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Lee Civic Center dishes out Halloween scares

By Staff | Oct 29, 2009

For those who like to be scared at Halloween attractions, do not miss the Lee Civic Center Haunted House.
The center will continue its haunting ways this week, today through Saturday. Gates to the Haunted House open at 6 p.m., and the Stable Ride starts when the sun goes down.
Extreme animatronics are featured throughout a lengthy spooky maze as part of the Haunted House. Visitors really get their money’s worth with the sheer length of the walk-through. Robotic ghouls and holograms are at every turn, with spooky actors jumping out at what seems to be every bend.
“They really are amazing,” said Alta Mosley, Lee Civic Center general manager. “This is our second year of doing this event and everybody is loving it. The crowds are very good.”
“It was the best haunted house I’ve ever been to,” said Haunted House aficionado and Cape Coral resident Erica Pagano, 13.
Also on the grounds will be Bayshore Fire Protection and Rescue Service District representatives, who were present last weekend as well to offer children information on safety.
Last weekend the staffers included Chief Lawrence Nisbet, firefighter Charles Triggs, engineer Justin Edwards, firefighter Heather Kirkland and Cpt. Doug Underwood.
They bring a firetruck and the county’s Fire Safety Trailer.
“In the trailer we teach kids about different types of safety, and can even make smoke to show them how to crawl through it in case of a fire,” said Nisbet.
He said the festival has already been well received.
“This is our second year partnering with the center and the local business community that helps sponsor the event,” Nisbet said. “It is important to us to be part of a good, safe Halloween.”
He credited Underwood with coordinating the event from their end.
“He did an outstanding job, and actually started working on this in July,” Nisbet said.
Gate admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. A gate admission ticket includes one trip through the Haunted House.
For $4 more per adult and $2 per children, there is a Haunted Stable attraction — a hay ride that leads through barns where more spooky things happen. Small children may find the ride a little too loud and spooky.
The event is sponsored by the Southwest Florida and Lee County Fair Association.
“The Haunted Ride starts at dusk and is similar to a haunted hayride,” Mosley said. “You never know what might be waiting for you around the bend or in the barns.”
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call 543-8368 or visit: www.leeciviccenter.com.
Lee Civic Center is located at 11831 Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers.