2020 Guide to Halloween Events Around Columbia

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It’s fall y’all which means … Halloween time! Check out the great events that the Columbia area has to offer below! From haunted houses to trunk or treats, corn mazes and more – there’s something for everyone!

Deceased Farms

Dates: September 18– October 31, 2020 (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 $18-$22; Fast pass $35; VIP $50 (all tickets cash only, ATM on premises), Group rates available.

Details: Come experience our self guided haunt through 6 terrifying buildings, 3 outdoor zones and creepy corn fields.

Deceased Farm begins with a visit to the brand new Dead and Breakfast before being transported to a dark and desolate farm inhabited by unspeakable creatures hoping to make you this year’s harvest!

Deceased Farm is an intense haunted attraction and is NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. Deceased Farm does not offer refunds, so make sure your child is mature enough to handle the attraction. 


2020 Corn Maze – Amazed by the Weather

Dates: September 18 – November 15, 2020

Times: Fridays 6 – 11 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sundays 2 – 7 p.m. (last ticket sold one hour before closing)

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

Cost: $14/person with unlimited hayrides, children 3 and under FREE. Tickets can be purchased up to one hour prior to closing time.

Details: Admissions includes the following and more!

  • Corn Snake
  • Tire Climbing Wall
  • Tire Swing
  • Tube Swing
  • Tricycle Raceway
  • Tire Maze
  • Marshmallow Maze
  • Animals
  • Stick Pony Corral
  • Pedal Carts
  • Cow Train
  • Corn Hole
  • Gaga Ball
  • 2 Combine Slides
  • Big 40 foot Slide
  • Rubber Duck Races 
  • 4 Square Ball
  • Story Board Maze
  • Sand Box
  • Corn Table
  • Wooden Playground Structures
  • Funky Pumpkin Art Barn
  • Admission to Pumpkin Patch
  • Horse Go Around
  • Farmer Sease’s Basketball
  • Jenga 
  • Cotton Bin
  • Unlimited Hayrides
  • Football Throw
  • Austria Teeter Totter
  • Pumpkin patch (pumpkins cost extra)

Dark Castle Haunted Attractions

Dates: September 24 – November 1, 2020  (limited to weekends and certain days of the week)

Times: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. (weekdays), 11 p.m. or midnight (on varying weekends)

Location: 2076 Hwy Church Road, Elgin 29045

Cost: $22

Details: Elgin’s Extreme Haunted Attraction, The Dark Knights Terror Trail is back for 2020! A Spooky hike into the outdoors, as we take you out of your comfort zone and into the woods of our newly enhanced trail… and our very popular Zombie Zone, 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. We are also offering 5 minute escape rooms this year! Protection face masks will be required to enter the facilities. We’ll also have masks available for those who need one. Ticket includes admission into our indoor haunted house, our outdoor guided trail through the woods, and our interactive zombie shoot!


OZtober at the State Museum

Date: October 1 – 31, 2020

Time: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Location: SC State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201

Cost: General Admission: Adult $8.95, Senior (Ages 62 +) $7.95, Children (ages 3-12) $6.95; Shows require an additional charge

Details: The State Museum’s popular Halloween tradition returns with health and safety precautions in place! Enjoy a month of OZ themed Halloween fun with family and friends – on site and online.

Travel to Oz with daily showings of, The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience™ and enjoy special OZ themed fun on select weekends all month long.

For health and safety the museum is managing gallery and theater capacity, requiring social distancing, and has increased cleaning frequency. Per Gov. McMaster’s executive order, guests aged 3 and above are required to wear a face covering while visiting state buildings.


Pumpkin Planetarium Lighting

Date: October 3, 2020

Time: 5 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: SC State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201

Cost: General Admission: Adult $8.95, Senior (Ages 62 +) $7.95, Children (ages 3-12) $6.95; Shows require an additional charge

Details: Travel to Oz with showings of, The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience™ in the 4D Theater and Skies Over Oz in the planetarium during these special extended hours! Plus, explore four floors of permanent and changing exhibits.

At the end of the evening, guests are invited to help ‘light’ the museum’s 55ft Jack-O-Planetarium at 8:15 p.m. with socially-distant fun outside!

For health and safety the museum is managing gallery and theater capacity, requiring social distancing, and has increased cleaning frequency. Per Gov. McMaster’s executive order, guests aged 3 and above are required to wear a face covering while visiting state buildings. Due to limited capacities advance online ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.


Saturday in Oz

Date: October 3 and October 31, 2020

Time: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: SC State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201

Cost: General Admission: Adult $8.95, Senior (Ages 62 +) $7.95, Children (ages 3-12) $6.95; Shows require an additional charge

Details: Travel to Oz with showings of, The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience™ and enjoy special OZ themed fun into the evening. Then stay late and help us ‘light’ the museum’s 55ft Jack-O-Planetarium!

For health and safety the museum is managing gallery and theater capacity, requiring social distancing, and has increased cleaning frequency. Per Gov. McMaster’s executive order, guests aged 3 and above are required to wear a face covering while visiting state buildings.


October Festival for Special Needs & Families

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.

Location: Village Green at Lake Carolina, Columbia 29229

Cost: FREE!

Details: Join us for our annual event featuring pumpkin festival, music, piñatas, food and vendors. Includes a special fun mile bike look for children 3 – 13 and special needs folks. This is a fundraiser for Abundant Life Equipment Lending Library. 

Halloween Creepy Crawlies – Free Zoom Class! (Extra Kid Friendly!)

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020

Time: 4 – 5 p.m.

Location: Virtual (register here: http://www.scwf.org/events/2020/10/23/halloweencreepycrawlies)

Cost: FREE!

Details: Join SCWF on Zoom for a free education class! From the creepies to the crawlies, we’re covering it all during this Halloween themed class about some of the spookiest creatures in South Carolina!!! We’ll listen to hoots, screams, grunts, and other strange sounds of the night and talk about what they mean. We’ll also talk about animals with no legs, some that have dozens of legs, and others with eight legs…

And with keeping Halloween in mind we’ll also discuss some of the blood sucking species we have!!! This webinar was created for nature lovers of all ages so gather the family around the computer and enjoy learning about some of South Carolina’s most bizarre creatures.
 
Halloween costumes encouraged! REGISTER HERE: http://www.scwf.org/…/2020/10/23/halloweencreepycrawlies

Halloween at the Park

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020

Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Melvin Park, 370 Eptings Camp Rd Chapin 29036

Cost: $5/Person; $20/Max per family

Details: Join us at Melvin Park for some Halloween Fun! The trick-or-treat trail will be held on the baseball fields from 6:00-7:30 p.m. After the trick-or-treat trail, stay for our Halloween family movie night. The movie will begin 7:30 p.m. Food trucks and other local food vendors will be available from 6:00–8:30 p.m. Tickets are limited Purchase tickets online at www.icrc.net or call 803-345-6181. All ages.


Fireside Hauntings & Homicides of the Dutch Fork

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020

Time: 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m.

Location: Irmo Community Park, 7473 Church Street, Irmo 29063

Cost: Free

Details: Join the Dutch Fork Historical Society for our “Fireside Hauntings & Homicides of the Dutch Fork” on Friday, October 23rd, 2020, at the Community Park of Irmo and hear stories of murders, hauntings, legends and folklore of the Dutch Fork. The historical accounts and stories will start on the hour at 7 pm, 8 pm, and 9 pm, and last about 30 minutes, with time for questions following each. All stories are factual and have been researched and documented to ensure accuracy. This FREE event is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. There is no charge and all that is asked is to sign in at our welcome table upon your arrival.


Boo at the Zoo

Dates: October 23 – 30, 2020

Time: 5 – 9 p.m.

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

Cost: $11 Riverbanks members, $13 general public, children younger than 2 free. Timed arrival tickets are required and must be purchased in advance. Any unsold tickets will be $15.

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), Delight in Ray’s Moonlight Magic, and Summon the Halloween spirits with the Eeky Freaky DJ! Bring extra cash to participate in the marshmallow roast, haunted carousel ($2) and spooky spots & stripes railroad ($2).


Pumpkin Carving Contest

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020

Time: 3 – 6:30 p.m.

LocationSaluda Shoals Park East, 6071 St Andrews Road, Columbia 29212

Cost: $3/pumpkin

Details: Carve your best Halloween pumpkin and enter it into the pumpkin carving contest at Saluda Shoals Park. Pumpkins will be on display along the Trick-or-Treat Trail at Leo’s Landing Playground.

  • Register your pumpkin by Thursday, October 22
  • Participants must drop off their pumpkins on Sat., Oct. 24 between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be given
  • Winners will be contacted the week following the event
  • $3/pumpkin

Register Here!


Halloween at Saluda Shoals Park

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020

Time: 3 – 8:30 p.m.

LocationSaluda Shoals Park East, 6071 St Andrews Road, Columbia 29212

Cost: $5 – $25

Details: Join us at Saluda Shoals Park for some Halloween Fun! The trick-or- treat trail will be held at Leo’s Landing Playground from 3:00-6:30 p.m.! After the trick-or-treat trail, stay for our drive-in movie showing of The Addams Family (2019). The movie will begin at nightfall (around 7:00 p.m.). Food trucks and other local food vendors will be available from 3:00–7:00 p.m. Please enter at 6071 St. Andrews Road, Columbia 29212. Tickets are limited and should be purchased in advance.

  • Ages 12 and under (for the trick or treat trail),
  • Drive-in Movie & Trick-or-Treat Trail: $25/Per vehicle
  • Drive-in Movie ONLY: $15/Per vehicle
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail ONLY: $5/Per child
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail: 3:00-6:30 p.m.
  • Drive-in Movie: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Purchase Tickets

Kids Halloween Fest

Date: Saturday, October 24 2020

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Location: Charismatic Dance, 3040 McNaughton Rd. Suite C, Columbia 29223

Cost: $5/Person

Details: Kids Halloween fest. Best costume giveaway, raffle prizes, several candy stations, food, drinks, music and games. MASK REQUIRED!


Pumpkin Patch Express

Date: October 24 and 31, 2020

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (trains leave on the hour)

Location: 110 Industrial Park Road Winnsboro, SC 29180

Cost: 1st Class $20; Coach $15, Caboose $100, Children 2 and under are free if riding on a lap

Details: Children of all ages ride the train to the pumpkin patch in Greenbriar where children 12 and under can select a pumpkin, decorate the pumpkin, get their faces painted, play games, and other activities.  Food trucks, Kettle Corn and Funnel Cakes are usually available in Greenbriar. We strongly request you wear a mask. For your protection, our staff will be wearing masks. Social Distancing will be practiced.


Lake Scare-o-lina

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020

Time: 4 – 6 p.m.

Location:  Village Church Parking Lot, 574 Rimer Pond Road, Blythewood 29016

Cost: FREE!

Details:  October is here and that means, Lake Scar-OLina!  This year we will have a drive-thru Lake Scar-olina through the church parking lot.  Come and see the classic cars, fire trucks, tractors, and other cool vehicles.  Each car will get a pumpkin and lots of candy!


Trick or Treat with the Greeks

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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 and more to entertain children.


OZtober – Virtual Trivia Night

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: SC State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201

Cost: FREE!

Details: South Carolina is rich in myths and legends from the mountains to the sea. Guests are invited to test their knowledge of ghostly tales and join museum staff in a special Halloween themed version of this popular weekly virtual trivia program.

First, second and third place participants will win great prizes!

Registration is required and capacity is limited. Click HERE to register now!


Halloween Halls of Insanity

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020 – Sunday, November 1

Time: Friday, October 30 – 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Saturday, October 31 – 8 p.m. – midnight; 
Sunday, November 1 – 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Location: Airsoft Columbia, 7216 Middle Street, Columbia 29223

Cost: $5 – $25

Details: Can you survive our halls of insanity and make it to the end? Take on our monsters solo, or as a team of up to 6. Run the gauntlet unarmed for the ultimate survival challenge, or hire survival supplies to help you get through. Make it to the end unscathed and you will come away with more than just your life…


TNT Halloween Party & Trunk or Treat

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Location: TNT Martial Arts, 1330 Knox Abbot Drive, Cayce 29033

Cost: Free

Details: Its time for our Annual Halloween Party! This year will be more than EPIC! You won’t want to miss all the terrifying fun! We’re thrilled to welcome everyone to TNT Martial Arts & fitness! Come Celebrate with some festive Halloween fun! We will have loads of creepy games for the kids, Trunk or treat, spooky treats and of course lots of candy! Don’t forget our costume contests and prizes! This event is FREE and open to the Public, Children and Adults. All are invited so tell your friends!!

Movies in the Garden: Hocus Pocus

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: HC Members – $5, Non-Members – $10, Children 5 and Under – Free

Details: Enjoy an evening with your family at Movies in the Garden: Hocus Pocus! Watch this 1993 classic family film in socially distanced pods on the Hampton-Preston Mansion grounds with food from one of Columbia’s local food trucks.


OZtober – Growl at the Moon

Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

Time: 6:30 – 11 p.m.

Location: SC State Museum, 301 Gervais Street, Columbia 29201

Cost: Gen. Public: $15, Museum Members: $12; Due to limited theater and event capacity advance ticket purchase is required. Please note, this event is for ages 21 and above.

Details: The State Museum’s annual adult Halloween party returns for a socially distant evening with health and safety precautions in place! Come dressed in your creative costumes and join us for an evening featuring:

  • Dark Side of the Moon planetarium laser show experience featuring the music of legendary rock band Pink Floyd
  • Scary movie trailer compilation from iconic horror films
  • Food available for purchase from a selection of local food trucks
  • Cash bar with specialty cocktail as well as beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Telescope viewing of the Moon (weather permitting)
  • Live music from Cletus Baltimore
  • Socially distant photobooth
  • And more!

For health and safety the museum is managing gallery and theater capacity, requiring social distancing, and has increased cleaning frequency. Per Gov. McMaster’s executive order, guests aged 3 and above are required to wear a face covering while visiting state buildings.

Please note: Per CDC guidelines, a costume mask cannot be used as a substitute for a face covering unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose and does not leave gaps around your face. The CDC also recommends that people do not wear a costume mask over a face covering because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breath. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed face covering.


Trunk or Treat

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020

Time: 2 – 5 p.m.

Location: VFW, 424 Cedarcrest Drive, Lexington 29072

Cost: Free

Details:Bring the kids, ages 1-12, for a safe Trick or Treating experience. Auxiliary and Comrade members are invited to come with a trunk load of treats and decorative style.


3rd Annual Irmo Community Trunk or Treat

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.

Location: TBA

Cost: Free

Details: As of now, we are only allowing 10 trunks this year. This will be a drive thru event.
Details will be posted as we complete them.


Trunk or Treat

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020

Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

Location: SC State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive, Columbia 29201

Cost: Free

Details: Hello everyone, so we have been granted permission to set up a trunk or treat at the fairgrounds this year! We have a few people that are going to be set up already but if you would like to bring a truck and be apart of it, the more the merrier!


Trunk or Treat

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Cayce Moose Lodge, 1541 Old Dunbar Road, West Columbia 29169

Cost: Free

Details: Trunk or treat! 


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Tiffany traded in back-to-back business meetings and PowerPoint presentations, for sippy cups and play dates – leaving her corporate job behind to become a stay at home mom to her 16-month-old toddler. To say life is different is an understatement, and she now has a new found love and respect for the “hardest” (and best!) job she’s ever had. A native South Carolinian, Tiffany is best described as kind-hearted and friendly, with a quick sense of humor. When she’s not toting her little one around town to the latest kid friendly activity, you can find her enjoying a latte at Drip, catching up on the latest celebrity gossip magazines, or watching old reruns of Beverly Hills 90210 from the early 90′s. She received her Masters Degree in Integrated Communications from the University of South Carolina in 2007, and enjoys reading, writing and all things "mom."

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  1. Hi! Great listing! We (The Dutch Fork Historical Society) will be holding our “Fireside Hauntings & Homicides of the Dutch Fork” at the Irmo Community Park on Friday, October 23rd, 2020!

    Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2020
    Time: 7 pm, 8 pm & 9 pm
    Location: Irmo Community Park – 7507 Eastview Drive, Irmo, SC
    Cost: Free

    Details: Join the Dutch Fork Historical Society for our “Fireside Hauntings & Homicides of the Dutch Fork” on Friday, October 23rd, 2020, at the Community Park of Irmo and hear stories of murders, hauntings, legends and folklore of the Dutch Fork.
    The historical accounts and stories will start on the hour at 7 pm, 8 pm, and 9 pm, and last about 30 minutes, with time for questions following each. All stories are factual and have been researched and documented to ensure accuracy.
    This FREE event is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. There is no charge and all that is asked is to sign in at our welcome table upon your arrival.

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