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Celebrate Halloween with Historic Columbia this Fall!

The days are getting shorter in the capital city, and Historic Columbia invites your family to celebrate fall with costumes, pumpkins, history and more!

Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tour
Grab your flashlight and join Historic Columbia for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the moon on Thursday, Oct. 9 at Elmwood Cemetery. Your family will discover 160 years of history in one of Columbia’s oldest cemeteries with our costumed tour guides, while enjoying snacks and more.

Tours begin every 30 minutes from 6 – 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $12 for non-member adults, $6 for non-member youth (17 and under), $8 for HC member adults and $4 for HC member youth. Learn more and reserve your tickets online at historiccolumbia.org, by emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org or by phone at 803.252.1770 ext. 23.


Second Sunday Roll | Wicked Columbia

At 2 p.m. on Oct. 12, take a tour through Columbia’s villainous past on a Special Sunday Roll led by Wicked Columbia author Alexia Jones Helsley. From triple hangings at Potter’s Field to the lure of ladies of the evening, Columbia has a history as famously hot as its weather, and this guided bus tour will explore several sites discussed in Wicked Columbia.

This Second Sunday Roll meets at the Robert Mills Carriage House, 1616 Blanding St. The tour is $12 for non-member adults, $6 for non-member youth, $8 for Historic Columbia member adults and $4 for HC member youth. Admission for children 5 and under is free. To reserve a spot on the tour, visit historiccolumbia.org or contact us at 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or reservations@historiccolumbia.org.


Book Signing with Alexia Helsley, Author of Wicked Columbia

Meet the author of Wicked Columbia: Vice and Villainy in the Capital, at a special book signing on Sunday, Oct. 12 with Historic Columbia. In Wicked Columbia, author and historian Alexia Helsley examines salacious tales of debauchery, including a notorious pickpocket bold enough to victimize a mayor, a tradition of dueling that ruined lives over petty insults and more devilish details from the Soda City’s past.

The signing begins at 3 p.m. in the Robert Mills Carriage House at 1616 Blanding St., and admission is free. To learn more, visit historiccolumbia.org or contact HC at 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or reservations@historiccolumbia.org.


Scarecrows in the Garden

Scarecrows are taking over the Robert Mills House gardens from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2 for the annual Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit, presented by Palmetto Parent. This free exhibit features handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, businesses, organizations and classrooms. Vote for your favorite scarecrow in the Gift Shop at Robert Mills during your visit or online at Historic Columbia’s Facebook page, and keep an eye out for “Sneaky Steve,” a mischievous scarecrow hiding somewhere on the grounds in a new location each week. To learn more about this exhibit, visit historiccolumbia.org or contact us at 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or reservations@historiccolumbia.org.


Trunk or Treat

Put on a costume and join us on Thursday, Oct. 30 for Historic Columbia’s first Trunk or Treat as Halloween with a twist comes to the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding St. Community members and local organizations will come together in a safe and fun environment with decorated vehicles and trunks filled with candy for trick-or-treating—and don’t forget to knock on the door of the Robert Mills House, too! Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunk, and the Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit and the Gift Shop at Robert Mills will both be open during this free event.

Would you like to be one of our community partners for Trunk or Treat? Vehicle registration is due Friday, Oct. 24; learn more at historiccolumbia.org or by contacting HC Education Coordinator James Quint at 803.252.1770 ext. 36 or jquint@historiccolumbia.org.

Early Adventures: Pumpkin Patch

The scarecrows are on the loose and watching over the pumpkins! Children will pick out and decorate a pumpkin to take home, play games and enjoy a harvest snack. Afterwards they can participate in the Scarecrows in the Garden Scavenger Hunt. The Pumpkin Patch program is only offered during October. Historic Columbia’s Early Adventures programs are the perfect outing for preschools, daycares and play groups. These programs are designed for ages 3-5 and 6-8 and can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more. Visit historiccolumbia.org or call 803.252.1770 x 33 to book an Early Adventure.

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