Last year was the first time I truly experienced Halloween in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands and I'm excited more spooky events are happening this year. Did you know there are haunted tales about Punta Gorda? I took a Historic Ghost Tour of Punta Gorda through a cemetery. Even though it wasn't dark, stories were eerie and some made the hair on the back of neck stand! Historic ghost tours of downtown Punta Gorda are offered, too. This year, enjoy this walking tour, if you dare! I also walked through the historic district of Downtown Punta Gorda to take in the amazing Halloween decorations and fabulous costumes trick-or-treaters were wearing (children and adults alike!). It was incredible seeing the elaborate décor as homeowners try to outdo each other. Some of the things I saw were faux cemeteries, a house converted to a pirate ship and tons of artistically carved pumpkins. I'm sure Halloween this year will be just as spooktacular. Check out the Halloween Extravaganza on Sunday, Oct. 24 at Fishermen's Village. The day will include special events at Harpoon Harry's, Halloween Costume Parade through Village, Trick or Treat with the Village Merchants. Visit the Fishermen’s Village website for specifics. The 15th Annual Halloween Safewalk will be held Sunday, October 31, between 4 and 6 p.m. on West Dearborn Street in Englewood. Show your Halloween spirit by dressing in a costume then participate in the costume contest under the Great Oak Tree at Café del La Bay Restaurant (470 W. Dearborn Street) at 6 p.m. The evening includes live entertainment and area businesses will be handing out candy to kids. The event is being organized by Old Englewood Village Association. New in Punta Gorda this year is Haunting on the Harbor Halloween Festival and Haunted House presented by Smugglers. Oct. 30 and 31, Laishley Park will be transformed into an autumn showcase with hay rides ($2 per person), pumpkin patch, games for the kids, carnival food, live music and the largest haunted house in Charlotte County ($5 per person). Costume contests will be held each day with dogs and adults being judged Saturday and children judged on Sunday. Festivities kick off at 3 p.m. each day and admission into Haunting on the Harbor is $2, children under 12 free. Band favorite, The Boggiemen, take the stage between 6 and 10 p.m. See you there, if you dare! For a complete list of Halloween happenings in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, check out our calendar of events.
About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America," and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the South." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands Visitor and Convention Bureau, 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104, Port Charlotte, FL; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at CharlotteHarborTravel.com.