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7 Reasons to Celebrate Halloween During Growl at the Moon at the State Museum

The South Carolina State Museum’s annual after-hours Halloween party for adults is BACK on Thurs., Oct. 26. Grab your friends and put together your best costumes for a truly unique Halloween experience in Columbia!

Here are 7 reasons why you won’t want to miss Growl at the Moon this year:

1. Costumes! Wear Them!

We know you’ve been dying to dress up like your favorite superhero, movie monster or even a Flying Monkey from Oz! Here’s your chance to impress your friends (and us) with your creative costume skillz.

2. Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Back by popular demand, this laser light show features the legendary rock-and-roll of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album. Watch colorful lasers pulse and dance across the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina’s 55ft digital dome while enjoying the powerful music of Pink Floyd.

3. The Wizard of Oz 4D Experience™

This beloved classic becomes a modern adventure in The Wizard of Oz 4D Experience™. Newly restored in digital 3-D with added special effects, be swept along with Dorothy™ as a powerful tornado transports you on an unforgettable adventure.

4. BBQ and Craft Beer


What’s a great party with out great food and drink? Growl at the Moon has it covered with delicious eats from Doc’s BBQ and Swamp Cabbage craft beer to wash it down.

5. Night sky observing in the museum’s Boeing Observatory

Night Observing

Take an up-close look at the celestial bodies that populate our night-sky through the Boeing Observatory’s historic 1926 Alvan Clark telescope. Please note: this activity is dependent on clear skies.

6. BONUS FUN: Ghost Tours, Fortune Telling, Digital Bling Bar, Sub-Zero Science Bites and The Land of Oz Walk-through

Not only can you enjoy great shows at this year’s Growl at the Moon, we’ve added even more fun! Take an extra spooky guided tour through the museum galleries, have your fortune told, get creative and make you own Digital Bling, enjoy frosty tastes of popcorn and other treats prepared with liquid nitrogen and explore the Haunted Forest in our Oz walk-through.

7. Souvenir Beer Growler

Growler with crow BLOG

Guests will get to take home a special souvenir 2017 Growl at the Moon beer growler featuring this year’s event logo!*

Ready to get your tickets?! Here’s what you need to know:

Advance tickets – $35 gen. public and $28 museum members
Day-of-Event tickets** – $40 gen. public and museum members

Buy Tickets

* Take-home growlers do not come with beer.

** Due to planetarium and 4D theater capacity limits, tickets purchased the day of the event do not guarantee showings of Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon or The Wizard of Oz 4D Experience™. Guests are encouraged to purchase advance tickets to experience all event activities. Take-home growlers also not guaranteed for day-of ticket purchases.