion and cilantro and presto! You’ve got a healthy dip that everyone will love! 

Sausage cheese muffins

These are easily transportable to the beach and will keep them full between meals. Grab the easy recipe here.

Pinwheels

These easy tortilla roll-ups look impressive, but they’re easily. Cream cheese, salsa and cheese are delicious together and will also work as a vegetarian option.

Ham & cheese sliders

Sliders are perfect for little kids’ hands. Add a little mustard or dijon, your ham and cheeses of choice and voila! Insta-snack!

Sunscreen Tips for your Surfside Beach Vacation

We love the sun and surf on our beautiful South Carolina coast, but the importance of using sunscreen when you’re outside cannot be overstated. We want our guests to enjoy their vacations, not spend it hurting and peeling. However, even when we have the best of intentions, we aren’t thorough enough with our sunscreen use. Here are a few tips for keeping your family safe in the sun:

 

  1. Look for “Broad Spectrum” sunscreen

Broad spectrum means that it protects from UVA and UVB rays, which both play a part in the development of melanoma.

 

  1. Apply early and often

Especially on children and fair skin individuals, you need to apply your sunscreen before you get to the beach and apply every 45 minutes to an hour after that. Try looking for sweat and waterproof formulas if your kids are going to be romping in the waves.

 

  1. Watch the wind

If you’re applying a sunscreen that sprays on, be sure to block the wind as much as possible. It’s easy for it to blow away and not actually hit your skin, which means you’re prone to a burn.

 

  1. Use sunscreen specialized for your face

Many companies offer face-specific sunscreen options and these are worth purchasing. Face formulas are usually stronger and don’t sting if it gets in your eyes from sweat or getting dunked in the pool.

 

  1. Don’t skip it on a cloudy day

Sometimes, cloudy days are the best time to go to the beach. There are fewer crowds and the heat isn’t as extreme. However, do not miss your sunscreen application on these days. UVA and UVB rays can come through the clouds with ease and burn your skin!

 

  1. Use an umbrella for shade

Umbrellas and small tents are permitted on Surfside Beach as long as they don’t impede the lifeguards’ views. Seek shade in the height of the afternoon when the sun’s rays are at its strongest.

If you do get burned, try using aloe and coconut oil to soothe your skin. And moisturize often to stave off the peeling. If you have blisters, see a physician.

What are your favorite sunscreen tips or favorite brands to utilize?

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