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2017 Guide to Halloween Activities Around Columbia

2017 Guide to Halloween Activities Around Columbia | Columbia SC Moms BlogIt is officially fall, y’all. And the Columbia area is PACKED with Halloween activities for kids and families! From haunted houses to candy trails, trunk-or-treats to spooky story times, ghouls at the zoo to parties in the park — there’s something for everyone!

2017 Corn Maze – American Farmer

Dates: September 22 – November 12, 2017

Times: Friday 6 – 11 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday: 2 – 7 p.m. (last ticket sold one hour before closing)

*October 9th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m

Location: Clinton Sease Farms, 382 Olde Farm Road, Lexington 29072

Cost: Tickets $12, 2 and under free

Details: Discover the history and contributions of the American farmer as you explore the life of a farmer. Bring your own flashlight.


Deceased Farms

Dates: September 22 – November 4, 2017 (limited to weekends and certain days of the week)

Time: 7:30 p.m. (last ticket sold at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday & Halloween, and 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday)

Location: Clinton Sease Farms, 382 Olde Farm Road, Lexington 29072

Cost: Tickets between $16-$20; Fast pass $35 (all tickets cash only, ATM on premises), Group rates available. They recommend children 12 years of age and up, but will allow children younger if accompanied by an adult. Refunds are not offered, so be sure your child is mature enough to handle the experience.

Details: We’ve combined our two attractions into one continuous self guided haunt. Now you can experience our 6 buildings that are guaranteed to leave you screaming with less waiting in line.

Deceased Farm begins with a unique, mind-warping trip through a 3D nightmare. While wearing your glasses, you will be surrounded with astonishingly detailed artwork, ghastly monsters with their toys, and 3D effects sure to have you questioning your sanity.  You will then be transported to a dark and desolate farm, inhabited by unspeakable creatures hoping to make you this year’s harvest! Just when you think you have made it out alive, you will be plunged into 2 acres of dark cornfields. Good luck escaping the horror hiding behind the stalks.  No one really knows what lurks in those fields!

For more entertainment while at Deceased Farm this Fall, be sure to check out our highly raved about zombie paintball shooting gallery. You can gather around our coffin fire pit to enjoy s’mores with your friends. Enjoy a cold one at “Deceased Brews” (No I.D., no beverage. No exceptions.)


Dark Knight’s Terror Trail

Dates: September 29 – November 4, 2017 (limited to weekends and certain days of the week)

Times: 7 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. (open until 11:45 p.m. on Halloween)

Location: 2076 Hwy Church Road, Elgin 29045

Cost: Ticket prices range from $10- $26

Details: The Midland’s Triple Haunted Attraction, The Dark Knight’s Terror Trail is back. The three unique haunts are back and better than ever. Wind your way ever deeper into an indoor haunted warehouse; embark on a dark hike into the outdoors as we take you out of your comfort zone and into the woods or engage within our very popular Zombie Zone, the first of its kind in South Carolina: A Zombie survival scenario where you are put into the middle of the action and combat zombies, but watch out because you never know when one of your friend may become one of your enemies.


Hall of Horrors

Dates: September 30 – October 31, 2017 (limited to weekends and certain days of the week)

Times: Dates and times vary

Location: 1153 Walter Price Street, Cayce 29033

Cost: $10 general admission, $20 RIP admission (skip-the-line), $10 Mission: Survival Zombie Experience. Mission: Survival Zombie Experience tickets must be purchased online. Customers may pay with cash or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover) for Origins at the box office.

Details: The last three years have provided glimpses into the depraved mind of Doctor Darling. His experiments have been so depraved, many have wondered: how did he become so evil? Or was he born this way? Nature versus nurture…it’s the age old question. HALL OF HORRORS: ORIGINS brings Frederick Darling’s formative years to haunting reality where you will experience his abusive childhood, his orphaned adolescence, and his isolated years of medical residency. Desperate to prove himself, do his ends justify his means? Is science ever worth the sacrifice?

Mission: Survival Zombie Experience is a ten minute outdoor mission for 2-5 people. Will your group be the fastest to complete all three missions before you are infected by the zombies? There are a limited number of tickets sold each night; so make sure you claim your tickets early at the box office.


Disturbia Down South

Dates: September 30 – October 31, 2017 (limited to weekends and certain days of the week)

Times: 8 – 11 p.m.

Location: 2615 Hwy 6, Gaston 29053

Cost: $15 per person, $5 off with valid military ID or uniform

Details: SC’s newest and most frightening outdoor haunted attraction! Call (803) 580-1110 for more information.


Scarecrows in the Garden

Date: October 1 – 31, 2017

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Location:Gardens of the Robert Mills House – 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia 29201

Cost: FREE!

Details:  Scarecrows have taken over the Robert Mills House & Gardens! This free exhibit features handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, businesses, organizations and classrooms. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, you’ll see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. Keep an eye out for “Sneaky Steve,” a mischievous scarecrow hiding somewhere on the grounds in a new location each week.  Vote throughout the month for the “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Class Crow” by visiting the Gift Shop at Robert Mills!



Kid’s Corn Maze

Date: October 1 – 31, 2017 (Monday – Saturday)

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Wingard’s Nursery & Garden Center, 1403 N. Lake Dr., Lexington 29072

Cost: $3

Details: Bring the little ones for our amazing Corn Maze, just the right size for younger kids. Make it a new tradition and capture those memories! Pay $3 for each child to explore the maze and get a pumpkin at the end. Great spots throughout the maze for photo opportunities! Purchase tickets in our Fresh Produce Market. Tickets cannot be purchased online.


TeenScene: Haunted Happenings

Date: October 10, 2017

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Location: Swansea Branch Library, 199 N. Lawrence Avenue, Swansea 29160

Cost: FREE!

Details: Spooktacular hauntings, call (803) 785 – 3519 for more information.


Tween Extreme: Halloween Cos-Play/Zombies

Date: October 12, 2017

Time: 4 – 5 p.m.

Location: Chapin Branch Library, 129 N.W. Columbia Avenue, Chapin 29036

Cost: FREE!

Details: This is a no-brainer — decorate some wickedly sweet zombie-bread men. Their bite is worth the fright. Come dressed in your favorite Halloween Costume. Registration required. For more information, call 345-5479. Grades 4-7.


Tween Extreme: Harry Potter Potions Class

Date: October 12, 2017

Time: 4 – 5 p.m.

Location: Lexington Main Branch, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington 29072

Cost: FREE!

Details:  Come take the Sorting Hat test, have Potter-themed snacks, and prepare “potions” in a Snape-free environment. Points go to your house if you come in your Hogwarts uniform or other Potter regalia. Grades 4-7.


Spirits Alive at Elmwood Cemetery

Date: October 12, 2017

Time: 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Location: 501 Elmwood Ave, Columbia 29201

Cost: Members: $8 adults, $4 youth Non-members: $12 adults, $6 youth.

Details: Grab your flashlight and join Historic Columbia and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the moon! Different than the regular monthly tours, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours feature costumed tour guides, snacks and other Halloween-related activities. Admission includes tour of Elmwood Cemetery and light snacks. Reservations required. Tours begin every 30 minutes with the last tour beginning at 8:30 p.m.



Books & Beyond: Halloween Science Experiments

Date: October 13, 2017

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Location: South Congaree – Pine Ridge Branch, 200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia 29172

Cost: FREE!

Details: Join us as we conduct spooky Halloween science experiments. Call 785-3050 for more information.


Nevermore 2.0: Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

Date: October 13, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212

Cost: FREE!

Details: Chad’s all new “Nevermore 2.0” program features unique renditions of Poe’s “The Bells,” “Alone” as well as “The Cask of Amontillado” – complete with lots of audience participation.  Along with the aforementioned featured works, Chad will also highlight several of Poe’s lesser known tales of mystery and horror including, but not limited to “The Premature Burial,” “Berenice,” “The Oblong Box,” “The Oval Portrait,” “Hop-Frog,”Ligeia,” and “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar.”


Gilbert House of Terror

Dates: October 13 – 31, 2017 (limited to weekends)

Time: 7:30 p.m. (Last ticket is sold at 11 p.m.).

Location: 739 Harley Taylor Road, Gilbert 29054

Cost: $15 general admission, not recommended for children under 10, cash only. -$10 special 10/13 & 10/29

Details: Traditional outdoor haunt provides a fun and thrilling 13 terror filled scenes during our eight nights of fright. Bring your family and friends out for a fun time. Sure to provide memories of laughter and screams to help our community.


Dia de los Muertos

Date: October 14, 2017

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.

Location: Lexington Main Branch, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington 29072

Cost: FREE!

Details: Join us for a bilingual holiday celebration featuring bilingual stories, crafts, songs, and light refreshments. Sponsored by Lexington School District One Parenting Center and the Lexington Main Library Youth Services Department. Children of all ages are welcome.


DIY: Trick and Treat

Date: October 14, 2017

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Eastover, Eastover Meeting Room, 608 Main Street, Eastover 29044

Cost: FREE!

Details: Make your spooky glow in the dark pumpkin and delicious vampire teeth in preparation of Halloween. Age Group(s): 6-8, 9-12.



TeenScene: Bottle Scarecrows

Date: October 16, 2017

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Location: Gaston Branch Library, 214 South Main Street, Gaston 29053

Cost: FREE!

Details: During this program, teens will get to express their creativity as they make scarecrows out of old Starbucks bottles.


Tween Extreme: Paranormal Science

Date: October 19, 2017

Time: 6 – 7 p.m.

Location: Pelion Branch Library ,206 Pine Street, Pelion 29123

Cost: FREE!

Details: Learn about the paranormal and paranormal investigations. 


Books & Beyond: Mad Scientist Party

Date: October 20, 2017

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.

Location: Swansea Branch Library, 199 N. Lawrence Ave., Swansea 29160

Cost: FREE!

Details: We will make our own ghoulish slime and have scary treats to eat. Call 785-3519 for more information.


TeenScene: Halloween Minute to Win It

Dates: October 20, 2017

Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Location: South Congaree – Pine Ridge Branch, 200 Sunset Drive, West Columbia 29172

Cost: FREE!

Details: Join us as we play a Halloween version of Minute to Win It.  Call 785-3050 for more information.


Boo at the Zoo

Dates: October 20 – 30, 2017

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Location: Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia 29210

Cost: $9 Riverbanks members, $11 general public, children younger than 2 free. Tickets should be purchased in advance. A limited number of tickets available, and most nights will sell out! Any unsold tickets the night of will be $13 at the gate.

Details: Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with a trick-or-treat trail (bring your own bag or container for collecting candy), Frankenstein’s foam zone, Mummy’s Eeeky Freaky Dancy party and much more! Bring extra cash to participate in the marshmallow roast, haunted carousel ($2) and spooky spots & stripes railroad ($2).



Pumpkin Patch Express

Date: October 21 & 28, 2017

Time: every hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Location: South Carolina Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Rd., Winnsboro 29180 

Cost: Coach $15 ages 3 and up; Open Air $20.00 ages 3 and up

Details: Ride with us to our magical Pumpkin Patch where children will select a pumpkin to take home and have their picture taken.


Do-It-Yourself Crafty Costumes

Date: October 21, 2017

Time: 10:30 – 11: 30 a.m. 

Location: Cayce – West Columbia Branch Library, 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia 29169

Cost: FREE!

Details: Stretch your imagination and use our supplies to invent a creative costume!


Fall Festival

Date: October 21, 2017

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.  

Location: Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212

Cost: FREE!

Details: Get ready for Fall with a costume parade, food, a food truck, games, and more. Call 785-7880 for more information.


Thrills at the Mill Halloween Festival

Date: October 22, 2017

Time: 4 – 7 p.m.

Location: Lexington’s Old Mill, 711 E Main St, Lexington 2907

Details: Bring your family for trick or treating, face painting, games, photo booth, costume contest, live music, and more!


Strictly Teal Pumpkin Trunk Or Treat

Date: October 22, 2017

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Location: South Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine, 612 St. Andrews Rd suite 2, Columbia 29210

Cost: FREE!

Details: Come out and join us for a trunk or treat dedicated to food allergy affected kids. A safe, no food-no candy trunk or treat. Only non food prizes will be given. Decorate your trunks however you want. Just no food! We hope to have a few games set up for the kids to play in between trunks. All kids are welcome, not just food allergy affected. We welcome everyone to come out and support our first annual strictly teal pumpkin trunk or treat and to help raise awareness for food allergies. Register here


Lake Scare-o-lina

Date: October 22, 2017

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Location: Jeep Rogers Family YMCA, 900 Lake Carolina Drive, Columbia 29229

Cost: FREE!

Details: Village Church presents a family friendly Fall festival at the Jeep Rogers YMCA in Lake Carolina. The event includes an inflatable slide & obstacle course, the Fun Bus, a hayride, pumpkin patch, cake walk, lots of candy and more! Come dressed in a Non-scary costume and enjoy this family event.


SC History: Lexington County Superstitions

Date: October 24, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

Location: Lexington Main Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington 29072

Cost: FREE!

Details: Presented by J.R. Fennell, Director of Lexington County Museum


Trick or Treat with the Greeks

Date: October 25, 2017

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Location: Greek Village at USC, Bounded by Blossom St., Wheat St., Gadsden St., and Lincoln St., Columbia 29208 

Cost: FREE!

Details: The Greek Village is open to children from the university family and Columbia community for trick or treating. Chapters put together carnival games such as face painting, cake walks, balloon darts, bounce houses and more to entertain children.



HOWLoween Tricks & Treats

Date: October 26, 2017

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Location: Grill Marks, 711 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: FREE!

Details: There will be free treats for kids and/or dogs in costume as well as a costume contest (winner revealed at 8 p.m.). We will also have games and photo opportunities at this free event.


Historic Columbia’s Trunk or Treat

Date: October 27, 2017

Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Location: Robert Mills House Parking Lot – 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: FREE!

Details: Children will enjoy trick-or-treating with a twist in a safe and fun environment. Community members and organizations will display decorated trunks filled with candy in the parking lot of the Robert Mills House. Awards and prizes for best costumes, best decorated trunk, and scarecrows will be given at 6:45 p.m.


Midland Madness Fall Festival

Date: October 27, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Midland Baseball Complex, 2768 Fish Hatchery Rd, West Columbia 29172

Cost: Free food for kids in costume while supplies last. Food available for purchase.

Details: Join us for the 2nd Annual Midland Madness Fall Festival. More details will follow as the event gets closer. Please message us if you have questions or would like to volunteer.


Halloween at the Park

Date: October 27, 2017

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Hwy, Chapin 29036

Cost: A wristband can be purchased for $5 per child. Concessions will available for purchase.

Details: Bring your little ghosts and goblins trick-or-treating on our outdoor trick-or-treat trail through the park. Inside, enjoy carnival games and prizes, a costume contest, SCREAM contest, and all the family fun you can imagine! 


Dracula: Ballet with a Bite

Dates: October 27 – 28, 2017

Time: 7 p.m. 

Location: Koger Center, 1051 Greene Street, Columbia 29201

Cost: $20 – $48

Details: Blood, fangs, and death are just a few of the things you will find in this favorite Halloween cult classic. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, we see Count Dracula continue his seductive reign of terror with his Brides of Darkness in Transylvania. There is a gala following the Friday performance and our annual costume contest during the Saturday performance.


Make It, Take It Halloween Crafts

Date: October 28, 2017

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Location: Richland Library Eastover, Eastover Meeting Room, 608 Main Street, Eastover 29044

Cost: FREE

Details: Kids and teens are invited to concoct a fun, spooky and silly Halloween Treat Bag, and claim a treat to take home. Age Group(s): Children All Ages, 13 – 18


Will O’The Wisp

Date: October 28, 2017

Time: 4 – 8 p.m.

LocationSaluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia 29212

Cost: $7 per child/$2 per adult in advance, $8 per child/$3 per adult day of

Details: Enjoy train rides, s’mores, face painting, crafts, the mega maze, the famous Pumpkin Show, amazing animals with park ranger Zach Pensa, games, and candy! Tickets are limited and should be purchased in advance. If tickets are still available on Oct. 28, they will be sold at the start of the event.


The Market Fall Festival

Date: October 29, 2017

Time: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: SC State Farmer’s Market, 322 Little Brooke Lane, West Columbia 29172

Cost: FREE

Details: Celebrate Fall with The Market Restaurant and Tea Room! Enjoy a fun-filled day of food, local artisans, and live entertainment at the SC State Farmer’s Market. Bring the kids in costume for trick or treating with the vendors! 


Halloween Hoopla

Date: October 31, 2017

Time: 4 – 8 p.m.

Location: EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St, Columbia 29201

Cost: 12 and under free, 13 and up $5

Details: Surprises await trick or treaters behind more than 10 doors at EdVenture! Halloween Happening features a slime machine, pumpkin smashing, a costume contest for the grown-ups and of course scary amounts of candy. Attendees are invited to be in their best Halloween attire and even EDDIE®, the world’s largest child, will be showing off his black Halloween mask!


Hallelujah Festival | Trunk-or-Treat

Date: October 31, 2017

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Location: Bethel AME Church, 819 Woodrow Street, Columbia 29205

Cost: FREE

Details: This fall event is a safe alternative to going trick-or-treating door-to-door. Trunk-or-treat with us and experience an evening of amusement for children and adults. The night of fellowship offers fun games, cool prizes, good food, and of course, candy. Festival-goers are welcome to wear family-friendly costumes.


Know of an event you didn’t see on the list? Share with us below!

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11 Responses to 2017 Guide to Halloween Activities Around Columbia

  1. Jennifer Gerdes September 26, 2017 at 9:10 am #

    The Market Fall Festival on October 29th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm will have trick or treating, face painting, balloon animals, storytelling and more! Hosted by The Market Tea Room and The Market Restaurant at the SC State Farmer’s Market.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles September 26, 2017 at 10:59 am #

      Thanks for sharing! We’d love to add this event to the list. Do you have a link we can include? Thanks!

  2. Charis Lancaster September 27, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

    The SC Railroad Museum has Pumpkin Express train rides on 10/21 and 10/28.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles September 29, 2017 at 10:36 am #

      Thanks for sharing! We’ll add it to the list.

  3. Emily Stoll September 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    Not-So-Spooky Halloween Stroll from 3 – 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 31. Enjoy some Halloween-themed stories at Richland Library Main. Then trick-or-treat at the library and surrounding businesses in the Main Street District. At the moment, more than a dozen are serving as trick-or-treat spots. In addition, the Yellow Shirts will be available to help families safely cross Assembly Street.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles September 29, 2017 at 10:36 am #

      Thanks for sharing! We’ll add it to the list.

  4. Linda Spainhor September 29, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    Halloween in the Park – Mount Tabor Lutheran Church – 1000 B Avenue, West Columbia. October 29th 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Totally free, family friendly community event. We offer dinner, games, and prizes for all ages. Attractions include – mechanical bull, bounce house, laser tag maze and more!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles September 29, 2017 at 11:12 pm #

      Thanks for sharing! Do you have a link we can include?

  5. Christina Hopgood October 10, 2017 at 10:38 am #

    ‘Howloween Tricks & Treats’- Grill Marks in the Vista (711 Gervais St.) – Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017- There will be free treats for kids and/or dogs in costume as well as a costume contest (winner revealed at 8pm). We will also have games and photo opportunities at this free event.

  6. Chaunte McClure October 17, 2017 at 8:38 am #

    Hallelujah Festival — Oct. 31 — 6-8 p.m. Bethel AME Church, 819 Woodrow Street, Columbia

    Bethel A.M.E.Church invites you to our annual Hallelujah Festival from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31. This fall event is a safe alternative to going trick-or-treating door-to-door.

    Trunk-or-treat with us and experience an evening of amusement for children and adults. The night of fellowship offers fun games, cool prizes, good food, and of course, candy. Everything is free! Festival-goers are welcome to wear family-friendly costumes.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles October 17, 2017 at 9:59 am #

      Thanks for the information! We will update our list.

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