Gift Shop, Holiday

Trunk or Treat

Have a Happy Halloween with HC

Put on your costume and join Historic Columbia as we bring the fun of Halloween to the Robert Mills House during Trunk or Treat!

Children will enjoy trick-or-treating with a twist in a safe and fun environment. Community members and organizations will display decorated trunks filled with candy in the parking lot of the Robert Mills House. Awards and prizes for best costumes, best decorated trunk, and scarecrows will be given at 6:45 pm. Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills during this free event!

Trunk or Treat Vehicle Participation

Historic Columbia is accepting registrations for businesses, organizations and families to place a decorated vehicle at the event. This is a great opportunity for businesses and organizations to promote their mission, give away branded merchandise, and hand out candy to hundreds of children at a free community event. 

Vehicle owners must register via email by Monday, October 23. To register, send an email to with the following information:

  • Name
  • Organization (if applicable)
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Make/Model/Color of vehicle

Registered vehicles should arrive between 4:30 - 5:15 pm. When giving out toys, prizes or candy, remember that children will range in age from infants to young teens. Electricity will not be provided to registered vehicles in the event area, so please bring flashlights. Attendance is estimated at 400 families for the event. Please plan accordingly.

Trunk or Treat Scarecrow Participation

During the week of Trunk or Treat, scarecrows decorate the grounds of the Robert Mills House. Historic Columbia is accepting scarecrow registrations for businesses, organizations school classrooms and families to place a scarecrow on the grounds. In addition to being available for public viewing during the last week of October, hundreds of families will see the scarecrows at Trunk or Treat on Oct. 27. Scarecrow registrations are due Monday, Oct. 23. Following registration confirmation, scarecrows may be placed onsite between Sunday, Oct. 22 and Friday Oct. 27 before Trunk or Treat event. Scarecrows may be picked up beginning Wednesday, Nov. 1. Registration is free.  

Scarecrow registration entries must be received via email by Monday, October 23. To register, send an email to and attach THIS FORM.