3 To Do: Halloween on Marco, more

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1. Friday and Saturday: A Marco Halloween

Movie in the Park – Movie in the Park begins on Friday, Oct. 26 on the football field at Mackle Park. Each Friday through March. First movie of the season we will showcase “Hotel Transylvania 3.” Nov. 16, “Wonder” will be presented; Dec. 14, “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” Bring your chairs and blankets for seating. Information: 239-642-0575.

Mummy (Keegan-Michael Key) in “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation."

Spooktacular – The city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation will be hosting the annual Halloween Spooktacular from 4 until 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at Mackle Park. Everyone from kids to adults is encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes best. Bring a basket or bag to collect all the candy and treats at each craft and game station during the Spooktacular event. This event is open and free to the public.

Information: Mackle Park at 239-642-0575 or visit cityofmarcoisland.com.

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2. Celebrate our Jewish pioneers

On Sunday, Oct. 28, the Jewish Historical Society of Southwest Florida and JCMI will co-host a special unveiling of documentaries about three of the many extraordinary Marco Island people involved with the foundation of the synagogue. 

The documentaries are “Elena Rosner, When Destiny Calls” and “The Greenstein’s of Marco Island.” The history of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island began in 1982, when Elena Rosner and Marjorie Seltzer invited a few people to attend a meeting for the purpose of discussing the possible formation of a Jewish house of worship.

Elena Rosner, together with Marjorie Seltzer, obtained the donation of the synagogue land from the Deltona Corporation. Rabbi Howard Greenstein was the first ordained rabbi of the congregation, serving from 1996 to 2006.  Other contributors to be acknowledged are Hari Jacobsen, Charles Koffman, Isabel Price, Marjorie Seltzer, Saul Stern and Janet Whitebook.

The program, starting at 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. Information: www.marcojcmi.com or call 239-642-0800.    

3. This weekend Swamp Walk in the Big Cypress

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28 at Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery to take a walk on the wild side – South Florida style – and support environmental education programs for local school kids.

Celebrated photographer Clyde Butcher and his wife Niki host a fall festival each year at their Big Cypress Gallery.

Iconic landscape photographer, Clyde Butcher.

As part of the fun this year, SFNPT volunteers will lead swamp walks behind the gallery (located on US 41 at MM 55 between Miami and Naples). Walks are $50 per person (kids under 18 are free) with  all proceeds supporting the Swamp Water and Me Program (SWAMP) at Big Cypress National Preserve.

Information: 239-695-2428 or 305-665-4769.