Happy Haunting: Halloween in Columbia SC
Friday, October 23, 2020 12:00 AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Whether you live for showing off your creativity with a cool costume, get hyped for all things horror or you’re just in it for the candy, Halloween is a beloved holiday for wicked creatures of all ages. Some celebrations are still taking place throughout the community this year, so we’ve rounded up some options ranging from family-friendly festivities to the downright hair-raising, plus everything in between. And don’t worry, like anything else this year, modifications have been made to ensure a safe, sanitary and spooky experience for all.
Tricks and treats and other family-friendly activities aren’t totally on hold this Halloween. Don your mask (both costume and cautionary) and bring the little ones to Riverbanks Zoo for an updated version of Boo at the Zoo.
Click your heels three times and follow the yellow brick road to the South Carolina State Museum as they celebrate Oztober all month long.
“Come, we fly!”… to the grounds of the Hampton-Preston Mansion as Historic Columbia utilizes socially distanced pods and gets us ready for Halloween with Movies in the Garden: Hocus Pocus. Or, you can also catch Hocus Pocus on the Jumbotron at Segra Park, popcorn in hand.
Spooky Saturdays at EdVenture keep the kids safely engaged in the holiday festivities, so come decked out in your best costumes and appropriate face coverings to enjoy science shows, pumpkin crafts, a Monster Mash Maze and more.
Hit the trick-or-treat trail for a couple hours with the family before pulling up to a special drive-in screening of The Addams Family (2019) during Halloween at Saluda Shoals Park.
Leave the kids at home and have some fun with your boo, coven or wolf pack after dark. Get ready to “dance, dance, dance until you die!” and enter into the costume contest at The Wicked Woody Halloween Bash.
Start early and stay late at Tin Roof’s Halloween Block Party, featuring live music outside, costume contests, drink specials and games.
For an eerie evening of sophistication, pop over to 1626 on Main for dancing, drinks, light bites and more at the “Mask”erade Ball.
Growl at the Moon is back again at the South Carolina State Museum! Live music, a socially distant photo booth, a Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon planetarium laser show, fare from local food trucks, adult beverages, telescope views of the moon and a scary movie trailer compilation video can all be expected. Awooooo!
Okay okay, here’s one the kids can still come to. Angry Fish Brewing Co. is moving forward with their third annual Halloween Party. Prizes will be given to those who show up in the Most Creative, Scariest and Best Couple/Group costumes and the kiddos can enter some contests while mom and dad enjoy a pint.
Creatures of the Night
Don’t leave your four-legged friends out of the Halloween fun! Dress ‘em up and let them be the star of the show at the annual Yappy Hour Halloween Costume Contest at Jake’s or “Howl-oween” Pups and Pints at The Main Course.
Get your front door ready for your All Hallow’s Eve visitors and decorate your pumpkin with an ice-cold pitcher of beer handy at Pumpkins and Pints at Tin Roof. They’ll have all the pumpkins, tools and beer at the ready, so all you have to do is show up and get to carving your monstrous masterpiece.
Keep your celebrations casual and kick back at a socially distant concert. Snag tickets for a table at The Senate for a Halloween Flying High Again show in tribute to the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne.
Feeling mysterious? Slip into costume and head to The Joint at 1710 Main for their second annual Masquerade with Mark Rapp: Halloween Jazz.
In for a Scare
Do you feel that shiver down your spine? Not for the faint of heart, Deceased Farm is still delivering the frights this spooky season. With six buildings full of scares, three terrifying outdoor zones and creepy corn fields, plus plenty of safety precautions in place, the only thing you have to fear are the horrors hiding in the darkness.