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Fall Activities Arrive in Fort Myers

Stephanie Zhao, Student Life Staff

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The weather might not be getting cooler, but there are plenty of local events that create a fall atmosphere. From festivals to haunted houses to corn mazes, this fall, there’s something for everyone.


  • Lakes Park Fall festival
    • Cost for parking $1 per hour or $5 per day
    • When – 6:00-9:00 on the 12th-16th, 18th-28th (October)
    • Where 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Fort Myers, FL 33908
    • Description Visit Lee County’s largest pumpkin patch to take a train ride or hop on a hayride. Enjoy family-friendly activities, such as scarecrow contests, bounce houses, hayrides, face painting, and photo displays.
    • Call (239) 533-7575 or visit https://www.lakesparkenrichmentfoundation.org/events-2/ for more details.
  • Cultural Halloween Celebration  
    • Cost – $10
    • When – Wednesday, Oct 31 from 6 p.m. to midnight. $10
    • Where – Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs.
    • Description  This is a family-friendly event featuring Halloween traditions from various world cultures. Activities include piñata celebrations every hour, watercolor crafts, live music (including a Mariachi band and a drum circle), art installations, food for purchase. Shangri-La Springs’ Longhouse will be decorated in a Day of the Dead theme.
    • Call (239) 949-0749 or visit http://shangrilasprings.com/events/cultural-halloween.asp for more details.
  • Farmer Mike’s U Pick (Corn Mazes)
    • Where – 26031 Morton Ave, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
  • Haunted corn maze
    • Cost $12 (Nighttime or Daytime)
    • When – September 28th – October 31st
    • Description –  This year’s haunted maze will be a combination of two themes. Each will be a twist on the films “The Strangers” and “The Purge”. It will be bigger and better than it has ever been and they are beyond excited to bring you this year’s haunt.
  • Non-Haunted Corn Maze
    • Cost $18 (includes Hayride, Corn Maze)
    • When – September 28th – October 31st Thursday, Friday, or Saturday only @ night
    • Description – Come on out to Farmer Mike’s and have a great time with their 2018 “Stay Local Stay Fresh Support CSA” themed Corn Maze. This year you will attempt to find your way in and out of the maze in search of “Kernel Corn Master,” the Ruler of Farmer Mike’s Corn Maze. Along the way, you will find twists and turns that are sure to have you laughing at every corner.
    • Pick up your tickets here: https://www.farmermikesupick.com/corn-maze-2018-tickets/
  • Haunted History Tours
    • Cost – $14 plus tax
    • When  Oct. 24-31 @ 8pm (reservations required)
    • Where True Tours at The Franklin Shops, 2200 First St., downtown Fort Myers.
    • Description Come hear about the paranormal activity going on in Downtown Fort Myers homes and office buildings. The walking tour is 90 minutes and delves into the darker, more sinister side of our local history.
    • Call (239) 945-0405 or visit truetours.net/haunted-history-tour for more information.
  • Wicked Walk
    • Cost – $5-$10
    • WhenFriday, October 26th from 6-10 p.m
    • Where – Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First St., downtown Fort Myers.
    • Description This new interactive, spooky event features local students performing theatrical scenes related to Halloween, Halloween traditions and Fort Myers history inside the Davis Art Center.
    • Call (239) 333-1933 or visit sbdac.com for more information.
  • A Nightmare on Third Street
    • Cost Free admission (donations appreciated)
    • When 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 31 (Halloween night)
    • Where Fort Myers Shores at 13431 Third Street.
    • Description Operating since 2005, this is one of the biggest private home haunted walks in the area. The walk is full of unexpected surprises and scares that will keep you on your toes the entire way through. Enter if you dare! (Not recommended for small children)
    • Call (239) 250-7047 or visit Anightmareonthirdstreet.com for more information.
  • Terror on 20th
    • Cost – Free admission with the donation of canned food for local charity.
    • WhenWednesday, Oct 31 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m
    • Where 2812 SW 20th Ave., Cape Coral.
    • Description  This private Cape Coral home transforms itself into a haunted house with props, actors, monsters, chainsaws, smoke machines, music and scares around every corner.
    • For more information visit  Terroron20th.com
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