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
YAPPY HOUR DOGGIE HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST: 4 p.m. Thursday at Jake’s, 2112 Devine St. Prizes for the winners and treats for the pups.
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.
HAUNTED BREW TOURS: 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 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
BOO AT THE ZOO: 6-9 p.m. 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
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.
KICK-OR-TREAT FALL FESTIVAL: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sandhills United Soccer Complex, 371 Lewis Rast Road, Swansea. Costume contest, prizes, trunk or treat, games, bake sale, chili and hot dog meals ($5 or receive $1 off with a canned food donation). Sponsored by the Sandhills United Soccer Club.
CAYCE HALL OF HORRORS: 6:30-10 p.m. Thursday, 7:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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. Advance tickets are sold out, a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 7 p.m.
GILBERT HOUSE OF TERROR: Thursday through Saturday 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
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 price per person with the donation of three non-perishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank. (803) 545-3100
DARK KNIGHT’S TERROR TRAIL: Through Saturday at 2076 Highway Church Road, Elgin. Open 7-11 p.m. weekdays, 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $13 per event, two for $22, three for $30. (803) 309-5586; http://dkterrortrail.com
DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fountain in Five Points (Harden and Greene streets). Mariachi band, performance of Mexican folk dances and other cultural activities. Participants may share a prayer, light a candle or place a memento on the Day of the Dead altar honoring those who have departed before us. Sponsored by Palmetto Luna Arts.