As October 31 comes rolling around, Halloween events are popping up all around the county. Mark your calendar: These family-friendly events come but once a year.
Boo at the Zoo
Imagine this: The first house you visit while trick-or-treating is a tiger’s den, followed by a visit to the canopy home of a black-handed spider monkey and ending with a stop at a river otter’s waterside burrow. No, this isn’t some Halloween special of The Jungle Book; it’s Collier’s favorite Halloween festivity, Naples Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo.
This is quite simply the wildest Halloween party in Naples. Geared for small fy up to 12 years old, costumed kids get to trick or treat zoo style, visiting different animal enclosures for treats. Activities are scheduled throughout the day, with a kids’ costume contest bringing the party to a close. The treat of treats is watching the animals tear into jack-o’-lanterns placed in their enclosures—talk about smashing pumpkins.
The Boo at the Zoo activities include:
- 3 p.m. – Trick or Treating begins, running until 7 p.m.
- 3 p.m. – Creepy Critters animal encounters in Safari Canyon
- 3:30 p.m. – Meet the Keeper: Honey Badger Don’t Care ‘Bout No Ghosts
- 4 p.m. – Meet the Keeper: Lions by RainForest Grove Carving Pumpkins
- 4:30 p.m. – Holiday Treats Delivered to Primates
- 5 p.m. – Meet the Keeper: Malayan Tigers Carving Pumpkins
- 5:30 p.m. – What do animals eat? Presentation at Safari Canyon
- 6 p.m. – Kids’ Costume Contest at Safari Canyon
Boo at the Zoo will be 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, October 19.
Discount for families with a costumed trick-or-treater.
For more information, visit napleszoo.com.
The Goisano Children’s Museum of Naples is getting a jump on Halloween happenings with a party for all ages. C’MON’s Spooktacular will transform the museum into a giant Monster Mash (it’s a graveyard smash!) for the kiddies to don those costumes and extend those candy-munching days. The party runs 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, with an entire evening of Halloween–themed activities to enjoy throughout the museum.
As soon as the costumed kids enter, the trick or treating begins with stops set up at exhibits throughout the museum. For those who just want to dance, a DJ will be spinning the spooky sounds of the season at the Monster Mash Dance Party. For a jolt and a scare, kid-friendly ghost stories will be told on the museum lawn, but fear not, these G-rated stories are nightmare-free. For a scare of nature, encounters with the slithery, scaly and sometimes slimy animals will get the imagination going.
- C’MON’s Spooktacular will 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, October 19.
- Admission to C’MON’s Spooktacular is $10 per person.
- For more information, visit cmon.org.