Halloween is right around the corner, and in this historic capital city, we’ll come up with any excuse to throw a party. Check out these Halloween events and spooky sites to get your Boo! on in Columbia SC. 

Halloween Events

A Free Times Halloween Party

October 29, 7:30 - 11 PM

Get spooky at Central Energy, the former power plant of the historic SC State Hospital. With three open bars, secret spooky haunts, and an indoor/outdoor dance party, A Free Times Halloween Party is sure to be a witching good time.

Friday Night Laser Lights, 6:30 - 10 PM

October 29

Enjoy a frightful night at the State Museum featuring a special laser show choreographed to iconic rock tunes in the museum’s planetarium, Dark History Tours, food available from Fleur de Licious Creole food truck, and a cash bar with specialty cocktails, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Bonus points for wearing a costume.

Nightmare on Senate Street

October 29, 6  PM

Calling all Ghosts & Ghouls! Start your Hallo-Weekend at Tin Roof with music from The Regulars Duo at 6 PM & Chad Bearden at 10 PM.

Nightmares at The Nick

October 28 - 31, showtimes vary

Columbia’s art house movie theater, Nickelodeon Theatre (The Nick to locals), is bringing Hallo-Weekend in with nightmarish classics like The Shining, Poltergeist, Christine, The Exorcist, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Grab some popcorn, sip a vino or local craft beer, and cozy up for some of these haunting classics.

Spooky Sites

Deceased Farm

A self-guided haunt, Deceased Farm includes six buildings, three outdoor zones, and two acres of creepy corn fields. It all begins with a visit to the Dead and Breakfast and an abandoned farm, but beware - It’s an eerie adventure that is not for the faint of heart, and not recommended for children under the age of 12. Check their website for the COVID-19 policies they are implementing.

Scarecrows in the Garden

Head to the Robert Mills House & Gardens to see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. Hand-crafted by local families, businesses and organizations, you can stop by to view these from 10 AM - 4 PM, Tuesday - Saturday and from 1 - 4 PM on Sundays until Halloween. If you miss this spooky site, check out other historic sites and tours led by those that know Columbia's past best, Historic Columbia.