October events around town offer ghosts and celebrations for all ages


October on Fort Myers and Sanibel beaches brings long sunny days, happy Halloween holidays, and a hint of cooler temperatures just around the corner.

In addition to offering plenty of space for social distancing, beautiful weather all year round, seashell-flooded beaches, wildlife and the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, the area offers many new experiences for returning and returning guests. first-time visitors. For the latest holiday information visit www.FortMyers Sanibel.com. In the meantime, don’t miss these things to come this month:

¦ The 12th “Scarecrows in the Park” returns as part of the popular Lakes Park Fall Festival which runs from 10 am to 9 pm from October 15 to 31. The festival features a pumpkin patch, bouncy houses, hay rides, the Halloween Express train, and concessions. Visitors also enjoy characters from Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter, Frankenstein, fairy tale characters and more along the Kindergarten trails. For more information, visit www.lakespark.org.

¦ Celebrating the arts and achievements of student artists, “Wicked Walk” is a collaborative project between Lee County Public Schools, the Lee County Public Schools Foundation and the Sidney & Bern Davis Art Center in downtown of Fort Myers. From 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, the immersive art experience takes audiences on a tour of the entire center where students at Lee County School explore spooky stories, classic monsters and horror in theater, la dance, song and artwork. To verify www.sbdac.com/events for details and tickets.

¦ Plan more Halloween fun at SBDAC from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, October 29. Dress up like your favorite character (there’s a price for the best) and plan to attend the rooftop Halloween party with music and dancing. For more information, visit www.sbdac.com/halloween Party.

¦ Lee County Parks & Recreation is hosting a “Spooky Night at Estero Park” starting at 5 pm Saturday, October 30 at Estero Community Park. The event includes a “Trunk or Treat” from 5 pm to 7 pm. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and walk from trunk to trunk to view decorations and pick up treats. Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated trunks / vehicles. “Scoob! Will be the featured film in the park at 7:15 p.m. For more details, visit www.leegov.com/parks/ centers / estero.

¦ Celebrate Halloween in true vampire-seeking fashion with José H. Leal, Scientific Director and Curator at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island, by logging in for a virtual talk at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20 . Dr Leal will unveil the horrific and bloody mollusk shocking lifestyles mask. Familiarize yourself with vampire squid and snails, clams that live buried for life, tomb raiding and corpse-eating snails, blood-addicted parasitic micromolluscs and other heart-wrenching creatures from the mollusc universe. Learn more about www.shellmuseum.org/lecture-series.

Bring the family and celebrate Halloween in the Historic Village of Koreshan State Park from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20. Local businesses will be offering treats and game, street food, crafts and more. Find all the details on www.friendsofkoreshan.org.

¦ There will be plenty of goodies and surprises from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, October 31 at the Everglades Wonder Gardens in Bonita Springs. Kids can explore the Botanical Gardens and interact with over 300 rescued, rehabilitated and unreleasable birds and reptiles while visiting the “Gator Sweet Tooth” treat stations offered by area businesses. A scavenger hunt and tic-tactoe, pumpkin toss and educational boneyard with fossils will also be part of the fun. Costumes are optional but encouraged. See details on www.wondergardens.org.

Also happening this month

?? Latin history outside of the guided tour at Mound House, Fort Myers Beach: 2:19 p.m. and Oct. 26 – Explore the Latin fishing village, known as the rancho, that existed on the mound of seashells between the ancient Calusa and Anglo-Pioneer eras. Explore the archeology and history of the site through unearthed clues about this multicultural society. Details and reservations on www.moundhouse.net.

?? Cape Coral 35th Annual Oktoberfest: October 22-24 and 29-31 – Presented by the German American Club, this lively event features non-stop German music and entertainment, three stages, two dance floors, food, sit-down dinners, a children’s carnival area, entertainment crafts, vendors and exhibitors. Visit www.capecoral oktoberfest.com for more information. ??


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