Family Fun this week w/ Leigh Tahirovic

Family Fun this week with Leigh Tahirovic

Family Fun this week with Leigh Tahirovic

With Halloween only two weeks away, my family schedule is filling up fast. This week, I’m debating to the scare the pants off my youngsters or play it safe with some family-friendly fun. But first, shopping for Halloween costumes!

Scary Cinema

Hotel Transylvania (No Rating)

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Have a ghoulish good time at Movies on the Lawn at Mercato (9118 Strada Place, Naples), on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Bring your lawn chairs for an outdoor showing of “Hotel Transylvania,” at 7:15 p.m. on the grassing area across from Silverspot Cinema. Information: www.mercatoshops.com

Fall Decor

My kids just love picking our pumpkin for Halloween, and on Wednesday, Oct. 16 the North Naples United Methodist Church (6000 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples) opens for business. What we love most is the staged area where hay bales, pumpkins and a scarecrow are set up for families to snap an adorable keepsake. The patch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the proceeds benefit the church’s mission trips and other programs. Information: www.northnaplesumc.com or 239-593-7600

Farm Festival

It doesn’t seem like a fall festival to me without those farm games I played as a child growing up in Kansas. And on Saturday, Oct. 19, Collier Family Farms (5321 Ave Maria Blvd., Ave Maria) is hosting the Farm Fall Fest to celebrate the season. This free event features a grass maze, pumpkin painting, face painting and a pony photo opp, as well as samples of homemade ice cream. The farm’s produce stand opens as well where locally grown, organic produce and citrus will be sold. Information: collierfamilyfarms.com or 239-398-4157

Haunted Walk

Older kids can be terrorized at the Swamp Zombies Haunted Walk at the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium (34500 Ortiz Ave., Fort Myers) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 24-31. A 15-minute laser show airs in the planetarium. If younger kids want to explore the mile-long boardwalk, come for the Friendly Forest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring crafts, a forest walk with trick or treating and science activities. $8 members; $10 others; $1 laser show. The Haunted Walk is a frightening experience and no refunds are given. Information: www.calusanature.org

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