There will be no trick-or-treating on Fort Myers Beach this year, as letting kids go door to door is risky in many Southwest Florida neighborhoods after Ian. But there are other options for families looking to have a fun Halloween.
Throughout the weekend leading up to Halloween, kids of all ages will celebrate around Southwest Florida. But this year, the usual safety precautions start with driving and walking carefully through your neighborhood. There may be kids walking in dark costumes out on streets with little or no light because they have to get around large piles of debris.
Still, the kids WINK News saw getting ready for the Halloween weekend are pumped up. After everything they’ve gone through in the month since Ian, they just want to dress up and have fun. The costumes are picked and ready:
“I’m going to be a zombie cheerleader,” said Jade Martinez.
“A scary clown,” said her sister, Joy.
“Bugs Bunny,” said Judah Daria.
“I am being a clown with this fake knife to scare people,” said Kaden Scowden.
“Soldier,” said Timmy Purcell.
“I am being Chucky,” said his brother, Brantley.
Besides the great costumes, some neighborhoods are full of houses with Halloween decorations up. WINK spoke to moms and dads who agree they get a kick out of giving away candy.
“We’re prepared, and if we have to give out two, three pieces of candy, we’ll do it, because the kids deserve it,” said Claudia Simpson, of Cape Coral. “And after what we’ve been through, they need to have a nice Halloween.”
“Something safe, something fun, something to look forward to, because there is a lot going on; it’s a lot of people hurting, so we want to take our minds away from it,” said Orley Daria, of North Fort Myers.
Trunk-or-treat events have grown in popularity over the last several years for families with safety concerns or who live in areas not suited for trick-or-treating. Daria says he won’t take the chance of walking around with his son with the streets still a mess.
“We normally go through the McGregor neighborhood and do some things, but they had a lot of damage and probably they are not going to be as busy as they normally do,” Daria said.
But other parents told WINK News the debris is not going to stop them from taking their kids trick-or-treating. One mom says she expects to be busy handing out treats.
“I think there is going to be a lot, because the kids have seen so much lately, so they are going to be out there and wanting to do something to get a little bit of normal life out of it,” said Allison Purcell, of Cape Coral.
If you’re looking for a safe place to enjoy Halloween, Farmer Mike’s U-Pick in Bonita Springs is a great option. If this is too far away, just google “trunk-or-treat,” and chances are you’ll find something near where you live.
Just a few general safety tips to remember:
- Keep a close eye on your kids.
- Go trick or treating in groups.
- Don’t eat anything homemade given out by strangers.