The Ultimate Guide to Halloween Events & Trick-or-Treat in Columbia, SC

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Are you looking for trick-or-treating 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.

This guide is massive. Use the table of contents below to navigate to find your favorite Halloween activities near you!

🎃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 in Columbia
🎃Halloween Activities
🎃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

Golly ghostsTry 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

This guide is a lot! If you just want to know what Columbia Halloween events and activities are going on today or tomorrow, go right now to our full list of all the Halloween things going on around Columbia organized by date.

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Trick or treat in Columbia, SC

Halloween Events in Columbia, SC

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, 2023: 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 21st and October 28th, 2023

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
  • Windermere
  • Lake Carolina (Harborside)
  • Ashley Oaks

When do we trick-or-treat in Columbia, SC? 2023 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, 2023. There’s a survey about Halloween trick-or-treating dates that you can check out from 2022.

Be safe! Trick or Treat and Halloween safety tips from the City of Columbia Police Department

Halloween Columbia, SC: Alternatives

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.

Halloween Activities

Halloween activities and Halloween things to do: Columbia, SC

Crafts, story times, pick-up kits, and Halloween promos, if it’s Halloween-related in Columbia, it’s right here!

Halloween Day Trips

Halloween day trips

Halloween at Stone Mountain on October 18, 2019. Photo by Steven Bridges

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: Halloween Kick-off Celebration
October 30th, 2023, 4 pm to 5 pm

Kick off Halloween, the day before Halloween, with a costume parade plus crafts and treats.

More Library Halloween Fun

Like to be scared? Spooky Things to Do in Columbia

Haunted Houses near Columbia, SC

Stay Overnight Somewhere Haunted: The Spookiest Stays in the Southeast

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.

Discover the haunted places in Columbia, SC

Columbia is full of ghost stories. Our Haunted Places in Columbia article lists 13 places you might see ghosts along with the stories of those ghosts.

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

Hall of Horrors

803.814.5858 1153 Walter Price Road, Cayce, SC

Season runs September 29th, 2023 – October 31st, 2023

Hall of Horrors is a haunted house attraction in Cayce, SC.

Tickets are $15 for regular admission; Skip the line for $30 per ticket

Cash or card accepted

Scream Acres

803.428.4149 1137 Old Camden Road, Bishopville, SC

Season begins September 15th, 2023 through October 29th, 2023

Scream Acres offers haunted houses and a scary hayride. They also have concession available for purchase.

Operating Days:
Friday and Saturdays
Sunday, October 29th
Not open on Halloween night

Prices: $25 per ticket; $35 per fast pass ticket

Deceased Farms

803.530.9434 382 Olde Farm Road, Lexington, SC

Season runs from September 15, 2023 – October 31, 2023

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 and October
Plus select Thursdays and Sundays in October
Open Halloween night

Tickets: $25 – $65(VIP)
Cash Only


Cash only!

Terror Falls Haunted Farm

803.781.2867 370 Mack Street, Gaston, SC

Season begins Saturday, October 6, 2023, through Saturday, October 28th, 2023

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

Prices: $25 per ticket
Purchase tickets online or at the box office and accepts cash or card

Dark Castle SC

803.309.5586 2076 Highway Church Road, Elgin, SC

Season runs from September 29th, 2023 – November 4th, 2023

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.

Kreepy Hollow

803.428.2013 1251 Joe Dority Road, Bishopville, SC

Seasons run from September 15, 2023 – November 4, 2023 

Kreepy Hollow offers a haunted bus ride (2 versions), a 2-story haunted house, and a 2-mile haunted hayride.

Friday-Saturday: September 15th – September 23rd
Friday-Sunday: September 29th – October 22nd
Thursday-Sunday: October 26th – October 30th
Open Halloween night (Tuesday, October 31st)
Open November 3rd  and 4th

Tickets: $25.00 – $30 depending on date
Accepts cash and card

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. Have some family-friendly fall festive fun.

Pick a Pumpkin!

Halloween Events Columbia, SC: Happening Today

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.

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