Mark your calendar for these Halloween activities in the area

Published 1:03 pm Tuesday, October 17, 2023

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Tryon, Columbus, Landrum and Saluda offer plenty of Halloween events 


FOOTHILLS—Halloween is just around the corner, and this year, numerous strolls, costume contests and other activities will be available to the families of the Foothills. 

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The City of Landrum will be kicking things off on Saturday, October 28 with its annual Fall Festival and Halloween Stroll, offering trick-or-treating at downtown businesses, games, music and a costume contest. The event is set to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on North Trade Ave. and E. Rutherford St. in downtown Landrum.

Also on October 28, Foothills Humane Society will be hosting its Halloween Pajama Party and Pet Photo Costume Contest. The event is being held to help raise money for the shelter and all pet adoptions will be discounted during the event. The contest will be $15 per entry and participants can submit a photo of their pets for their chance to win in many different categories including best costume, best group picture, best smile and biggest couch potato.

Trick-or-treaters can explore nature, experience animal encounters and take part in outdoor activities at the Celebrate Nature event at FENCE. This event will be held on October 29  from 12 to 4 p.m.

Another good way for animal and nature enthusiasts to enjoy the season is to attend the Halloween at the Farm event, where guests can meet farm animals and get their face painted. This event will take place at Polk County High School Farm on October 31 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Many of the county’s Halloween strolls will take place on Tuesday, October 31. The Town of Tryon will be hosting its annual Halloween Stroll from 4 to 6 p.m, where attendees can enjoy the sights of downtown Tryon, trick-or-treat and participate in a costume contest at the clock tower. Participants in the contest will be split up into three groups based on their age, and prizes will be awarded for the funniest costume, the most original costume and the scariest costume for each age group.

The Spooktacular Halloween event in Columbus will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Polk County Courthouse on October 31. Local businesses and organizations will be set up to offer treats for trick-or-treaters. In case of rain, the event will be set up inside of Stearns Gym.

The City of Saluda will be having its annual Halloween Stroll from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors can enjoy the downtown atmosphere Saluda has to offer and treat the kids with a visit to McCreery Park after their treat bags are full with candy from business owners and other Saluda residents.

Additionally, many churches will be hosting events. On October 28, Tryon Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Trunk-or-Treat from 4 to 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, October 29 Coopers Gap Baptist Church will be hosting their Fall Hallelujah Festival starting at 2 p.m. and Pea Ridge Baptist Church will host their trunk-or-treat fall festival from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

On Halloween, Midway Baptist Church will host an event starting at 6 p.m. and Columbus Baptist Church’s event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be putting their own unique spin on trick-or-treating with its Trunk-or-Treat event. Sheriff Tim Wright and company will be sure to give out plenty of scares and candy to trick-or-treaters. The event will be held on on October 31 from 5 to 7 p.m at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Green Creek Fire and Rescue will be offering candy and fire prevention information at both Station 1 on Hwy. 9 and Station 3 on Pea Ridge Rd. on Halloween from 4 to 8 p.m.

Remember to stay safe, drive responsibly and keep an eye out for one another. Happy Halloween from us at the Tryon Daily Bulletin!