Beware, ghastly ghouls are lurking around every corner of Columbia, SC this October. Enjoy the crisp weather while sipping apple cider and carving the perfect Jack O' Lantern. The BOO! Southern Hot Spot is filled with hair-raising Halloween attractions like trick-or-treating events, fall foliage tours, spooky nightlife and horrifying haunted houses. Check out our guide to all things Spooktacular:
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Stockpile a year's worth of goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth at these trick-or-treat events. You never know when there will be a costume contest, so don't forget your fangs and face paint. Caution: smiling phantoms, laughing monsters and adorable beasts are known to be seen!
- Boo at the Zoo at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden Oct 17-30 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
$7 Riverbanks members, $9 general public, children younger than 2 free
Your little goblins can run wild among the animals along a decorated trick-or-treat trail. With fun options like Frankenstein's Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party, spooky safari and pirate's hay maze, you'll be parent of the year!
- Halloween at the Park at Crooked Creek Park Friday, Oct 24 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
$5 - $7
An outdoor candy trail straight out of Hansel and Gretel! Don your best costumes and escape to a world of make-believe with carnival games and a SCREAM contest for the whole family.
- Tricks & Treats at South Carolina State Museum Saturday, Oct 25 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free with museum admission
The museum's annual Halloween tradition includes a haunted party with a scavenger hunt, laser light shows, balloon art and much more. Show up in your costume and receive $1 OFF museum general admission for the day.
- Will O' The Wisp at Saluda Shoals Park Saturday, Oct 25 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
$5 per child, $1 per adult
Embark on a candy gathering mission and learn about nocturnal animals that go bump in the night. Top off the evening by decorating cookies, making s'mores and drinking some hot cocoa while singing Jack-o-lanterns light your way!
- Trick or Treat with the Greeks at Greek Village Thursday, Oct 30 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
For the past 10 years, the Fraternities and Sororities of USC have been providing safe and fun trick-or-treating for the children of Columbia. Try your hand at pumpkin bowling and other Halloween activities among the gorgeous mansions of Greek village.
- Trunk or Treat at Robert Mills House Thursday, Oct 30 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Trunks full of candy as far as the eye can see! Is this a dream? Nope, its Historic Columbia's first Trunk or Treat! Children will enjoy gathering their Kit Kats and Starbursts as community members display decorated vehicles with candy-filled cabooses.
A car full of pumpkins can mean only one thing - it's Pumpkin Patch time! Book your Early Adventure event today!
Enjoy the arrival of Autumn with a bumpy hayride through the hay stalks of Lexington. Then, voyage through the mist-filled cemeteries of our historic city. Watch out for the Grim Reaper as you stroll among gravestones AND knowledgeable guides shed light on our superstitions.
- 2014 Corn Maze - Down on the Farm at Clinton Sease Farm and Corn Maze Daily
$10, 2 & under free admission
Clinton Sease Farm is a fall staple around these parts. Nothing says family bonding like conquering an 8-acre corn maze! On your way out, stop by the patch and gift shop to pick up all the fixin's for the perfect Jack-O-Lantern.
- Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit & Early Adventures Pumpkin Patch at Robert Mills House & Gardens Oct 1 - 31
Munch on a harvest snack and pick your favorite handcrafted scarecrow made by local families, businesses, organizations and classrooms. Put on your detective hats and find "Sneaky Steve," a mischievous scarecrow who changes his location every week!
- Halloween Hustle Spooky Fun Run at Saluda Shoals Park Thursday, Oct 30 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
$35 per person
Calling all runners, walkers and zombies! Crank up the Halloween spirit with a costumed run through Saluda Shoals Park. Celebrate your finish with a laser light show and DJ dance party.
- Greenlawn Baptist Spooky Trail at Greenlawn Baptist Church Friday, Oct 31 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Nothing says "Happy Halloween" quite like a mad scientist and grave digger! Wander an eerie trail and collect a few goodies along the way.
Get ready to #GrowlAtTheMoon with the State Museum on Oct. 30! This after hours Halloween party will feature laser shows, music, food, a custom beer growler to take home and more. Get tickets at scmuseum.org #scsm #halloween #famouslyhot #columbiasc
Come howl at the moon with your fellow witches and warlocks. Spend an enchanting evening under the moonlight; sipping on cauldrons of potion and enjoying some good old-fashioned hocus pocus. Don't stress, Columbia has free parking for your broomsticks and magic carpets on nights and weekends.
- Second Shift Tuesday at South Carolina State Museum Tuesdays 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free with museum admission
Catch a thrilling family laser show featuring Halloween music favorites like "Thriller," "Ghostbusters" and "The Purple People Eater." Then, watch a captivating show that creates a mind-bending landscape of light to the tune of Pink Floyd.
- Growl at the Moon at South Carolina State Museum Thursday, Oct 30 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
$35 per person
This mysterious masquerade features an evening of lunar observing, laser light shows, art, live music, a custom beer growler and more. Be sure to get into the spirit of the evening and come dressed up - werewolves are highly encouraged.
- Spooktacular Night at the Columbia Museum of Art Saturday, Oct 25 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.,
Free admission with Harvest Hope donation
Have a ghoulishly good time at the fourth annual Spooktacular family fun event. As darkness falls, the Museum transforms with all of the Halloween must-haves: ghosts, bats, pumpkins and sweet treats.
- Dracula: Ballet With A Bite at Koger Center for the Arts Oct 30 - Nov 1
$15 - $42
Experience Count Dracula's seductive reign of terror in this blood-thirsty cult classic, presented by the Columbia City Ballet. You'll be at the edge of your seats!
- City of Columbia Spooktacular Block Party at Taylor Street Friday, Oct 31 7-10 p.m.
Have a supernaturally good time with carnival games, interactive inflatables, face painting, marshmallow roasting, food trucks, a pumpkin patch and more.
- Thrills at the Mill at Lexington's Old Mill Friday, October 25 7 p.m.
In the heart of Lexington's historic district, the Old Mill is a spooky but exciting setting for an early Halloween celebration. Families will even meet Milly, the Old Mill ghost.
Are you afraid of the bogeyman? Experience your worst nightmares in Columbia, SC with wicked demons, grisly zombies and blood curdling cackles that will haunt you for years to come. Be prepared for a permanent chill up your spine as you encounter gruesome clowns and gory werewolves hidden in cob-webbed corridors. Run away, if you can!
- Deceased Farm's Madness Murder & Maize at Clinton Sease Farm and Corn MazeThursdays-Sundays to Nov 1
$13 - $35
Prepare for a thrilling adventure crammed full of state of the art props and over 30 petrifying characters hidden in a 2-acre haunted corn maze. Deceased Farm is fast becoming Columbia's premiere haunted attraction so come to test your bravery.
- Dark Knights Terror Trail at 2076 Highway Church Rd Friday - Saturday 7 p.m.
Admission is $13 per attraction per person, $22 for two attractions and three attractions for $30
Spine-chilling screams and shrieking bats fill the air along the Dark Knight's Terror Trail. Come into the darkness, if you dare!
- Hall of Horrors Haunted Attraction at 1153 Walter Price St Friday - Sunday 7:30 p.m.
Hall of Horrors is the Midland's longest running haunted attraction. Experience the dread of Brentwood Behavioral, an experimental hospital. Escape from crazed doctors before you become a part of their twisted experiments. You'll never be the same, IF you make it out alive.