HAUNTED BREW TOURS: 6-8 p.m. Saturday and Wednesday through Friday at River Rat Brewery, 1231 Shop Road. Accepting donations of non-perishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank. They’ll be open at 4 p.m. on Friday with Blackbeard’s Truck to entertain. They probably won’t throw you out if you wear a costume. http://riverratbrewery.com
GILBERT HOUSE OF TERROR: Saturday, Sunday and Thursday through Nov. 1 at 739 Harley Road, Gilbert. Ticket window open 7:30-11 p.m. Thirty actors, 13 rooms and nine nights of fright – not suitable for children younger than 10. $10; proceeds benefit local charities, $2 off admission with five canned food items for First Calvary Food Pantry. (803) 892-5396; http://gilberthouseofterror.com
TRICKS AND TREATS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Haunted Halloween party with games and prizes, scavenger hunts, creepy crafts, balloon art, face and pumpkin painting, Halloween bags and treats, Wizard Academy, HalloScream laser light show at 2 and 5 p.m., Legends of the Night Sky: Perseus and Andromeda, noon and 3 p.m.; both in the planetarium. Wear a costume for Tricks and Treats and receive $1 off museum general admission. There will be an additional fee for planetarium shows. (803) 898-4921; http://scmuseum.org
HOWL-O-WEEN: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road. The event will take place near the log cabin area and will feature a dog costume contest with a variety of categories and prizes. Other activities will include photos with your dog and vendors with pet related items. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Sesqui and the Sesqui Dog Park. Free with park admission; $2 for adults, age 15 and younger, free. Discounts available for South Carolina residents age 65 or older, the disabled and members of the S.C. National Guard. (803) 788-2706 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SPOOKTACULAR NIGHT AT THE CMA: 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. Family event will feature art stations, sweet treats, spooky gallery tours, Mad Scientist’s Lab, performance by the band Lunch Money. Wear your costumes. Sponsored by the Junior League of Columbia and the City of Forest Acres. Admission is free with a canned food donation for Harvest Hope Food Bank. (803) 799-2810; http://columbiamuseum.org
TRUNK OR TREAT: 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, 410 Harbison Blvd. Games, hot dogs, face painting, costume contest and trunk-or-treating. All ages welcome. (803) 732-1899 or email email@example.com
FALL FESTIVAL: 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Pisgah Lutheran Church, 1350 Pisgah Church Road, Lexington. Games, food, trunk or treat, costume contests, haunted hallway (for age 10 and older), crafts, food and Choo Chee the Train rides. Parking will be at Pleasant Hill Elementary School (across the street) and a shuttle will be available, handicap parking will be available on the church campus. Free; bring non-perishable food donations for the Pisgah Food Pantry. http://pisgahevents.com
WILL O’ THE WISP: 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road. Ages 2-8 can stroll along the boardwalk collecting candy and visiting with nature interpreters to learn about nocturnal animals. Other activities include games, cookie decorating, making s’mores and hot cocoa. Lighted jack-o’-lanterns will sing songs and tell stories. Come in costume and bring a flashlight or lantern. $5 per child; adults, $1. (803) 731-5208; http://icrc.net/saluda-shoals-park
HALLOWEEN AT THE PARK: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway. Bring your little ghosts and goblins trick-or-treating on the outdoor trail from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Inside there will be plenty of carnival games and prizes, costume contest, scream contest, a moonwalk, an inflatable slide and concessions. Safe and fun event for the whole family. Tickets for carnival games are 25 cents each; a wristband may be purchased for $5. (803) 345-6181
WESTWOOD HARVEST FESTIVAL: 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Westwood High School, 180 S-40 1694, Blythewood. Trunk or treat, games and activities that may be played with tickets. Two tickets for each donated canned food item or 50 cents each. Donations and ticket proceeds will benefit The Christian Assistance Bridge in Blythewood. (803) 691-4049
BAT HIKE: 7 p.m. Tuesday at Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Road. The Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center will hold an informal bat hike along the boardwalk. Intern Margo Vogel will discuss bat conservation and research at the park. Meet at the Visitor Center. (803) 647-3963; http://www.nps.gov/cong
MONSTROUS MUSICAL MAYHEM: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Columbia Children’s Theatre, 3400 Forest Drive (second level, Richland Mall). Halloween concert will feature spooky hits from Broadway musicals – “Sweeney Todd,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Into the Woods” and more. Costumes welcome. Recommended for adults and children age 10 and older. Admission is by donation to Columbia Children’s Theatre.
BAD ART/MOVIE NIGHT – NILBOG EDITION: 7-8:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Richland Library 1431 Assembly St. Twentysomethings and thirtysomethings can create their own scarily bad art and then settle down for possibly the worst movie ever – “Troll 2.” (803) 799-9084; http://richlandlibrary.com/events/bad-art-night-bad-movie-edition-0
HOWL-O-WEEN BARK PARTY: 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the PETS, Inc. Adoption Center, 300 Orchard Drive, West Columbia. Children’s costume contest (pets in costume are welcome, too), games, prizes, treat bags, professional photographer. (803) 739-9333; http://petsinc.org
TRUNK OR TREAT: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the student parking lot at Ridge View High School, 4801 Hard Scrabble Road. Wear your costume for an evening of games, fun and candy for the entire family. Food vendor will be Ken’s All Star Cart. Sponsored by the Ridge View High School Chapter of the National Beta Club. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
TRUNK OR TREAT: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. Historic Columbia’s first Trunk or Treat will feature community members and local organizers with decorated vehicles and trunks filled with candy for trick or treating – don’t forget to knock on the door of the Robert Mills House, too. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunk and the Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit and the gift shop at Robert Mills will both be open. http://historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770, ext. 36.
COSTUME CONTEST FOR A CAUSE: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Camden Middle School, 902 McRae Road, Camden. The CMS bands will offer up spooktacular sounds and boo-tiful music and there will be a costume contest for middle-schoolers and younger. Admission is $2 or a canned food item. All proceeds go to Christian Community Ministries.
CAYCE HALL OF HORRORS: 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday, 7:30-11 p.m. Friday and Nov. 1 at 1153 Walter Price St. Sponsored by the Cayce-West Columbia Jaycees, the haunted attraction has been in operation more than three decades. Tickets are $10. (803) 814-5858; http://www.hallofhorrors.com/#!tickets/c7p7
GROWL AT THE MOON: 7-10 p.m. Thursday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. After-hours adult Halloween party will feature laser light shows, lunar observing (weather permitting), art, live music, craft beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres and custom beer growlers to take home. Werewolf and other costumes encouraged. $35; members, $28. Space is limited, get your tickets at http://scmuseum.org
TRUNK OR TREAT: 5-6:30 p.m. Friday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1000 Greenlawn Drive. Treats, drinks, hot dogs and more for age 12 and younger accompanied by an adult. (803) 776-2067
HALLOWEEN AT TRENHOLM PARK: 6-8 p.m. Friday at 3900 Covenant Road. Spooktacular night of games, candy, door prizes and more for all ages. Free, but bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank. (803) 787-0216
CITY OF COLUMBIA SPOOKTACULAR BLOCK PARTY: 7-10 p.m. Friday on Taylor street (next to Finlay Park). Costume contest, entertainment, interactive inflatables, carnival games, health and safety zone, face painting, marshmallow roasting, food trucks, pumpkin patch and more. Tunnel of Terror for age 12 and older, Lady Street gates open at 6:30 p.m., $3 per person. Admission to the party is free. Ticket prices for carnival games and inflatables will vary. Guests will receive $1 off the ticket prices per person with the donation of three non-perishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank. (803) 545-3100
BOO AT THE ZOO: 6-9 p.m. through Thursday at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Children ages 12 and younger are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest complete with Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, an eeky freaky DJ dance party and a trick-or-treat trail with candy and more. $9; age 2 and younger, free; Riverbanks members, $7. (803) 779-8717; http://riverbanks.org
DARK KNIGHT’S TERROR TRAIL: Through Nov. 1 at 2076 Highway Church Road, Elgin. Open 7-11 p.m. weekdays, 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $13 per event, two for $22, three for $30. (803) 309-5586; http://dkterrortrail.com