If you are looking for a “spooky” destination, look no farther than Conway, South Carolina!
Starting October 1, 2022 the town has changed its name to “Halloween, South Carolina." The City of Conway made the big announcement in late September to rename the city Halloween, SC for the “spooky” season.
Conway leaders have been planning for months and working hard to make the city a destination for this Halloween season.
City crews have come out for years to hang pumpkins from the trees in the downtown area.
Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy made the big announcement at Conway City Hall.
"If we are right in our predictions, Conway or Halloween will be known nationwide and beyond over the next several years as the place to visit during each October," the mayor said. "There are contests galore, there are events at least every week. Our businesses as I said, just now, and institutions and churches are joining in. There will be something for people to come out to downtown bring their families and their children and have fun the entirety of the month of October."
The ceremonial name change will last throughout the month.
The photos below are something I took on October 27, 2021 on a drive back to Connecticut.
For the last three years, the city has taken its Halloween vibe and street décor very seriously. Coming over the Conway bridge into downtown, drivers can spot pumpkin baskets hanging from the trees lining Main Street. Skeletons creep at the front of city hall, which is covered in cobwebs. And witch hats hang across the breezeway beside city hall.
"We heard, 'the pumpkins make me happy,' ' the pumpkins make me smile,'" she said of the decor.
Sales at local businesses have increased, Blain-Bellamy said, which she attributes, in part, to the decorations.
Personally, I love visiting Conway. The city has some great spirit.
And the home prices aren’t bad either. Get in touch if you would like to look around!
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