State Museum announces October activities

Halloween fun returns to the South Carolina State Museum this October with a lineup of shows and events.

Guests are invited to enjoy a full month of activities, including Dark History Tours, 4D experiences, a special themed “Fright” Night Laser Lights event and more.

“There’s something for everyone to enjoy this Halloween at the museum,” said Doug Beermann, Chief Operating Officer at the State Museum. “Not only are we bringing back our popular Dark History Tours and a thrilling 4D show featuring Scooby Doo, but we also look forward to having the museum’s Jack O’ Planetarium light up each night throughout October.”

Showing daily this October only, SCOOB. 4D Experience is an immersive film featuring Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Fred, Velma and Daphne in an all-new story. 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. Including 3D animation, effects such as seat movement, air blasts and more, this may be the Mystery Machine’s wildest adventure yet. Guests are also encouraged to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most strange and mysterious sharks in the museum’s newest 4D experience, BBC Earth’s Shark: A 4D Experience.

The museum is also offering “Dark History Tours” all month long that explore a variety of infamous and legendary tales throughout South Carolina’s history. During this tour guests will discover the true story of Columbia’s catacombs, hear stories from Gullah Geechee folklore and more. Educator-led tours are available each Saturday in October at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm A self-guided experience is also available every day with descriptive panels and QR codes at each ‘stop

More October Shows and Events
Tickets for the museum’s October shows and events are available at

HalloScream Laser Lights Planetarium Experience
Showing Weekends in October

See your favorite Halloween tunes, including “Thriller”, “Monster Mash” and “Ghostbusters” set to a brilliant display of dynamic laser lights inside the museum’s digital dome planetarium.

Accessibility Morning
October 14, from 9 – 11 am
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. During this month’s event, participants are invited to wear their Halloween costumes, see a sensory-friendly showing of SCOOB. 4D, take a Dark History Tour with ASL interpretation and more. Pre-registration at is encouraged.

“Fright” Night Laser Lights
October 27, 6 – 10 pm
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s iconic album, Dark Side of the Moon, and enjoy iconic songs from the popular television series, Stranger Things, during “Fright” Night Laser Lights. This special Halloween event returns featuring laser light experiences in the museum’s digital dome planetarium, plus a cash bar with beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Tickets are on sale now at

General admission to the South Carolina State Museum is $8.95 for adults; $7.95 for Seniors; $6.95 for children; infants two and younger are free. Planetarium experiences, 4d theater shows and tickets to Fright Night Laser Lights are an additional charge. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon – 5 pm.

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