Halloween happenings

October 16, 2013 

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Dark Knight’s Terror Trail 2013: Through Oct. 31 at 2076 Highway Church Road, Elgin (between the Spears Creek Church Road and White Pond Road exits off I-20). It’s back with three haunted attractions at one location — an outdoor haunted trail, an indoor haunted warehouse and an interactive zombie survival scenario. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 16-17, 23-24, 30-31; 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 18-19, 25-26; and 7-10 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, Oct. 27-29. Admission is $13 per person, per attraction; $22 for two attractions and $30 for three attractions. (803) 309-5586; https://www.facebook.com/TheDarkKnightsTerrorTrail

Haunted History Halloween Program: Thursday and Friday at the Lexington County Museum, 231 Fox St., Lexington. Ghoulish guides will lead you on a spooky journey of the museum property, strange and unusual events in Lexington County history. Tours will take place at 7, 7:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for age 12 and younger. For reservations, call (803) 359-8369 or email jrfennell@lex-co.com

Sease Farm Corn Maze: This year’s theme is “A Deep Sea Adventure”; eight-acre maze will have clues, pictures, games – navigate the puzzle with the Maize-O-Vision secret decoder. But there’s more: the Kiddie Corn Maze, Tire Maze, Tricycle Raceway, Cornsnake, Rubber Duck Races, Sand Pile, “Spookley & His Friends Storybook Maze,” Marshmallow Maze, John Deere combine slide, hayrides and pumpkin bowling. Hours are 6-11 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and 2-7 p.m. on Sundays through Nov. 17 at 404 Olde Farm Road, Lexington. Fridays and Saturdays are Flashlight Nights (bring your own). Tickets are $10; age 2 and younger, free; discounts for groups of 20 or more. (803) 730-2863; www.clintonseasefarm.com

Hall of Horrors: 1153 Walter Price Road, Cayce. The Hall of Horrors (and the Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees Haunted House) is the longest-running nonprofit haunted attraction in South Carolina. Box office hours are 7-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1; 6-9 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 27; 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 31 (show starts 30 minutes after box office opens). General admission tickets, $12; RIP (skip-the-line), $20. Proceeds benefit local and statewide charities (803) 409-9139; www.hallofhorrors.com

Tricks and Treats: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. The family-friendly Halloween event will be Egyptian-themed to celebrate the “Tutankhamun: Return of the King” exhibit. Haunted Halloween party with games and prizes, scavenger hunt, crafts, balloon art, Carolina Cats pet adoptions and more. Wear a costume and receive $1 off regular museum admission. Dress like an Egyptian and be entered to win a “King Tut” prize pack. The museum will open at 9 a.m. Admission to the party is included in general admission or membership. (803) 898-4952; www.scmuseum.org

“The Headless Horseman — the Musical”: 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St. The theater’s Youth Program production is appropriate for children of all ages (the music and dancing make this Halloween ghost story a little spooky but not scary). Directed by Jamie Harrington, Washington Irving’s classic tale of specters, apparitions and ghosts will be the perfect beginning to your trick or treat season. $10; (803) 799-2510; www.towntheatre.com

Spooktacular Night at the CMA: 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. The museum will be transformed into a place filled with ghosts, art, music and goodies. Gallery tours, haunted gallery hunt, Halloween art session. Pawley’s Food Truck will be on the plaza; at 7 p.m. Lunch Money will perform, followed by a trip to the Garden of Curiosities. $20 per family; museum members, free. (803) 799-2810; www.columbiamuseum.org

Zombie Walk: 7 p.m. Saturday in the Vista. www.facebook.com/columbiazombiewalk

Lexington Police Department Fall Festival: 5:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 22 at the Lexington Municipal Complex, 111 Maiden Lane. Festival will consist of inflatable fun rides, Halloween costume contest, games and prizes, hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, candy and sample foods from local vendors. Admission is $15 per family, $5 per person. Admission includes all food and ride activities. Proceeds will benefit the Chris Myers’ Children’s Place Foundation and the Adopt-a-Cop program. (803) 359-6260; www.lexsc.com/police

BLYTHEFEST: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 25, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Trinity United Methodist Church. 90 Boney Road, Blythewood. Live entertainment, food, silent auction, bake sale, book sale, local vendors, children’s games and rides, face painting, haunted house, kids’ costume contest. Proceeds will benefit the Blythewood community, schools and Midlands’ charitable organizations.

Boonanza: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the State Farmers Market, 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. Free event will feature trunk or treating, bounce houses, pumpkin painting, games and food vendors. Shop for your own pumpkin, gourds and mums. www.scstatefarmersmarket.com

Beakers & Broomsticks: 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, 29-31 at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Mad experiments, creepy labs, mysterious slime, boo bubbles, costume contests, trick or treat stations and the popular Pumpkin Pulverizer. $11.50; discounts available for members. (803) 779-3100; www.edventure.org

Friendly City Ghost Walks: 6 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 at the Ritz Theatre, 1511 Main St., Newberry. Family friendly ghost stories and a movie for ages 12 and younger. At 8 p.m., there will be a flashlight tour of downtown, the Ritz Theatre and a movie for ages 13 through adults. Tickets are $5 and $10, available at the Newberry Opera House box office. (803) 276-6264; www.newberryoperahouse.com

Pumpkin Patch Train: 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.; 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the South Carolina Railroad Museum, 110 Industrial Park Drive, Winnsboro. Take a scenic six-mile trip to the pumpkin patch, meet the Happy Scarecrow and enjoy other fall events. Tickets are $15. (803) 712-4135; www.scrm.org

Howl-O-Ween: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26 at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road, near the log cabin area. Dog costume contest with a variety of categories and prizes. Photos with your dog, vendors with pet-related items and food available for purchase. Free with park admission, $2; age 15 and younger, free. Discount of $1.25 per person to S.C. residents 65 and older or disabled and to members of the S.C. National Guard. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Sesqui and the Sesqui Dog Park. (803) 788-2706 or email sesqui@scprt.com

Halloween Trail of Treats: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26 at Wildcat Hollow stadium, 500 Ball Park Road, Lexington. Children age 12 and younger will be able to collect candy free of charge at each motor vehicle or piece of equipment that is decorated with a Halloween theme. The trail will feature entries from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, public safety agencies, businesses and community groups. If you’d like to enter, call Lori Drafts at (803) 785-2557 or email ldrafts@lcsd.sc.gov. Each business or community group is asked to provide enough candy for about 3,000 children so each will get at least one piece of candy. Law enforcement demonstrations will be conducted at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., the event will also include a puppet show and static display of the Sheriff’s Department helicopter, fire trucks, an armored vehicle used by the SWAT team and a robot and truck used by hazardous device technicians and fire trucks. Don’t forget to check out the petting zoo, fish display and carnival games. $1 per child; proceeds will benefit the Dickerson Center for Children in West Columbia. Registration for the Best Dressed Pet costume competition begins at 11 a.m., judging starts at 1 p.m. $5 per pet. Proceeds will benefit Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS) and Becky Sullivan, the wife of a Lexington County firefighter who’s waiting for a service dog.

Creepy Camp Out: Noon Oct. 26 at Lake Wateree State Park, 881 State Park Road, Winnsboro. Costume contests (pets included), campsite and golf cart decoration contests, Halloween games and activities, trick or treating, T-shirts, refreshments and more. (803) 482-6401; www.southcarolinaparks.com

Sandhill Horror II: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Town Center Common, Village at Sandhill. “Circus Adventure” performance by the Columbia Marionette Theater at 5 p.m., John Tudor’s magic show at 6 p.m. and the Soda City Cirque troupe at 7 p.m. There will also be face painting, trunk or treating and hayrides for a nominal fee. www.villageatsandhill.com

“Howl”oween Party 2013: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at 9031 Garners Ferry Road (Defender Industries). Event will feature a raffle, games for dogs and their owners (including best of show), buffet food bar, cake walk and contest prizes. Proceeds will benefit SQ Rescue/Susan Bennett’s Team. $10; raffle tickets $10. (803) 238-2124 or email susanb@defenderservices.com

Fall Festival: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Pisgah Lutheran Church, 1350 Pisgah Church Road, Lexington. Children’s activities, trunk or treating, costume contest, balloon artist, crafts, food, Choo Chee the Train, Haunted Hallway for ages 10 and older (open until 10 p.m.). Free admission; bring a canned or non-perishable food item for the Pisgah Food Pantry. (803) 359-2223; www.pisgahevents.com

A Grimm Halloween: 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Columbia Marionette Theatre, 401 Laurel St. Performance of “Hansel and Gretel” with spooky creatures and candy, goody bags; costumes encouraged. Bring your camera for photos with some of the puppets. (803) 252-7366

Trunk or Treat/Hugs for Harvest: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Francis Burns United Methodist Church, 5616 Farrow Road. 754-1760; www.francisburns.org

Family Fun Night: 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Chosen 2 Conquer Ministries, 7910 Monticello Road. Games, crafts, candy, hula hoop contest, kids costume contest and prizes. Hot dogs and other refreshments will be available for sale. (803) 691-0962

BLYTHEFEST: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 25, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Trinity United Methodist Church. 90 Boney Road, Blythewood. Live entertainment, food, silent auction, bake sale, book sale, local vendors, children’s games and rides, face painting, haunted house, kids’ costume contest. Proceeds will benefit the Blythewood community, schools and Midlands’ charitable organizations.

Jingling Bros. Family Carnival: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 31 at Life Springs Worship Center, 5630 Platt Springs Road (across from White Knoll High School). Games, rides, candy; free parking. (803) 957-2221

Halloween Carnival: 5-9 p.m. Oct. 31 at Dutch Square Mall, 421 Bush River Road. Games, costume contest, hay ride, haunted house, entertainment, giveaways and more. Sponsored by the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation. (803) 545-3100

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