Are you looking for trick-or-treat and Halloween events and activities in Columbia, SC? Grab those Halloween costumes and get ready to celebrate Halloween! This is the biggest list of Halloween things to do and events in the Midlands! We have all the trick-or-treat events, trunk or treat happenings, best Columbia neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, Halloween decorations and activities, plus spooky Halloween things to do leading up to the big day on October 31st.
Try a haunted house or farm. How about a Halloween getaway to a haunted hotel or a day trip Halloween adventure? Go trick-or-treating in Downtown Columbia! We have all the events, details, and Halloween fun right here. Have the best Halloween in Columbia ever!
There are a lot of Halloween events around Columbia and we’ll be updating throughout the season. Don’t forget that many events will be announced in October as Halloween gets closer, so bookmark this page to check back often.
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Halloween Events Happening Today Around Columbia
Just want to know what Halloween events and activities are going on today or tomorrow in Columbia? Just jump on down to our full list of all the Halloween things going on around Columbia organized by date. Halloween Things to do Today
This guide is massive. Use the table of contents below to navigate to find your favorite Halloween activities near you!
🎃Large Halloween Events in Columbia, SC
🎃Trick-or-treat and Trunk-or-Treat in Columbia
🎃Where should we trick or treat in Columbia? Best trick-or-treating neighborhoods
🎃Alternatives to Halloween Trick-or-Treating in Columbia
🎃Halloween at Richland Libraries
🎃Day-Trips for Halloween
🎃Spooky Things to Do: Haunted houses in Columbia, plus haunted hotels, trails, farms, and more
🎃Pumpkins, corn mazes, and all the rest of the not-so-spooky fall things
Have a baby or toddler? Check out this list of Halloween Events perfect for little ones!
2022 Rainy Halloween? Stay dry with drive-thru and indoor Halloween events around Columbia
This Halloween event list is huge. Since the weather is looking like rain, we’ve pulled the indoor and drive-thru Halloween events that will keep you dry while bringing all the Halloween fun and put them all in one place for you. Happy Halloween!
What are the most popular and largest Halloween events in Columbia? These events have lots of things to do for kids and families, with food, music, and more.
Boo at the Zoo at Riverbanks Zoo, October 20th – 30th, 2022: This popular family Halloween event includes trick-or-treating around the zoo, plus fun activities. Get your tickets in advance! Here’s our local mom review of Boo at the Zoo!
South Carolina Railroad Museum, Pumpkin Patch: Ride a train to the pumpkin patch! Pick a pumpkin, decorate it and enjoy games and a maze before heading back to the depot aboard the train. October 22nd and October 29th, 2022
Trick-or-Treat & Trunk-or-Treat in Columbia
Where should we trick-or treat in Columbia, SC? Fill up those candy buckets or pillowcases at these trick-or-treat and trunk-or-treat events near Columbia.
What neighborhoods and areas are good for trick or treating?
Looking for the old-fashioned door-to-door trick-or-treating? First, remember to stay safe. Halloween should be fun spooky, not truly scary. Parents remember that you make the call about what is safe for your kids and what’s not. That said, we’ve seen KACOLA readers and Columbia residents recommend the following neighborhoods and places for Halloween trick-or-treating on October 31st, 2022.
- Wales Garden and Rosehill
- Hampton’s Ridge
- Shops at Five Points
- Lake Carolina (Harborside)
- Ashley Oaks
When do we trick-or-treat in Columbia? 2022 Trick or treating times around Columbia, SC
When does Columbia trick or treat door to door? While some areas of the country move Halloween trick-or-treating to a convenient weekend day, in Columbia, most people will trick-or-treat on Halloween evening, October 31, 2022. There’s a running survey about Halloween trick-or-treating dates that you can check out.
Looking for something a little different? Maybe you’re looking for some fun that doesn’t make a big deal about spooky things and ghosts? Many churches and organizations offer some Halloween alternatives with a fall festive feel, that usually still involves a hefty amount of candy and lots of fun. Or, maybe a concert or history tour of tales sounds like a nice way to spend the day. Either way, check out this list of Halloween alternatives to the traditional trick-or-treat event.
Crafts, story times, pick-up kits, and Halloween promos, if it’s Halloween related in Columbia, it’s right here!
Halloween Day Trips
Want to take a festive Halloween day trip? There are lots of ideas near Columbia with something that’s a great fit no matter the ages in your group. Try Carowinds Amusement park, which offers both Scarowinds for older teens and adults and the Great Pumpkin Fest for families.
Check out all the ideas in our list of Halloween Day Trips.
Halloween Fun for Free at Richland Libraries in Columbia
Check out the Richland County Library Holiday Event Calendar for fun Halloween events! You’ll find everything from craft events, to costume story times, teen Halloween events, and lots more!
Don’t Miss: Not-So-Spooky Halloween Stroll
October 27th, 2022, 2 pm to 5 pm
Trick or Treat at the Richland Main Library and then head out to businesses participating in the Main Street area.
More Library Halloween Fun
- “Not So Spooky Celebration,” October 27th at 5 pm, Southeast
- Boo to You, Costume story time, October 27th, at 3:30 pm, Wheatley
- DIY Witches Cauldron, October 29th at 2 pm, Edgewood (Register)
- Treat Bag Making, October 29th at 3 pm, Eastover
Like to be scared? Spooky Things to Do in Columbia
SC State Museum- Dark History Tours
Visit the SC State Museum for Dark History Tours, a special kind of history tour full of spooky legendary tales from South Carolina’s history. Tours are self-guided and are available every day, or you can attend an educator-led guided tour any Saturday in October at 10:30 am or 2:30 pm. These tours are included in regular museum admission.
Stay Overnight Somewhere Haunted
Looking for a chance to see a real ghost this Halloween? Book one of these haunted vacation rentals or hotels. These spots have been widely reported as haunted, making them perfect for a festive Halloween night.
Visit a Haunted House, Farm, or Haunted Trail
If you and your crew like to be scared, then you might be considering a trip to a haunted house or trail. In Columbia, you’ll find everything from haunted castles to haunted farms where you can take a haunted wagon ride. There’s even a place where you can shoot zombies with lasers. These definitely go way beyond a plain traditional haunted house. Lots of these places are highly NOT recommended for children. Use the listings below to pick the perfect spot to be scared.
Haunted Houses and Trails Near Columbia, SC
Season runs September 30th, 2022 – October 31st, 2022
Hall of Horrors is a haunted house attraction in Cayce, SC.
Tickets are $15 for regular admission; Skip the line for $30 per ticket
Friday and Saturday: September 30th – October 15th
Friday – Saturday: October 20th – October 29th
Open Sunday, October 30th, and Halloween night
Cash or card accepted
Season begins September 16th, 2022 through October 30th, 2022
Scream Acres offers haunted houses and a scary hayride. They also have concession available for purchase.
September 30 – October 1st
Every Friday and Saturday in October
Sunday, October 30th
Not open on Halloween night
Prices: $25 per ticket; $35 per fast pass ticket
Season begins Saturday, October 1, 2022, through Saturday, October 29th, 2022
Terror Falls offers a four attractions, including Memaw’s Bed and Breakfast, Terror Trail, Terror Falls and Hospital, and Carnevil of Souls.
They also have a general store that sells snacks, drinks, and souvenirs.
Open Friday and Saturday in October
Open Thursday – Saturday, October 27th – 29th
Prices: $20 per ticket
Purchase tickets online or at the box office and accepts cash or card
Season runs from September 30th, 2022 – November 5th, 2022
Dark Castle offers a terror trail, dungeon, and zombie zone to explore.
Dark Knights Terror Trail: Outdoor, fully guided haunted trail, approximately 30 minutes.
Dungeon of Darkness: Indoor haunted house, approximately 15 minutes long.
Zombie Zone: Use a laser gun to clear the area of zombies, approximately 7 minutes long.
Also offers year-round entertainment, including a break room, escape room, and entertainment venue.
Seasons run from September 16, 2022 – November 5, 2022
Kreepy Hollow offers a haunted bus ride (2 versions), a 2-story haunted house, and a 2-mile haunted hayride.
Friday-Saturday: September 16th – September 24th
Friday-Sunday: September 30th – October 16th
Thursday-Sunday: October 20th – October 30th
Open Halloween night (Monday, October 31st)
Open November 4th and 5th
Accepts cash and card
Season runs from September 16, 2022 – October 31, 2022
Deceased Farm Haunted Attraction offers a large, self-guided haunted tour through 6 buildings, a two-acre corn field, and the farm. There are multiple scary characters to interact with.
NOT recommended for children under the age of 12. Age 12 and older need parental consent.
Costumes are not allowed to be worn.
Friday and Saturday in September
Thursday through Sunday in October
Open Halloween night
Tickets: $22 – $65(VIP)
Where are those pumpkin patches? How about a corn maze?
Need a pumpkin to carve for Halloween night? Pick one up at these farms near Columbia! Or, if traditional corn mazes are more your Halloween speed, try one of these farms with a corn maze.
Pick a Pumpkin!
Halloween Events Happening Today Around Columbia, SC
Just want to know what’s happening today or tomorrow? Here’s our full list of Halloween events and activities in the Columbia area organized only by date, starting with today.