Columbia Family Events | October 2022

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October in Columbia is full of fun – from pumpkin patches to hayrides, Halloween events, storytimes, art activities, outdoor events, and more! Get out your calendars and make a note of all there is to do.

Don’t forget to check out our other local guides – apple picking patches, parks & playgrounds, indoor play areas, birthday parties, kids eat free, and more!

*Please note – While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and event details on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can correct them. 

Oct
1
Fall Festival and Drive Thru Safari
Pumpkin Patch Activities, Corn Maze, Kids Games, Parakeet Adventure, Pony rides, Petting Zoo, Paint Ball Shooting
Oct
1
Backyard Saturday – Saluda Rudy Day
Join us at Leo’s Landing Playground for Backyard Saturday. Through play, families can experience nature at Saluda Shoals Park. Each program will celebrate a nature awareness day through fun activities, games, stories, and cool biofacts. For informa...
Oct
1
Fall Family Fun on the Farm and Fire Prevention
Our local Fire Department will have the Fire Truck here for Fire Prevention Month. Come out to LEVER FARMS this Fall for a great farm experience. We provide families with good wholesome fun. There is a wide variety of things to do from our kid size&n...
Oct
1
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Oct
1
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Oct
1
Columbia Children’s Theatre presents Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! With a script written by Mo Willems, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling, Caldecott Honor award-winning “Pigeon” picture books, and featuring mu...
Oct
1
Dark History Tour
Get ready for a special kind of history tour! The State Museum is offering a “Dark History Tour” exploring a variety of infamous and legendary tales throughout South Carolina’s history. Discover the true story of Columbia’s catacombs, a serie...
Oct
1
Cayce Fall Fest
The City of Cayce Events Committee is excited to announce the return of the Cayce Fall Fest! This event will be held Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 12pm-6pm. Admission is free and the festival will take place at Granby Gardens Park (1800 12th Street,...
Oct
1
Pumpkin Decorating
Get in the Halloween spirit with a little pumpkin decorating! Pick your pumpkin and make it look pretty or pretty frightening!! Pumpkins provided. Dress for a mess!
Oct
1
Lights, Camera, Action! Hocus Pocus
To gear up for the spooky season, we’ll be showing the classic, spooky film “Hocus Pocus”! Popcorn and drinks will be provided.    
Oct
2
Halloween Run and Spooky Youth Fun Run
The Halloween Run and Spooky Youth Fun Run is on October 29, 2022! There will be a 5k and kids fun run! There will even be a best-dressed costume contest! Costumes are encouraged for all ages. We can’t wait to get spooky on the Saturday before ...
Oct
2
Harvest Days
Pumpkin Patch – Mum Garden – Harvest Produce – Harvest Gifts & Decor – Food Trucks – Music – Photo Ops & More…
Oct
2
First Sunday – $1 Admission to SC State Museum
General admission is only $1 for guests on the first Sunday of every month! PLUS enjoy 4-D movies and/or planetarium shows, for only $5 each!
Oct
3
Monday Morning Makers : STEM Challenges
Feed that drive to create and rediscover your sense of wonder and excitement. Discover something new with our projects of the week, which are appropriate for those 5 or more years old. All ages and creative abilities welcome! Materials provided: cups...
Oct
3
Teen Anime/Manga Night
Join us to watch and discuss your favorite anime (and discover some new ones!)
Oct
3
E-Sports Gaming Night
Enjoy a little friendly competition, and take your gaming skills to the next level ! Challenge and spend time with fellow gamers by playing a variety of video games that are sure to entertain and are prominent in the E-sports world.  Audien...
Oct
4
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Oct
4
Hands on Art: Yarn Letters
Join us as we turn twigs and yarn into letters! This is a simple project, but be mindful that gardening gloves will be helpful for this craft. Audience: Families, Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years,&nb...
Oct
4
Little Sprouts
The littlest gardeners can enjoy nature stories and get hands-on experience with soil and plants. Dress for a mess! Audience: Young children (0-5 years)
Oct
4
Family Storytime
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. Audience: Families, Young children (0-5 years), Babies (0-18 months), Toddlers (19 months-2 years), Preschoolers (3-5)
Oct
4
Preliteracy for 4 & 5 year olds
Build early literacy and phonemic awareness skills through stories, hands on activities and imaginative play. Space is limited. Call 803.929-3434 to register.
Oct
4
Language Around the World: Body Parts
Head, shoulders, knees, & toes! Learn the names of body parts in different languages! Audience: Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years
Oct
5
Hello, Baby!
Grow your baby’s vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs. Audience: Babies (0-18 months)
Oct
5
Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: Sticks and Stones
Buildings can be made of sticks, stones, glass, brick, and much more. Join us as we discover some building materials featured in the work of European Splendors: Highlights from the Kress Collection. Key topic: buildings. This program is speciall...
Oct
5
Young Geniuses
Join us for a short storytime and a STEAM activity for future Einstein’s. Preschoolers (3-5)
Oct
5
Crafternoon
Get your craft on! Let your imagination run wild using a variety of materials provided. Paint, color, collage, or all of the above! Audience: Preschoolers (3-5), School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Oct
5
Pokemon Card: Battle Academy!
Join experts from Firefly Toys and Games (and Pikachu!) to learn how to play the Pokemon Trading Card Game. We’ll have decks for you to use while you’re here, just come ready to learn…and play! Audience: School age children (6-12...
Oct
6
Free First Thursday at the CMA
Enjoy free admission courtesy of Dominion Energy and extended hours. Go on a guided tour of new featured exhibition European Splendors: Highlights from the Kress Collection at 6:00 p.m. or take in a screening of Suicide by Su...
Oct
6
Bilingual Storytime Cuentacuentos Bilingüe
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family. We will have a craft time after!.This event is free and open to children of all ages. Comparte cuentos, canciones, y mucho más mientras aprendes ...
Oct
6
Read to a Dog
Practice reading with Juliet the therapy dog! Space is limited, so be sure to register for a guaranteed time slot. Audience: School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Oct
6
Pop Up Art Show: First Thursday Edition
Richland Library hosts an outdoor art exhibition series! Local Artists will be out in the community to meet and greet customers and community members from their own neighborhoods and exhibit their works each month this Fall.  This time, we&...
Oct
7
Fun Fridays at Wheatley
We all need a little fun in our lives, so drop by anytime between 11 – 4 for games, bubbles, art and more. We will have things to do for all ages because play isn’t just for kids!  We know that play is important for a child’s devel...
Oct
7
Hands on Art
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! Audience: Families, Preschoolers (3-5)
Oct
7
Teen HangTime: Bucket Bash Game
Bucket Bash is a monster-bashing, candy-snatching, trick-or-treat role-playing game.
Oct
8
Outdoor Movie Night – Hocus Pocus
Join us at our outdoor movie night featuring the Disney classic Halloween movie Hocus Pocus! This is not a drive-in, please bring a blanket or chairs for the movie.  Food trucks from 5:30–7:00 p.m. Movie starts at dark (7:00 p.m.) All Age...
Oct
8
Accessibility Morning – Clifford the Big Red Dog
This program provides free access for families of children, teenagers, and young adults who would benefit from a sensory-friendly experience and quieter setting at the museum. Guests who are neurodiverse, autistic, or have other disabilities can expe...
Oct
8
Backyard Saturday – Saluda Rudy Day
Join us at Leo’s Landing Playground for Backyard Saturday. Through play, families can experience nature at Saluda Shoals Park. Each program will celebrate a nature awareness day through fun activities, games, stories, and cool biofacts. For informa...
Oct
8
FIESTA!
It’s music, bilingual games, crafts, dance and so much more. Join us for this family-fun event as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!  Play “Pin the Pom Pom On the Alpaca’s Saddle,”  get curious with the “Fin...
Oct
8
Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month Storytime & Craft
Dog-Loving Kids Unite!  Our littlest library patrons are invited to attend a storytime & bookmark craft that is all about dogs and puppies!
Oct
8
15th Annual Palmetto Peanut Boil
Join us on Saturday, October 8th from Noon to 6pm for the 15th Annual Palmetto Peanut Boil. Sample all of the recipes and flavors as our teams compete for the title of Best Boiled Peanut in the state. Live music from DJ VooDoo Child and Whisky Tango ...
Oct
8
Fall Festival
Join us for our 2nd annual Fall Festival at the Suzuki Academy of Columbia! This fun family event will feature games, pony rides, vendors, and musical performances by students from the Suzuki Academy of Columbia. Proceeds from this event will benefit...
Oct
8
Fall Festival
Come join us for our biggest event of the year! Our fall festival is going to be so much fun! Games, prizes, silent auction, and so much more. Invite your friends and family to come on out!
Oct
10
Monday Morning Makers
Feed that drive to create and rediscover your sense of wonder and excitement. Discover something new with our projects of the week, which are appropriate for those 5 or more years old. All ages and creative abilities welcome!
Oct
10
Artisan’s Corner: CustoMYzed–Tote Bag Edition
Ghouls and goblins will be so jealous of the fun custom tote bag you will create! Audience: Adults, Teens (12-18 years)
Oct
11
LEGO Madness
Create robots, cities, creatures and more with LEGO building blocks. Audience: Parents, School age children (6-12 years), 6-8 years, 9-12 years
Oct
11
Peppa Pig’s Adventure
A clear bag policy is in effect for all events at The Township Auditorium. For more information on this policy, including size guidelines, please visit our website at www.thetownship.org. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 (corona vir...
Oct
12
South Carolina State Fair
Rides, food, drinks, racing pigs – find out about all the attractions at the 2022 S.C. State Fair! Wednesday, Oct. 12:  Noon – 9 p.m.    Thursday, Oct. 13:  11 a.m. – 9 p.m.   Friday, Oct. 14: &...
Oct
12
STEAM Studio: Drop-In Science
Unleash your inner scientist.
Oct
12
Worms, worms, worms
Worms may move slowly, but they sure are hard workers. Join Rosemary from Richland County 4-H for a full sensory experience as we uncover the dirt on worms.  Registration is required for this event. 
Oct
12
Kids Night with Spider-Man!
Spidey is swinging by Kid’s Nights this month with FREE Kids Meals! Bring the kiddos to meet our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man 5-7pm at EBD in West Columbia and enjoy a ‘super’ night off from cooking.  *One free kids meal with p...
Oct
12
Kids Night with Anna from Arendale!
We have a royal visitor coming to Kid’s Nights this month and she’s mandating FREE Kids Meals!  Bring the kiddos to meet Anna from Arendale 5-7pm at EBD in West Columbia and enjoy a night off from cooking. *One free kids meal with p...
Oct
13
Read to a Dog
Practice your reading skills with Juliet the Therapy Dog! (Children will get a 10 minute one-on-one session with Juliet the Therapy Dog to practice reading aloud. The handler, Lorien Owens, will be with the child and Juliet.) REGISTER
Oct
13
Storytime in the Garden
Enjoy stories, songs and activities with Richland Library and Historic Columbia staff in the Hampton-Preston Gardens. This event is free and open to children of all ages. Registration is required for this event. Please bring blankets or cha...
Oct
13
Teen Halloween Cupcake Wars
Do you have what it takes to win this cupcake challenge? From sprinkles to icing and more, we’ve got everything you need to decorate your spooky masterpiece. The best part–you get to eat them too! *Supplies are limited, registration is required*
Oct
13
Virtual Planetarium Sky Tour
Join State Museum planetarium manager, Liz Klimek, on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month for a virtual exploration of the stars, planets and constellations you can observe in night-sky. These programs premier on the museum’s Facebook page at t...
Oct
14
Creepy Crawly Cookies
Learn how to decorate some special Halloween cookies and take home the ones you don’t eat! Ages 8–12            $25/session         Session 1: Fri., Oct. 14, 2:00–4:...
Oct
14
Family Paint a Pumpkin
Get in the Halloween spirit with a little pumpkin decorating! Pick your pumpkin and make it look pretty or pretty frightening!! Dress for a mess! *Pumpkins are provided, registration required.*
Oct
14
Fame
An unmistakable title from the unforgettable film and television franchise, Fame The Musical inspired generations to fight for fame and light up the sky like a flame! Conceived and developed by David De Silva – now known affectionately to...
Oct
14
Murders and Mysteries Walking Tour
Free/No reservations needed The Lexington County Museum will offer its free “Murders and Mysteries” walking tour of downtown Lexington on October 14th starting at 8 pm. This tour is a great way to learn about the history of the town and hear some...
Oct
15
STEAM Studio: Digging for Dinosaurs
Using the Science in S.T.E.M, we’ll be digging through sand and rock to find our fossils, and using our teamwork to build a T-Rex together! Be prepared to get a little dirty. Weather permitting.
Oct
15
Fallfest – Music & Arts Festival
A Music & Arts Festival hosted by LNM Productions, LLC! Featuring: Jeff Lucero, Natalie & the Boys, SideKix, Another Rock Summer, The 100 Grand Band
Oct
15
Soda City Bounce- Pumpkin Patch
Soda City Bounce is coming to Krafty Draft for family friendly fun Pumpkin Patch. They will be bringing pumpkins for kids to paint and decorate, a kid’s bounce house and inflatable slide, popcorn and cotton candy, games, and several options for...
Oct
15
So The Story Goes
We’re celebrating over 30 years of So the Story Goes. Gather your friends and family, and grab your blankets, chairs and snacks for an evening of spooky tales by local storytellers. Beware, the event gets scarier as the night goes on. Presented in ...
Oct
15
Kids Karaoke at Beef’s!
Bring the kids for a fabulous meal, then stick around for some awesome KARAOKE!  
Oct
16
Fall Festival
Don’t miss the Safe Harbor Worship Center Fall Festival It will be at1104 Reynolds Drive West Columbia on Sunday, October 30 from 2 PM to 5 PM. We will have multiple family-friendly activities: • Fall Festival Games • Hay Ride • Petting Zoo ...
Oct
16
Sunday Funday – Fall Edition!
Join us during regular FARMstand hours on Sunday, October 16th for a Sunday Funday on The FARM! Sunday Funday runs from 11 am – 4 pm. The FARMstand will have fresh produce, fruit and pumpkins available for purchase. Other vendors will also be on-si...
Oct
16
Sunday Funday
Hebron Kids will enjoy a time of open gym, games, and fun!  
Oct
17
Spooky Cupcakes
Monday, October 17, 2022 – 2:00pm to 6:30pm   Learn how to decorate some special Halloween cupcakes and take home the ones you don’t eat! Ages 8–12            $2...
Oct
17
LEGO Madness
Create robots, cities, creatures and more with LEGO building blocks.    
Oct
17
Crafternoon: Spooky Craft Stick Activities
Join us as we use craft sticks to create spooky spider webs and ghoulish monsters. Simple craft, dress for a mess!    
Oct
18
scarecrows in the garden
Hands on Art: Scarecrow Craft
Get ready for a fun, fall craft to make scarecrow friends!    
Oct
18
Spooky Sushi
Join us for an evening of tricks and treats as we craft and consume spooky sushi using candy and other delicious sweets! REGISTER
Oct
18
Pajamarama Storytime!
Wear your pajamas and snuggle up for bedtime stories, fun songs and activities. This family storytime is suitable for all ages!
Oct
20
Boo at the Zoo
Cost: $12 Riverbanks members, $15 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 $15 per member ...
Oct
20
Diwali Kickoff Party
Celebrate the Indian festival of lights on Boyd Plaza. Throw on some colorful clothes and get ready to move as DJ Lalit spins Bollywood and bhangra tunes. Take a guided tour in the CMA Collection on the subject of light in art at 6:00 p.m. ...
Oct
21
trick or treaters
Halloween at the Park
Bring your little ghosts and goblins trick-or-treating on our outdoor trick-or-treat trail through the park from 6:30–7:30 p.m. followed by an outdoor movie featuring Despicable Me at 7:30 p.m. All Ages $5/person advance; $7/person day of $20/...
Oct
22
Filipino American History Month Celebration
Celebrate Filipino American History Month during Soda City Market with the Filipino American Association of Greater Columbia (FAAGC) in collaboration with the SC Commission for Minority Affairs and the CMA. Head to Boyd Plaza  to enjoy a showcas...
Oct
22
South Carolina Railroad Museum Pumpkin Express Train
Date: October 22 and 29, 2022 Time: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.  Location: 110 Industrial Park Road Winnsboro, SC 29180 Cost: $15 – $50 (children under age 3 are considered lap infants and do not need tic...
Oct
22
Halloween at Saluda Shoals Park
Join us at Saluda Shoals Park for some Halloween Fun! The Trick-or-Treat Trail will be held at Leo’s Landing Playground! Tickets are limited and should be purchased in advance at www.icrc.net. If available, tickets will be sold the day of the e...
Oct
22
3rd Annual Trunk or Treat and Freedom Festival
We are having our 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat and Freedom Festival at our Department of VFW Headquarters. We will have games, candy, face painting, patriotic activities and music. This is a family event. We will also be selling $5 hot dog plates. 
Oct
22
Fall Festival
We are inviting you to be part of our 2022 Fall Festival at Blythewood Baptist Church. We will have some free food, fun games for the kids, and a cake walk as well. We will also have a volleyball setup, hayrides, and other games for adults as well. A...
Oct
22
Dam Witchy Walk 2022
Join us for the first ever Adam Witchy Walk. Dress like a witch and cross Lake Murray Dam with us to grow our come and help raise some money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital! The walk will be self paced 1.5 mile walk across the Dam from 1-4 pm. The...
Oct
22
Fall Festival & Trunk or Treat
Ace Hardware Three Fountains is hosting a Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat! The Trunk or Treat begins at 6pm and goes to the end of the festival at 8pm! Come on out and celebrate fall with your Ace Hardware family!
Oct
22
Trunk or Treat
Come out and show us your costumes! A safe place for families to come and get candy for Halloween!
Oct
22
Trunk or Treat (Drive Thru)
We welcome you to join our 2nd Annual Drive Thru Trunk or Treat! We will be passing out candy and having lots of laughs! Everyone will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite trunk. We also will be taking donations for Our Military Kids! You ...
Oct
22
LPD Foundation Fall Festival
Come out for a great time with your family and friends while supporting the work of the Lexington Police Department Foundation.
Oct
22
Trunk or Treat
Traditional Trunk or Treat Saturday, Oct 22nd 6-8pm. Games, Prizes, Food & More. At 7pm there will be an All Ages Non-Scary Costume Contest. Must be present to win.
Oct
22
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Join the Icehouse Amphitheater for the showing of Ghostbusters: Afterlife. When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left be...
Oct
23
Fall Festival Trunk or Treat
You’re invited to this free event in the First Baptist Church Washington Street parking lot! Show up in your best costume and go trick or treating at the creative trunks of our volunteers, win a cake a the cake walk, play games, ride rides, and...
Oct
23
Community Harvest Festival
Come out with your families to Saluda River Baptist Church NEXT Sunday, October 23rd from 5:00-8:00pm for a Community Fall Festival, featuring live music, food trucks, Inflatables, animals, carnival games, hayrides, and more
Oct
25
Trick or Treat with the Greeks
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.
Oct
26
Halloween Tree
This program is inspired by Ray Bradbury’s book the Halloween Tree.  Decorate your own pumpkin piñata, craft monster kites, and talk about various celebrations of fall and life.
Oct
26
Teen Paint Studio: Halloween Edition
We’re getting spooky and scary with black canvas painting!  Join us to create your own Halloween masterpiece.  Supplies are limited – please arrive early to secure your spot! 
Oct
26
Family Fun Fest
Fun for all ages! Grab a free hot dog dinner with friends and then explore Trunk-or-Treat, the petting zoo with pony rides, and a video game truck! We’ve got some great food trucks lined up for you to buy fun fall fair foods for dessert! 
Oct
27
Not-so-Spooky Halloween Stroll
Dress your family in their costumes and head downtown to celebrate Halloween with a trick-or-treat stroll through the library and to participating businesses and organizations in the Main Street District. Participating Locations: 1. Cantina 76 | 1301...
Oct
27
Fall Festival
Come join us for our Fall Festival
Oct
27
Boo to You
Calling all guys and ghouls! Dress up in your Halloween costume and enjoy a not-so-spooky storytime and craft on our neighborhood patio.
Oct
27
“Not-So-Spooky Celebration”
Who says you have to be scared out of your wits on Halloween? Wear your costumes to this fun-filled family event! Yahoo! It’s a puppet show, games and more. Play Fall BINGO, eat the “pumpkin poop,” “the witches’ warts,&#...
Oct
27
Trunk Or Treat
Come join us for a fun night of Trunk Or Treat! Vote on your favorite car display/theme, enter in for our costume contest, and have fun!   Entry PER child is ONE perishable canned food item. We will be donating all items to Mission Of Lexington!
Oct
27
Track or Treat: A Ghostly Gathering at AMROC!
Get ready for a spooky and fun-filled evening at AMROC! Please come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume to trick-or-treat, and do some model railroading with us! This is a FREE event, open to all ages!

 

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