MARCO ISLAND — There’s no shortage of spooktacularly fun happenings for ghouls of all ages as Oct. 31 approaches.
For the grown-ups, don a costume starting Oct. 28 to hit your favorite watering hole and you are sure to be in well-disguised company. For the kiddos, the next two weeks present lots of opportunities to play dress-up and collect enough candy to last until Santa arrives.
For the little monsters:
Saturday, Oct. 23: Mackle Park’s Halloween Spooktacular begins at 4 p.m. This free event is fun for the whole family and includes music, food, games, crafts and a pumpkin patch. A costume contest for ages 10 and under begins at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 26: The Marco branch of the Collier County Library is having a Halloween party for ages 18 mos. to 5 years from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Come dressed in costume and march in a parade. Make fun crafts. Pre-registration required.
Thursday, Oct. 28: The Little Bar in Goodland will have pumpkins for kids and adults to carve on the spot starting at 6 p.m. Live music.
Friday, Oct. 29: The Marco Island YMCA is throwing a mini-carnival in the gymnasium for children 5 and under from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Games and prizes and fun. A $5 donation per child please.
Saturday, Oct. 30: The Marco Presbyterian Church is holding its annual Trunk or Treat, starting at 11 a.m. Trunk or treat on the grass lot, enjoy carnival games, including ‘dunk the pastor,’ and help support the youth group. There’s also a bounce house, giant slide and free food and drinks.
Saturday, Oct. 30: Trick or treat at Marco Town Center Mall from 3 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31: The Marco Island Police Department will be providing traffic control for pedestrian safety around the Tommie Barfield neighborhoods for trick or treating.
For adults looking to scare up grown-up fun:
Wednesday, Oct 27: Marco Island Brewery is holding a pumpkin carving contest for all ages. To be eligible, turn in your pumpkin by Oct. 25. Judging for the contest begins at 7 p.m. First prize is $100 gift card, second win $50 gift card, third gets $25 gift card.
Thursday, Oct. 28: CJ’s on the Bay is having a Halloween party. An outside costume contest with registration by 7 p.m. and awards given at 8 p.m. An inside costume contest with registration at 10 p.m. and awards given at 11 p.m. Live music and magic demonstrations at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 30: Marco Island Brewery is having a Halloween party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The costume contest will award a $100 gift card for first prize. Other prizes will be awarded for the ‘cheesiest’ costume and the best ‘what the (heck) are you?’ costume.
Saturday, Oct. 30: Nacho Mama’s will have a costume party starting at 9 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31:
Porky’s Last Stand will have ‘Scaryoke’ starting at 7 p.m. Wear your costume.
Little Bar is having a costume party with live music.
Stan’s Idle Hour will hold a costume contest at 3 p.m.