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AUTUMN COSTUME FESTIVAL: Hopkins Park, at 150 Hopkins Park Road, hosts a festival 6-9 p.m. Thursday for those 4 to 16 years old. Anyone in a costume gets candy at this free event. Call (803) 783-9374.

TERROR IN THE PARK: The annual haunted house at North Springs Park gets your blood pumping and has you running for the door. For ages 11 to adult - not recommended for small children or those with serious medical conditions. The event is 7-11 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cost is $8. The park is at 1320 Clemson Road. Call (803) 736-6070.

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: Polo Road Park hosts a carnival 6:15-7:30 p.m. Friday at 730 Polo Road. Children ages 3-11 are invited to bring a goodie bag and join in the fun, candy and games. Call (803) 736-1657.

CHILDREN'S CARNIVAL: Meadowlake Park hosts a Halloween carnival 7-9 p.m. Friday at 600 Beckman Road. Children ages 6-12 years old are invited for games and activities. Wear a costume and bring a bag to fill with goodies. The event is free. Call (803) 754-4463.

SPOOKTACULAR FESTIVAL: Blythewood Park invites children, ages 3-12 years old, to a festival 6-9 p.m. Friday featuring games, prizes, a costume contest, pumpkin contest, pinata, storytelling and a "mummy wrapping." The park is at 126 Boney Road. Free. All kids will get a Halloween gift bag full of goodies. Call (803) 691-9786.

TRICK-OR-TREAT TRAIL: Bring your little ghosts and goblins trick-or-treating on the outdoor trail throughout Crooked Creek Park, 1098 Old Lexington Highway in Chapin from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. Until 8:30 p.m., there will be carnival games and prizes, a costume contest, a moonwalk, an inflatable slide, a spooky haunted house and concessions. Carnival game tickets are 25 cents each. Participate in the SCREAM contest. Call (803) 345-6181.


BLACK AND WHITE BALL: Celebrate Halloween and experience an eerily enchanting evening with the Contemporaries at the Columbia Museum of Art's Masquerade de Macabre 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. Cost $50 per person. Call (803) 799-2810.

SPOOKY DRIVE: See the creatures come alive at 2443 Carroll Drive, between Harrison and Covenant roads in Columbia. Nightly shows, 7:30-9:30. Ride by slowly and see the band "play," while others are spookily staged.

PSYCHO CHEF: The haunted kitchen returns. Dress in your favorite Halloween costume and visit the Young Chefs Academy - if you dare! Psycho Chef will be back to create some of his spookiest recipes. The event is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, and space is limited. Cost is $20 per child. Call (803) 749-0670.

TRAIL OF TREATS: Employees of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department will decorate 25 patrol cars and other equipment for a Trunk or Treat competition. Treats for children of all ages will be given out between noon and 5 p.m. Saturday at the youth baseball park on Duffie Drive, off Gibson Road in Lexington. Free hot dogs and beverages. Law enforcement demonstrations at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For a small fee, children also will be able to play games. Parents and guardians are asked to accompany their children.

SCARECROWS GALORE: Visitors can stroll through the gardens on the grounds of the historic Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St., to see scarecrows created by local schools, businesses, families and organizations. The free exhibit, which includes a scavenger hunt, continues through Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL: Palmetto Activity Center will hold its fall carnival 2-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free for parents and kids 10 and younger. Carnival-style games (tickets are six for $1), face painting, bounce house, magician, clowns and balloon artist. Wear a costume and bring a bag for goodies and prizes. Food will be available for sale. The activity center is at 105 Summit Centre Circle, across from Summit Middle School. Call (803) 865-6516.

BUBBA'S BIRTHDAY BASH: This family event 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the State Museum features a Haunted Starlab show and a Halloween party with games, crafts, balloon art and face painting. Wear a costume and receive $1 off regular museum admission for the day. Call (803) 898-4921.

HALLOWONKA: Calling all pint-sized fairies, firemen and mermaids. Edventure Children's Museum hosts an indoor Halloween celebration with games 5:30-8 p.m. today and Friday. Tickets are $6.50 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Call (803) 779-3100.


COMMUNITY FALL FESTIVAL: Free games and prizes, hot dog supper, haunted trail, "trunk or treat," and a hayride for children 12 and younger will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Bethel United Methodist Church, 811 Peachtree Rock Road. Children are encouraged to dress in not-too-scary costumes to join in the fun and fellowship. Call (803) 315-9451.

FALL FESTIVAL: A mini-hayride, jump castle, slide and corn dogs will be available 4-6 p.m. Saturday, at State Street Baptist Church, 1420 State St. in Cayce. Everyone is welcome at this free festival. Call (803) 796-6123.

HARVEST HOOPLA: Historic Columbia Foundation hosts a family day Saturday, noon to 2 p.m., at the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. Visitors can view a scarecrows in the garden exhibit, participate in a variety of autumn activities and learn about Halloween customs and the history of harvesting gardens. Hands-on activities include making masks and cornhusk dolls. There will be a costume contest. Admission is $6 per child, $3 for each additional child, free for one accompanying adult. Free for members and contest participants. For reservations, call (803) 252-1770, ext. 24, or visit

FUN FALL FEST: The Right Connection Center at 5175 Sunset Blvd., Suite G, in Lexington, hosts a festival for ages 3 to 12 with prizes, face painting, a cake walk and a costume contest - nothing scary please - from 4-6 p.m. Saturday. Free. Call (803) 753-8926.

HALLELUJAH HOEDOWN: A fun-filled family event is planned by Lexington Baptist Church, 308 East Main St. in Lexington, 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $1. Hudson's Barbecue will be available for purchase. Rides include Jurassic Adventure, Tubs of Fun, a ferris wheel, Barrel 'O Monkeys, an inflatable slide, a moon walk - for children of all ages. A "trunk or treat" and dunking booth, too. Costumes are optional, but children should bring a bag for treats. Call (803) 996-8802.

FALL BAZAAR: St. David's Episcopal 10th annual bazaar 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at 605 Polo Road in northeast Columbia. The event features crafts and foods - all handmade by church members and friends. A used book sale, a baked goods sale, a frozen soup shop, a hot dog lunch, a Secret Santa shop and a raffle.

TRUNK OR TREAT FESTIVAL: 6-8 p.m. Friday, in the Kilbourne Park Baptist Church Family Center. A hot dog supper, inflated fun slides, games, face painting, clown balloonist, baked goods. Corner of Beltline, Kilbourne and Pinemont roads. Call (803) 787-3371.

FALL FESTIVAL: Windsor United Methodist Church is hosting a free Fall Festival 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday. The festival will include "trunk or treat," games, concessions and bounce house. Corner of Alpine and Windsor Lake Boulevard in northeast Columbia. Call (803) 788-1858.

GOBBLEFEST: St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Lexington hosts a Fall Festival on 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, with inflatables, balloon twister, face painting, games, cake walks, bake sale and food. Cost $5.


HALLOWEEN HOEDOWN: Old-fashioned harvest hoedown, with square dancing, apple bobbing and stories for ages 6 to 12 at 3:30 p.m. today at the Cooper Branch of the Richland County Public Library Call (803) 787-3462.

COSTUME PARADE: A fall festival for all ages, with prizes and treats for best and scariest costumes starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Richland County Public Library's North Main Branch, 5306 North Main St. Call (803) 754-7734.

HALLOWEEN FUN: Costumes are encourages at this event for children ages 6 to 12 at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wheatley Branch of the Richland County Public Library, 931 Woodrow St. Call (803) 799-5873.

SPOOKY STORIES: Come dressed in your Halloween costume and hear spooky stories at 3:30 p.m. Fridayat the Blythewood library, 218 McNulty Road. Call (803) 691-9806.

CRAFTS AND STORIES: Costumes are encourages for special stories and crafts 10:30 a.m. Saturday, in honor of the ghoulish holiday at the Eastover library, 608 Main St. Call (803) 353-8584.

FALL INTO THE LIBRARY: Celebrate this beautiful time of year with a special storytime at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the Eastover branch of the Richland County Public Library, 608 Main St. Call (803) 353-8584.


DESSERT FIRST: Come to the Young Chefs Academy and learn some cool new desserts to make for Thanksgiving. There will be pies, tarts, cakes, and more. Class is 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Cost is $20 per child, and reservations are required. Call (803) 749-0670.

BOUNTY OF BLYTHEWOOD: A barbecue cookoff, "Iron Chef" competition, live music and crafts are all part of the Saturday, Nov. 21 event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Hoffman House. Music is by 2fortheRoad and Michael Hearne.

CHURCH BAZAAR: Bethlehem Lutheran Church hosts its annual crafts bazaar, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10000 Broad River Road in Irmo. All items are handcrafted. Call (803) 781-3900.

BAZAAR AND BAKE SALE: Handmade items, canned goods, baked goodies, handmade clothing, blankets, scarves, mittens, hats and Christmas ornaments will be available at the Saturday, Nov. 7 bazaar and bake sale at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 900 Calhoun St. Call (803) 765-1519.

CRAFT BAZAAR: The Swansea First Baptist Mothers of Preschoolers hosts a bazaar 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 7 at the fellowship hall, 145 South Church Street (U.S. 321). Among the items for sale are homemade candles, flower arrangements, home scents and ornaments.

ROCKBRIDGE BAZAAR: Event features more than 20 vendors, including personalized stationery, napkins, monogramming and jewelry noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at Rockbridge Club, 4135 Rockbridge Road. Cost is a canned good or $1 donation to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Call (803) 622-8345.

HANDMADE GOODS: Presbyterian Women at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church hold its ninth Holiday Bazaar 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. In addition to hundreds of handmade items, a bake shop and frozen casseroles, there will be independent vendors. Lunch available. The church is at 2721 Dutch Fork Road in Chapin. Call (803) 345-5140.

GEM & MINERAL SHOW: The Columbia Gem and Mineral Society presents its annual show at the State Museum Nov. 27, 28 and 29. Retail vendors offer jewelry, beads, loose stones and fossils. Demonstrations and activities for all ages. Ticket price to be determined. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE: St. Timothy's Episcopal, 900 Calhoun St., hosts its second alternative gift fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event offers books and materials for non-traditional gifts that create work for farmers and artisans in developing countries. Vendors include: Heifer International, Nothing but Nets, KAIROS prison ministry, Harvest Hope, S.C. Wildlife Federation, Oliver Gospel Mission and Doctors Without Borders. Refreshments will be offered. Call (803) 765-1519.

OLD-TIME FARM SHOW: The 14th annual Richland Creek Antique Fall Festival is Nov. 6, 7 and 8 in Saluda. Antique tractor pull, craft booths, wagon rides, antique cars and trucks, swap meet, kids pedal tractor race, syrup cooking, border collie demonstrations. Call (864) 445-2781 or see

GET READY FOR SNOW: "Snowville", EdVenture's winter exhibit, opens Nov. 21. Experience the magic of winter - inside. The interactive exhibit contains all the fun that snow has to offer: ice skating, snowballs and sliding down snowy hills as well as the science (How cold is snow? How are igloos made? What types of penguins live in the South Pole?). Free with museum admission. Call (803) 779-3100.

DECORATIVE ARTS: This all-day symposium, "The Decorative Arts of the South Carolina Fall Line," at the State Museum on Saturday, Nov. 7 is presented in conjunction with the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Reservations required. Cost is $55, which includes lunch. Call (336) 721-7360.

WE GATHER TOGETHER: Children ages 6 to 8 are invited to enjoy Thanksgiving stories and make a turkey centerpiece for their holiday table. The event is at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 23 at Richland County Public Library's Wheatley Branch, 931 Woodrow St. Call (803) 799-5873.

CHRISTUS VICTOR LUTHERAN CHURCH: More than 25 vendors offer an array of items, including a farmers market, casseroles and other baked goods, makeup, jewelry, sculpture, dolls, home decor, monogrammed items, a barbecue dinner, a raffle, a silent auction and more. The sixth annual event is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Santa Claus will make an appearance for photos with the kids. The church is located at 400 Harbison Blvd., across from Lowes. Call (803) 732-2668.

BLYTHEWOOD CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Celebrate the 130th birthday of the town 5-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Historic Hoffman House. Music provided by community church choirs and USC's New Horizons band. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.