Thursday, September 27, 2012

Halloween Events in Columbia South Carolina

Haunted attractions in Columbia, South Carolina are ready to give you the scare of your life this October 2012. Test your bravery at some of the most frightening Haunted houses, Halloween hayrides and ghost tours in South Carolina. Riverbanks Zoo and EdVenture will also provide kid friendly Halloween events that will entertain the entire family. Visiting from out of town? Stay with one of our local hotel partners to experience every thrilling Halloween activity that Columbia has to offer. Halloween events, pumpkin patches, and Halloween getaways are listed below. Continue reading to start making your Halloween plans today. Contact us or share your comments below if we are missing your favorite Halloween activity so that we can add it to the list!

Halloween Events in Columbia SC:

Clinton Sease Farm 2012 Corn Maze
September 21 - November 18, 2012
Clinton Sease Farm invites you to explore their 8 acre corn maze. Maize-O-Vision secret decoders help you navigate the multi-acre puzzle. Can you find your way out? 'Get lost' in the maze, visit the Kiddie Corn Maze, the Mist Maze, and South Carolina's only Marshmallow Maze at Clinton Sease Farm.

Photo of Happy Halloween Columbia SC
Sandhill Fall Festival
September 24 - November 2, 2012
The 2012 Sandhill Fall Festival features a corn maze, festival games, hay rides, a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, a haunted forest and more. Children under 3 are free. Sandhill Festival activities vary by date, so check the schedule for details. Visit for more information.

Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit
September 30 - October 31, 2012 | Tuesday - Saturday from 10AM - 4PM | Sunday 1PM - 5PM
Stroll through the historic Hampton-Preston grounds and garden to view dozens of uniquely crafted ghoulish, historical, and colorful scarecrows. Keep an eye out for 'Sneaky Steve' who is hiding somehwere on teh grounds but moves to a new location each week.

Hall of Horrors
October 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, and 31, 2012
Dare to venture into Hall of Horrors, the Midland's scariest and longest running haunted attraction. Faint sounds of machinery, flickering lights, and strange shadows have earned this abandoned factory its nickname 'Screamworks'. Visit for more information.

Historic Haunting: Special Cemetery Tour
October 11, 2012 from 6PM - 8:30PM | Tours begin every 30 minutes
Historic Columbia Foundation and Elmwood Cemetery present guided tours by the light of the full moon. Admission includes a tour of Elmwood Cemetery, light snacks, and a take-home craft for children. Call 803-252-1770 ext 24 to make your reservation today.

Haunted History Halloween at Lexington County Museum
October 18 - 19, 2012 | 30 Minute Tours available at 7PM, 7:30PM, 8PM, & 8:30PM
Lexington County Museum will be taken over by spirits at this annual Halloween event. Ghoulish guides will lead visitors on a spooky journey of the museum property, telling stories of strange and unusual events in Lexington County's Colonial, antebellum and Civil War history. Call 803-359-8369 for more information.

Boo at the Zoo
October 19 - 30, 2012
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden presents a family friendly Halloween event. Boo at the Zoo features the Trick-Or-Treat trail, Mummy's Eeky Freaky Dance Party, Moonlight Magic with Ray, a Haunted Carousel, a Marshmallow Roast, a Nightly Costume Parade and more. Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased in advance to avoid long lines. Call 803-779-8717 for more details.

Beakers and Broomsticks
October 27, 2012 from 5PM - 8PM
EdVenture invites all families to enjoy a harvest of Halloween fun at the 3rd Annual Beakers & Broomsticks celebration. Combining creepy thrills and science skills, this Halloween spectacular is open to the public. Mad experiments, creepy labs, mysterious slime, glow grafitti, Pumpkin Vomit Spooky Science Demonstrations, costume contests and trick or treat stations will be back this year. Call 803-779-3100 for more information.
Pumpkin Picking in Columbia South Carolina:
Wondering where to get a pumpkin in Columbia, SC? Check out these local farmers markets to find the perfect pumpkin. Pick your own pumpkin and carve a masterpiece just in time for Halloween fun!

Photo of Halloween Pumpkins
South Carolina State Farmers Market
3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, SC 29172 | 803-737-4664
Monday - Saturday from 6AM - 9PM | Sunday from 12PM - 6PM

All Locals Farmers' Market
711 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC, 29201 | 803-917-0794
Saturdays from 8AM - 12PM

Town of Lexington Farmers Market
206 N. Church Street, Lexington, South Carolina 29072 | 803-356-8238
Every Saturday (May 12 - October 27) from 9AM - 1PM

Sandhill Farmers Market
900 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229
Every Tuesday (May 1 - November 20) from 2PM - 7PM

Halloween Getaways:
Plan a weekend getaway in October 2012 to experience haunted houses, eerie plantations, spooky hayrides, creepy ghost tours and more in nearby cities.

Halloween in Charleston, South Carolina
Boone Hall Plantation Fright Nights, a rUNdead 5K, graveyard walking tours, ghost hunts at the jail and more await you this October 2012 in Charleston, South Carolina. Read more about these spooky Halloween events in Charleston and start making your travel plans today. Call the Staybridge Suites at 866-497-7963 to receive discount rates at this top rated Charleston hotel.

Halloween in Wilmington, North Carolina
Ghost Ship, the most anticipated scare and haunted attraction of the season, awaits in Wilmington, North Carolina. Panic Attack Haunted House, Fort Fisher Aquarium's Spooky Critter Aquacamp, Ghost Trolley tours and more invite you to enjoy the most frightening month of the year in Wilmington, NC. Read more about these spooktacular Halloween Events in Wilmington and start making your travel plans today. Call the Holiday Inn at 866-893-2703 or the Staybridge Suites at 866-875-7770 to make reservations at one of Wilmington's favorite hotels.

Join us if you dare at the most haunted places in Columbia, South Carolina and plan a weekend getaway to experience Halloween celebrations in nearby cities. October 2012 promises a month full of frightening events in the Carolinas.

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Carolina Gamecock Football Hotel Specials

Save big bucks when you visit Columbia for the first 2012 Gamecock home games. Call the Wingate Harbison today at 800-826-5570 to make a hotel reservation for as little as $70 per night. The South Carolina Gamecock Football team is gearing up for the first home games of the 2012 season! After a 17-13 victory over Vanderbilt in the season opener, the USC Football team is back in Columbia preparing to take on East Carolina and University of Alabama at Birmingham in the first two home games of the season. It's time to pull out the tailgating gear, dress in garnet and black, and cheer on the team at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Visiting from out of town? The Wingate Harbison hotel is offering special USC Football rates for the first two home games and the longer you stay, the less you pay! Spend one night at the Wingate Harbison hotel and get a special USC Football rate of only $85 plus tax. Turn your visit into a weekend long celebration and the discount gets even better! Stay 2 or more nights at the Wingate Harbison and get an incredible discount rate of $70 per night. Free breakfast and free internet are included at this Columbia SC hotel! Spacious guest rooms feature a microwave, refrigerator and flat screen TV. Bailey's Sports Bar & Grill offers a 20% discount to hotel guests and they are right next door. Keep up with college football on Saturday and catch your favorite NFL team on Sunday while you enjoy delicious food and drinks at Bailey's! Celebrate with Gamecock fans in the Vista, Harbison, and Five Points all weekend long and rest comfortably at a luxurious hotel for ONLY $70 per night. Call the Wingate Harbison hotel today at 800-826-5570 to get this special USC Football rate. Rates are available September 7-8, 2012 and September 14-15, 2012.

Whether you are living right here in Gamecock Country or visiting from out of town, we look forward to seeing you at Williams-Brice Stadium. Check out the game details below and start making your tailgating plans today!

Photo of East Carolina vs University of South Carolina Football
East Carolina vs University of South Carolina
Williams-Brice Stadium - Columbia, South Carolina
Saturday, September 8, 2012
12:21PM ET

Photo of University of Alabama at Birmingham vs USC Football
University of Alabama at Birmingham vs USC
 Williams-Brice Stadium - Columbia, South Carolina
Saturday, September 15, 2012
7:00PM ET

The South Carolina Gamecocks won their 13th straight season opener on Thursday, August 30, 2012 with a 17-13 victory over Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks were trailing 13-10 in the beginning of the 4th quarter, but Lattimore scored the game winning touchdown with 11 minutes and 25 seconds remaining in the game. Let's see what the rest of the season holds for the South Carolina Gamecocks! We look forward to seeing you at Williams-Brice Stadium!

Danielle Snyder
Columbia SC Events