Halloween happenings

October 22, 2013 

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HIRAM HENRIQUEZ — MCT

Pumpkin Patch: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. through Oct. 31 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 2501 Heyward St. Proceeds will benefit a Native American reservation. (803) 771-4540

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. Wednesday, Thursday and Oct. 30-31; 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday; and 7-10 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 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

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 and Nov. 1; 6-9 p.m. Sunday; 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

Lexington Police Department Fall Festival: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday 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. Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday 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. Friday 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. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 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. Friday and Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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 Saturday 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

Scarecrows in the Garden Family Day: Noon Saturday at the Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding St. People’s Choice and Best Class Crow winners will be announced. Children can participate in activities and games that highlight the importance of the fall harvest and Halloween’s history. $6 for the first child, $3 for each additional child; Historic Columbia Foundation members, free. Scarecrows will be on exhibit 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23

Sandhill Horror II: 5-8 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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. Sunday at Francis Burns United Methodist Church, 5616 Farrow Road. 754-1760; www.francisburns.org

Ghosts and Legends of Lexington County: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Irmo Branch of the Lexington County Public Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road. Learn about superstitions and hauntings in your own backyard. (803) 798-7880

Trick or Treat with the Greeks: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30, in USC’s Greek Village. A safe place for local children to trick or treat. Sponsored by the Greek Programming Board at the University of South Carolina. Email gpbservicechairs@gmail.com

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

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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