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Trick or treat yourself with Columbia’s spookiest events

Scared of not having plans for Halloween? Here’s a guide to creepin’ it real in Columbia this spooky season.

From 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, Carolina Productions will be putting on “Rocky Horror Picture Show” in the Russell House Theater. This event is free for students. For those who are not aware of what “Rocky Horror Picture Show” entails, the Halloween cult classic is about a modest couple who stumbles upon Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s mansion after getting a flat tire. Their innocence is slowly corrupted throughout the film, turning their night into one they will never forget. The premiere will certainly get one into the spooky spirit just in time for Halloween. Students are encouraged to dress up.

Off campus, students can find a scare at The Final Door. Voted Columbia’s No.1 escape room as well as one of the top 20 escape rooms in the nation, The Final Door is the perfect place to exorcise one’s brain. One of the rooms offered is “The Sacrifice,” where contestants try to escape a cult that kidnapped them and have one hour to break out of their holding cell. This room has a maximum capacity of eight people and is for ages 18 and older.

Another room offered is “The Vampyr,” where contestants act as monster hunters, tasked with going to a wealthy nobleman’s newly-inherited castle. When a vampire is keeping the nobleman from moving out and kidnaps the contestants, it is up to the contestants to get out of the house and kill the vampire. 

Further down the road in Lexington, Deceased Farm is one of the more intense scares one could find in the Columbia area. On Thursdays and Sundays, the farm is $18 per person, and on Fridays, Saturdays and Halloween the price goes up to $22. A $50 VIP fast pass, which includes a T-shirt, paintball access and an escape room, is also available for avid Halloween enthusiasts. The venue only accepts cash, but ATMs are available on site. Deceased Farm includes corn fields, haunted houses, escape rooms and more. The website advises that there are no refunds, so be prepared for a scare.

Just as Halloween comes to a close, Emo Night Columbia: A Very Emo Halloween 2 will arrive to lift everyone’s spirits. On Nov. 1, New Brookland Tavern will be hosting its second annual Halloween-themed Emo Night. Tickets are $10 for people over 21 and $15 for people ages 18 to 21. The featured bands of the night include Distractions, As The Stars Align and When I Say Jump, who will be performing throwback emo songs that are nothing short of skele-fun. A costume contest will be held, so the ensembles from the night before should be brought back from the dead for one more night. Doors open at 8 p.m., and bands start performing at 9 p.m. The event will last until 3 a.m.