If you’re planning on heading down to Cape Coral this autumn, there’s a wide variety of things to do for the season. With its temperate, hospitable environment, especially with the summer heat and humidity calming down, it’s an ideal temperature to catch some of that ocean air and see the sights. Between nature walks, shopping on the beach boardwalks, and sitting oceanside, there’s no shortage of opportunities to make the most of the weather. Plenty of Halloween-themed events also happen in the area around this time of year, and here are a few suggestions on must-see attractions during your vacation.
Haunted Nature Walk at the Calusa Nature Center
Running for over 35 consecutive years, the Haunted Nature Walk is a volunteer run experience that happens during the last two weekends of October. Nature walks in this part of the state are stunning, with a wide variety of plant and animal life, especially birds, to see up close. Depending on the area, you might get to walk down a wooden walkway built directly into or over the greenery, giving a unique way of seeing the densely packed wildlife from the inside.
Maskless costumes are welcome on the Haunted Nature Walk, and since the event takes place at night, the trail will be ominously lit to really bring the experience to life. It’s recommended to pre-purchase your tickets ahead of time, as availability is limited, and there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get a more expensive ticket at the door.
Lakes Park Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch
Bring the whole family out to the Lakes Park Fall Festival, an event that runs for the second half of October and see all of the great attractions they’re putting on. Entry to the event is free, and many of the additional attractions are only a small fee to participate in. A mainstay of the festival is the Halloween Express Train ride, where riders get to see gourd patches, mini villages, and a waterfall. There will be hayrides, inflatables, and plenty of concessions for festivalgoers to enjoy, and a literature themed scarecrow competition will be happening, where competitors dress a scarecrow up as their favorite book character for judging.
Gator Mike’s Frightmare On 78
A great place to visit during any time of the year, Gator Mike’s Family Fun Park has a wide variety of attractions in an environment that’s friendly for all ages. Even if you don’t plan on attending the Halloween event, you should stop by and check out the host of activities. There’s mini golf, go-karts, axe throwing, batting cages, ziplines, an arcade, and more.
Frightmare On 78, however, is not marketed toward children, and is a must-see experience for anyone looking to experience the horror of the Halloween season. Strobe lights, fog, realistic props, cinematic gore, tight spaces, and darkness are all things you should expect to interact with here, and the performers are trained to get a scare out of you. It goes without saying that if you’re not looking to get spooked into jumping a few times, this isn’t the event for you. This event runs every Friday and Saturday through Halloween night, so don’t miss out on your chance.
Ft Myers Halloween Bar Crawl
A great way to experience some of the best bars and night life in the area, the Ft. Myers Halloween Bar Crawl is a large, one night event that draws in hundreds of participants. This event has a very free form structure, where you’re given a list of participating bars to go visit in any order you like after you check in. Participating locations will be offering custom food and drink specials, and the badge you’re given will have your cover waved at all venues. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be a costume contest that you can participate in for the chance to win $1,000. Cap off your night with a massive after party that runs from 10pm to midnight, complete with a great martini bar and live DJ set. Tickets are available for pre-purchase online, and the bar crawl happens on October 30th.
South Cape Spooktacular Trolley Event
Running for its 8th consecutive year, the Spooktacular Trolley Event is a 21+ experience that takes participants to various hotspot around South Cape, where drinks and candy will be available for everyone to enjoy. There are plenty of prizes to win as well, with a costume contest, trivia, and “passport” you can get stamped at as many participating locations as possible for a chance to win the grand prize. In addition to all of this, expect a lot of live entertainment, with live music, dancing, and singing all night. Dress for the occasion and hop aboard the trolley to get a unique taste of the lively night life.
Get All the Best of the Season
Cape Coral Rentals offers a wide variety of rentals to complete your perfect stay. Book one of our condos, vacation homes, or luxury rentals as the perfect spot to stay while you experience all of the great Halloween events happening in town!