Join Historic Columbia throughout the month of October for the popular Scarecrows in the Garden exhibition. This family-friendly outdoor art show features local artists such as Jen Ray and Billy Guess alongside scarecrows from individuals, organizations and businesses. Prizes for best scarecrow will be given at our annual Trunk or Treat celebration. Bring the whole family for a night of fun with a parking lot full of decorated trunks and trick-or-treating at the Robert Mills House and Gardens.
Oct. 1 – 31 | Normal Business Hours | Gardens of the Robert Mills House
This event, on hiatus in 2016, is back by popular demand. Scarecrows have taken over the Robert Mills House gardens! This free exhibit features handcrafted scarecrows made by local families, business, organizations and classrooms. New this year, several local artists have also designed scarecrows. On a stroll through the gardens this fall, see dozens of ghoulish, historic and colorful scarecrows. Keep an eye out for “Sneaky Steve,” a mischievous scarecrow hiding somewhere on the grounds in a new location each week. For information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.
Historic Columbia and Elmwood Cemetery staff will offer guided tours of some of Columbia’s peculiar past by the light of the moon. Different than regular monthly tours, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours featured costumed tour guides, snacks and other Halloween-related activities. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for youth for Historic Columbia members; $12 for adults and $6 for youth for non-members. Tours begin at 6 p.m. and the last tour begins at 8:30 p.m. To register, send an email to reservations@historiccolumbia.
Friday, Oct. 27 | 5:30 – 7 p.m. | Robert Mills House Parking Lot
Put on your costume and join Historic Columbia as we bring the fun of Halloween to the Robert Mills House during Trunk or Treat! Children will enjoy trick-or-treating with a twist in a safe and fun environment. 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.
Trunk or Treat Vehicle Participation: Historic Columbia is accepting registrations for businesses and organizations and families to place a decorated vehicle at the event. This is a great opportunity for businesses and organizations to promote their mission, give away branded merchandise, and hand out candy to hundreds of children at a free community event. Vehicle owners must register via email by Monday, October 24. To register, send an email to reservations@historiccolumbia.
· Organization (if applicable)
· Phone number
· Email address
· Make/Model/Color of vehicle
Registered vehicles should arrive between 4:30 and 5:15 p.m. When giving out toys prizes or candy, remember that children will range in age from infants to young teens. Electricity will not be provided to registered vehicles in the event area, so please bring flashlights. Attendance is estimated at 400 families for the event. Please plan accordingly. For information, visit historiccolumbia.org, emailreservations@historiccolumbia.
In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit historiccolumbia.org or find Historic Columbia on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram orYouTube for more details.