As the summer weather finally fades away, the crisp fall weather encourages us to head outside a bit more. With some of the best weather, we invite you to soak up some family time and celebrate the new season.
In Lake Murray Country, there is never a shortage of Halloween activities. From haunted houses to festivals and tours, there is something for everyone. Boo at the Zoo, a popular Halloween destination for families, resides in Columbia, as does one of the more frightful events: the Elmwood Cemetery Tours. If celebrating the season is more your style, there is something for everyone at Scarecrows in the Gardens.
The perfect activity for your Halloween season can be found many times over in Lake Murray Country.
Events to Celebrate Fall & Halloween in Lake Murray Country
The Clinton Sease Farm Corn Maze
If you have a family fall bucket list, you’ve got to include the Clinton Sease Farm Corn Maze. Experience the corn maze as a family, pick your pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, take a hay ride and then stay for a nighttime s’more around the bonfire. They offer all of the fall classics that you can’t miss. The corn maze season starts September 21st.
Boo at the Zoo at the Riverbanks Zoo
Let your little ones trick-or-treat through the zoo, go on a spooky safari and dance the night away at Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party. Kids will love all of the festive fun while attending Boo at the Zoo. Costumes are encouraged and there’s fun for the whole family. Boo at the Zoo tickets go on sale September 1st and the events take place October 19 – 30th.
Halloween Hoopla at EdVenture Children’s Museum
Have a safe and stress free Halloween night at Halloween Hoopla at EdVenture Children’s Museum. The event goes from 5pm – 8pm and it’s free for kids under the age of 12 (everyone else is $5). Surprises await trick or treaters behind more than 10 doors at EdVenture. Halloween Hoopla features a slime machine, pumpkin smashing, a costume contest for the grown-ups and of course scary amounts of candy.
Deceased Farm Haunted Attraction
Take a self-guided to experience the haunts of six buildings at the Deceased Farm Haunted Attraction. Try to make it out alive as you navigate 3D effects, a dark and desolate farm and two acres of dark cornfields. This one isn’t for the faint of heart and not recommended for children under the age of 12.
Haunted History Halloween Program at the Lexington County Museum
Let history come to life and learn about some of the more spooky and bizarre history of Lexington County. Guests take a guided tour of the museum and watch skits that portray each story. It’s a family friendly event offered October 18 & 19th, at the Lexington County Museum, at select times.
Abba The Concert
Come in costume and watch Abba in Concert at the Newberry Opera House. It’s the perfect way to dance, sing, and have the time of your life on Halloween night.
Scarecrows in the Gardens Exhibit
This free exhibit, presented by Historic Columbia, will feature handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, business, organizations and classrooms. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, you’ll see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. The exhibit runs throughout the month of October.
Columbia City Ballet Presents “Dracula: Ballet With A Bite”
The Halloween cult classic comes to life on stage with the beauty and grace that can only be found at the ballet. Based on the novel by Bram Stoker, we see Count Dracula continue his seductive reign of terror with his Brides of Darkness in Transylvania. Dracula: Ballet With A Bite performances run October 27 – 27th.
Nothing is better than celebrating fall with a cold brew and a bratwurst at the Newberry Oktoberfest. The October 6th event celebrates German heritage with authentic cuisine, Biergartens, music, arts and crafts. There are free activities offered for the kids and the event is family-friendly.
Spirits Alive! Tours
Grab your flashlights and join Historic Columbia and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the moon. Different than the regular monthly tours, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours feature costumed tour guides, snacks and other Halloween-related activities. Spirits Alive! takes place Oct 11th.
“Halloween At Hogwarts” With The S.C. Philharmonic
Fans of the books and films will love to see the Koger Center for the Arts transformed into the wondrous world of Harry Potter. The October 28th performance features music composed by John Williams for the Harry Potter films. For this special occasion, the lobby of the Koger Center will be as bustling as Diagon Alley.
Pumpkin Run 5k Costume Contest
Dress the whole family in their Halloween costume and log some miles this fall. The YMCA of Columbia is hosting their annual Pumpkin Run 5k Costume Contest on October 27th. Participants can either run or walk the 5k or 1-mile distance.