South Carolina State Museum is kicking off spooky season with its annual “OZtober” events. Guests are invited experience Wizard of Oz-themed shows and activities for the month of October.
This year’s OZtober events will offer families the opportunity to participate in activities in-person and online. The giant 30 x 12 witch’s legs will return outside the museum’s entrance and the planetarium dome will glow with the face of a jack-o-lantern after dark each night.
“Our Oz themed shows and activities are always very popular with families during Halloween,” says State Museum Public Programs Manager, Lydia Salais. “We have revised our usual plans to incorporate health and safety measures and, with our spacious building and exhibit galleries, we are able to offer guests a location to enjoy socially distant fun with friends and family.”
OZtober activities include:
Saturdays in Oz, Oct. 3 and 31 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.): Guests are invited to join the museum for special Saturday OZ fun, including showings of The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience and Skies Over Oz. Take-home Halloween activity kits for kids will be available, as well as an OZ themed selfie station, OZ trivia and more.
Pumpkin Planetarium Lighting, Sat., Oct. 3 (5 – 8 p.m.): SCSM will kick-off OZtober with special evening hours featuring extra 4-D and planetarium show times, take-home activities and the annual lighting of the museum’s Jack-O-Planetarium dome.
Member Early Bird Shows, Sat., Oct. 10 (9 – 10 a.m.): The museum will open early for members to enjoy exclusive screenings of The Wizard of Oz 4-D Experience and Skies Over Oz. Special member take-home activities will also be available. Members must RSVP in advance online.
Virtual Crafty Jammies Night, Tues., Oct. 13 (7 p.m.): Museum educators will read a bedtime story to virtual guests. Families can also make a Halloween themed craft during this online event. Pre-registration is required online.
Virtual Trivia Night - Spooky SC, Thurs., Oct. 29 (6:30 p.m.): Guests are invited to test their knowledge of ghostly tales and join museum staff in a special Halloween themed version of SCSM’s weekly virtual trivia program. Pre-registration is required online.
Growl at the Moon Laser Lights Night, Fri., Oct. 30 (6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.): Adults are invited to see the laser show Dark Side of the Moon featuring the music of Pink Floyd in the museum’s 55-foot digital dome planetarium. Food trucks, live music and a cash bar will also be available at this event. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for museum members. Capacity is limited and advance ticket purchase online is required.
OZtober activities are covered by museum membership or general admission. Planetarium experiences, 4-D shows, and Growl at the Moon Laser Lights Night are an additional charge. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and is closed on Monday.
SCSM will continue to keep COVID-19 health and safety precautions in place, including managing capacities in the museum’s galleries, planetarium and 4-D theater to maintain social distancing. Areas will be cleaned frequently throughout the building and between shows.
Additional information including event details and ticket sales are available at SCSM’s website.