Call me an oddball but Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Not sure if it’s because of the candy or the costumes transforming you into anyone you want to be for a day.
Luckily, the folks in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands do Halloween right and each year, there seems to be more spook-tacular offerings.
Following is just a sample of thrill-tastic Halloween activities being offered this year:
Tour Charlotte County’s Largest Haunted House…If You Dare
Haunting on the Harbor, from Friday, Oct. 28 – Monday, Oct. 31, features a frightfully-fun house of horrors, live music, food, kid-friendly activities and other festivities at nearby Laishley Park adjacent Laishley Crab House, one of Southwest Florida’s largest and most delicious restaurants and part of the renowned Smuggler’s Restaurant Group. Halloween night will see a fab-boo-lous fireworks display. Admission into the event is $3 per person with children under 12 free. Review additional information on www.puntagordahaunting.com.
Paws and Tails Required for this Costume Contest
Even Fido and Bowser can join in the Halloween spirit at “Ghouls & Drools Barktoberfest,” a human and pet costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Fishermen’s Village. Entrant pre-registration is required ($5 donation to pet rescues), but there is no fee to enjoy the colorful cacophony. For registration information and other items needed by the pet shelters, call (941)- 575-7599 or visit www.SaltyPaws.com/barktoberfest
Meet Our Favorite Spirits During This Cemetery Tour
Follow a ‘Spirit Guide’ down the shadowed paths of Charlotte County’s second oldest cemetery during “The Tales of Indian Spring Cemetery: A Hauntingly Historical Walking Tour,” Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Indian Spring Cemetery (Cemetery located at 9500 Indian Spring Road in Punta Gorda, Florida). ‘Meet’ local historical characters and learn of the tragedies faced by Katie Sloan and Thelma Johnson or hear the ‘tale’ of one of Punta Gorda’s more flamboyant characters, Ollie Johnson (aka Big Six).
Selected characters are personalized and brought to life by volunteers of the Charlotte County Historical Center and local organizations. Visitors of all ages will enjoy this unique walking tour showcasing Charlotte County’s haunting and intriguing past. Advance tickets are $10 per person, children under 5 free. Advanced sales will be assigned a tour time. Tickets purchased at gate are $13 per person, children under 5 free but are not guaranteed a specific tour time. Reserve your time by purchasing advance tickets from the Charlotte County Historical Center, 22959 Bayshore Road, Port Charlotte, Tel: (941) 629-7278. (Pre-payment is required to guarantee a reservation.)
Trick-or-Treating Fun for the Whole Family
Stroll down Englewood’s Dearborn Street, if you dare, for the 16th Annual Halloween Safewalk on Monday, Oct. 31. This is the place to be for getting spooked, entertained and amazed. The Halloween Safewalk has given children and families a safe, fun venue for dressing up and going Trick-or-Treating. Area businesses and organizations will pass out candy to kids from the community. Sponsored by Suncoast Architect, the event will include musical entertainment by DJ “Travelin’ Tom’s Tunes.” Halloween Safewalk is 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on West Dearborn Street, Englewood. (West of Rt. 776 to Olde Englewood Road)
What a Local Blogger Says About Halloween
And, visiting downtown Punta Gorda on Halloween is a true treat, as described by local blogger Theresa in her post, “The Haunting History of Halloween in Punta Gorda Continues.”
Will you be trick-or-treating in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands this year? If so, share your photos with us on our Facebook page.