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Cape Coral Halloween celebrations adjust to pandemic; list of local events

Halloween may be even scarier this year, trick-or-treating even trickier.

Celebrating the spooky holiday during a pandemic may be fraught with risks, but many Lee County locals are determined to have fun safely.

Places like Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park in Cape Coral are bringing the fear a little differently this year.

“This year we’re doing a virtual line where people will come and check in,” said general manager Jeff Peterson. “They’ll tell us the size of the group, we will put your number down and then we’ll send you a text when it’s your turn to come up.”

Masks are not required there, but the park is taking other precautions to keep you safely spooked.

“We’re also going to be doing sanitization,” Peterson said. “We’re going through every single hour spraying down props, anything that is touched.”

Peterson also confirmed that temperature checks will take place for both customers and employees.

Jason Fields turns his own Cape Coral home into the “Terror on 20th,” and he doesn’t feel he can implement a comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan.

“It’s difficult for me, personally, to ask anybody… I’m kind of in my own thing here,” Fields said. “This is not a professional haunt, it’s a home haunt, it’s something for the neighborhood, for the community. I’m really hoping that people can just police themselves and respect each other.”

Here are some upcoming October events:

Fri. 10/9-10/31 – all day – Farmer Mike’s 6th Annual Fall Festival & Corn Mazes – Bonita Springs

Different this year: tickets limited by time slot for daytime and nighttime events. Maze Tickets are only available online to ensure CDC guidelines are followed
Activities, attractions open from Friday at 5pm to Sunday at 5pm
Harvest Cafe with food and drinks, bounce houses, corn box, hay maze, corn maze, crafts, pumpkins for sale, u-pick pumpkins
https://www.facebook.com/events/3160151347417564
10/17-18 and 10/24/25– 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lakes Regional Park Pumpkin Patch
Different this year: Due to social distancing guidelines, hay ride capacity is limited to groups of 8 or less and you will NOT be sharing the trailer with others you do not know.
Fri. 10/23 – 2-7pm – Pioneer Pumpkin Palooza (Immokalee)
Hosted by Collier County Museums
Safe, socially-distanced event
Hay maze, pumpkin giveaway, movie, scavenger hunt, goodie bags
Free
239-252-2611
https://www.facebook.com/events/364812911238860/
Sat. 10/24 – 9a-12p – Halloween Express – Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District Station #1
Free – drive-thru pumpkin patch, goodies
https://fb.me/e/4ZSqYaLYA
Fri. 10/30 – 6:30-8:30p – Collier County Parks & Rec Annual Halloween Party – North Collier Regional Park
Candy, bounce houses, hay rides, costume contest, games, prizes, DJ, food & drinks for purchaseHealth & safety precautons in place
$5/person, free for kids 3 and under
For more information: 239-252-4022
https://www.facebook.com/events/1398431730355082/
Wed. 10/28 – 6-9pm – HalloWINE – Mercato
Hosted by Naples Gulf Shore Rotary Club
Tickets $50-$60
Drinks, food, costume contest, raffles, photobooth
“Covid-19: We strongly recommend adherence to Florida Dept of Health guidelines including social distancing and use of masks in confined spaces”
https://www.facebook.com/events/602667567099616/
Fri. 10/30 – 5:30-8pm – Avow Kids Avow-loween Trunk or Treat
“Socially-distanced night of fun”
Family-friendly costumes encouraged, masks REQUIRED
Kids get individually-wrapped bags of candy
Doesn’t say any admission cost but RSVP not needed
facebook.com/events/644646509812194/
Fri. 10/30 – 6-8pm – Immokalee Trunk or Treat
Hosted by Collier Parks & Rec
Music, face painting, bounce houses, food, costume contest
$5/family
https://www.facebook.com/events/335566200864866/
Sat. 10/31 – 3-5pm – Marco Island Halloween Spooktacular – Mackle Park
Hosted by City of Marco Island Parks & Rec on park basketball court
DJ, games, prizes, critter show, inflatables, haunted house, food & drinks for purchase
Free
(239) 642-0575
https://www.facebook.com/events/322782742351172/
Not Halloween but coming up:
Sat. 11/7 – 10a-3p – Mercato International Fest
https://www.facebook.com/events/197223431548574/
 
Sat. 11/7 – 10a-4p – Art in the Park – Baker Park
https://www.facebook.com/events/324935935172076/
Reporter:Nicole Lauren
Writer:Joey Pellegrino
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