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There is no shortage of Southwest Florida Halloween events this year. Our slice of paradise may not have the typical crisp fall weather, but we do have tons of Halloween spirit.
From the traditional haunted walks, fall-themed walks and pumpkin patches, to a pet costume contest, low-key events for younger kids, and adult-friendly haunts, there is something available for ghouls and goblins of all ages. Have some family fun or come up with a more adult-themed scare. You don’t have to visit a theme park or have the traditional fall weather to get into the Halloween spirit.
Try out the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium’s Haunted Walk. It may not be for the faint of heart or those who are afraid of the dark. You’ll walk the one-third-mile Pine Loop Trail, but we won’t tell you what’s lurking on the pitch-black trails. The walk is every weekend in October and it ends on Nov. 2.
Frightmare on 78 is the new name for Gator Mike’s haunted walk. The former Mike Greenwell’s Haunted Hike is still just as scary as it was in previous years, and the new version is worth checking out. The walk is held each weekend in Cape Coral from Oct. 4 to Nov. 2.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers will host the Wicked Walk from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24. There are a variety of times available.
Visit the Naples Botanical Garden Oct. 17-31 from 6 to 9 p.m. for the Fall Walk. The garden is beautiful during the day, but there’s something special about seeing it at night. Enjoy a stroll through the lit garden, with live music and activities throughout.
Farmer Mike’s U Pick Corn Maze and Fall Festival is every Saturday, Friday and Thursday in October. There are food and drinks available to buy, photo opportunities, a haunted maze, games, a non-haunted maze, and a hayride. Glow sticks, flashlights, lanterns and costumes are all welcomed and accepted! The haunted maze is open and ready for scares Oct. 25-26.
The North Naples Church hosts a pumpkin patch until Halloween, weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pumpkins come in all sizes. Gourds and corn stalks will also be available.
Pick your pumpkins at Farmer Mike’s U Pick every Saturday, Thursday and Friday in October.
Stop by Southern Fresh Farms in Fort Myers during normal business hours and pick up a pumpkin or check out their Fall Festival on Oct. 26 and get one there! In addition to pumpkins, there will be hayrides, vendors, food trucks, shaved ice, kettle corn, a barnyard petting zoo, hatchet throwing and a feeding pond with fish, ducks and a turtle.
Whether they have paws or claws, you and your furry friend are invited to come out in your costumes and vie for the top prize. The Promenade Pet Parade & Costume Contest is Oct. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be prizes for the best pet costume, best family or group costumes, and best kid’s costume. The Gulf Coast Humane Society will also benefit from the event. The Promenade will be collecting pet food, treats, blankets and more. You can even adopt a pet on-site, if you’re looking for your next furry friend.
Get kids into music at the Hogwarts Halloween concert at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Kids can try different orchestra instruments, participate in the Halloween costume contest and see how much candy they get while trick-or-treating.
Kids love this popular event. Boo at the Zoo is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 25-27, at the Naples Zoo. Children in costumes get in for free. Kids will love the trick-or-treat trail, games, learning at the education station and participating in the costume contest.
Boo Bash at the Waterside Shops in Naples is Oct. 26 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Kids can look forward to trick-or-treating, jugglers, fancy characters, live music, stilt walkers and more.
St. Monica’s Trunk-or-Treat and Fall Festival is at St. Monica’s Episcopal Church in Naples from 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 29. Celebrate Halloween and trick-or-treat with your kids in a safe space. Church parishioners will give out treats from their cars’ trunks or the backs of their SUVs. There will be food trucks, games, free popcorn and more.
Attend the all-ages Halloween costume party and pirate cruise from Salty Sam’s Marina. The event is at 11 a.m., Oct. 26 in Fort Myers Beach. Kids are welcome to go trick-or-treating on the docks before setting sail on the pirate cruise. Prizes will be given to participants based on the best costumes.
Halloween Trunk-or-Treat is from 3 to 5 p.m., Oct. 26, at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Fort Myers. The family-friendly event includes food, activities, trick-or-treating in the church parking lot and face painting. Church members decorate their car trunks and give candy to trick-or-treaters. Hamburgers, chips, hotdogs, popcorn and bottled water will be available until supplies last.
Day of the Dead Muertos Monster Mash is in Bonita Springs from 6 to 10 p.m., Oct. 31. Located at Shangri-La Springs is a haunted house, corn maze, mariachi band, live entertainment, bilingual DJ and a costume contest with prizes for children and adults. Participate in an altares de los muertos. The altares under the gazebo will be decorated with traditional items and beautiful flowers. Guests may add their own photos of loved ones, too.
Mall-O-Ween is at Miromar Outlets from 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 30. Join the fun with karaoke, music, a costume contest, trick or treating and more.
The Center Bar at the Promenade is hosting a Halloween party from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., Oct. 31. Party with ive music and drink specials all night along, plus prizes and giveaways.
Watch “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the New Phoenix Theatre in Fort Myers. The show is at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. through Nov. 3. Watch the story of Brad and Janet as they stumble upon a spooky mansion during a storm and meet a curious cast of characters like Riff Raff, the creepy butter, or Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite alien mad scientist.
The Naples 5K Monster Dash is Oct. 26 from 8 to 11 a.m. Show up in your best costume or come as the best group or duo. Prizes are awarded to the best female and male runners.
Get into the spirit with a Halloween cruise and masquerade ball: At 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, Salty Sam’s Marina is hosting a fun-filled Florida Halloween event. There will be a costume contest for best men’s, couples’, and women’s costumes.
Go see “Psycho” with live music See the film shown with its soundtrack performed by a live orchestra. The show is Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers.
Nice Guys Pizza is having a Horror Movie Night. From 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 25, a screen projector outside in the parking lot is showing The Exorcist and Tremors. Seating is first come first serve and guests should bring something to sit on. The restaurant will provide snacks and drinks.
We have a variety of vacation rentals available all over the area to help accommodate whatever Southwest Florida Halloween event you choose. Bonita Springs and Cape Coral are great cities to visit because they are the most centrally located of all eight municipalities. Whether you’re bringing the entire family or a large group of friends or you’re looking for a low-key adventure with your partner, Royal Shell offers rental homes in all shapes, sizes and colors. We can find what you want.