Looking for something to do for Halloween?
There are plenty of activities in and around Columbia through Monday. We’ve put together a sampling here.
MONDAY, OCT. 31
THRILLER! A SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN CONCERT: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31 at the Recital Hall at USC’s School of Music, Room 206, 813 Assembly St. Where else can you hear a concert with Bach and Michael Jackson? This Halloween concert for kids and adults features spooky sounds from some of classical music’s greatest composers, as well as tunes from the soundtracks of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Ghostbusters.” Treats will be provided. Free. (803) 777-4280, www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/music
NOT-SO-SPOOKY HALLOWEEN STROLL: 3-5 p.m. Monday beginning at Richland Library Main’s Children’s Room, 1431 Assembly St. Bring your young ghouls and goblins for a trick-or-treat stroll down Main Street. Wear your costumes at holiday puppet shows at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; then walk downtown for some trick-or-treating at the following participating locations: Richland Library Main, Columbia Museum of Art, Mast General Store, The Nickelodeon, Masala on Main, Sandwich Depot, One Columbia for Arts & History, Drake’s Duck-In, Free Times, Q93.5, Sylvan’s, Fancy That! Bistro & Catering, WXRY, Franklin’s Printing and Uptown Gifts. Free. (803) 799-9084, www.richlandlibrary.com
HALLOWEEN IN FIVE POINTS: 4-7 p.m. Monday on Saluda Avenue in Five Points. Before the over-21 crowd celebrate Halloween their way, Five Points will welcome younger monsters and princesses to the neighborhood for a night full of tricks and treats! Stores will stay open late to hand out sweets and treats to all the ghouls and goblins in the neighborhood. Along with neighborhoodwide trick-or-treating, retailers and restaurants will offer sales, specials, and promotions all day. www.fivepointscolumbia.com
EDVENTURE PRESENTS: HALLOWEEN HOOPLA: 4-8 p.m. Monday at EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais St. Families are invited to attend a night of Halloween fun at the museum. Surprises await trick-or-treaters behind more than 10 doors. The dance club Shaw Models & Talent, made up of children in the Midlands, will perform “Thriller” between 4-6 p.m. Zeus, star player from the Harlem Globetrotters, will perform dribbling and spin contests and be on hand for autographs and photos from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Also look for a slime machine, pumpkin smashing, a costume contest for grown-ups – must be family-friendly and not cover the face – and, of course, scary amounts of candy. Open to the public. Free for children 12 years and younger. $5 for adults. (803) 779-3100, www.edventure.org
SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: 5-9 p.m. Monday at Finlay Park. Open to all ages, the carnival will feature a haunted hay ride, marshmallow roasting, pumpkin decorating station, costume contest, interactive inflatables, carnival games, live entertainment and refreshments. Free admission, but prices vary for carnival games and food. 930 Laurel St. (803) 545-3100.