Haunted houses are Halloween tradition for many people. However, they can be too scary and over-stimulating for children. South Carolina is well known for having some of the best haunted houses anywhere. There are lots of options around Columbia, SC. If you are looking for haunted houses and attractions that will be fun for the whole family, without causing tears and nightmares for the little ones, here are some suggestions.
1. Harmon’s Tree Farm – This is family friendly place to celebrate every season in Lexington County. In fall as one of their activities they offer a haunted house. They call their kid-friendly haunted house, “The Boo House.” It is designed with families in mind. The haunts will not jump out and startle you, and they do not cross any boundaries. It is meant to be fun for the children without really being scary. Visiting the Boo House will cost $3.50 per person. More information can be found at http://www.harmontreefarmllc.com/HayridesandCornMaze.html.
2. Hallowonka at EdVenture – EdVenture is one of the largest children’s museums in the country. It is located right in the heart of Columbia, SC. Every year to celebrate Halloween they have an event called Hallowonka. It’s not exactly a haunted house, but it is similar. Kids go from room to room, collecting treats, and learning as they go. There isn’t anything to scare them, but there are lots of extra activities like crafts, games, and contests. This is a wonderful option if you have children that aren’t old enough for a haunted house, but you still want the feeling of moving from room to room and doing more than just trick-or-treating. Tickets are $7. You can get more information at http://www.edventure.org/.
3. Riverbanks Boo at the Zoo – This attraction has tons of things to do for families and children. There is a Trick-or-Treat Trail, Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, Haunted Carousel, Creepy Creatures Encounters, and more. This is also not exactly a haunted house, but some of the activities are a little spooky. Kids will have a blast trick-or-treating and showing off their costumes in a fun setting. Small children will have activities geared towards them that are not scary at all, and older kids can take part in activities that require a little more courage. Tickets should be bought in advance and are $8. Children under two are admitted free. You can buy tickets and find more information at http://www.riverbanks.org/events/boo.shtml.