OPENING THURSDAY IN COLUMBIA MOVIE THEATERS
JOHN CARPENTER’S “HALLOWEEN” (R): Thursday, one night only; Regal Columbia Grande Cinema, Bower Parkway. The classic slasher film.
“OUR BRAND IS CRISIS” (R): Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star in director David Gordon Green’s feature film inspired by the 2005 documentary exploring American political campaign strategists.
“BURNT” (R): A disgraced chef (Bradley Cooper) cleans up his act and tries to recapture his former glory.
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“SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE” (R): Three Boy Scouts (Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller and Joey Morgan) try to survive the zombie apocalypse.
“TRUTH” (R): Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush’s military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers. Opens Friday at The Nickelodeon.
ROOFTOP RHYTHMS: 6-9 p.m. Thursday on the roof at Richland Mall. This free family-friendly evening, featuring live music and free children’s entertainment, will honor Forest Acres Police Officer Greg Alia, who died Sept. 30 in the line of duty. Kassy Alia will speak, and The Other Store will sell T-shirts to raise money for his family. Also on tap are free balloon art by Joey Young, face painting by Sarah Dippity, magic by John Tudor, Shutterbooth photo booth and hula hoops with Lunatrix. Forest Acres restaurants will have dishes available for purchase. 3400 Forest Drive. www.forestacres.net/rooftop-rhythms
“THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Airport High School Auditorium. The Columbia Community Concert Band puts on a free Halloween concert. Musical selections will include “The Witch and the Saint,” “The Complete Harry Potter,” “House of Horrors,” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” Both the band and the audience are invited to come in Halloween costumes. Contest for best audience costume during intermission. 1315 Boston Ave., West Columbia.
FRIDAY, OCT. 30
>>> SPECIAL EVENT
COPLON’S FLASH SALE: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday at 1350 Main St. The fashion industry is getting behind the iconic store – which suffered major damage in the Oct. 4 floods – and a slew of designer samples and current inventory is headed to downtown Columbia for a monster sale. Pieces from New York, Paris, London and California will be offered at discounted prices. Designers included in the sale are Oscar de la Renta, Tibi, Lela Rose, Vince, Rag & Bone, Rebecca Taylor, Rachel Zoe and dozens more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross of Central South Carolina.
4TH ANNUAL BOONANZA: 5-8 p.m. Friday at the State Farmers Market. Bring your little ones out in their favorite costume to enjoy bouncy houses, pumpkin painting stations, balloon animals, face painting, games, and more. There will also be trunk or treating, as community members pass out goodies and healthy treats. Enjoy festive music from a local DJ and grab supper from food trucks on site. $2 per car. 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. www.scstatefarmersmarket.com
SATURDAY, OCT. 31
CARVE FOR A CURE: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Irmo side of the Lake Murray dam. This marks the return of Wateree Dive Center’s “Carve for a Cure” underwater jack-o-lantern carving contest. The carvers will be creating their pumpkin works of art 20 feet below the surface of Lake Murray. In addition to the underwater contest, local chef Jeff Urso will be manning the grill, and there will be entertainment for kids. Members of the breast cancer survivor group, the Ta-Tini’s, will be among the judges. Fund-raising for breast cancer will come through the sale of Wateree Pumpkin Carving t-shirts, the BBQ lunch, and the carving entry fee. 2184 N Lake Drive, Lexington.