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Sanibel, Captiva to scare up good times for Halloween with events

By Staff | Oct 29, 2009

(From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! -Scottish Saying)

Well, there might not be too many ghosties or long-legged beasties on the islands, but there will be different ways to scare up a good time this Halloween.

Whether you prefer donning a costume, putting your pooch in a quirky outfit or going on an old-fashioned hayride, there is something for everyone on the islands.

We have compiled a list of Halloween related events and activities for Saturday, Oct. 31.

Have a frightfully good Halloween!

Party at ‘Tween Waters

If you are in the mood to be part of a sea of folks dressed up in super sexy, spooky, creative and downright outrageous costumes, check out the ‘Tween Waters Inn.

The annual Hallo’Tween Bash is returning to ‘Tween Waters Inn on Saturday, Oct. 31 with a “Voodoo Island” theme, costume contests, cash prizes and music by island favorites, The Modulators.

This macabre masquerade, famous for attracting hundreds of party-goers from all over the state of Florida, officially starts at 8 p.m. and will go until 2 a.m. – or perhaps until you drop dead.

As long as you’re 21 or over, tickets will be available at the door for $15. You’ll be greeted by hundreds of costumed revelers getting down to the sounds of Captiva favorites, The Modulators, a high-energy band that plays party favorites and originals, ranging from rock’n’roll to blues and reggae.

And as always, attending this sinister soiree isn’t just for fun – ‘Tween Waters Inn will also offer a $1,000 costume contest to take place at midnight. Categories include best costume, scariest costume and most original costume.

Last year, out of more than 800 attendees, the overall first place winners of the Hallo’Tween Bash costume contest and $500 was a Flintstones ensemble, including Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone, in addition to the Flintstone’s car, featuring the Great Gazoo.

Second place and $300 went to a man dressed up as a devilish slot machine who called himself “The Devil’s Jackpot.” Third place and $200 went to someone who dressed up as a raccoon in a trash can, complete with artificially overflowing garbage.

The title of “Scariest Costume” went to an enormous ogre-esque monster with a large head, ferocious expression and enormous arms and the winners of the “Most Original” title went to a duo of jellyfish that actually illuminated.

Halloween at ‘Tween Waters Inn also promises great discounts and prizes before the fabulously frightening fete.

“Every year the Halloween party grows,” said ‘Tween Waters Inn general manager Jeff Shuff.

“This year, with the Modulators playing and great costumes, discounts and prizes as always, ‘Tween Waters Inn is sure to hit a record-high turnout.”

To make reservations, call 800-223-5865.

‘Tween Waters Inn is located at 15951 Captiva Drive.

Have a howling good time with the pets

Poodles in prom dresses and schnauzers in Superman suits.

If the thought of pets parading around in comical, corny and cutesy costumes appeals to you, then get Fido dressed up and head down to Island Paws’ Annual Howl-o-ween party.

The popular event attracts many area pet lovers every year. This year the event will be held on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Over Easy Cafe on Tarpon Bay Road. Liza Clouse, co-owner of Island Paws will be making the costume contest event fun and charitable.

All dogs will receive goodie bags at the Howl-o-ween party.

If you bring pet food to donate for the food pantry you will receive a 10 percent coupon to Island Paws.

Volunteers will be on hand from Dogs Deserve Better and from Lee County Animal Services. Some dogs seeking forever homes will also be available.

Costume contest requires a $5 entry fee, prizes will be given for 1st and 2nd place small dog, and 1st and 2nd place big dog. Judging will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Old fashioned fun and games

Candy and hay rides – ahh, prime Halloween fun. For those craving a wholesome good time with family and friends, the Sanibel Community House is offering the Fall Family Carnival.

The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Community House which is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

The event began in 2001 following the Sept. 11 attacks as a way for the children in the community to have a safe way to celebrate Halloween. The event is designed for the whole family, with plenty of games, candy and prizes. There will be hayrides throughout the night that will go from the Community House to the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater where an entertaining skit will be performed.

Admittance to the carnival is one bag of Halloween candy per family. Food will be available at moderate prices by the Island Pizza Company and the Island Cow. Everyone is encouraged to dress up, including adults and volunteers. Call the Community House at 472-2155 to volunteer.

Treats and sweets

Let’s not forget the true meaning of Halloween – sweets and yummy treats, of course!

For families looking for a fun, safe place to bring their children to go trick-or-treating, check out the Sanibel Community Church. SCC is holding their annual treat giving event.

Families are invited to attend the Sanibel Community Church’s Second Annual Trunk or Treat. Participants get to walk along their line of decorated cars and get treats. The event is being held Saturday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Games, Ghouls and Gourds at Rec Center

To help parents from going out of their gourds on Friday when children are off from school, the Sanibel Rec Center is hosting “Fun Days” for youth in kindergarten through eighth-grade, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Extended care from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. is available.

The theme is “Games, Ghouls and Gourds,” and a crop full of fun fall games and activities are planned. Attendees will also learn ghoulish new ways (non-carving) to decorate a pumpkin this fall season. Other activities include a mummy wrap contest, bobbing for apples on a string and scare crow art.

Fun Days include time in the gym and pool, so bring a swimsuit and towel. Each child should bring their own lunch. Light snacks will be served.

“This will definitely give them the fall flavor,” said Dave De Fonzo, youth program coordinator for the Rec Center.

The cost for Fun Days per child is $20 per day for members and $25 per day for non-members. Please register in advance at the Sanibel Recreation Center and to find out more information on Extended Care.

For more information, contact the Sanibel Recreation Center at 472-0345. The Sanibel Recreation Center is located at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road.

Sanibel Grill Halloween Party

The Sanibel Grill is giving folks the opportunity to get an extra day of use out of their costumes. The popular restaurant is throwing a Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. The Sanibel Grill is located at 703 Tarpon Bay Road.

There will be a costume contest with cash prizes being awarded for first, second and third place winners of Best Costume. First prize is $100, second prize is $50 and third prize is $25. There will also be food and drink specials throughout the evening. For more information, call 472-3128.

(Jane Brickley and staff reports contributed to this story).