Here, a sampling of family-friendly Halloween events this weekend.
FRIDAY, OCT. 30
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 Hwy., West Columbia. www.scstatefarmersmarket.com
BOO AT THE ZOO: Final night! 6-9 p.m. Friday at Riverbanks Zoo. Put on your cutest costume and head over to the zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular! Children 12 and under 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 much more. Adults (ages 13 and up), $13.95; children (ages 2–12), $11.50; ages 2 and under, free; military and seniors ages 62 and older, $12.95. 500 Wildlife Parkway. (803) 779-8717, www.riverbanks.org
SATURDAY, OCT. 31
TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THE LIBRARY: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Richland Library Northeast. Visit the library in your Halloween costume and join in on the fun. Plenty of sweet treats will be handed out. Complete a tricky scavenger hunt to win prizes. 7490 Parklane Road. www.richlandlibrary.com/locations/northeast
TRICKS AND TREATS: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the S.C. State Museum. Enjoy a haunted Halloween party with games and prizes, a wizard academy with a potions lab, a haunted laboratory, a performance of “Hansel and Gretel” by the Columbia Marionette Theatre, a scavenger hunt, crafts, balloon art and more. Two laser light shows will be playing in the planetarium. Event is included with general admission or museum membership. Laser light shows are an additional price or members can use their planetarium tickets. Adults, $8.95; seniors 62 and older, $7.95; children, $6.95; ages 2 and under, free. $1 off military. 301 Gervais St. (803) 898-4921, www.scmuseum.org
FIVE POINTS TRICK-OR-TREAT: 4-6 p.m. Saturday in Five Points. Stop by the following merchants who will be giving out treats as people come in their costumes: 2G’s Clothing, BB&T, Bohemian, Cellar on Greene, CJ’s, Cycle Center, Delaney’s, Good for the Sole Shoes, Loose Lucy’s, Mr. Friendly’s, The OOPS! Co., Papa Jazz, Pawley’s Front Porch, Pet Supplies Plus, Petal, Portfolio Art Gallery, Revente, Salsarita’s, Sid & Nancy, Speakeasy, STEEL garden, Subway, Vestique, Village Idiot, Wildflower, WISH and Yesterday’s.
EDVENTURE’S HALLOWEEN HAPPENING: 4-8 p.m. Saturday at EdVenture Children’s Museum. Put on a costume, grab your friends and make your way to this family-friendly, safe Halloween celebration. Enjoy a graveyard scavenger hunt, ghoulish green slime, pumpkin smashing, mad science and scary amounts of candy. Adults: $4 (including members); children, free.
DRIVE-THRU TRICK OR TREAT: 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Atria Forest Lake. Atria’s seniors will be putting their twist on characters from the Wizard of Oz. Parents of middle school and younger children are invited to bring their children by for treats under our lighted canopy. Free. 4405 Forest Drive.(803) 790-9800.
SPOOKTACULAR BLOCK PARTY: 4-8 p.m. Saturday on Taylor Street, next to Finlay Park, 930 Laurel Street. Join the city of Columbia for an evening of fun and terror at the “Spooktacular Block Party.” This family-friendly event will feature a costume contest, trick-or-treating, live entertainment, food trucks, exhibitors, inflatables, and more! The block party also includes the “Doll House of Terror” (not recommended for ages 10 and under). The block party will end with a movie in Finlay Park. Admission is free; fees for games, food, inflatables. (803) -545-3100.