Halloween at Saluda Shoals

Things may slowly but surely be returning to some semblance of normal. Next Saturday, October 24th from 3 PM until 8:30 PM, take the family to Saluda Shoals Park for some Halloween festivities.

The Halloween festivities begin before Saturday, October 24th. Pumpkin carving aficionados have the chance to register their carved pumpkins. Registration for the pumpkin carving contest ends Thursday, October 22nd. Also, it costs $3 a pumpkin to register for the pumpkin carving contest. Of important note is that “all entries should be in good taste and suitable for all ages,” requests the event hosts on the park’s webpage.

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Additional information about the pumpkin carving contest includes pumpkin drop off. Drop off your pumpkin between noon and 2 PM on Saturday, October 24th at Leo’s Landing Playground Parking Lot. Pumpkin judging coincides with the trick-or-treat trail from 3 PM until 6:30PM. While prizes will be awarded from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, the winners won’t be contacted until the week after the event.

Excitingly, the event’s Facebook page details several family-friendly Halloween events. For starters, the trick-or-treat trail at Leo’s Landing Playground from 3 PM until 6:30 PM sounds like a great way to safely trick-or-treat with the kids.

Stick around after the trick-or-treating for a drive-in movie. Saluda Shoals Park will show the 2019 rendition of The Addams Family around nightfall. They anticipate the film to begin around 7 PM. If trick-or-treating and a movie weren’t exciting enough, food trucks and other local vendors will be at the park from 3 PM until 7 PM.

Event organizers ask that you enter the park at 6071 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29212. Assumably taking social distancing measures into account, tickets are limited. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online at www.icrc.net. Additionally, event organizers request that children 12 and younger participate in the trick-or-treat trail. Tickets are available at several different tiers. Drive-in movie and trick-or-treat trail cost $25 per vehicle. The movie only costs $15 per vehicle, while the trick-or-treat trail only costs $5 per child.

While many things have been canceled in light of the on-going global coronavirus pandemic, it is comforting to see that Saluda Shoals Park already has the Sleigh Bell Stroll on the calendar for November 23rd. However, things will be different this year. No bus transportation will be provided this year. Additionally, masks will be required at registration. The Sleigh Bell Stroll costs $5 per person, however children six-years-old and younger are free.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly fall event for next weekend, Halloween at Saluda Shoals is sure to not disappoint. Be sure to get your tickets online for the trick-or-treat trail and drive-in movie! Let us know if you plan on going to Halloween at Saluda Shoals in the comments below. Check back with Lexington Yankee for fall family fun things to do around Columbia, South Carolina.

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