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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - There are only a couple of weeks left before Halloween and Midlands residents have begun seeing ghosts and ghoul décor around town and advertisements for haunted houses. 

Although fun, those events may not be appropriate for small children. However, there is a free family friendly event that may be just the thing parents or teachers are looking for.

If you drive by the Robert Mills house on Columbia's Blanding Street, you will notice several cornstalk guests as part of their annual Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit.

"We try to do something that's always family friendly," said Ashley Tucker with The Historic Columbia Foundation, "and it's nice to get kids and families out here to see the different scarecrows and to be creative."

Scarecrows in the Garden is an event something that families, schools and church groups look forward to every year.

Brook Rogers brought several of her 3-year-olds from the First Baptist Child Developmental Center in Orangeburg.

"They're very excited about getting their pumpkins," Rogers said. "This is more appropriate for kids because it's fun friendly type stuff. There's nothing here that's scary. "

For the kids, learning here is fun!

"The color that they're working on this week is orange and they're working on circles so that's kind of a learning experience for them."

If you would like to avoid the scary side of Halloween, Scarecrows in the Garden may be the perfect family friendly event to help get you into the fall spirit.

"It's beautiful right now in Columbia," said Tucker, "so it's not too famously hot! So we like to get people out here and just enjoy what we have to offer and what Columbia has to offer."

Scarecrows in the garden will be open until October 31st. For further information, click here.

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