Halloween Festival Scare Park
Come and enjoy the thrills & chills of Halloween at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds on weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 15-17, 22-24, and 29-31. Halloween Notte (Italian for ‘night”) will tap into your childhood imagination. A “Jekyll and Hyde” festival will celebrate the joys of memories with monsters that go bump in the night. This Halloween season the event offers fun, fear, and entertainment for all ages. By day, families can enjoy a pumpkin patch, face painting, competition games, carnival rides, and tricks and treats for all. Live entertainment and music will be throughout the venue. When the sun goes down, dare to be scared in the Circus-Asylum Haunted Tent or chose a Zombies hunt. Get tickets at www.halloweennotte.com. Hours are Friday: 4pm to midnight, Saturday and Sunday: 11am to midnight. Please verify event status before coming, as it is subject to current health advisories. For more information, call 629•4252. The fairgrounds are located at 2333 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte.
Haunted Halloween Festival
Cedar Point Environmental Park is excited to announce their upcoming Haunted Halloween Festival! The Festival will occur on Saturdays: October 16, 23, and 30 from 6 to 9pm. The event will feature live animals, food trucks, a pumpkin patch, costume contests, a spooky haunted hike, and more! Each week will feature different vendors and activities as well. The admission for the event will be $5 per person, and parking will be available in the grassy lot at Cedar Point’s neighbor Harborside Marine Sales LLC at 2200 Placida Road (across from Lemon Bay High School). Guest and vendor safety is of the highest priority, so face masks are strongly recommended outdoors and required indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This event status may change due to COVID, so please check with Cedar Point Park prior to attending by calling 475•0769 weekdays or emailing email@example.com. You can also visit www.CHEC.org and check the calendar.
Floating Pumpkin Patch
Families are invited to enjoy traditional harvest-time activities with an aquatic twist at the Pumpkin Plunge at the North Port Aquatic Center on Saturday, October 23, 9:30 to 11:30am. Participants are invited to select a pumpkin to take home with them from the floating patch at the Aquatic Center, 6205 W. Price Blvd., North Port. Children will also enjoy harvest-time crafts and games from the pool deck. The cost is $10 per child and that includes admission for up to two supervising adults. Children under 11 must have an adult with them. Register at http://bit.ly/PumpkinPlunge or in person at the North Port Aquatic Center. For more information call 429•PARKS (7275).
EUMC Trunk or Treat
Community children are invited to participate in the Trunk or Treat event at Englewood United Methodist Church (EUMC) on Sunday, October 24, 5 to 7pm. Families will proceed from vehicle trunk to trunk to collect candy and treats. You can also vote for your favorite decorated vehicle. The church is located at 700 E. Dearborn Street. For questions, call the church office at 474•5588.
YMCA Trunk or Treat
The Englewood YMCA is holding a free community Trunk or Treat event on Friday, October 29, 5-8pm at the YMCA, 701 Medical Blvd. Decorate your car or truck trunk and pass out candy or donate entertainment. Donations of candy and other treats are being accepted now. Volunteers are also needed. Donations and participation will make this year a success, so please consider becoming a part of a safe and supervised event. Please contact Kaytlin Jabour at 475•1234 for more information.
Trunk-or-Treat Family Style
Gulf Cove United Methodist Church invites young and old for two hours of fun on Saturday, October 30 from 3 to 5pm. There will be lots of free candy, free food, and take-home crafts. For additional information, call 697•1747, email GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com or visit https://GulfCoveChurch.com. The church is located at 1100 South McCall Road, in the Gulf Cove area of Port Charlotte.
Halloween at the Farm
This year enjoy a different type of Halloween adventure on a farm. On Saturday, October 30, 9am to 2:30pm, families can visit Inverness Farm in Venice for a trunk-or-treat event with the added bonus of seeing goats, geese, bunnies, ducks, mini-horses and more. Pony rides will be available, too. No scares, but laughter and fun during this event. Children, adults and even animals are invited to come in costume. Inverness Farm is located at 377 Inverness Road, Venice. Call 416•5285 or message them on Facebook for more information.
Area businesses, community organizations, groups and individuals are invited to participate in providing the children of Englewood with a safe treat or trick experience! You must register with OEVA prior to Friday, October 22. Find a registration form at oldenglewood.com/events/streetwalk or at the CRA office at 370 W. Dearborn Street, Suite D. The 25th Annual Halloween Safewalk will take place on Sunday, October 31, from 5 to 7pm, on West Dearborn Street. Families will stroll along a route to receive candy and other treats, passed out by businesses, individuals, and community groups. The exact route will be determined by construction progress and posted on Monday, October 25. The Halloween Safewalk is sponsored by Old Englewood Village Association.
Mentoring Program Grant
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast (BBBS) recently received a $22,400 grant from United Way of Charlotte County to support its One-to-One Mentoring Program. This grant award is part of a distribution of community funding to local health and human service programs on behalf of the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Punta Gorda. The youth and his/her mentor participate in the One-to-One Mentoring Program as either a community-based match or a school-based match. Community-based mentoring relationships involve one-to-one outings and activities, doing things the Big and Little enjoy together, such as at a park, sporting event, or library. “We are very grateful to United Way of Charlotte County for recognizing the importance of mentors. These funds provide us with the opportunity to provide our youth with a positive influence and inspire potential in their lives,” said Joy Mahler, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast. For more information about BBBS, visit www.bbbssun.org.