I remember my family’s first few nights in our home on Sanibel. We moved from Miami where there are bright lights, loud sirens and people don’t seem to sleep. Sanibel, well, is much quieter, darker and everyone’s in bed by 9pm. This was a big adjustment for us all!
In fact, my kids were a little spooked at just how dark it was at night, and how we could hear nothing but wildlife noises outside. Of course, these are the things we love about Sanibel now, but I’ll admit it can be spooky when you’re used to city life!
Halloween on Sanibel Island
That’s why, believe it or not, Sanibel makes a great location for a creepy Halloween holiday! As you may remember from previous Halloween blog posts, the majority of Sanibel families end up in the Gumbo Limbo neighborhood on Halloween night, as that’s where the biggest trick-or-treating takes place.
It’s great fun for the kids and parents as well. Last year, our youngest, Abbie, was Moana from the Disney movie. This year she has bounced around 3 or 4 different costume ideas. So, we’ll see what she decides… and what’s most feasible by the time she decides it. 🙂
The City of Sanibel recommends trick-or-treating take place between 5pm-8:30pm on October 31st. They also stock the Sanibel City Police cars with lots of candy to pass out, which is a nice small-town touch for the community.
Besides trick-or-treating for the kiddos, there are other events that are geared for the whole family, and some just for the adults. We’ve listed a few of this year’s Halloween events below!
Kid-Friendly Halloween Events
Lakes Regional Park
Open Oct 19-28, times vary
This is off-island, but a great Fall festival event to get into the Halloween spirit. Pick out the perfect pumpkin, play some games, and enjoy a hayride!
Check out the Facebook page for more details
Sanibel Community House
Fall Family Candy & Costume Festival
Halloween Night, 5pm-7pm
A community staple of Sanibel’s, wear your costumes and have fun at this carnival-style event at the Community House.
Check the Community House website for more details
Adult-Friendly Halloween Events
George & Wendy’s Seafood Grille
Friday, Oct 26, 8pm-12am
Enjoy live music, raffles, and custom prizes with no cover charge all night. George and Wendy’s is always a good time.
For more details, visit the George & Wendy’s Facebook page here
‘Tween Waters Island Resort, Captiva
Hallo’Tween Party & Costume Contest
Saturday, Oct 27, 4pm-2am
Eat, drink and be scary at the annual Hallo’Tween Party and customs contest. There are three cash prizes of $1000, $500, and $250! The party is 21 and up after 10pm.
Check the facebook event for more detail
Lily & Company
Halloween Party & Drag Queen Show
Halloween Night, 5-8pm.
Well doesn’t that sound interesting for Sanibel! Enjoy laughs at the celebrity drag queen contest, live music and buffet dinner co-sponsored by Bailey’s. Proceeds benefit Sanibel’s Community Housing & Resources.
See the Facebook event page for more details