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2016 Guide to Halloween Activities Around Columbia

2016 Guide to Halloween Activities Around Columbia - Columbia SC Moms BlogThe 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!

2016 Corn Maze – Let Freedom Ring

Dates: September 16 – November 13, 2016

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)

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

Cost: Tickets $12, 2 and under free

Details: In this year’s corn maze discover highlights of American freedom, from the Declaration of Independence to the challenges of a new millennium. Explore our new design featuring the Liberty Bell. Our corn maze is educational AND fun!


Deceased Farms

Dates: September 23 – October 31, 2016 (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, 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). 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.).


Hall of Horrors

Dates: September 30 – October 31, 2016 (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). General admission tickets can be purchased online and include a $1.50 convenience fee.

Details: Hall of Horrors, the longest running haunted attraction in the Midlands is proud to unveil Xperiment 13!! Like nothing you’ve ever experienced, you’ll venture through the halls of pure hospitHELL!! For this season’s Hall of Horrors, X13: Evil Consumes You, Brentwood Behavioral’s doors have reopened to volunteers for a clinical trial of an experimental drug, Xperiment 13. This miracle drug, created by Dr. Darling, has shown signs of being a veritable cure-all in the early phases of testing. More daring souls are needed for further experiments but volunteers be warned: results may vary…


Disturbia Down South

Dates: September 30 – October 31, 2016 (limited to weekends and certain days of the week)

Times: 8 – 11 p.m.

Location: 2615 Hwy 6, Gaston 29053

Cost: $12

Details: SC’s newest and most frightening outdoor haunted attraction!


Dark Knight’s Terror Trail

Dates: September 30 – November 5, 2016 (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 $5- $30

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 it’s 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 friends, may become one of your enemies.

New for 2016 is the 5 Minute Escape Rooms! Two to choose from, find your way out of these quick versions of escape rooms! For only $5, see if you can escape with time to spare.. we can’t guarantee you will get out alive!!


Kid’s Corn Maze

Date: October 1 – 31, 2016 (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.


Pumpkin Carving Demonstration

Date: October 8, 2016

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Locations vary. Find a store near you.

Cost: Free

Details: Pumpkin carving demonstration for adults featuring the Dremel Pumpkin Cordless Carving Kit. Adults, now’s your chance to learn how to carve a pumpkin with a Dremel tool. We’ll show you how during our demonstration, and you’ll be able to try the tool yourself. However, for safety purposes this is for adults only. Registration is required and participation limited to 50 kids per participating store. Non-registered walk-ups will not receive pumpkins or sticker sheets. (Not all stores will be participating. Enter your zip code to see if your local store is holding a demonstration.)


Spirits Alive at Elmwood Cemetery

Date: October 13, 2016

Time: 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Location: 501 Elmwood Ave, Columbia, South Carolina 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.


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Books & Beyond: Monster Mash

Dates: October 14, 2016

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Details: Children channel your inner ghoul to create your very own monster. Carve out some time to scare up some fun with creepy activities and wickedly cool treats. Books & Beyond is an after school program featuring storytelling, picture books, crafts and other hands-on activities. For more information, call 785-3519, (grades K – 5).


Gilbert House of Terror

Dates: October 14 – 31, 2016 (limited to weekends)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: 739 Harley Taylor Road, Gilbert 29054

Cost: $15 general admission. Not recommended for children under 10. Save $2 by bringing 5 canned goods. Cash only.

Details: Traditional outdoor haunt provides a fun and thrilling 13 terror filled scenes during our nine 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.


Monster Mash

Dates: October 18, 2016

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Details: It’s time to get spooky and scare up some fun around the campfire. We’ll have holiday crafts and snacks, too. For more information, call 785-3519. (all ages)


TeenScene: Fright Night Games

Dates: October 20, 2016

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Details: Ghouls and guys, carve out some time to scare up some fun. Troll through a frightening race against the clock full of spooky twists and turns. Registration required. For more information, call 794-6791, ext. 5. (grades 6 – 12)


Books & Beyond: No Bones About It

Dates: October 20, 2016

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Details: It’s time to get spooky and dress up for some not-so-scary fun. We’ll share spine-tingling stories and troll through the library for tricks and treats. Books & Beyond is an after school program featuring storytelling, picture books, crafts and other hands-on activities. For more information, call 785-3050. (grades K – 5)


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Halloween at the Park

Date: October 21, 2016

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! At 8:00 p.m. join us for It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.


Boo at the Zoo

Dates: October 21 – 30, 2016

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).


Halloween Storytime

Date: October 22, 2016

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Barnes & Noble, Richland Fashion Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia 29204

Cost: Free

Details: Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is back and picking up his animal friends for a costume party. And in I Need My Monster, a unique under-the-bed story, Ethan checks under his bed for his monster Gabe and finds a note from him instead: “Gone fishing. Back in a week.” Join us for a fun-filled Halloween Storytime!


Lake Scare-o-lina

Date: October 23, 2016

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Details: Village Church presents the 12th Annual Lake Scare-O-Lina, a family friendly Fall festival. The event will include old-fashioned carnival games, a bounce house, rock wall, a hayride, pumpkin patch, cake walk, lots of candy and MUCH more fun! Come dressed in a costume and enjoy this FREE old-fashioned family event.


Halloween Costume Contest & Storytime

Date: October 27, 2016

Time: 5 – 6p.m.

Location: Chapin Branch Library

Cost: Free

Details: It’s time to get spooky and dress up for some not-so-scary fun. We’ll share spooky stories, troll through the library for tricks and treats and critique your creepy costumes. (ages 12 and under)


Holiday Happenings – Halloween Edition

Date: October 27, 2016

Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201

Cost: $25

Details: Create, bake and decorate cookies, breads and other themed sweets and top them off with creative gift wrapping. This fun cooking class is the perfect opportunity to make your special treats for teachers, neighbors friends or keep for your family. All ages welcome.


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Dracula: Ballet with a Bite

Dates: October 27 – 29, 2016

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (Thursday and Saturday); 7 – p.m. (Friday)

Location: Koger Center, 1051 Greene Street, Columbia 29201

Cost: $20 – $45

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. Columbia performance dates for this Halloween “must see” dance favorite are at October 27–29 with our annual costume contest during the Saturday performance.


Trunk or Treat at the Robert Mills House

Date: October 28, 2016

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Details: Put on your costume and join Historic Columbia as we bring the fun of Halloween to the Robert Mills House during Trunk or Treat! 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.


Thrills at the Mill 2016!

Date: October 28, 2016

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Location: Lexington’s Old Mill, 711 E Main St, Lexington 29072

Cost: Free

Details: After last year’s hiatus (thanks Juaquin), Thrills at the Mill is back! Join us on at Lexington’s Old Mill for some Halloween family fun! We will have trick or treating, games, photos, a costume contest, live music, arts & crafts, and more! We’ll look forward to seeing you all here!


Nevermore: Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe

Date: October 28, 2016

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

Details: Experience the dramatic storytelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s greatest works with mystery and magic. Some of the macabre tales include The Raven, Annabel Lee and A Dream Within a Dream. Presented in partnership with Chad Crews. For more information, call 798-7880, ext 2. Recommended for teens and adults.


Spooktacular Night at the Columbia Museum of Art

Date: October 29, 2016

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Location: Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main Street, Columbia 29201

Cost: Free

Details: Come have a ghoulishly good time at the sixth annual Spooktacular family fun event. As darkness falls, the museum transforms with ghosts, bats, pumpkins, art stations, sweet treats, and more! Make sure to wear your costume for our costume parade, embark on a spooky gallery tour, and partake in the ghoulish scavenger hunt for prizes. Also, the Columbia Marionette Theatre will perform The Tortoise and the Hare at 6:30 p.m.


Will O’The Wisp

Date: October 29, 2016

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia 29212

Cost: $5 per child, $1 per adult

Details: Join us at Saluda Shoals Park for an evening of Halloween fun! This event features: Nine games, face painting, crafts, a maze, train rides, photos on a tractor, hands-on environmental education, and our famous singing pumpkin show. S’mores and hot chocolate are also included. Come in costume and bring a bag for all the candy you can win. Ages 2 – 8.


The Blocking Dead

Date: October 30, 2016

Time: Doors open at 1 p.m., the Junior game is at 1:30 p.m., and the Adult game is at 3:30 p.m.

Location: Skate Station USA, 129 Oak Dr, Lexington 29073

Cost: $10 at the door, 8 and under free

Details: Celebrate Halloween with live roller derby action! All skaters and spectators are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes as there will be a costume contest for the following groups:

Best Costume-Junior Skater
Best Costume-Adult Skater
Best Costume-Child Spectator
Best Costume-Teen Spectator
Best Costume-Adult Spectator

We will also have a candy toss for all the kiddo’s looking for candy this Halloween. Contact [email protected] for volunteer opportunities or questions.


Halloween Hoopla

Date: October 31, 2016

Time: 4 – 8 p.m.

Location: EdVenture, 211 Gervais St, Columbia 29201

Cost: Adults $5; Children free (12 years and under)

Details: Surprises await trick or treaters behind doors throughout EdVenture! Enjoy a graveyard scavenger hunt, ghoulish green slime, pumpkin smashing, mad science and scary amounts of candy! It’s where Halloween is happening! Adults may wear costumes but they must be family-friendly. Since EdVenture’s Halloween Happening caters to young children, adults may not wear masks that cover the face.

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

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27 Responses to 2016 Guide to Halloween Activities Around Columbia

  1. Andrea September 26, 2016 at 7:09 am #

    Thrill at the mill, oct 28 at the old mill in lexington!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles September 26, 2016 at 11:32 am #

      Do you have a link with details about the event? We’d love to include it, but couldn’t find anything online. Thanks!

  2. Helen September 26, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    They have a Facebook event for the old mill here:

    https://m.facebook.com/events/1204427302929481?acontext=%7B“ref”%3A”3″%2C”action_history”%3A”null”%7D&aref=3

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles September 26, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

      Thanks for the information! We will add the event to our list.

  3. Nicole September 28, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

    Disturbia Down South runs from 9/30-10/31 and is a haunted trail

    https://m.facebook.com/disturbiadownsouthsc.81/

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles September 29, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

      Thanks for the info! We will add it to our list!

  4. Stacey October 2, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

    SPECTATORS
    Tickets for this doubleheader will be $10 at the door! Kids 8 and younger are FREE! Doors open at 1:00pm, the Junior game is at 1:30pm, and the Adult game is at 3:30pm.

    All skaters and spectators are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes as there will be a costume contest for the following groups:

    Best Costume-Junior Skater
    Best Costume-Adult Skater
    Best Costume-Child Spectator
    Best Costume-Teen Spectator
    Best Costume-Adult Spectator

    We will also have a candy toss for all the kiddo’s looking for candy this Halloween.

    Contact [email protected] for volunteer opportunities or questions.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles October 4, 2016 at 12:20 am #

      Thanks for the info! We will add it to our list!

  5. Linda October 3, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

    Natalie,

    Since Halloween is on a Monday this year, I am trying to find out when the City of Columbia is actually Trick or Treating. Can you help me?

    Thanks,

    Linda

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles October 3, 2016 at 10:30 pm #

      We’d be glad to help! Typically kids in the City of Columbia trick-or-treat on October 31, regardless of what day of the week it falls on.

  6. Heather Burns October 4, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    Trick or Treating in 5 Points October 31 from 4-7!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles October 4, 2016 at 9:07 am #

      Do you have a link with details about the event? We’d love to include it, but couldn’t find anything online. Thanks!

  7. Alisha October 23, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

    Nevermore: Tales of Edgar Allen Poe at the Irmo Branch Library October 28 6:30 PM for grades 6 – ADULT.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles October 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

      Thanks for the great info! We will add it to the list.

  8. Tabitha Tauschek October 25, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    What night is trick or treating this year? Is it on saturday the 29th, or Halloween night, which is a Tuesday? Thanks!

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles October 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

      We have always known it to be on Halloween, but it may be a good idea to check with your neighbors just in case. Hope you all have a great time!

  9. Tabitha Tauschek October 25, 2016 at 11:28 am #

    Oops meant Monday! ☺️

  10. Allison October 27, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

    Heard trick or treat this year is going to be on sunday.

    http://www.trickortreattimes.com/south-carolina/

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles October 28, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

      Thanks for sharing! Looks like this info is stating the 29210 zip code will trick or treat on Sunday. I know for us, in the 29201 zip code, our area is trick or treating on Monday. I’d always suggest double checking with your neighbors to verify, and be ready for both! Happy Halloween!

    • Mary October 29, 2016 at 1:02 am #

      My understanding is it is going to be Monday. Lexington county put out an official notice actually. Richland is sure to be Monday as well. Thanks.

  11. Cindy October 28, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    We normally go to Charwood subdivision in West Columbia. I don’t know who to contact to confirm Monday trick or treating.

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles October 28, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

      Do you know anyone who lives in the subdivision? For the most part, we’ve only heard the 29210 zip code is trick or treating on Sunday. I’d be ready for both, just in case!

  12. Heather Lewis October 30, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    So trick or treat in Lexington is Monday?

    • Tiffany Nettles
      Tiffany Nettles October 31, 2016 at 9:11 am #

      Yes! As far as we know. I’d be sure to double check with your neighbors as well. Happy Halloween!

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