Have a Happy Halloween with these Trick-Or-Treating Alternatives!

Halloween is typically a time for creating fun memories for children and families everywhere! Safety is often a concern for many parents during this time. We put together a list of fun, alternative events happening here in the Midlands for you and your family.

Historic Columbia's Trunk-Or-Treat

Friday, Oct. 26

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Robert Mills House and Garden


At this is a free event, community members and organizations will display decorated trunks filled with candy in the parking lot of the Robert Mills House. Awards and prizes for best costumes and best-decorated trunk will be given at 6:45 p.m. Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills and check out the Scarecrows in the Garden during this free event.

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BOOnanza at the State Farmers Market

Thursday, Oct. 25

5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

State Farmers Market


Bring your little ones for a safe trick-or-treating venue, where they will enjoy both candy and healthy treats. Bouncy houses, agriculture activity areas, and pumpkin painting are all part of the event. Pumpkins will be available for purchase, but the painting is a free activity.

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The BOOtanical Garden

Saturday, Oct. 27

2 p.m.-  5 p.m.

Moore Farms Botanical Garden in Lake City, SC


Get the whole family together and put on your best costumes for an enchanted Halloween afternoon at Moore Farms Botanical Garden. Trick-or-treating through the garden, pumpkin bowling, spooky punch, crafts, carnivorous plants…there’s something fun for everyone! Experience the bewitchingly beautiful garden like never before, while the little ones enjoy a hauntingly good time.

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Edventure's Halloween Hoopla

Wednesday, Oct. 31

4 p.m.- 8 p.m.

EdVenture Children’s Museum


Surprises await trick or treaters behind more than 10 doors at EdVenture! Halloween Happening features a slime machine, pumpkin smashing, a costume contest for the grown-ups and of course scary amounts of candy. Attendees are invited to be in their best Halloween attire and even EDDIE®, the world’s largest child, will be showing off his black Halloween mask!

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Not-So-Spooky Halloween Stroll

Wednesday, Oct. 31

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Richland Library – Main Branch


It’s time to trick-or-treat! Dress your family in their costumes and head downtown to celebrate Halloween with a trick-or-treat stroll through the library and to participating organizations downtown. Don’t miss the special Halloween fun and games at Richland Library.

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Harbison Trick or Treat around the Lake

Saturday, Oct. 27

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Lake Woodcross and Harbison Community Center


Bring your children to Trick-or-Treat in a safe and controlled environment on the trail around Lake Woodcross. Local vendors and community sponsors will have booths with lots of candy & treats for all of the little ghosts and goblins. Don’t miss the fun!

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Columbia Fire Halloween Festival

Wednesday, Oct. 31

5 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Station 20- 10727 Broad River Rd in Ballentine


Come out with Columbia Fire Department for free food, free candy, games and fire trucks at Station 20.

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City of Columbia's Spooktacular Halloween Carnival

Wednesday, Oct. 31

5 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Dutch Square Mall


Calling all ghosts, ghouls and goblins! Trick or treat with the City of Columbia at the “Spooktacular Halloween Carnival.”

The year’s free event will feature Escapology’s “Hot Seat,” inflatables, carnival games, karaoke, trivia, exhibitors, and more.

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Chester Police Department's Trunk-A-Treat

Tuesday, Oct. 30

6 p.m.- 9 p.m.

City Hall lower parking lot


Join the Chester Police for a family friendly night of Trunk-A-Treat. There will be a DJ, a costume contest for kids and adults, face painting, pumpkin decorating contest and candy!

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