By MELISSA SCHNEIDER
Get ready for all of the ghouls, goblins and ghastly creatures to rise from their dens, lairs, coffins and crypts, as Halloween has almost arrived on our little town of Fort Myers Beach and all who dwell on it that night! Looking to get into some fun/trouble that night? Read on to find out who is doing what and where!
The Lani Kai
1400 Estero Blvd., 463-3111
Folks with the Lani Kai are planning all types of eerie events through Oct. 31, starting with a Halloween party and costume contest Saturday, Oct. 27.
Judged by Lani Kai judges, the costume contest will start at midnight Saturday, with DJ Apryl spinning tracks between set breaks from LongStoryShort, who goes on at 9 p.m. The first-place contest winner gets a $100 gift certificate to the Kai; second-place, a $50 gift certificate; and third-place a $25 gift certificate. Some special drink tickets will go to runner-ups, too
Susie Badge will be hosting "Scare-E-oke" Tuesday night, Oct. 30, on the sundeck, from 6 to 10 p.m. with some cool prizes.
Then, Halloween night, DJ TK will rock an all-night Halloween party, starting at 8 p.m. Madness!
The Beached Whale
1249 Estero Blvd., 463-5505
Be sure to stop into the Beached Whale Halloween night, as 10,000 Views takes the stage, spooking and scaring all with their frighteningly good music.
And, starting at 11 p.m., the Beached Whale staff will begin judging the costume contest, with the first-place group or couple taking home $100 gift certificate, and the first-place single going home with a $75 gift certificate. Also, the second-place single will win a $50 gift certificate and third-place winning one for $25.
1270 Estero Blvd., 765-5440
The Cottage has been known for its awesome Halloween celebrations, and this year is sure to be no different, as the establishment gears up for its 25th annual Cottage Halloween parties. Yes, there will be two?parties for Halloween this year at The Cottage.
Fright Night, a prequel to the huge Halloween bash, will take place Friday, Oct. 26, all night long, featuring Spooky Steve Farst and plenty of drink specials.
A costume contest will be held, and winners will be announced at 11:30 p.m., with first-prize ghouls taking home $100 cash and $100 gift certificate for the best individual costume, and the winning group costume taking home $150 cash and $150 gift certificate.
Then, Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31, get frightened by all of the live music and drink specials, and don't forget to enter the costume contest, where the first-place individual will win $100 cash and $100 gift certificate, second-place gets $50 cash and $50 gif certificate; first-place group gets $150 cash and $150 gift certificate and second-place group gets $75 cash and $75 gift certificate.
You must be present to win either night, and ballots will be counted at 12:30 a.m. Halloween.
1131 1st St., 463-8077
Live and local DJs from three huge stations have been saying Nervous Nellies' upcoming Halloween party is expected to be one of the largest in the county Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Gina Birch from WINK-FM will be kicking off the festivities from 7 to 9 p.m., with a $250 first-place cash prize award during the first of three costume contests of the night.
Then, 96 K-Rock's Zito and Garrett and 99X's Dumb Chris will take the stage, offering two more $500 cash prize awards to the best costumes later on. K-Rock's costume contest will start at 11 p.m., and 99X's "sexiest costume"?contest kicks off around 12:30/1 a.m.
"We're going to have tons of prizes and giveaways all night long, as well as the Sailor Jerry girls, Stolichnaya, Jager and Budweiser promotions," said Stephen DeAngelis, assistant general manager of the restaurant. "Live radio remotes from multiple radio stations will be broadcasting from our spot all night long, and our second infamous costume contest will start at 11 p.m."
Two bands will rock the Uglys' upstairs stage all night long, including Mind Monkey (7:30 to 11 p.m.) and Hawks With Rockets (11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.).
Also enjoy the free hors d'oeuvres and giveaways, while they last.
There is no charge to enter the party, nor the contests, you can enter and win both, so come one ghoul, come all ghouls a night of fun and frights!
702 Fisherman's Wharf, 436-6119
Bonita Bill's will be hosting TWO Halloween parties: Saturday night, Oct. 27, and Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31. Be sure to wear your favorite costume to join in on the costume contest, enjoy plenty of hauntingly good music, fun, laughs, specials and more.
2500 Main St., 463-3257
The Pieces of Eight Pirate Ship will be hosting an Adult's-Only Halloween Cruise Saturday night, Oct. 27. The ship willd epart from the dock at 7 p.m. and return at 8:30. There will be plenty of prizes awarded for the best costumes on the ship, and the cost to participate is just $20.
The first-prize winner will receive two tickets to Key West aboard the Key West Express. Second prize is a $50 gift card to Parrot Key. Third-place is a $25 gift card to Big Game.
When the haunted cruise ship returns, live music can be enjoyed at Parrot Key all night long!
The Yucatan Beach Stand
250 Old San Carlos Blvd., 333-4FUN
The Yucatan will be sure to host a fun evening Halloween night featuring plenty of freaky, frightening but delicious drink specials, a live DJ?spinning tracks, and a costume contest boasting cash prizes.
The Sandbar and Grille
7205 Estero Blvd., 463-5544
Be sure to stop into the Sandbar and Grille sometime Wednesday, Oct. 31, to see the place and its staff all decked out in Halloween attire. Dive into spooktastic lunch, dinner and drink specials throughout the day.
2080 Main St., 765-8919
The staff of the Indian Princess recently put a call out to all zombies, witches, ghouls and other ghostly and gruesome souls, announcing they will be hosting a Fright Night Halloween cruise, Friday, Oct. 26.
The authentic double-deck paddleboat will be transformed into a spooky vessel for its first inaugural Fright Night cruise, taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. that evening, for adult passengers 21 and up.
"Halloween is one of our favorite times of year," said Deborah Carlson, operations liaison for the Indian Princess. "The weather is beginning to turn cooler, and we can't wait to see all the creative costumes for this fun cruise."
Devilish drinks, including a full bar with top-shelf liquor, beer and wines, soda, juice, coffee, tea and bottled water, will be available for purchase. Spooky snacks will also be available.
The Indian Princess is air-conditioned and includes restrooms, a sound system and a state-of-the-art 48-inch flat screen TV capable of monitoring several areas of the boat and waterway. On the exterior top deck, guests can enjoy spectacular views of the back bays of Fort Myers Beach.
Unlike many "modern paddleboats," the Indian Princess is truly paddle driven; though for reasons of efficiency, weight and pollution, the wood-burning boilers of long ago have been replaced by clean-burning diesel engines.
Admission aboard the Fright Night Cruise is $25 plus tax, and awards will be given for the best and most original costumes. Boarding for the event will begin at 5:30 p.m., and capacity is limited to 85 people. Reservations can be made by calling 239-765-8919.
The Indian Princess is located before the Sky Bridge next to the Key West Express. For more information, call 765-8919 or visit IndianPrincessFortMyers.com.
Castaway's Bar and Grill
7205 Estero Blvd., 463-4644
Castaway's Bar and Grill will be offering Steve's infamously ghoulish Jell-o shots, along with live music, costume contest and other drink specials.
16230 Sumerlin Road, 225-YABO
Yabo's Halloween theme this year is music, and The Gladezmen will perform all night, starting at 9 p.m. Be sure to join in on the costume contest, with first-place costume wining $500, and great second- and third-place winners will receive prizes as well. Enjoy drink specials all night, with plenty more spooky, mind-boggling action.