Calendar

 October

Mon – 1
Spooktacular Preschool Halloween STEM Fun!
Cape Coral Lee County Public
Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1
Join us for some not-so-scary activities to capture interest, imagination and the fun of Halloween. For ages 3 – 5. Dress for mess. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
10 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 1, 15
During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Beginner D&D for Teens
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m.
This is a monthly collaborative storytelling group for teens and will start with character development. No registration is required. Members will be added as the group grows. 239-479-4636

Chess Anyone?
East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Rise to the chess challenge and join the fun. All ages are welcome. Bring your own chess set or use one of ours. 239-479-4636

Preschool Lego Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Rd., Fort Myers
10:30 a.m.
Stories, music and building with Lego Duplo bricks. For ages 2 – 5 with a caregiver. Registration required.
239-479-4636

On the Table Craft: Hispanic Heritage Month
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
Oct. 1 – 13
Available during normal library operating hours.Stop by and create a papel picado flag to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. While supplies last. 239-479-4636

Tue – 2
Family Night
Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trai, Fort Myers
5-7 p.m.
Join us for a fun Halloween crafts and fun. 239-433-9030

Chess Anyone?
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
5:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 16, 30
Rise to the chess challenge and join in the fun. Bring a personal chess set, if desired. 239-479-4636

Apple Picking Time
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Oct. 2 – 13
Available during normal library operating hours. Drop-in and see a book display about apples. Oct. 2 – 6: Color a paper apple to add to our apple garland. We will hang the apple garland in the Children’s Room. Oct. 9 – 13: Completed fun activity sheets and make a paper caramel apple to take home. 239-479-4636

Frankenstein Film Series: “Frankenweenie”
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd., Fort Myers
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s enduring classic with this special showing of a quirky, family-friendly film inspired by the original. Popcorn will be served. 239-479-4636

Checkers
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Oct. 2 – 31
Available during normal library operating hours. Play classic checkers, the game of games, or try other versions such as Fox and Geese, Give Away, Shifting Pyramids, Corner Checkers or Goban. Instructions included. Alternatively, reverse the field and play Tic-Tac-Toe or Super Tic-Tac-Toe. 239-479-4636

Let’s Fiesta!
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
6:15 p.m.
Join us for a Hispanic Heritage Fiesta Celebration. We will have crafts, games and more. Festival dress is encouraged. For ages 2 – 12. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Wed – 3
Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland
Kids, ages toddler to 12, participate in tons of fun activities. 239-948-3766

Homeschool Program: Sphero Mini Golf
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
1 p.m.
Create your own mini golf course and use basic block coding to program a Sphero robot to navigate a hole-in-one. For teens ages 11-18. 239-479-4636

Map it Out: Crafting with World Maps (teen)
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
2 p.m.
Tell a personal story with maps. Patrons can commemorate milestones in their life with the use of maps and atlases. Completed ideas will be displayed to help attendees design their own one-of-a-kind piece. Materials will be provided. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Zirkus Circus and The Flippin Spectacular
Downtown Punta Gorda
Oct. 3 – 7
Kids, carnival, food trucks, dazzlling acts, family friendly, live music and more. www.PuntaGordaCircus.com

Got Homework? (teen)
East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
4 – 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Need help with your homework? Assistance is available for tweens, grades 5-8. Come to prepared to work. 239-479-4636

Observing the Night Sky in SWFL (teen)
Cape Coral Lee County Public
Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
6 p.m.
The Southwest Florida Astronomical Society will bring our skies to life with information on the celestial objects available for viewing in our area. He will also discuss finding and purchasing the right telescope for your needs. 239-479-4636

After School Crew: Engineering
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Rd., Fort Myers
4 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Weekly stories and activities with a focus on engineering. For grades K-5. 239-479-4636

Tween Art Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3
Tweens, come create a new art project each month. All supplies are provided. ​ 239-479-4636

Thu – 4
Bubblemania
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Go nuts over these soapy spheres and dance to some favorite kids tunes. All ages welcome. 239-479-4636

Teen Advisory Group (TAG)
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:15 p.m.
Be the change you want to see in the world. Learn about issues that affect our community and inspire change through monthly community service projects. Guest speakers, materials for the service projects and snacks provided. For teens in grades 6-12. New projects every month. Registration not required. 239-479-4636

Messy Baby Play Day!
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m.
Babies up to 23 months and their caregivers are invited to an exciting exploration of art and sensory play. Please come dressed for mess. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Anansi Tales and Spider Art
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
3:30 p.m.
Meet Anansi, the clever trickster spider from West African folklore and make your own spiders and spider webs. For grades K-3. 239-479-4636

Friday – 5
Passport Friday: Hispanic Heritage Month family craft
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
2 p.m. Fridays
Oct. 5: Cuba, Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico
Oct. 12: Brazil, Peru & Chile
Oct. 19: Colombia, Costa Rica & Honduras
Oct. 26: Mexico, El Salvador & Guatemala
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, younger patrons will be given a chance to complete two crafts related to selected Latin American countries. Crafts will include a look at the cultural history of each country via its art and artists. Please note that the use of paint, glue, glitter, hot glue, scissors and some small craft items will be used to complete some or all of the crafts featured. Immediate supervision of younger patrons is highly encouraged. While supplies last. 239-479-4636

Mike Greenwell’s 27th Annual Haunted Hike
35 Ne Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
Oct. 5-6, 12-14, 19-20, 26-27, 30-31
All ages are allowed, but we do strongly suggest parental permission for children 13 and under. Begins when it is dark. 239-574-4386

Sea Turtle Program
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Join a Park Ranger to learn about the fascinating life-cycle and journeys of the marine turtles that visit Lovers Key each summer. Learn about their nesting behavior and find out what you can do to help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required. 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply

Art on the Farm – Kinder Clay Class
Shaker’s Acres South
Bayshore & Slater, N. Fort Myers
October 5 & 19
Art on the Farm Kinder Clay class is the perfect opportunity for your 3-6 year old to explore the Farm, meet the animals, and create a clay masterpiece inspired by a different children’s book each class. Class begins with a farm tour and animal feeding, before heading to the outdoor art classroom for some creative fun. Class is entirely outdoors and around animals.$12 per student. 239-699-9987

Sat – 6
Interactive Movie
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
1 p.m.
More than just a movie showing, there will be audience participation in this screening of the tale of an ancient
Polynesian girl called by the Ocean to save her island from a terrible curse. 239-479-4636

Super Fun Saturday
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m.
Come play with us at the library. Activities change monthly and vary from dancing, storytelling, art projects and more. Fun for the whole family. Registration not required. 239-479-4636

Free Movie in the Park – Coco
Jim Jeffers Park
2817 SW 3rd Ln, Cape Coral
6 p.m.
Crafts and activities available for children before the movie starts! 239-573-3128

Interactive Movie (teen)
Cape Coral Lee County Public
Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
1 p.m.
More than just a movie showing, there will be audience participation in this screening of the tale of an ancient Polynesian girl called by the ocean to save her island from a terrible curse. 239-479-4636

Not Your Mummy’s Magic Show
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
2 p.m.
Join Master Magician Joey Evans and Alexandra Evans as they take you on a hilarious journey through some of Halloween’s greatest characters and stories. The show features magic, comedy, music and eye-popping balloon creations in a twisted air adventure. Tickets will be available for pickup the week of the event at the Pine Island branch. 239-479-4636

Kids Club: Pumpkin Lantern
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers
239-215-1730
8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero
239-949-4299
10 a.m. – noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy making backpack tags using foam. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $2.

Kids Club: Dimensional Pumpkin
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers
239-215-1730
8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero
239-949-4299
10 a.m. – noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 6 and up can enjoy making a craftstick and yarn spiderweb with a pom-pom spider. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $5.

Science Saturday
IMAG History & Science Center
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers
11a.m. – 2 p.m.
Science Saturday occurs on the 1st Saturday of every month 239-243-0043

Fall Festival
Southern Fresh Farms
8500 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers
Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 & 28-29
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Southern Fresh Farms will be hosting their 4th annual Fall Festival! There will be hayrides, a petting zoo with the original farm animals, vendors, photo opportunities, music and a pumpkin patch! 239-768-0309

Boo Bash
IMAG Science & History Center
2000 Cranford Ave., Fort Myers
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Flaming, exploding pumpkins, bubbling cauldrons and fiery green tornadoes will be featured in the science show. Children in costume will be able to trick or treat with the IMAG staff. Costume-making for those who forgot. Mad Science workshop & pumpkin pie play dough station. Enter the IMAG Science Themed Pumpkin Carving Contest! Bring in a pumpkin carved or decorated with a science theme. 239-243-0043

Home Depot Kids Workshop: Fireboat
Home Depot, Various locations
9 a.m. – noon
Celebrate National Fire Safety Month in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model fireboat to put out shoreline or shipboard fires and transport emergency personnel and rescue workers. Once your firefighting vessel construction is complete, you and your hero can decorate it with paint and stickers and give it a name like the historically famous fireboats that precede your new firefighting craft. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. workshops.homedepot.com

Teen Button Bling
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Rd., Fort Myers
2 – 4 p.m.
Represent your favorite movies, shows and characters with a custom button. Drop in any time to create unique pieces with the buttonmaker. All supplies provided. 239-479-4636

Frankenstein’s Maker Mornings – Scary Slime & Petrifying Pop Art
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Join us in creating icky slime, or express your tormented genius by painting, coloring or crafting your own pop art image of Frankenstein’s iconic monster. Suitable for all ages. Children under eight must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver. 239-479-4636

Sun – 7
EAA 66 Young Eagle Rally and
Pancake Breakfast
Page Field Airport Ft. Myers
Captain Channing Page Dr, Fort Myers
8 – 10 a.m.
Kids 11-17 come explore aviation with us. We will be giving a mini aviation lesson followed by a flight in a general aviation aircraft. When the flight is over you will get a participation certificate, flight log book, and a code to go online and take ground school. It is the ground school you need to become a pilot. The YE rally is free. The all you can eat pancake breakfast is $6. Message via the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/EAA-Young-Eagles) if you are interested in attending.

Mon – 8
Spooky STEM
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
3:30 p.m.
Test your skills with magically spooky science experiments. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Not-So-Scary Monster Fun!
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Rd., Fort Myers
10:30 a.m.
Preschoolers, join us for stories and songs about not-so-scary monsters and build your own creature from pieces and parts you choose. For ages 3 – 5. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Junior STEAM Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Each month will feature a different STEAM related theme for children ages 3-5. Get creative with books and activities that feature math, science, engineering, arts and building. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Tue – 9
Family Night: Bingo
Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake
13610 S. Tamiami Trail Fort Myers
5-7 p.m.
Don’t miss Family Bingo Night with the Chick-fil-A Cow. Great prizes and food! 239-433-9030

Fandom Therapy: “Stranger Things”
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.
Are you obsessed with Netflix’s “Stranger Things”? Celebrate your favorite TV show by making your own demogorgon, inspired by Dart. All materials provided. For teens ages 11-18. 239-479-4636

Kindness Club
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4 p.m.
Join us at the library to create kindness in our community. Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness and help make the world a better place. For grades K – 5. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Goosebumps Adventure
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
6:15 p.m.
Do you love the “Goosebumps” book series? Can’t get enough of those chills and thrills? Well, then you have come to the right place. For grades K – 5. Registration requested. 239-479-4636

Kids Button Bling
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Rd., Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.
Use the buttonmaker to create awesome customized buttons. Wear them on your outfit or pin them to your backpack. All materials supplied. For grades K-5. 239-479-4636

Teen Book Club: “Everybody Sees the Ants” by A. S. King
East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
Part 1: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9
Part 2: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23
It’s never easy fitting in. Lucky Linderman is no exception. He’s not a memorable guy and he doesn’t have any friends. So, what makes him a target for school bully, Nader McMillian? How will Lucky cope with the pressures of being a social misfit? What is the best way to defeat a bully? Registration is not required. Space is limited, grades 9-12 only. 239-479-4636

Cute! (teen)
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
6:15 p.m.
Make a felt mascot from “The Cute Book” by Aranzi Aronzo for yourself or a friend. Put it in your pocket or hang it from your keychain or tote bag. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Frankenstein Film Series: “Frankenstein” (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd., Fort Myers
5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s enduring classic with this special showing of the 1931 film that established Frankenstein’s monster as a pop culture icon. Popcorn will be provided. 239-479-4636

Wed – 10
Teen Book Share
North Fort Myers Public Library
50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers
4 p.m.
It’s Teen Read Week, so let’s celebrate the theme, “It’s Written in the Stars…Read.” Tell us about your favorite sci-fi or fantasy book and find out what titles others love. 239-479-4636

StoryTime in the Garden
Lakes Regional Park,
7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Stories, activities appropriate for children up to 3rd grade. Parents must stay with their children. Meet in the Children’s Garden. 239-533-7575

Babcock Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Babcock Ranch, 42850 Crescent Loop Babcock Ranch
Oct. 10 – 31 • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Visit Babcock Ranch for some fall fun, photo opportunities and pick the perfect pumpkins for carving.

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland
Kids, ages toddler to 12, participate in tons of fun activities. 239-948-3766

Thu – 11
Teen Thursdays
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon
Public Library, 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
3 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 11, 18
Book Exchange. Bring a book to gift to another and leave with a new-to-you book, then talk about your favorite books, do book-themed crafts & eat snacks. 239-479-4636

Fall Festival
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m.
Join us for crafts and activity centers designed around the season of autumn. For children up to age five. No registration is required. 239-479-4636

Teen Writers’ Workshop
East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 11, 18
Join teen writers as they meet to practice, share and discuss poetry and fiction. For grades 9-12. Registration is requested. 239-479-4636

Fri – 12
Bookcycling (teen)
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library,
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
3 p.m.
Turn books into art as we repurpose old books into mobiles, shadow boxes and more. Materials will be provided. 239-479-4636

Madagascar – The Musical Adventure
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
October 12 – November 16
Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and those hilarious plotting penguins for a musical adventure! Follow all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home at the zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to Madagascar! Broadway Palm’s Children’s Theatre is fun for everybody! After each show, the cast stays on stage to answer questions from the audience. Immediately following each show, you’ll get to meet the cast when they sign autographs and take pictures in the lobby. 239-278-4422

Punkin’palooza
Fleamasters Fleamarket,
4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers
Oct. 12 – 14 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The fall harvest season kicks off with Punkin’palooza: Fleamasters’ 8th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival. It’s the best of the fall festivals you remember: Hometown bands, small local shops, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting. Admission is free. fleamall.com

Scarecrows In The Park – Fall Festival
Lakes Park,
7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers
Oct. 12 – 28
Monday – Friday: 6 – 9 p.m.
Sat. & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Local businesses, non-profits, and youth groups build Scarecrow displays to delight and entertain guests and compete for prizes. The Festival features hayrides, spooky train rides, Halloween-themed bounce houses, and more. 239-533-7575

Halloween Express Train
Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers
Oct. 12 – 30
www.wheelfunrentals.com

“Ding” Darling Days
J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel
Oct. 12- 14
Birding, boating, tram, paddleboarding, and kayaking activities fill the weekend. “Ding” Darling Days’ Family Fun Day on Sunday, October 14, culminates a weekend of eco-activities with all-free refuge tram tours, live wildlife presentations, hot dogs, kids crafts, and other family activities. 239-472-1100

Garden Bros Circus
Mosiac Arena
2450 Roan Rd., Arcadia
4:30 & 7:30 p.m.

WE HAVE GIANT JUNGLE LIONS AND TIGERS PERFORMING IN THE SAME ARENA! This year’s production is packed with breathtaking special effects, this show is bursting with excitement, laughter and memories that families will cherish. FEATURING THE GLOBE OF DEATH, THE ULTIMATE THRILL TEAM, CLOWNS, ACROBATS, JUGGLERS, AND DARING AERIAL PERFORMERS, A CAMEL CARAVAN, THE GYRO WHEEL OF SPEED, THE HUMAN HAMSTER, AND AMERICA’S GOT TALENT QUICK CHANGE ARTISTS. COME ENJOY THE FAMILY FUN ZONE WHERE KIDS GET TO RIDE A CIRCUS PONY OR EVEN RIDE A CAMEL! www.GardenBrosCircus.com

Elementary Homeschool Connection
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
11 a.m.
Engage in science experiments, technology, crafting and making of all types. This is also an opportunity to learn about research tools the library has to offer for home educators and their children. Homeschoolers up to age 10 and their caregivers are welcome. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Game Night
Wm. Bill Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Ave., Cape Coral
Every Friday from 6:15-10 p.m.
Participants in grades 2-8 can enjoy playing the latest video games plus a fun night of activities including arts and crafts, dancing, air hockey and laser tag. 239-242-3650

Sat – 13
READ to Dogs
East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
11 a.m.
R.E.A.D. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner / handlers as a team to help improve the literacy skills of children. 239-479-4636

Cops and Joggers 5K
Centennial Park,
2000 W First St, Fort Myers
Saturday, October 13 • 5 p.m.
The race will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 5 – 10 p.m. at Edwards Drive and Hendry Street. The race begins at 745 p.m. and will traverse the Edison Bridge. In addition to the race, there will be music, food, bounce houses, bubble soccer, police displays, face painting, vendors and more. 239-321-7698

Comic Fest
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
Saturday, October 13 • Noon – 4 p.m.
Teens and adults can enjoy a zine workshop, crafts, karaoke, tabletop games, video games, a 3D printer presentation, Japanese culture classes, food trucks and a costume parade. Special guest speaker, Stephen Hayford, will be back by popular demand. There will be vendors and activities on Cornog Plaza. Some programs require registration prior to the event. Space is limited. 239-479-4636

Babysitting Course
Four Freedoms Park,
4818 Tarpon Court, Cape Coral
9 a.m.
The Child and Babysitting Safety program is an American Safety and Health Institute program that has been designed to assist young people with providing proper childcare via classroom training and hands-on procedures. 239-574-0804

Cape Coral Junk in the Trunk Fest
Four Freedoms Park
4818 Tarpon Ct, Cape Coral
9 a.m. 239-574-0804

Pumpkin Patch
31 Produce,
18672 State Road 31, Alva
Oct 13-14, 20-21,27-28
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Vendors, food trucks, pumpkin patch, hay rides, petting zoo, face painting, baloon twisting and more. Face painting is Saturdays 10 a.m. -4 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Free admission. 239-313-8213

Halloween Fun: Pee Wee Halloween
Four Freedoms Park,
4818 Tarpon Court, Cape Coral
9 a.m. – noon
Children (2-3 yrs) are invited to join us for a fun-filled morning. We will be doing crafts, playing games and
enjoying a seasonal snack. $20 Res / $30 Non-Res. 239-574-0804

Pumpkin Festival
Faith Presbyterian Church
4544 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral
4 – 7:30 p.m.
Food, music, bounce house, games, crafts, puppet show, face painting, hayrides and more. Pumpkin Patch, Oct.
8 – 31 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 239-542-2858

Teen Rock the River: Battle of the Bands
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First St, Fort Myers
5 – 7 p.m.
Whether performing hip-hop, indie rock or R&B, local teens are invited to enter the Battle of the Bands! This free, one-of-a-kind local competition gives teens the opportunity to perform their original work, live, onstage in front of hundreds of spectators and friends. 239-333-1933

Special Needs Storytime
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Rd., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Books, music and sensory experiences for children ages 3 – 12 with special needs and their families. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Youth Empowerment Day
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
is focused on connecting community services to the children who want and need them. We want to highlight activities, community opportunities, self-defense training, sports, educational opportunities, volunteering, and fun for children. This year we collaborated with the Bonita Springs-Estero Realtors to start the day off with a 5k! This fundraiser is to benefit local Boys and Girls Clubs. To sign up for the run visit www.runsignup.com/sprintforstudents.com

Kids Club: Flying Bat
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers
239-215-1730
8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero
239-949-4299
10 a.m. – noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy making backpack tags using foam. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $2.

Kids Club: Spooky House & Bat Frame
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers
239-215-1730
8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero
239-949-4299
10 a.m. – noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 6 and up can enjoy making a craftstick and yarn spiderweb with a pom-pom spider. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $5.

Baby Rhyme Time
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
10:30 a.m. Oct. 24, 31
During this special storytime for babies up to 18 months, caregivers and babies learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Science Saturday
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in WINK Playland
Join Mr. Glen and his team for interactive science projects. 239-948-3766

Sun – 14
Cypress Lake United Methodist Pumpkin Patch
October 14 – October 30 (until the pumpkins are gone)
Cypress Lake United Methodist Church,
8570 Cypress Lake Dr. Fort Myers
Saturday: 10 am – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 12 pm – 6 p.m.
Monday – Friday: 4 – 8 p.m.
Pick up a great pumpkin, take some fall family photos! Pumpkin prices vary from under a dollar to $30+, depending on size. We have everything from miniature pumpkins and gourds up to giant pumpkins waiting to become monster jack-o-lanterns. 239-482-1250 www.cypresslakeumc.com

Fall Festival
City First Church
121 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars for our annual Fall Festival happening on Sunday, October 14 at City First Church! Join us for one our services and stay for the FREE FAMILY FUN! We’ll have inflatables, games, pony rides, a petting zoo, and free pumpkins! Be sure to invite your family and friends to service and join us for the fun! 239-458-0813

Taco Fest
Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
20+ food and beverage vendors. Each food vendor will have at least one taco for $2. Live music. Features an all-you-can-play kids’ area featuring inflatables, crafts, and games. Liquor proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lee County. 239-214-6009

Mon – 15
Fairy Tale Ball
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Rd., Fort Myers
10:30 a.m.
Come be part of a fairy tale. Get dressed up in your favorite fairy tale outfit and get ready to dance and create some take home fun. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Spooky Crafts
East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
11 a.m.
Join us at the library to create some spooky seasonal crafts. Registration required. Limited to 30 participants. 239-479-4636

Magical Me: A Harry Potter Extravaganza
Cape Coral Lee County Public
Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
1 p.m.
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter in the U.S. in magical style. Enjoy a cauldron full of magical activities including Quidditch, sorting and crafts. 239-479-4636

Tue – 16
Anime Club
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.
For teens and tweens interested in anime, manga and Japanese culture. We watch anime together and make themed crafts. For teens ages 11-18. 239-479-4636

Bring Joy: Don’t Annoy (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd., Fort Myers
2:30 p.m.
Lee County Sheriff Staff Officer Tyrus will talk with teens about how to deal with bullies and other related issues. 239-479-4636

Frankenstein Film Series: “The Bride of Frankenstein” (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd., Fort Myers
5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s enduring classic with this special showing of the 1935 sequel to the film that started the Frankenstein film legacy. Popcorn will be provided. 239-479-4636

STEAM Club: Ghoulish Golfing
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.
Join us for fun experiments and projects as we explore the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.) Please dress appropriately for the creative process (dress for mess). ​For grades K – 5. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Fishing Clinic
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Explore some of the prime birding areas of Lovers Key State Park with a Park Naturalist, and learn how to identify the birds you see. You will also get tips on other places in the park where you might find some great birding. Feel free to bring your own binoculars or camera. We also have a limited number of binoculars available. Due to limited space, reservations are required. 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply

Haunting Tales of the Paranormal (teen)
East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
6 p.m.
Paranormal historian and author Beth Cooper and world-renowned paranormal investigator Lee Erlich share tales of ghostly hauntings and real-life paranormal phenomena. 239-479-4636

Family Night
Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trail Fort Myers
5-7 p.m.
Paint your very own pumpkins! While supplies last! 239-433-9030

Time for Pumpkins
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Oct. 16 – 20
Available during normal library operating hours.See a book display about pumpkins. Make a friendly scarecrow craft. 239-479-4636

Anime Club
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
Tuesday, Oct. 16
2:30 p.m. – Grades 9 – 12
4:30 p.m. – Grades 5 – 8
Interested in anime, manga and Japanese culture? Join us as we watch anime together and make themed crafts. 239-479-4636

Wed – 17
Cyberbullying: Just a Click Away Teen Event
East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2:30 p.m.
With just one click, a thought, idea or a joke can be posted in seconds. With one word, lives can be changed and the togetherness is gone. Then, there is isolation, humiliation, anxiety or embarrassment. What can teens do? Join us and find out what cyberbullying is, the consequences and how you can help. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland
Kids, ages toddler to 12, participate in tons of fun activities. 239-948-3766

Moms Appreciation Day
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
10 a.m. to noonin Wink Playland
Moms receive a coupon for a free drink and treat while their children have fun at FREE Kids Crafts. 239-948-3766

Books and Bites for Teens: Romance
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
5 p.m.
Read your favorite romance and share it with friends as we enjoy some tea and cookies. Each month will have a new theme. Registration is requested but not required. 239-479-4636

Thu – 18
Family Math Night
Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW), 8099 College Parkway.Building U, Room 102
5:45 – 7:30 p.m
This free, family-oriented event for students in kindergarten to fifth grade features fun math games. While the event is open to anyone interested in exploring mathematics, students are encouraged to register by sending an e-mail to familymathnight@fsw.edu.

Scream on the Green
Copperhead Golf Club in Lehigh Acres
October 18th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th as well as on Halloween Night October 31st

Scream on the Green will be open nightly from 7 to 10pm. The event cost is only $3 per person- one of the most affordable Halloween events in SW Florida. And you can save $1 when you bring a canned food item that will be donated to Lehigh Community Services local food pantry. This event promises to be one of the scariest Halloween events in the area. And on Halloween Night from 6 to 7pm join us and the Kiwanis Club of Lehigh for a FREE Trunk or Treat event right at the entrance to the walk at Copperhead Golf Club. Copperhead Golf Club is located off Homestead Road at the very dead end of Beth Stacey Blvd. Parking is free. The event is open to all ages. Many thanks to our great sponsors that help keep this event so affordable. https://www.facebook.com/LehighRotary/

Haunted Walk
Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium
3450 Ortiz Avenue, Fort Myers
Oct. 18-31 from 7-10 p.m.
Visitors can expect the fright of their life as they try and make their way through the swampy woods, taken over by strange, mutant half-human-half-animals and even eerier creatures prowling the grounds. For visitors 16+. 239-275-3435 www.calusanature.org

Discovery Art: Five
Senses Exploration
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10:30 a.m.
Your preschooler will explore art through themed activity stations. ​Please dress for mess; children will be working with paint and other art media and will get messy. For ages 2 – 5. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Fri – 19
Teen Advisory Group
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library, 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Do you have ideas to help improve the library for teen patrons? If so, join the Teen Advisory Group. We need your input! 239-479-4636

2018 Florida International Air Show
28000 Airport Rd, Punta Gorda
October 19 – 21
For 34 consecutive years, aerial stunts, high-speed military jets, and acrobatic pilots are some of the thrills fans and attendees came to expect during the Annual Florida International Air Show. www.floridaairshow.com

Mr. Pumpkin Head’s Pumpkin Patch
Lee Civic Center,
11831 Bayshore Rd, N. Fort Myers
Oct 19 -21 & 26 – 31
Bounce house, slide, clydesdales, refreshments, hay maze and haunted house. 239-543-8368

North Fort Myers Fall Festival
N. Fort Myers Community Park
2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers
6 – 9 p.m.
FREE, family-friendly fall festival! costume contest, candy, face painting, games, photo booth, inflatables, live DJ & prizes and more. 239-652-4512

Oktoberfest 2018
German-American Social Club
2101 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral
Oct 19 – 21 & 26 – 28
239-283-1400

Social Fridays (teen)
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library, 3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
3 p.m.
If it’s Friday, there’s something going on at the library for teens. Play games, talk about your favorite fandom and take part in other special activities. 239-479-4636

Alligator Program
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Join a Park Ranger for an interesting talk about our local Alligators. Learn why alligators are an important part of our SW Florida ecosystem, what makes them so incredible, and why they are so commonly misunderstood. Learn what you can do to safely co-exist with them and help protect them. Reservations are required. 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply

Halloween Family Dance Party
Cape Coral Yacht Club
5819 Driftwood Pkwy
6 p.m.
Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume and join us for a night of Halloween fun, including dancing, crafts and games. Pizza, soft drinks and dessert will be served and are included in the admission price. Awards will be given out for the best costumes. (Please refrain from wearing scary costumes, as this is an event for young children).Cost- $10 per person (for children age 3-8) Advanced reservations are required by 10/18 and space is limited. For reservations, call 239-574-0806.

Galaxy Glow Party
Four Freedoms Park,
4818 Tarpon Court, Cape Coral
6 p.m.
Children (4-8 yrs) should come dressed in their favorite galactic costume and be prepared to play games, participate in a lightsaber training session and have fun. Each participant will receive a lightsaber. $20 Res / $24 Non-Res. 239-574-0804

Creative Theater Workshop’s Willy Wonka Jr!
BIG ARTS’ Herb Strauss Theater
2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel
Oct. 19 – 28

The delicious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.
239-738-3525

Boo at the Zoo
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
1590 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Naples
Oct. 19 – 21 • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Naples Zoo is excited to invite all kids in costume to Boo at the Zoo with FREE admission! Activities include trick-or-treating, education stations, games, and a costume contest with prizes each day! Costume contests will be held every day at 1 p.m. As always, everyone can enjoy watching rare animals going wild “carving” pumpkins and other treats with tooth, horn and claw. 239-262-5409

Fright Night
Bay Oaks Recreational Campus
2731 Oak St, Fort Myers Beach
6 – 9 p.m.
Be spooked and thrilled with our Haunted House and The Haunted Trail! Play Games, participate in the Costume Contest and enjoy delicious food and Ice Cream! Even the toddlers will have fun in our kiddie bounce house and ball pit. Just $4 per person or $10 for a family of four. 239-765-4222

Sat – 20
Fall Festival
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church
8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers
3 – 6 p.m.
Games, face painting, puppet show, food and candy! 239-481-3233

Great Pumpkin Celebration
Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers
Oct. 20 -21 • Noon – 5 p.m.

Join us for our Great Pumpkin Celebration, lots of FREE family activities. Bring the family for a great time!
FREE 4×6 photo with the Peanuts Gang. FREE Trick-or treat bag* to the first 75 kids to have a photo taken. Also grab yourself a photo package for only $5 and receive (1) 6×8 photo, (2) 4×6 photos and a digital image!
Pumpkin Toss: Play for a chance to win a prize* (Stress Jack-o-lantern, Pumpkin LED light, Ghost or pumpkin ring)
FREE Crafts! 239-461-7800

Spaghetti & Picasso: Paint, Eat & Fun!
Unity of Fort Myers
11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers
Saturday, October 20 • 5-7:30 p.m.
Join us for a Family Evening! Parents, children and friends eating Spaghetti and Painting your Masterpiece and connecting with a Live Art Game! $15 Adults • Children FREE  239-278-1511

Taste of Gateway
Gateway Information Center
11900 Fairway Lakes Dr., Fort Myers
Saturday, October 20 • 1 – 4 p.m.
Bounce house, great food, games and crafts, face painting, child finger printing, pet costume contest and more. www.dennygrimes.com 239-689-7600

Geocaching SWFL (teen)
East County Regional Library
881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
In this all ages program, patrons can learn about geocaching, an outdoor recreational activity in which participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek items in a modern day treasure hunt. 239-479-4636

Pioneer Pumpkin Palooza
Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch
1215 Roberts Ave. W, Immokalee
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Enjoy fun pioneer-themed activities for all ages including a scavenger hunt, face painting, hayrides, hay maze, kid-friendly Halloween movies, games, arts and crafts, and so much more! Free admission, food and drink available for purchase. 239-252-2611

History Saturday
IMAG History & Science Center
2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers
11a.m. – 2 p.m.
History Saturday occurs on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Interactive experiences above and beyond IMAG’s 60+ exhibits are stationed throughout the center. These activities are included in the price of admission. 239-243-0043

Family Yoga With Kathryn
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
10 a.m. in Playland
A FREE 45-minute beginners’ yoga class for families with toddlers to tweens. Bring your own mat. 239-948-3766

Fairy Tea Party
Rotary Park
5505 Rose Garden Rd, Cape Coral
11 a.m. – Noon
Enjoy treats, tea sandwhiches, punch and tea in the butterfly garden. Feel free to wear fairy or butterfly wings. Space is limited. Please register early to ensure your space. $15. Per person To RSVP, contact Rotary Park at 239-549-4606.

Kids Club: Pom-Pom Spider and Web
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers
239-215-1730
8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero
239-949-4299
10 a.m. – noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 6 and up can enjoy making a craftstick and yarn spiderweb with a pom-pom spider. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $5.

Halloween Party
Southern Starz Gymnastics
915 Southeast 14th Place, Cape Coral
7 – 11 p.m.
Ages 4-14. Includes pizza, drinks and goodie bags. Costume contests with prizes for each age group as well as games and open gym. For tickets, call 239-574-0034

Wet Walks at the Slough
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve,
7751 Penzance Blvd, Fort Myers
10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is again hosting off the boardwalk strolls along the wet walk trail usually closed to the public. The invigorating, beautiful path is immersed in the watery heart of the Slough. Group size is limited to 16. You must be at least 10 years old to participate because of the possible water depth. Contact Charles O’Connor at rcoc77@embarqmail.com. All walks are at 10 a.m. and a second walk at 1 p.m. We’ll be walking in fresh, clean rainwater, usually up to our waists. Wet walk donations ($10 suggested) are used to sponsor summer camp scholarships, purchase educational programs. Reservations required.

Club: Glitter Paper Spider Web
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers
239-215-1730
8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero
239-949-4299
10 a.m. – noon
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy making backpack tags using foam. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. $2.

Snores & Roars Overnight Camping Adventure
Shell Factory & Nature Park
2787 N Tamiami Trl (US 41), North Fort Myers
6 p.m.
Dinner, snacks, breakfast, guided tour of the park with close encounters with the animals and much more included. Only $39 per person. Call 239-995-2141ext 110 (Sandy) for reservations.

Beading for Beginners (teen)
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
9:30 a.m.
New beaders will learn the basics and make a great project to start their beadwork collection. Participants who wear reading glasses should be sure to bring them. All materials supplied. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Frankenstein’s Maker Mornings-Monster Madness
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
Have a monster of a morning making grim crafty creations like monsters on a stick and monsters on a jar. Suitable for all ages. Children under eight must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver. 239-479-4636

Mon – 22
Teen Advisory Group
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.
Learn about issues that affect our community and inspire change through different monthly community service projects at the library. All materials provided, no registration needed. For teens ages 11-18. 239-479-4636

Kindness Club
South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to encourage kindness and help make the world a better place. For grades 2 – 6. Some activities may be messy, so dress for mess. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Manatee Program
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
10 a.m.
Meet with a Park Naturalist for an interesting and informative talk about our local Manatees. Learn what these fascinating creatures are all about and how you can help protect them. Due to limited space, reservations are required. Call 239-463-4588. Regular Entrance Fees Apply

Baby Rhyme Time
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Rd., Fort Myers
10 a.m. Mondays, Oct. 22, 29
For babies up to 18 months. Pick up a storytime ticket at the Youth Services desk the morning of the program. Space is limited. During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Have a Non-Scary Halloween
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
Oct. 23 – 27
Available during normal library operating hours.Enjoy book displays on fall and Halloween. Make a friendly ghost craft. 239-479-4636

STEAM Club
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
4 p.m.
Each month features a different STEAM-related theme for children in grades K-5. This month we will explore bridge building and Legos. Registration is required. 239-479-4636

Home School Connection for Middle School
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
2 p.m.
Create photos using digital and Instax mini cameras. Make figures; move them slowly and save them to film. This is a creative group project. No supplies needed or registration. This is a two-part class. 239-479-4636

Tue – 23
5th Annual Fall Festival
Chick-fil-A Colonial Blvd.
4752 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers
5 – 8 p.m.
Annual fall festival with pumpkins, games and crafts. All while supplies last. 239-936-6317

Scary Stories for Kids
North Fort Myers Public Library
50 Pine Island Rd, N. Fort Myers
4 p.m.
Children in grades 2-5 are invited for scary stories and spine-tingling tales. 239-479-4636

Not Your Mummy’s Magic Show!
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library, 3095 Blount St., Ft. Myers
3 p.m.
Join master magician Joey Evans and Alexandra Evans as they take you on a hilarious journey through some of Halloween’s greatest characters and stories. The show features magic, comedy, music and eye popping balloon creations in a twisted air adventure. 239-479-4636

Frankenstein Film Series: “The Curse of Frankenstein” (teen)
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd., Fort Myers
5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s enduring classic with this special showing of the Hammer Studios film that started a new sensation in horror cinema. Popcorn will be provided. 239-479-4636

Kindness Is Cool
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Rd., Fort Myers
4 – 7 p.m.
Enjoy a celebration of kindness and friendship. Drop in for the unveiling of works of art created collaboratively by the children of Lakes Regional Library this past summer. Hands-on crafts and activities also included, in support of Bullying Prevention Month. All materials provided. For all ages. 239-479-4636

Family Night
Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trail Fort Myers
5-7 p.m.
Join us for a fun Halloween crafts and fun. 239-433-9030

Not Your Mummy’s Magic Show
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
6:15 p.m.
Join Master Magician Joey Evans and Alexandra Evans as they take you on a hilarious journey through some of Halloween’s greatest characters and stories. The show features magic, comedy, music and eye-popping balloon creations in a twisted air adventure. 239-479-4636

Wed – 24
Baby Rhyme Time
Bonita Springs Public Library 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs
11:30 a.m. Oct. 24, 31
During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. First come, first served. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland
Kids, ages toddler to 12, participate in tons of fun activities. 239-948-3766

Cape Coral Kids Book Club: “From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Kongisburg
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library, 921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24
Escape the mundane with Claudia and Jamie Kincaid as they move into New York’s Met Museum, dodge security and try to solve an art mystery. Come prepared by reading the book and then meet other readers to discuss plot, characters and more. November’s selected book will also be available at the program, while supplies last. November selection: “Refugee” by Alan Gratz. Registration required. 239-479-4636

Halloween Sbooktacular
Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library
3095 Blount St., Fort Myers
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Oct. 24 & 25
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 26
Get dressed up and join us for a Sbooktacular event and as we have fun you can be browsing and checking out scary books, horror films, creepy soundtracks and titles on costume creation and party food cookbooks. 239-479-4636

Don’t Bully the Monster
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd., Fort Myers
4 p.m.
Dr. Frankenstein’s monster was a victim of bullying. Learn his story and Spookley’s story at this special afternoon school-age storytime. 239-479-4636

Thu – 25
Baby Rhyme Time
East County Regional Library 881 Gunnery Rd, Lehigh Acres
10 a.m.
During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest
Promenade at Bonita Bay
South Bay Drive in Bonita Springs
5 p.m. to 7 p.m., throughout the open-air shopping mall

Attendees are encouraged to come to the event in costume with their pawed or clawed best friends. The complimentary evening includes: Prizes for the ‘best kids,’ ‘best family,’ and ‘group’ costumes, Trick or treating for kids, Pet treats and resources and Live entertainment.https://promenadeshops.com/promenade-bonita-bay-host-halloween-pet-parade-costume-contest/

Baby Rhyme Time
North Fort Myers Public Library
50 Pine Island Road, N. Fort Myers
11 a.m.
During this special storytime for babies up to 18 months, caregivers and babies learn nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Baby Rhyme Time
Fort Myers Regional Library
2450 First St., Fort Myers
10 a.m.
During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. 239-479-4636

Farmer Mike’s U Pick Corn Maze and Fall Festival
Farmer Mikes U Pick, Bonita Springs
Throughout October
We have a bunch of awesome fun vendors that will be out with us on the weekend.There will be bounce houses for the kids, ️corn box, ️fun hay maze, ️crafts, ️face painting, ️pumpkins for sale & U pick pumpkins. Corn mazes throughout the month of October. 239-498-4576

Baby Rhyme Time
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
10 a.m.
During this special storytime, you and your baby will learn new nursery rhymes and fingerplays, interact with puppets, sing, read books and dance. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet other parents and babies in the neighborhood. First come, first served. 239-479-4636

Fri – 26
Wicked Walk
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First St, Fort Myers
Wicked Walk celebrates the arts in Lee County, the achievements of student artists, and the unique heritage belonging to Southwest Florida – with a spooky twist. Choose a time via the ticket link on website to walk through SBDAC for a glimpse into a spooky version of Fort Myers history. Lee County teachers have helped their classes create art pieces, installations, skits, musical performances, and more to conjure the great folks of Fort Myers’ past. Experience this one-of-a-kind interactive theatrical experience while supporting Lee County Schools and arts education! Tickets: adults $10 | Kids: $5. Visit www.sbdac.com 239-333-1933

Haunting on the Harbor 2018
Downtown Punta Gorda
October 26 – 31
6,000 sq. ft. Haunted house,costume contests, carnival games and rides, Kids Fun Zone, hypnotist show, live music every night and great food and beverages. Oct. 26-27 – festival & haunted house, Oct. 28 – haunted house only and Oct. 31 Halloween party and haunted house. www.puntagordahaunting.com

Great Pumpkin Celebration
Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers
Oct. 26 • 5-7 p.m.

Join us for our Great Pumpkin Celebration, lots of FREE family activities. Bring the family for a great time!
FREE 4×6 photo with the Peanuts Gang. FREE Trick-or treat bag* to the first 75 kids to have a photo taken. Also grab yourself a photo package for only $5 and receive (1) 6×8 photo, (2) 4×6 photos and a digital image! 239-461-7800

PLDMS Fall Festival
Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle
4750 Winkler Avenue Ext, Fort Myers
5:30 – 9 p.m.
Family Fall Festival and Haunted Walk. 239-334-1357

Pee Wee Halloween
Four Freedoms Park,
4818 Tarpon Court, Cape Coral
11:15 a.m
You and your child (2-3 yrs) will enjoy games, story time, crafts and a visit to our pumpkin patch for their special surprise. Parent must attend with child. $15 Res / $23 Non-Res
239-574-0804

Oktoberfest 2018
German-American Social Club
2101 SW Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral
Oct 26 – Oct 28
239-283-1400

Sat – 27
Family Storytime: Day of the Dead Celebration
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
10 a.m.
Your whole family is invited to this enjoyable, all-ages storytime that encourages the development of prereading skills through songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories that are themed around the Day of the Dead. 239-479-4636

ALL TREATS, NO TRICKS!
Coconut Point – Children’s Play Area
1 – 3 p.m.

Come in costume for spooky family fun and activities based on Vampirina and your favorite Disney Junior pals! Featuring free face painting and make-and take home crafts. https://www.simon.com/mall/coconut-point/stream/all-treats-no-tricks-6019334

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 4141 DeLeon St., Fort Myers
Saturday, October 27 from 3 to 5 p.m.

All trick-or-treaters are invited to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church’s annual Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Saturday, October 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. at 4141 DeLeon St., Fort Myers. The free family-friendly event is open to the community and will include activities, food, face painting, and trick-or-treating in the church parking lot. Church members decorate their car trunks and hand out candy and other goodies. Hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and bottled water are free while supplies last. The event also offers a bounce house, a DJ, face painter, crafts and a cake walk.

Kids Club: Monster Bash
Michaels
13741 S Tamiami Trl., Fort Myers
239-215-1730
8018 Mediterranean Dr., Estero
239-949-4299
10 a.m. – noon
Kids 3 and up can enjoy our Monster Bash celebration for FREE! Each kid can create three spooky fun projects – a mask, ghost treat bag, and bracelet. Plus, they can get a small face painting. All supplies provided.

Harvest Fun Festival
Coast Elite Gymnastics Academy
6360 Arc Way, Fort Myers
2 – 4 p.m.
Come out to our Fall Family Fun Festival! Enjoy games, gymnastics fun, trampolines, and the foam pit! Come dressed in your costume if you’d like. Ages 2-14. Members and non-members welcome!! $5 prepaid or $8 at the door day of event! 239-936-8467

Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat
Growing Room Child Development Center
25151 Bernwood Dr., Bonita Springs
10 a.m. – noon
Inflatable slide, balloon art, face painting, snacks, games, a photo area and trick or treating. Wear costumes! 239-495-0045

Gulf Ghost
Gulf Coast Town Center
9903 Gulf Coast Main St., Fort Myers
5 – 8 p.m.
Fall Fest will feature a family & child costume contest, trunk or treat with scavenger lead retailer treasure hunt, pumpkin carving contest for retailers & patrons, fun fall crafts, live music, kids activities like bounce houses & face painting, multiple photo stops & booth and more. 239-267-5107

Saddlewood Horse Club
Halloween Fall Festival
16111 Saddlewood Lane, Cape Coral
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Come out to a fun-filled day this month for our Horse Interaction Day with Halloween Fall Festival. Come in costume if you wish – HORSES will be in COSTUME. Children 2 – 15 will be able to enjoy pony/horse riding, pet, and feed horses, play games in the covered riding arena, hop in the bounce house, munch lunch, and have a blast with the live horse painting! $20/child, lunch and all activities included, TREAT bag for every reg. child. Please pre-register by phone or e-mail to reserve your spot – limited spots. Pre-pay by credit card (recommended) or cash at gate. 239-738-9300 or www.CapeHorses.com

Kids Day
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in PLAYLAND
Toddlers to 12-year-olds participate in fun activities and receive free food
(while supplies last).

Halloween Tricks and Treats Contest
Eagle Skate Park
315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
5 – 8 p.m.
This event will include a bowl jam, best costume contest, and a best trick contest. $10 includes admission. 239-574-0490

Lehigh Acres Fall Festival
Veterans Community Park
55 Homestead Road S, Lehigh Acres
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join the Lehigh Acres Fire Department & Veterans Park Recreation Center for our FREE, family-friendly Lehigh Acres Fire Prevention Day & Fall Festival. Costume contest starts at 1 p.m. 239-369-1521

Haunted Happenings
William Bill Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
6 – 9 p.m.
Participants will enjoy a spooky night of music, festive games, dancing, and prizes. Dress up to win a spooktacular prize. This event is for children in grades 1-8 and parents are not required to stay. $5 per person. 239-242-3950

Frankenstein’s Maker Mornings – Frankentoys
Riverdale Branch Library
2421 Buckingham Rd., Fort Myers
10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
Unleash your creativity and assemble a unique toy creation from hundreds of parts gathered by our laboratory assistants. Make your creation creepy or silly, fun or scary; the only limit is your imagination. Suitable for all ages. Children under eight must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver. 239-479-4636

21st Annual Kiwanis Kidsfest
Sun Splash Waterpark Festival Grounds,
400 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral
10 – 4 p.m.
Day of fun for children and families to explore different booths, items for purchase, giving educational information and offering games, giveaways to all visitors.Trucks, police vehicles, fire safety house, K-9 demonstrations, etc. Stage entertainment, strolling entertainers and Halloween costume contests. www.mycapecoralkiwanis.org

Dancing Classrooms Fall Exhibition
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
11 a.m. to noon in the Restaurant Piazza
Fifth-grade students exhibit their ballroom dancing skills.

5th Annual Family Halloween Festival
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero
4 p.m.
Our Halloween Festival is great Trunk-or-Treat fun with community businesses! Koreshan’s Halloween Festival is a FUN, not scary, family event. Treats will be handed out, local business owners will have decorated trunks, not to mention there will be games and live music! 239-992-0311

Boo Bash
William Bill Austen Youth Center
315 SW 2nd Ave, Cape Coral
6 – 9 p.m.
Participants will enjoy festive arts and crafts, music, cookie decorating, and games. Don’t forget to dress your little one in their favorite costume. This event is for children ages 3-6 years and parents are not required to stay. $10 per child. 239-242-3950

Zoomers Zoomtacular
17455 Summerlin Rd, Fort Myers
4 – 10 p.m.
Two costume contests, $10 off wristbands, a DJ all night, giveaways, safe trick or treating and games.
239-481-9666

Dia de los Muertos: Cultural crafts for all
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
10 a.m.
Complete culturally rich crafts in anticipation of “El Dia de los Muertos.” Learn about the rich art styles behind the holiday and enjoy a chance to create personalized versions of an altar, flores del muerto, papel
picado and marionette skeletons. 239-479-4636

Great Pumpkin Celebration
Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers
Oct. 27 • Noon – 5 p.m.

Join us for our Great Pumpkin Celebration, lots of FREE family activities. Bring the family for a great time!
FREE 4×6 photo with the Peanuts Gang. FREE Trick-or treat bag* to the first 75 kids to have a photo taken. Also grab yourself a photo package for only $5 and receive (1) 6×8 photo, (2) 4×6 photos and a digital image!
Pumpkin Toss: Play for a chance to win a prize* (Stress Jack-o-lantern, Pumpkin LED light, Ghost or pumpkin ring)
FREE Crafts!
Trick-or-Treating from 3-5PM: Candy! Come all dressed up! Explore the store and receive treats along the way. (Throughout the store we will have different areas marked with balloons where our bowls of candy are.)
Costume Parade for kids 12 and under, starts at 4PM: Come show off your costume! The parade will go around the store so that everyone can see who has the best costume. The top 3 costumes will win a prize! Also, the first 100 participants will receive a bat hat! 239-461-7800

Fort Myers Nightmare on Third Street
13431 3rd St., Fort Myers Shores
Saturday, Oct.27 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 7-11 p.m.
Free to the public, but donations are appreciated. Not recommended for children or sensitive people. The haunted walk contains startling nightmarescares, blood, gore, and intense themes. There is a front yard cemetery display with animated props along with a 900 sq. ft. haunted house. www.anightmareonthirdstreet.com

Not Your Mummy’s Magic Show!
South County Regional Library,
21100 Three Oaks Pkwy, Estero
2 p.m.
Join Master Magician Joey Evans and Alexandra Evans as they take you on a hilarious journey through some of Halloween’s greatest characters and stories. The show features magic, comedy, music and eye popping balloon creations in a twisted air adventure. 239-479-4636

7th Annual LCEC Goblin Gallop 5k Walk/Run
Lee County Civic Center
11831 Bayshore Road, N. Fort Myers
Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 a.m.
A Kids Fun Run for children 12 and under will immediately follow the 5k. Cost for ages 18+ is $25 before Oct. 10 and $30 thereafter, $20 for ages 17-13 and $30 thereafter, and $15 for the Kids Fun Run. All 5k participants registered before Oct.10 will receive a race shirt and gift bag. All children registered before Oct. 10 will receive a race shirt and ribbon. Packet pickup from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 239-656-2380

Sun – 28
Gulf Coast Symphony:
Halloween Spooktacular
Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall
13350 FSW Pkwy, Fort Myers
1 p.m.
The event starts at 1 p.m. with safe trick-or-treating and the Musical Discovery Zone™ in the lobby, where kids (and adults!) can try out the instruments of the orchestra. Costumes are encouraged and there will be a children’s costume contest with prizes! At 2 p.m., activities move to the theater where the Gulf Coast Symphony will perform family-friendly Halloween music. 239-481-4849

Great Pumpkin Celebration
Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers
Oct. 28 • Noon – 5 p.m.

Join us for our Great Pumpkin Celebration, lots of FREE family activities. Bring the family for a great time!
FREE 4×6 photo with the Peanuts Gang. FREE Trick-or treat bag* to the first 75 kids to have a photo taken. Also grab yourself a photo package for only $5 and receive (1) 6×8 photo, (2) 4×6 photos and a digital image!
Pumpkin Toss: Play for a chance to win a prize* (Stress Jack-o-lantern, Pumpkin LED light, Ghost or pumpkin ring)
Pet Costume Contest: Costume Parade for PET’S, starts at 2PM: Come show off your Pet in thier costume! The parade will go around the store so that everyone can see who PET has the best costume. The top 3 costumes will win a prize! 239-461-7800

Craft Festival & Halloween Parade
Estero Community Park
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Live music, food trucks, crafts, local artists, face painting, and a Halloween costume parade for ages 12 and under. www.localladiessouthflorida.com

Italian Fest
Alliance for the Arts
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Great entertainment, raffles, games for the kids and adults and, of course, plenty of food and drink. The exciting Spaghetti-eating contest will be back for both children and adults. 239-332-8158.

Witch Way to Candy Costume Contest
Edison Mall
4125 Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers
3 – 5 p.m.
The event will take place inside Edison Mall, and is free to sign up! Kids from ages 1-9 years old are welcome to particpate after signing up. There will be a craft station, photo station and prizes for contestants! www.shopedisonmall.com

Halloween Bash
Shell Factory Nature Park
2787 N Tamiami Trl (US 41), North Fort Myers, Florida 33907
10 .m. – 3 p.m.

This Halloween event features free trick or treating in the nature park from 10 a.m. to noon, a costume contest for kids 12 and younger in the center parking lot from 12:30-2 p.m., free snow cones and mini golf for anyone wearing a costume, live music, two-for-one admission to the nature park after 1 p.m. www.shellfactory.comm

Mon – 29
Zombie Apocalypse Survival Program
Cape Coral Lee County Public Library,
921 S.W. 39th Terrace, Cape Coral
4:30 p.m.
Can you survive a zombie apocalypse? Make paracord bracelets and practice shooting zombies with Nerf bows and arrows. For teens ages 11-18. 239-479-4636

Great Pumpkin Celebration
Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers
Oct. 29 • Noon – 5 p.m.

Join us for our Great Pumpkin Celebration, lots of FREE family activities. Bring the family for a great time!
FREE 4×6 photo with the Peanuts Gang. FREE Trick-or treat bag* to the first 75 kids to have a photo taken. Also grab yourself a photo package for only $5 and receive (1) 6×8 photo, (2) 4×6 photos and a digital image! 239-461-7800

Yoga on the Farm
Shaker’s Acres South
Bayshore & Slater, North Fort Myers,
11:30 a.m.
Please join us for a Halloween-themed Kid’s Yoga on the Farm at Shaker’s Acres, where we merge the peaceful joy of yoga with the immersive nature and animal environment of the Farm. This is a monthly program. You’ll have an opportunity to visit and feed the animals and yoga. Visit www.shakersacres.com/yoga-on-the-farm/ for more information.

Boo Bash
Lakes Regional Library
15290 Bass Rd., Fort Myers
6 p.m.
Let’s get ready for Halloween with games and crafts. For ages 2 – 12. Registration begins Oct. 8.
239-479-4636

Tue – 30
Pumpkin Time
Captiva Memorial Library
11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
There will be Halloween books on display with fun activity sheets to complete. Make a paper jack-o’-lantern craft. 239-479-4636

Fright Night
(WSF) Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus, Building U, Room 102
8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers
6-8 p.m.
FSW student clubs and organizations decorate rooms, build haunted houses, and even perform as ghosts or monsters. Guests of our Halloween event can also expect to enjoy costume contests, games, face painting, crafts, treats and more. 239-489-9246

27th Annual Safe Trick or Treat
Mike Greenwell’s Bat-A-Ball & Family Fun Park
35 NE Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral
5 – 8 p.m.
This is a free event for kids 12 and under. Make sure to wear your costumes and bring your goodie bags along! We are accepting donations of pet food for local animal shelters. There is $2 special event parking. 239-574 4386

Family Night
Chick-fil-A at Cypress Lake
13610 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers
5-7 p.m.
Kids 12 and under make your own sundaes just the way you like it! Lots of yummy toppings and coloring with the cow. 239-433-9030

Wed – 31
Drop-In Coloring Fun
Northwest Regional Library
519 Chiquita Blvd. N., Cape Coral
2 – 4 p.m.
Drop in for Halloween themed coloring fun. All materials provided. No registration needed. For all ages. 239-479-4636

Fall Family Candy and Costume Festival
Sanibel Community House
2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island
5 – 7 p.m.
Wear your costumes and have some fun at this fun carnival type festival. Family friendly food and more. Bag of candy is the entry fee. 239-472-2155

Harvest Fest
Kings Kidz Academy
330 W. Mariana Ave., North Fort Myers
6 – 8 p.m.
Giant slide, games, rock climbing wall, trick or treat lane, cotton candy, glow in the dark room, bounce houses, and candy! 239-656-1551

Trunk or Treat
Zion Lutheran Church
7401 Winkler Rd, Fort Myers
5:30 – 7 p.m. 239-481-4040

Scream Screen: Family Movies
with a Little Fright
Pine Island Public Library
10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia
1 – 7 p.m.
A family friendly film fest aimed at keeping both little and big patrons entertained and slightly spooked. Loud audio and low lighting will be part of this event. Call the week of the event to find out what movies will be shown. 239-479-4636

Free Kids Crafts
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
10 a.m. to noon in WINK Playland
Kids, ages toddler to 12, participate in tons of fun activities. 239-948-3766

Mall-O-Ween
Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero
Wednesday, Oct. 31 • 6 to 8 p.m.
Music, karaoke, trick-or-treating and contests.

Trunk–Or–Treat, 6 to 8 p.m. near theRestaurant Piazza, Lakeside, Trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk of specialty cars
Trick–Or–Treating, 6 to 8 p.m., Children trick-or-treat at participating stores.
Children’s Costume Contest (0-12 years) 6:30 p.m. near Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store
Pet Costume Contest, 7:30 p.m. between Neiman Marcus Last Call and Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store
239-948-3766
MiromarOutlets.com

Great Pumpkin Celebration
Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Dr., Fort Myers
Oct. 31 • 4 – 8 p.m.

Join us for our Great Pumpkin Celebration, lots of FREE family activities. Bring the family for a great time!
FREE 4×6 photo with the Peanuts Gang. FREE Trick-or treat bag* to the first 75 kids to have a photo taken. Also grab yourself a photo package for only $5 and receive (1) 6×8 photo, (2) 4×6 photos and a digital image!
Pumpkin Toss: Play for a chance to win a prize* (Stress Jack-o-lantern, Pumpkin LED light, Ghost or pumpkin ring) FREE Crafts!
Trick-or-Treating from 5-8pm: Candy! Come all dressed up! Explore the store and receive treats along the way. (Throughout the store we will have different areas marked with balloons where our bowls of candy are.)
Costume Parade for kids 12 and under, starts at 6pm: Come show off your costume! The parade will go around the store so that everyone can see who has the best costume. The top 3 costumes will win a prize! Also, the first 100 participants will receive a bat hat! Cookie Decorating from 5-7pm: kids can decorate a cookie! 239-461-7800