Halloween events in the Midlands

Published: Oct. 31, 2023 at 6:53 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Spooky season is here and in honor of that, there are many activities throughout the Midlands to take advantage of.

Whether you dress up, get candy, or attend a candy hunt with loved ones, there is something to do for everyone on Halloween.

You can find a list of Halloween events below:

Sumter Police Department’s Trick or Treat

  • The Sumter Police Department will host its annual Halloween Trick or Treating event at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Crosswell Drive Elementary School.
  • The event is also meant to provide a safer option for parents and their trick-or-treaters.

Sumter Trunk or Treat

  • The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office will be holding a Trunk or Treat from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. pm North Main Street.
  • The event will feature candy, hotdogs, chips and drinks.

No Tricks, All Treats with School Resource Officers

  • Columbia Police Department School Resource Officers will give out candy from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at various neighborhoods.
  • Neighborhoods included in the giveaway are Pinehurst, Gable Oaks, Columbiana Ridge, Greenview, Farrow Acres, Byrneswood, Latimore Manor, Ames Manor, Rosewood and Waverly.

Town of Irmo Trunk or Treat

  • Town officials are hosting a Trunk or Treat event from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Community Park on Eastview Drive.
  • The event will feature a free community costume and trunk contest.

Gamecock Women’s Basketball Trunk or Treat

  • The Gamecock women’s Basketball team is hosting an open practice and trunk-or-treat with the team.
  • Families can pick up candy from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Colonial Life Arena.
  • Those attending have the chance to meet the team and coaches.
  • Admission is free and the first 500 fans will get a free t-shirt.

Finally, officials want to ensure families stay safe during the holiday amidst all the fun.

Here are some tips from the Sumter Police Department to stay safe during the festivities:

  • Make sure kids can be seen by drivers in the dark
  • Have kids carry glow sticks, or put reflective tape on their treat bags.
  • Only cross the street at crosswalks.
  • Opt for makeup instead of masks for better visibility.
  • Accompany young children or approve a route for older kids before trick-or-treating.

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