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Halloween at the State Museum This October

The South Carolina State Museum is excited to announce a month of exciting Halloween shows and events! Plus, the Jack O’ Planetarium is back and will light up each night throughout the month of October.

Visit and enjoy:


1. SCOOB! 4D Experience – Showing in October Only! 

Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Velma, Fred and Daphne characters stand against a cloudy sky


This  show is filled with in-seat and environmental effects that make the show a special experience for the whole family. See Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne in this all-new action-packed, funny, and exciting adventure. The lifelong friends face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever when they learn of a plot to unleash a wild beast from a prehistoric underworld. The crime-busting crew bands together and rallies other friends to help. Amidst the chaos caused by terrorizing robots and a power-hungry villain, they discover more about Scooby’s past and his secret legacy. With all-new 3D animation and special effects to illuminate the on-screen action, this may be the Mystery Machine’s wildest adventure yet!  

SCOOB! and all related characters and elements © & ™ Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s22) 


2. Dark History Tours

Round logo that reads Dark History History Tours in light text on a dark brown background

Get ready for a special kind of history tour! The museum's “Dark History Tour” explores a variety of infamous and legendary tales throughout South Carolina’s history. Discover the true story of Columbia’s catacombs, a series of mysterious tunnels that were built to hide anything from politicians to Confederate gold. Hear stories from Gullah Geechee folklore that are sure to chill you to the bone, and learn about the path General Sherman took during his march through Columbia.

Guests may take an educator led guided tour experience at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each Saturday in October (capacity is limited). A self-guided experience is also available every day with panels at each ‘stop’ and even a few multi media components available through scanning QR codes on your mobile device.

Suitable for ages 12 and up, this tour is sure to complement your museum visit this Halloween!

Tours are included with museum general admission.


3. Accessibility Morning – Oct. 14 | 9 – 11 a.m.

Woman stands in front of display of replica life-size dinosaur fossil skeletons with her arm and hand making a upside down L shape

This program provides free access for families of children, teenagers, young adults and adults who would benefit from a quieter, sensory-friendly and disability-adapted experience at the museum. This Oct. 14, participants are invited to wear their Halloween costumes, see Scoob! 4D  and take a Dark History with ASL interpretation and more. General admission is free but pre-registration is encouraged.


4. HalloScream Laser Lights* | Showing throughout October

On a black background are the illustrated figures of a waving, happy a ghost, a one-eyed monster with a guitar and a skeleton doffing a top hat

This popular, family friendly planetarium experience returns for spooky, spectacular fun! Guests will experience a dynamic laser show choreographed to classic Halloween tunes like Thriller, Monster Mash, and Ghostbusters and more. 


5. Fright Night Laser Lights* | Fri., Oct. 27 from 6 – 10 p.m.

Jack O lantern sitting on DJ turntables with green lasers behind it

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s iconic album, Dark Side of the Moon, and enjoy your favorite songs from the popular series, Stranger Things! This special Halloween event also features a local food truck and a cash bar with beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Come dressed in your most creative costumes and join us for an evening of frightful fun!

Tickets are $10 per show for the general public and $8 per show for museum members. Learn more and get tickets!

*Please note: Laser shows contain bright, flashing lights that may cause discomfort to those with light sensitivity or other pre-existing conditions.