Published: Oct 26, 2012 11:34 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 26, 2012 12:42 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- With Halloween falling in the middle of the week this year, there are Halloween happenings over this weekend that will carry on right through the night of October 31st.

For the first time, the Kiwanis Club of San Carlos/Estero has teamed up with Zoomers, the area’s only roller coaster attraction on the way to Fort Myers Beach, to host its haunted house.

“We’re down here raising funds for the local community and gathering up food, non-perishable goods for the Harry Chapin Food Bank and we’d love to have everybody come down so they can get their scare on,” said Wally Cordell of Kiwanis Club San Carlos/Estero.

Lakes Park Fall Festival and Extravaganza has two new additions. Joining the “Scarecrows in the Park” Competition and the Pumpkin Patch are Hayrides and brand new miniature trains added to Halloween Express fleet, extending the park hours to 9:45 p.m. every night.

Also, every night through Halloween, is the 28th Annual Haunted Walk at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. That starts at 7:00 p.m. The Nature Center is also the location for the Friendly Forrest, where kids 12 years and under can have a more "kid friendly" Halloween experience. It starts today from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

“The proceeds support our mission here at Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. We’re a not-for-profit organization. We don’t accept funds from the government. We are totally self funded so we have to raise our own funds to feed the animals, and also to educate the public about the earth and space sciences,” said Mary Rawl, Director of Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium.

With the dry tropical nights and days ahead in the forecast, there’s a variety of things to do outdoors this Halloween season. Some of the proceeds will help feed those in need, while others will help feed the animals…having an impact on our community, all year long.