Once again, the Historic Columbia Foundation
is adding its own special brew to the usual Halloween celebrations. It’s a special concoction made with a little bit of history, a touch of whimsy, a dash of spooky moonlight and a lot of local creativity.
This is the second year in a row that I’ve had the pleasure of wandering through the wonderful gardens on the grounds of Columbia's
Robert Mills House and taking in the Scarecrows in the Garden show. It’s fast becoming one of my favorite autumn pastimes, and what’s even better is that it’s completely free and open to the public.
Dozens of local artists, organizations and businesses have entered their handcrafted scarecrows into the contest once again this year. The unique straw men and women range from the gamut from cute to downright spooky. One slick scarecrow is even fashioned to resemble one of the cast members from MTV’s The Jersey Shore – talk about scary!
This year’s contest winners were inspired by a literary theme, which is appropriate considering the winning scarecrow was created by the Friends of the Richland County Public Library
. The Headless Horseman is truly eerie, especially since it’s accompanied by its very own graveyard.
Another entry I particularly enjoyed was a beautiful Geisha looking into a mirror reflecting pool, an absolutely stunning and delicate take on the scarecrow. As a Harry Potter fan, I instantly recognized (and loved) “Harry Strawter” atop his Nimbus 2000 broomstick during a Quidditch match.
In addition to Scarecrows in the Garden, the Historic Columbia Foundation is holding a number of other Halloween-themed programs this month. All month long the Robert Mills House will be decorated in traditional, Victorian-era mourning so that visitors can see what 19th century Americans did to honor the deceased in their homes.
The Robert Mills House is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The last tour of the day begins one hour before closing. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, AAA members, military and college students, $3 for kids ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and younger.
Scarecrows in the Garden is open to the public whenever the Robert Mills House is open and admission is free.
For more information about any of the Halloween happenings at the Historic Columbia Foundation visit their website