Halloween on The Beach
Halloween is an enchanted time and several Fort Myers Beach locales really know how to entertain our Witches and Warlocks!
While most cater to the spirits of the night, Beach Baptist Church makes Halloween a Heavenly evening! Children accompanied by adult guardians Trunk-or-Treat in its parking lot at 130 Connecticut Street, where church members open their car trunks and distribute candy from 6 to 9 p.m. This free family event includes a bounce house as well as hamburgers, walking tacos and beverages. For a heavenly good time, Come One, Come All!
Castaway’s Bar & Grill keeps the spirits happy with its annual Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 28, with music to wake the dead from Electric Lipstick beginning at 8 p.m. They host a Costume Contest, with 1st Place receiving $300 in cash, 2nd Place a $200 Castaways gift card, and 3rd Place a $100 gift card, with winners announced at 11 p.m., along with hourly prizes and giveaways starting at 8 p.m. Sampling its signature Witches Punch is a must! Castaways is at 7205 Estero Boulevard in the Santini Marina Plaza; call 239-463-4644 or see www.facebook.com/castawaysFMB.
Cottage & Shuckers
The Cottage Beach Bar and Shuckers, adjacent to the renovated Gulfshore Grill, doubles your fright with two events. “Fright Night” is Saturday, October 28, with music from Chris Casdia from 4 to 7 p.m. at Shuckers and The New Vinyls from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Cottage. They’ll have a Costume Contest, with the Individual winner receiving $100 in cash and a $100 gift card, while Group winners get $150 in cash and a $150 gift card, with winners announced at Midnight.
The scary good time continues Halloween Night, with Bobby Blakey entertaining from 4 to 7 p.m. at Shuckers and Bad Banditos from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Cottage. That evening’s Costume Contest awards the 1st Place Individual winner with $100 in cash and a $100 gift card, with 2nd Place $50 in cash and a $50 gift card; while 1st Place in Group winners get $150 in cash and a $150 gift card, and 2nd receives $75 in cash and a $75 gift card, with winners announced at 11 p.m. The Cottage is at 1250 Estero Boulevard; call 239-765-5440 or see GulfshoreGrill.com.
Lani Kai Island Resort believes that Halloween is too scary for just one night, so they have multiple activities. Saturday evening, October 28, will be frighteningly fun at Club Ohana, with one of Southwest Florida’s premier party bands, A200, rocking all night long beginning at 9 p.m. Wear your best costume, with a $300 cash prize for 1st Place, a one-night stay at the resort for 2nd, and a $50 gift card for 3rd. Enjoy ghoulish concoctions at the bar, with raffles, prizes, and giveaways all night and no cover charge.
The Lani Kai doesn’t forget little ghosts and goblins, as they host the “Haunted Breezeway” on Sunday afternoon, October 29, with all the shops and eateries along the path stocked with treats, with costumes encouraged but not necessary. Afterwards, the little monsters can enjoy the beach or playground, while older spirits savor a cool cocktail! Visit the Front Desk, Casablanca Lounge, Starbucks Coffee Café and the Sun Deck upstairs for extra-spooky fun all day.
Halloween Night features food and drink specials throughout the entire resort, as well as scary-great special prizes and giveaways all evening, with Remedy at Club Ohana and Rich Lancaster on the Sun Deck. The Lani Kai is at 1400 Estero Boulevard; call 239-463-3111 or see LaniKaiIslandResort.com.
Lighthouse Tiki Bar
Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites Tiki Bar has Spooky Karaoke with Brenda on Halloween evening, with a Costume Contest that pays $100 for 1st Place, $50 for 2nd, and $25 for 3rd Place, with awards announced between 8 and 9 p.m. The Lighthouse Tiki Bar is at 1051 5th Street, at the base of the Matanzas Pass Bridge; see www.LighthouseIslandResort.com.
Nauti Parrot Dock Bar
The Nauti Parrot Dock Bar kicks off a new hauntingly fun tradition with its 1st ever Halloween Party on Saturday, October 28. Live music is from 1 to 10 p.m., with face painting for younger spirits starting at 3 p.m. They host the “Most Original” Costume Contest, with $100 gift cards to 1st Place and $50 to 2nd Place, with another $50 gift card to the Best Couple, and have Spooktacular drink specials all day. If you want to scare away your Halloween hunger the next morning, come for Sunday Brunch from 9 a.m. to Noon, with an ala cart breakfast menu and world class view, along with the vampire-like $5 Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar! The Nauti Parrot is at 19001 San Carlos Boulevard; call 239-314-5667, follow them on Facebook for events and specials, or see nautiparrotdockbar.com. When it comes to Halloween, Let’s Get Nauti!
Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise
Pirates look like they dress in costume all year long, making Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise the perfect way for families and adults to scare away Halloween! The “Pieces of Eight” Pirate Ship is already decked out in its Halloween finery, with games, prizes, and costume contests. Their daily Halloween-theme cruises are family-appropriate, with stories of sea monsters, ghosts, ghouls and magic, with kids and adults encouraged to wear costumes.
Halloween Night features the adults-only “Murder Mystery Cruise & Masquerade Ball,” so dress in costume and celebrate the birthday of Captain Redrum. Best costumes receive a prize, while all swill from the special barrel of Wicked Dolphin rum. Salty Sam’s Marina is at 2500 Main Street; call 239-765-7272 or see floridapiratecruise.com.
The Shark Bar & Grill joins in on the Halloween Night festivities, with Barbara Rae performing from 1 to 4 p.m., Mary Winner & Habitat For Humanity from 6 to 9 p.m., and more music after that. It hosts a Halloween Painting Party beginning at 7 p.m., for $40-per-person that includes the class, canvas, supplies, and two drinks; or $35-per-person if you do not want the alcohol, with advance reservations required. The Shark Bar is at 17979 San Carlos Boulevard; call 239-313-6012 or see their Facebook page (sharkbarandgrillfmb).
For some daytime fun on Halloween, head to the Mound House at 10 am for an Indian Masks program for just $5 (members free). See the masks of the Calusa Indians, try on several replica masks and create your very own. Very spooky! A great family activity for all ages! Shell Mound tours are offered at 11am and 2pm on Halloween and a Guided Tour of the museum will begin at 1pm. Call 239-765-0865 for more information and ticket prices. Moundhouse.org