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Halloween hits the streets of the IOP!

Halloween on the IOP

This is the Isle of Palms’ main Halloween celebration, centered around the island's Rec Center, and it's a good one.  It usually takes place right before Halloween.  In 2023, it was Friday, October 27th from 4:00 till 6:00 p.m.  (Exact date and details for 2024 haven't been announced yet, so stay tuned.)

They’ve redesigned this over the last few years, and it's a lot of fun.  First up, they host a Halloween Costume Golf Cart Parade.  They'll award prizes to the top three best decorated golf carts. 

Golf cart decorating on the Isle of Palms can get pretty over-the-top, especially on holidays.  On a recent July 4th, 220 golf carts took part in the July 4th parade.  And there was a whole lot of red, white and blue.  So this Halloween golf cart costume contest and parade should be worth checking out, whether you are taking part or just spectating.

The golf cart parade will start at 4:00 p.m. sharp on 27th Avenue, near the Rec Center and run until completed.  (Carts should start lining up at 3:30.)  Here’s the route: 27th Avenue toward Hartnett Boulevard, right on Hartnett, then right on 22nd Avenue, right on Waterway Boulevard, right on 29th Avenue, right on Hartnett, and then right on 28th, ending at the Rec Center parking lot. 

All golf carts must register in advance in order to take part.  

At the end of the golf cart parade route, check out the optional Drive-Thru Haunted House, for golf carts only (just electric ones, no gas-powered, and nothing over 7 feet tall.)  They’ll be handing out trick-or-treat goodie bags for all the kids. 

It'll be a carnival atmosphere at the Rec Center from 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m.  Food trucks and vendors will be situated on Hartnett Boulevard between 27th and 28th Avenues for those who want to grab a bite, and there will be inflatables for the young’uns to burn off some of that sugar energy. 

There’s no charge to take part. 

NOTE: The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffc during the parade:

  • 27th Ave from Waterway Blvd to Cameron Blvd
  • Hartnett Blvd from 21st Ave to 29th Ave
  • Waterway Blvd from 21st Ave to 30th Ave
  • 29th Ave from Waterway Blvd to Cameron Blvd

RE: Trick-or-treating:  Many houses on streets near the Rec Center give out candy for Halloween.  Hartnett and Cameron Boulevards are your best bets.  Just look for the decorated houses.  There are a ton this year!