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’Tween Waters Inn hosts 16th annual Hallo’Tween costume party

October 28, 2010
By JANE BRICKLEY, jbrickley@breezenewspapers.com


Imagine making your way along a winding, eerily-desolate road on a dark, balmy night. You suddenly realize that it’s almost Halloween when a chorus of raucous shrieks and cackles erupts from further down the road. You wonder what sort of torturous monstrosity awaits, creeping in the shadows, and as you approach, it becomes clear that there’s no turning back — you’re Voodoo Island’s newest prisoner.

If you have ventured onto the ghostly shores of Voodoo Island in the past — and survived — get ready, because ’Tween Waters Inn’s 16th annual Hallo’Tween bash will rise again tomorrow. And this will be the gruesomest, scariest, wildest, not-so-sweet 16 the Islands have ever seen.

The signature Halloween event starts at 8 p.m. and guests are invited to party until they drop (dead, of course) —or at least until 2 a.m.

Admission is $15 to anyone over the age of 21.

Deb and the Dynamics will get all the monsters mashing with their high-energy style, showcasing a wide range of rock, rhythm and blues and jump blues.

The ’Tween Waters Halloween tradition started just under two decades ago in the Crow’s Nest Lounge with a simple, small costume party. About fifteen years ago, ’Tween Waters hosted an outdoor Oktoberfest celebration.

But, instead of taking down the tents after the Oktoberfest event, ’Tween Waters invited Halloween guests to enjoy their annual party outside.

“It’s become an event to go to, and people just plan on coming every year. Some of them make reservations six or eight months in advance just to come for the Halloween Party,” said ’Tween Waters General Manager Jeff Shuff.

The number of people attending the Hallo’Tween has skyrocketed over the years to anywhere between 800 and 1,000 and strangely enough, a County-wide catastrophe produced one of the event’s highest attendance levels.

“People love a party. One of the best Halloween parties we’ve had was in 2004, right after Hurricane Charley. The people were really ready to party after that,” Shuff said.

But the best part of the evening is, of course, the costumes.

Over the years, Voodoo Island has hosted a menagerie of macabre specimens — and quite a few clever ones too, including enormous jellyfish that light up, a Facebook profile and even red tide!

And as the clock strikes midnight, announcing the arrival of All Hallows Eve, the revelers with the best costumes will take the stage and participate in a $1,000 costume contest.

Who will take the coveted top prize?

Venture to Voodoo Island and find out — if you dare.





Article Photos

The ghouls and goblins are coming out of the woodwork in preparation for the 16th annual Hallo’Tween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 30, and it appears that these ’Tween Waters employees are already getting in the spirit. Pictured in the form of their terrifyingly monstrous alter-egos are Dan Kinsley, Skaidre Bowman, Harry Cullen, Bridget Toler, Kathy Smith and Rolandes Girdvainis.

Fact Box

To Go

What
Voodoo Island Halloween party

When
Saturday, Oct. 30
8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where
’Tween Waters Inn
15951 Captiva Drive

Admission
$15 to 21 and up

 
 

 

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