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Family, pets and adult parties scheduled this Halloween

By Staff | Oct 28, 2015

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa has held Hallo’Tweened, an adult only party, since the 80’s attracting a variety of unique costumes. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Community House will be transformed into a fall carnival Halloween night to provide families with a place to celebrate the holiday.

“We were looking for a safe place for kids to have Halloween and that is kind of how it started,” Salli Kirkland said of the Costume and Candy Fall Carnival, which began in 2001 after Sept. 11.

The Community House provides an ideal location because all of the festivities, except Billy’s Hay Ride, is held indoors. Kirkland said since many homes on Sanibel have stairs leading up to the front door along dark roads, the Community House offers a safe location for the youngsters dressed in costumes.

“The smaller kids are inside and you don’t have to worry about them,” she said. “They can just have fun.”

This year the carnival has been extended an hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. Admission is one bag of wrapped candy per family.

Dress in your favorite costume and stop by The Community House Saturday for the annual Costume and Candy Fall Festival. PHOTO PROVIDED

“We have a lot of cool little carnival games, handmade hometown games,” she said. “The kids play and get candy at the games and tickets for prizes. Every kid leaves with plenty of candy and prizes.”

About two years ago the Billy’s Hay Ride was added taking attendees from The Community House across the street to Herb Strauss Theatre. Kirkland said a skit is performed for the families before the hayride takes them back to The Community House.

Everyone who attends are encouraged to wear a costume. In past years, she said many families dress in themes.

Kirkland said she has secret people patrolling the crowd picking out cute costumes. The individual wearing a cute costume is called up to the stage for a prize. She said they will give out up to 40 prizes.

With a few restaurants donating the food, Kirkland said they are able to offer family-friendly prices for such foods as hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza.

The Community House annual Costume and Candy Fall Festival. PHOTO PROVIDED

Volunteers are being sought for the Costume and Candy Fall Carnival, which Kirkland said offers individuals who may not have youngsters to take out trick-or-treating with the opportunity to get into the Halloween spirit. Those interested should call The Community House at (239) 472-2155.

The Community House is located at 2173 Periwinkle Way.

Island Paws Howl-O-Ween Bash

The Island Paws annual Howl-O-Ween Bash will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Over Easy Cafe patio, 630 Tarpon Bay Rd. A $10 donation is requested, which will benefit the Gulf Coast Humane Society. A judging contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. for the best costume. Raffles, prizes and goody bags will among the festivities.

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa Hallo’Tweened

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa will also be transformed this Halloween with tons of spooky decorations for the adults who wish to get into the spirit of the holiday.

CFO Jeffrey Shuff said the Hallo ‘Tweened Party has been held since the 80’s to offer individuals something to do on Captiva on Halloween.

“People love it,” he said.

The adult party, which started off at the Crow’s Nest before being moved to a tent in the mid 90’s, will kick off at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 and run until 2 a.m. A bar will be set up outside and the Bret Forman Band will perform. Admission to the event is $15.

Typically 700 to 900 people attend the party, most dressed in a costume.

“The costume contest judging is at midnight and (they) must be present to win,” Shuff said.

The first place winner will receive $1,000, second place $500, third place $300 and fourth place $200.

‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa is located at 15951 Captiva Dr. For more information, call (239) 472-5161.

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