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Trick or TREAT! Halloween on FMB

Halloween on Monday means four days for tricks and treats!

October 26, 2011
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin

Hope you're ready for a complete weekend of fun and fright for all, as Halloween creeps up closer, and thousands of goblins, ghoulies and ghosties prepare to haunt Fort Myers Beach four days in a row. With Halloween falling on a Monday this year (Oct. 31), several local hot spots and hangouts are also planning Friday, Saturday and Sunday activities to celebrate the frightful event. Other places are keeping it traditional with festivities planned specifically on Halloween night. Whatever you decide, you'll have four full days to show off your spooky spirit!

The Beached Whale, 1249 Estero Blvd., 463-5505

The Beached Whale will be rockin' all Halloween, with live entertainment, fun tricks and treats for all, and "the best dressed-up people in costumes on the beach," according to a friendly staffer of the award-winning restaurant.

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Get ready for plenty of ghouls, ghosts and goblins this weekend, as four days worth of Halloween happenings are coming up on Fort Myers Beach. Above, The Steve Farst Trio is ready to rock The Cottage Halloween night (Monday, Oct. 31). Read on for other great hot spots celebrating the super spooky season! Photo by MELISSA SCHNEIDER.

Trick-or-treaters of all ages are welcome, so don't forget your costumes and candy sacks!

Nervous Nellie's Crazy Waterfront Eatery, 1131 1st St., 463-8077

For the second year in a row, Nervous Nellie's is teaming up with New Rock 99X (99.3-FM) for a wild Halloween bash Halloween night, Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sponsored by Jose Cuervo, be sure to swing by for your chance to win $1,000 in prizes ($500 for first-place alone) during the huge costume contest, along with the national recording artists of The Parlor Mob, along with some other live music.

Also enjoy happy hour all night long, with free appetizers, free samples of liquid goodness from the Cuervo Girls and plenty more Halloween action and mayhem.

The Yucatan Beach Stand, 250 Old San Carlos Blvd., 333-4FUN

The folks at the Yucatan Beach Stand have some spooky thrills and chills up their sleeves, too, with a perilous party scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29, from 8 p.m. all into the night.

Don't forget to show off your hottest costume, with $500 in cash and prizes awarded to the best of the best during the multiple costume contests through the night. The sexiest costume contest will be at 11:45 p.m. and best overall costume at 12:45 a.m.

Live music will reign from 8 to 11 p.m., and a DJ taking over after that, spinning the best tracks from 11 to 11:45 p.m.

Enjoy free Bacardi shots from 11 p.m. to midnight (or while supplies last) and $1 Jell-o shots all night long, along with plenty of other drink specials throughout the chillingly scary evening!

The Lani Kai, 1400 Estero Blvd., 463-3111

The Lani Kai wants to make sure they've got the entire weekend covered for Halloween activities, and with that, plan on partying for FOUR straight days at this island resort!

Party planners have scheduled four days worth of frightening fun and thrilling thrills for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Oct. 28 to 31, so get ready to be spooked and scared all weekend long!

The local boys of the Sand Fleas will rock Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., a "Halloween Club Party" will be going on at the main stage Sunday night with club DJ TK from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., a karaoke party will be taking place upstairs Sunday and Monday night, as will costume contests Sunday and Monday night.

"We wanted to make sure we weren't having the same thing four nights in a row," said Apryl Shackelford, music director of the Lani Kai. "This way, between four nights, there's something for everyone."

Of course, Lani Kai guests are encouraged to dress up for Halloween Friday through Monday, with a small costume contest Sunday night and the big costume contest event Monday night, with live music by Free Spirit during the show.

Also taking place Sunday and Monday nights upstairs in the Island View Lounge, a karaoke contest and costume contest will sing on, from 6 to 10 p.m. both nights, hosted by Susie Badge, who has hosted karaoke nights at the Lani Kai for years.

There will be plenty of prizes and giveaways, along with tons of local talent to listen to.

"We've got lots of valuable gift certificates and weekend stays at the resort, so come on out and show us your talent!" Susie said.

The Cottage, 1270 Estero Blvd., 765-5440

The Cottage will be taking the traditional road for Halloween celebrations, hosting its annual Halloween party and costume contest Monday, Oct. 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Staff at this well-known island hot spot have lots of tricks and treats up their sleeves, with huge cash prizes for first- and second-place winners in each individual and group category, along with the Steve Farst Trio rockin' spooky spirits all night long.

Get ready to party all night the contest results will be announced at midnight!

Pieces of Eight Pirate Cruise, 2500 Main St., 463-3257

Even the friendly pirates of the Pieces of Eight are ready for Halloween, sailing on spooky and thrilling high-seas Halloween adventures aboard the 65-foot replica Spanish Galleon.

Throughout Monday, Oct. 31, families are welcome to join in during the wacky and wild fun during the 90-minute "Pirate, Pumpkins and Plundering," where kids get to enjoy a swashbuckling Halloween Pirate show, complete with treasure hunts, face-painting and plenty of treats for the adults and the kids.

The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for kids. Call 765-7272 to reserve your seats. And, don't forget your costumes or you may get a (friendly) flogging!

Castaway's Bar and Grill, 7205 Estero Blvd., 463-4644

Castaway's will be celebrating Halloween Saturday, Oct. 29 with a huge Halloween bash. Owners are offering $100 cash prize for the best costume, along with a $20 gift certificate for second place, and a bottle of wine for third place.

Hung Jury will rock the crowd from 8 p.m. to midnight, and you know Steve's hauntingly famous Jell-o shots will make an appearance for just $1 per cup.

Doc Ford's, 708 Fisherman's Wharf, 765-9660

Doc Ford's will be rockin' all Halloween, with live entertainment, fun tricks and treats for all, and "the best dressed-up people in costumes on the beach," according to a friendly staffer of the award-winning restaurant.

Trick-or-treaters of all ages are welcome, so don't forget your costumes and candy sacks!



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