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Historic Columbia brings spirits and scarecrows to life this October’s spooky season

Trunk or Treat

Trunk or Treat

In October, hundreds of Columbia youth and families gather at Historic Columbia’s site and beyond to celebrate an historic and fun Halloween season. Whether through exploration of our annual Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit featuring handcrafted scarecrows made by local artists and creative community members or exhuming the stories of Columbia’s past by the light of the moon with ever-popular Spirits Alive! Cemetery tour—we’ve got plenty of history and fun for folks to enjoy.

“ We enjoy being a safe and interactive outlet for children and families during Halloween season each year,” says director of education, James Quint. “October not only gives us opportunities to educate and engage our community at-large in the history and culture of Columbia in a unique way, but it also gives us excuses for wearing fun costumes and providing new reasons to visit our grounds.”

Here’s a full list of Halloween-friendly programs and tour offerings for the month of October:



• Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit

October 1–31—Tuesday– Saturday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m., Robert Mills House & Gardens

Scarecrows will take over the Robert Mills gardens. This free exhibit will feature handcrafted scarecrows made by local artists, families, business, organizations, and classrooms. Stroll through the gardens and see ghoulish, historic, and colorful creations. Scarecrows are family friendly. The exhibit will be available to the public throughout the month of October.

• Spirits Alive!

Thursday, October 10, 6–9:30 p.m., tour meets at Elmwood Cemetery (501 Elmwood Avenue)

Grab your flashlights and join Historic Columbia and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting Columbia’s 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. For youth, tickets are $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. For adults, tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Tours are approximately one hour in length and begin every 30 minutes beginning at 6 p.m.

• Trunk or Treat

Tuesday, October 29, 5:30–7 p.m., Robert Mills House & Gardens

Put on your costume and join us as we bring the fun of Halloween to the Robert Mills House and Gardens during Trunk or Treat. This free event offers a twist on traditional Halloween fun for all ages. Community members, local organizations and families will come together in a safe environment with decorated vehicles and trunks filled with candy for trick-or-treating. Kids get to trick or treat at the front and back doors of the Robert Mills House, participate in activities, and enter the candy-corn guessing contest. Awards and prizes for best costumes and best decorated trunk will be given at 6:45 p.m.

For reservations or with questions regarding this month’s October programs, please email, find us online at, or call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23.

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