Spooky season begins in Southwest Florida with Halloween events

Writer: Carolina Guzman
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The spooky season starts in October. Here are some Halloween events happening in Southwest Florida …

Halloween Nights

  • Hosted by Wonder Gardens
  • Oct. 5 – Oct. 28
  • 27180 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs

The Haunted Walk: Dead by Dawn

  • Calusa Nature Center and the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau
  • Every weekend of October beginning Oct. 6
  • 3450 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers

Trick or Trot 5k Trail Run

  • Hosted by Zoomers Southwest Florida Running & Triathlon Club 
  • Oct. 21
  • Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, North Port

Fall Festival & Haunted Nights

  • Hosted by Springtime Adventure Park
  • Oct. 21 – 22
  • 10761 Aqua Vista Lane, North Fort Myers

Trunk or Treat

  • Hosted by the City of Cape Coral
  • Oct. 27
  • Cape Coral City Hall, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd.

FSW Campuses Host Family-Friendly Halloween Events

  • Fort Myers Campus: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 5-7 p.m. at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers 
  • LaBelle Center: Wednesday, Oct. 25. 5-7 p.m., 1092 East Cowboy Way, LaBelle 
  • Naples Campus: Thursday, Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m. on the M Lawn, 7505 Grand Lely Drive, Naples 
  • Punta Gorda Campus: Friday, Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m. on the Lawn behind Building B, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda

All events are free and open to the public. Only children ages 12 and under can wear masks or carry fake weapons at these events. Attendees are also asked to choose costumes, ensuring they are appropriate for a family-friendly environment. For more information about these events, contact the FSW Office of Student Engagement at 239-489-9246 or email engage@fsw.edu.

Halloween Happenings At Collier County Parks & Recreation:

Register online at collierparks.com 

Family Halloween Monster Bash

  • Friday, October 20 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $3
  • Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples

Halloween Bash is set for all family members to have a fun night of dancing, music, games, and treats! All guests must be in “Family Friendly Costumes” to attend!! For more information, call (239) 252-4180.

Haunted Candy House Creation

  • Friday, October 20 – 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $12 
  • Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Boulevard, Naples

Children will use an assortment of candy, frosting, and cookies to design their own haunted candy house! Everything is included to make a yummy work of art! Please pre-register by October 16. Ages 4-12. For more information, call (239) 252-4105.

Halloween Trunk or Treat

  • Friday, October 20 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $5 (max five persons)
  • Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park, 810 39th Avenue Northeast, Naples

Join us for our first annual Halloween Trunk or Treat at Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park. Activities include music, candy, crafts, costume contests, prizes & more. Wristbands will be distributed October 17- 20 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park Community Center. For more information, call (239) 252-4900.

Trunk or Treat Halloween Event

  • Friday, October 27 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Immokalee Community Park, 321 North 1st Street, Immokalee

This is a free event for all ages. If you want to participate, please call (239) 252-4449.

Collier County Boo-Tacular 2023

  • Friday, October 27 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $3 Pre-Registration and $5 Day of Event
  • North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples

Calling All Ghosts and Goblins! This Halloween, get ready to experience Collier County Boo-Tacular! Fun for the entire family. Costume Contests begin at 6:45 p.m. (5 Categories: 0-3, 4-7, 8-12, 13-17 and Family Group). Activities include entertainment, a haunted trail (non-scary – 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.), bounce houses, games, crafts, food trucks, face painting, a trick-or-treat lane, and food truck vendors. For more information, call (239) 252-4000. 

Howl-O-Ween Doggie Costume Contest & Parade

  • Saturday, October 28 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Veterans Community Park, 1895 Veterans Park Drive, Naples

This event will be held at Rover Run Dog Park, located at Veterans Community Park. Bring your dog in costume! For more information, call (239) 252-8811.

For more fall events go to Gulfshore Life.

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