Get ready for spooks, jack-o-lanterns, and creative costumes. Halloween is just around the corner, and the Southwest Florida area has begun to celebrate. Here are five scary, haunted, and festive local spots to visit this Halloween season.
Head to Mike Greenwell's Family Fun Park for the 25th annual haunted hike, an adventure that will have you screaming your head off and shaking in your boots. Hikes are scheduled to start at dusk on October 21 and 22, and October 28-31. General admission is $13 per person, or you can pay $20 for the FastPass to avoid waiting in line.
If you're not a big fan of all things spooky, a visit to the pumpkin patch is a great way to celebrate Halloween. Enjoy a leisurely hayride through mini villages and over a bridge before choosing your favorite pumpkin to take home. There will also be scarecrow contest displays, fun inflatable decorations, and more. Visit between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekends or between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays until Halloween.
This two-night event takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 and Monday, October 31. Private residents along Third Street set up haunted attractions sure to leave you shivering and screaming. There's a 1,000-square-foot haunted house, a spooky maze made out of pallets, and other creepy entertainment. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed and are used to fund the attraction in future years.
You'd better have a stomach of steel to make it through this haunted attraction at the Collier County Fairgrounds. Dubbed "the scariest haunted house in Southwest Florida," the 14,000-square-foot attraction features zombies, ghosts, and more. You can also enjoy a haunted hayride, play some Halloween-themed carnival games, and enjoy delicious food from local vendors. The event is held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. October 21, 22, 28, and 29, and admission is $15 per person.
Have you ever attended one of these Halloween attractions? Are there any other haunted houses or themed events you'd recommend? Let us know about your experiences in the comments below.