Halloween Happenings 2023

Local Halloween Fun

September 23-November 12
Corn Maze
Steed’s Dairy
Have old-fashioned family fun and explore a secret world of twists, turns and dead ends. Admission includes pony cart rides, hayride, petting zoo, cow-milking demonstration, pumpkin patch, jumping pillow, giant tube slide, corn kernel pit, rubber duckie race and kid’s zip line. Concessions are available. Open Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun. 1-7 p.m. $9-$12; ages 2 and under are free. Free Military Appreciation Weekend is Nov. 11-12 for all active and retired military members with an ID. steedsdairy.com

October 6-8
Little Shop of Horrors
Imperial Theatre
The Augusta Players perform the sci-fi, tongue-in-cheek comedy about a man-eating plant. Various times. imperialtheatre.com

October 9, 14, 21, 28
Kids’ Fall Fun Celebration
Mistletoe State Park
Fall program for children includes crafts, candy bobbing, hiking, games, participate in stuffing the scarecrow, building a jack-o-lantern and a treasure hunt. Limited spots; registration required. Various times. $10 per child. $5 parking. (706) 541-0321, gastateparks.org

October 19
Trick-or-Treat at Evans Towne Center Park
Evans Towne Center Park
Bring costumed children to the park for fun and safe trick-or-treating from local businesses. Admission is free. 6-8 p.m. columbiacountyga.gov

October 21-22
Walk with the Spirits
Saint Paul’s Chuchyard
Hear fascinating stories and learn about Augusta’s past and some of its notable citizens. You will be guided through the tour by “spirits” dressed in period costumes who come to life. Tours begin every 20 minutes from 2-5 p.m. Not recommended for children under 5. Call (706) 724-0436 for costs and reservations. historicaugusta.org.

October 22
Artrageous! Family Sunday: Boo Bash
Morris Museum of Art
Get batty at the Morris with face painting, decorating mini pumpkins, coloring a treat bag, trick-or-treating in the galleries and a costume contest. Free. Costumes are welcome, but not required. 2-4 p.m. themorris.org

October 25
Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Candlelight Concert by FEVER features Halloween-inspired music under the glow of candlelight. 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. sacredheartaugusta.org, feverup.com

October 26
Trick-or-Treat on Main Street
Downtown Harlem
Put on your Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat on Main Street from 6-7 p.m. harlemmuseumandwelcomecenter.com

October 27
Halloween Movie Night – Grovetown
Gateway Park
Bring your chairs and blankets and watch the family friendly movie “Hotel Transylvania.” Admission is free, and each child will receive a pre-packaged candy bag. 6-8 p.m. columbiacountyga.gov

Trunk or Treat
Liberty Park
The City of Grovetown presents old-fashioned Halloween fun for families with trunk or treating, hayrides, inflatables, petting zoo, food vendors and music with a DJ. 6-9 p.m. (706) 860-7691

October 27-28
Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee
Downtown North Augusta
Join the fun at this family friendly festival on Georgia Avenue. Entertainment includes live performances, rides, arts and crafts, car show, children’s activities, food and beverage vendors and free concerts. TobyMac will perform Oct. 27 and Sister Hazel Oct. 28. Free admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. northaugustasc.gov

October 28
Reed Creek Halloween Festival
Reed Creek Nature Park
There will be scenes along the boardwalk, face painting, photo opportunities and more. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5. columbiacountyga.gov

Harlem Halloween Movie Night
Harlem Library Plaza
Bring your chairs and blankets and watch the family friendly film “Coco” on the library lawn. The movie is free and begins at sundown. harlemmuseumandwelcomecenter.com/events

Cocktail Hour: The Show
Imperial Theatre
An All Hallows Eve-inspired program will enchant with “spirited” characters. Wear a costume and watch Ballets with a Twist bring the sci-fi Zombie, wicked Bloody Mary, riotous Hot Toddy and more from the menu to the stage. 7 p.m. imperialtheatre.com

Thriller at the Miller
Miller Theater
If you’re 21 or older, grab your favorite ghoul friends for a night of Halloween fun and mischief. The party includes live music by Las Vegas tribute band 80’s Station, specialty cocktails and a costume contest with cash prizes. 7:30 p.m. $30-$65. millertheateraugusta.com

October 28-29
Phinizy Family Camping & Halloween Tent-or-Treating
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
Bring pre-packaged candy for tent-or-treaters and camp under the stars. Weekend includes a costume contest, pumpkin and tent decorating contests, campfire with s’mores, family activities and guided nature hike. 1 p.m. Sat.-noon Sun. $50 per group of up to 6 campers. $10 per additional camper. Registration required. (706) 396-1418, phinizycenter.org

October 29
Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
Clarks Hill Park
Bubbling waters. Carving knives. Sinister grinning gourds. There’s something spooky going on under the lake when scuba divers slip below the surface and compete in this annual underwater pumpkin carving contest (bring your own pumpkin). Pumpkins must be carved with a diver’s tool. Free food and drinks afterward while supplies last. Noon. (706) 737-7900, neptunediveandski.com

October 31
Spookduckular Halloween
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
Bring toddlers up to age 5 for Halloween-themed fun that includes a costume contest, stories, crafts and hands-on activities in nature. Bring a trick-or-treat bag and wear a costume. 10-11:30 a.m. $15.74 per child. Registration is required. (706) 396-1418, phinizycenter.org

Out-of-Town Halloween Fun

September 15-October 29
Scarowinds Halloween Haunt
Hordes of hungry zombies and blood-thirsty vampires eagerly await you. Fear rises when darkness falls and Carowinds transforms from a theme park into a scream park with more than 60 acres of hair-raising thrills and fearsome fun. Weekends 7 p.m.-midnight. carowinds.com

September 16-October 31
Six Flags Fright Fest
Family fun by day, fright by night! During the day, family friendly Halloween activities include costume contests, spooky stories, Harvest Festival and pumpkin painting. When the sun goes down, test your fear factor as the park fills with fright-filled ghosts, goblins and all things spooky. sixflags.com

September 20-November 30
Sixth Sense Savannah Ghost Tours
Tours are for novices and aficionados seeking historical narrative and hair-raising paranormal intrigue. Featured tours include Bonaventure Cemetery Tours, Sixth Sense Savannah Ghost Tours and America’s Most Haunted City Tours. 6thsenseworld.com

September 22-November 11
Netherworld Haunted House
Named “One of the Top 10 Haunts in the Nation” by Hauntworld Magazine, the walk-through-dark attraction is filled with terrifying live actors, special effects, monster museum, escape rooms and 3D adventures. fearworld.com

October 6, 13, 20, 27
Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation
Take an eerie journey back in time at coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation to hear tales of ghostly encounters and folklore of the Lowcountry. Pre-registration is required. Wear comfortable shoes and bring insect repellant. 6:30-8 p.m. $20. gastateparks.org

October 7, 14, 21, 28
Where’s Noble Bones? A Bone-Chilling Scavenger Hunt
Join the fun as Wormsloe State Historic Site holds a family friendly, spooky scavenger hunt among the live oaks, Spanish moss and tabby ruins. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $2.50-$11.25. gastateparks.org/Wormsloe

October 20-30
Boo at the Zoo Columbia
Riverbanks Zoo
Gather your little ghosts and goblins and head to a family friendly spooktacular Halloween party. Kids in costume can trick-or-treat throughout the zoo, move and groove at the Eeky Freaky DJ Dance Party, ride the Haunted Carousel and more. Please bring your own trick-or-treat bags. Advance ticket purchase suggested. 6-9 p.m. riverbanks.org

October 21-22, 28-29
Boo at the Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta
The gates of Zoo Boo Town swing open for four nights. Kids can get scary good treats on Trick or Treat Lane and join in Halloween-themed carnival games and crafts, ride the Boo Train and take photos with strolling characters. Costumes are welcome but must be family friendly to not startle the animals. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. zooatlanta.org

October 27-28
“Dracula – Ballet with a Bite”
Slip some garlic in your pocket as the South Carolina Ballet presents blood, fangs and death in this Halloween cult classic based on the novel by Bram Stoker. The production includes a rock/jazz musical score and otherworldly special effects. Koger Center. columbiacityballet.com

October 29
Halloween at Hogwarts
Join the SC Philharmonic for a bewitching family concert matinee as the Koger Center is transformed into the famous school of witchcraft and wizardry. Costumes are encouraged. 3 p.m. kogercenterforthearts.com