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Halloween Hijinks - What’re you doing Friday night?

October 30, 2014
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

It's that time of year, when all the crypts creak open and all the creeps, goblins and ghouls ooze out, blanketing the city in Halloween madness for all ages. Looking for something fun to get into this All Hallow's Eve Friday night? Whether you're planning to enter a costume contest, walk through a haunted forest, or just raise a little hell, there's certainly plenty to do at plenty of places nearby. Read on for some of the whos, whats and wheres of the town

The Lani Kai

Fort Myers Beach

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Are YOU ready for Halloween? Photo by Ryan Jorgensen.

The folks at the Lani Kai are happy to join the Halloween fun All Hallow's Eve long, offering a Freaky Friday party and costume contest, featuring $2,000 in combined prizes for the winners, along with live music, drink specials and more.

"Lani Kai is set to host a themed Halloween Party complete with our favorite local live band, A200, DJ G-Ride, a huge costume contest with great prizes and drink specials," said Jaime Huffman, PR director of the establishment.

A200 will be performing from 9:30 p.m. 'til 1:30 that morning, and the costume contest starts at midnight.

"The best part, there's no cover charge! And, we'll have a $3 Fireball Shot special," Jaime said.

For those who dare to enter the costume contest, the grand prize winner will receive $400 cash, free rum runners for an entire year (one per week, 48 total), two free nights at Lani Kai Island Resort and a $100 gift certificate to Island View Restaurant (a total retail value of $1,100).

The First Runner Up will receive $200 cash and two free nights at Lani Kai Island Resort (a total retail value of $500). The Second Runner Up will receive $100 cash and one free night at Lani Kai Island Resort (a total retail value of $400).

"This year, a panel of guest celebrity judges will pick the first-, second- and third-place winners," Jaime explained. "So, come on down to the Lani Kai Island Resort to dance, drink and party and to WIN a grand prize worth $1,100 for the Best Costume on Halloween!"

Yucatan Beach Stand

Fort Myers Beach

The Yucatan Beach Stand will be offering drink specials and prize giveaways all night long Halloween night, along with DJ?Lexus spinning tracks from 7 p.m. to midnight. Swing by, win some prizes and have some horror-licious fun Friday night!

Matanzas Upper Deck

Fort Myers Beach

Matanzas is offering a spooky good Halloween party Friday night, Oct. 31, with a costume party on the Upper Deck from 4 to 10 that night, live music from 6 to 9:30 with Gregg Watts, along with plenty of food and drink specials, including $3 Hot Red Eyeball shots, $12 buckets of domestic beer and $10 frog's legs appetizers.

The People's Choice for best costume will win a $100 gift card. Judging and winner will be announced at 9 p.m. that evening.

Nervous Nellie's

Fort Myers Beach

According to Nervous Nellie's owner Rob DeGennaro, this bayside establishment plans to put on the largest Halloween party in Lee County, with a total payout of $2,000 to winners of the costume contest, as well as toys for the kids. The contest takes the stage from 5:30 to midnight, so come when you can and enter ASAP. Live radio remotes will be on and off the air from five local stations 93X, 96.9, Gator Country 101.9, 94.5 The Arrow and 96K-Rock.

"Since Ziot, Garrett, Dumb Chris and Gaby are all on different radio stations now, we're going to host them all Friday night Halloween night,"?owner Rob said. "It's going to be a blast come on out!"

The Cottage

Fort Myers Beach

The Cottage is hosting its 27th annual Halloween Party Friday, Oct. 31, featuring a costume contest, live music from the Steve Farst Trio, and plenty of eerie fun and specials all night long.

Prizes will be awarded for best individual costumes and group costumes, including $100 cash and $100 gift certificate for first place individual, $50 cash and $50 gift certificate for second place individual, $150 cash and $150 gift certificate for first place group and $75 cash and $75 gift certificate for second place group. Winners are announced at midnight, so stick around and spook it up!

Trunk or Treat at Beach Baptist

Beach Baptist Fort Myers Beach

On Friday, Oct. 31 Beach Baptist, 130 Connecticut St., will host its annual Trunk or Treat event, from 6 to 9 p.m. Children and their guardians are welcome to stop by for trick or treating and all types of other fun events for the family. If anyone would like to help hand out candy, email the church at Bring your kids and enjoy the bounce house, trick or treating and more! Visit for further information.

Field of Screams

JetBlue Park, South Fort Myers

Halloween in Southwest Florida will never be the same. Now Southwest Floridians in search of spine-tingling, ghoulish fun will no longer have to travel to Tampa or Orlando to be scared out of their skins. The new Field of Screams Village and Haunted Hayride held Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 29 to 31, at JetBlue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers. The Field of Screams Village opens at sundown each night, and hayrides run until 11:30 p.m.

The highlight of the event is a hayride through the haunted reaches of JetBlue Park. Don't dilude yourself: although the greens of the park are festive and bright during the day, it gets very eerie and malevolent as the evening hours roll through. In the village itself, there will be several shows and attractions including a live mock execution, bizarre side show entertainment, the Spider Girl from the far reaches of the earth, the mind-blowing Vortex amusement ride and vendors with food and merchandise.

The evening shows and entertainment are designed for adults and children age 13 or older. Children younger than 13 are welcome to attend the event with the supervision of their parent or guardian. Admission is $15 per person if purchased in advance online at, and all entertainment is included with admission. Gate admission at the door is $25 per person. Vendor space and sponsorships are still available. For more information, special coupons and session times, visit

Freaks of Nature Haunted Walk

Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, Fort Myers

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave., is offering a Freaks of Nature Haunted Walk through the park every evening through Halloween night, beginning at 7 p.m.

Some unwanted guests have arrived at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, as its annual haunted walk has returned like the plague for the 30th year. Victims I mean visitors can expect the fright of their life as they try and make their way through the swampy woods, taken over by strange, mutant animals and creatures prowling and lurking the grounds.

Admission is $10, or $5 for members of the center. For more information on the spooky trail, call 239-275-3435.

Scarecrows in the Park

Lakes Regional Park, South Fort Myers

Stop by Lakes Park, 7330 Gladioulus Drive, anytime through Halloween day to enjoy fun, spooky events for the whole family, from Halloween train rides, creepy carriages and hay rides to a pumpkin patch, super slide, bounce houses and games and adventures for everyone.

Hours are Monday to Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is no cost to enter except for a minimal parking fee.

Spooktacular Mall-o-Ween

Edison Mall and Coconut Point Mall

Edison Mall and Coconut Point offer Ft. Myers-Estero-area children a safe place to take part in Halloween activities as the Simon Kidgits Club presents its annual Halloween events that day, with Spooktacular Trick-or-Treating at Coconut Point and Mall-O-Ween at Edison Mall.

Coconut Point will host Spooktacular Trick-or-Treating Halloween evening, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wear your favorite costume, make Halloween crafts and enjoy mall-wide treats and sweets for all participants 12 and younger. Our four-legged friends will be able to parade by Dipidydawg Organic Bakery Boutique Day Spa's new location next to Party City to be judged on the "Cutest," "Scariest" and the best "Trick for a Treat." Winners get a gift card and fun treats.

Enjoy mall-wide trick or treating and more at Edison Mall Halloween, as well. All little ghouls, goblins and boo'tiful princesses (12 years and younger) are invited to enjoy a spooktacular time at the Edison Mall-O-Ween event, from 6 to 8 p.m. The mall will host a variety of different activities near Guest Services as well as mall-wide trick-or-treating.

Simon Kidgits Club members receive a variety of goodies, including a Simon Kidgits Club T-shirt, membership card, birthday card and gift, discounts and scheduled activities. For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit



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