5 Spook-tacular Things to Do this Halloween in Charlotte County

kids halloweenBOO! Halloween is hiding around the corner. When I was a kid growing up in Burnt Store Isles, it was impossible to Trick or Treat in our neighborhood. Houses were sparse and vacant lots don’t give out candy.

Therefore, my mom would drive us over to PGI, which had its own stretches of vacant lots, but was generally more populated. She would drop us off on one built-up street. We filled our bags and she would loop around to pick us up to find another street with houses.  While I have many fun memories of Halloween, I admit to being a bit jealous of kids in Punta Gorda today. Through the years, Punta Gorda residents have decided if Halloween is going to kick off the holiday season, they are going to do it up right. Halloween has become one of our favorite holidays around here.

If you are not down here yet, I hope someday you come down early enough to check out the festivities.

If you are here, I have compiled a list of ways to you can enjoy Halloween around town.

1. Get down at the Boo Ball: Otherwise known as the Zombie Prom, the Boo ball is an annual event that benefits the American Red Cross. The Boo Ball takes place at 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 25 at the Cultural Center. Tickets are $75 in advance and $90 at the door. You can purchase them online here.
Cultural Center of Charlotte County
2280 Aaron Street
Port Charlotte, FL 33953
941-629-4345

2.      Trunk or Treat at the Muscle Car Museum: Gather in the parking lot at the Muscle Car Museum on Friday, October 25, 2013 for some family fun. Presented by the Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, the Trunk or Treat will have games, free food, beverages, and candy. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes to 7:30 p.m.

3811 Tamiami Trail
Punta Gorda
941-575-5959

3. Visit a Pumpkin Patch: Pick your perfect pumpkin at one of the following patches around town:

Christ Community United Methodist Church
27000 Sunnybrook Rd.
Punta Gorda (in Harbor Heights)
941-629-1593

Port Charlotte United Methodist Church
21075 Quesada Avenue
Port Charlotte, FL

(941) 625-0144

 4.      Spend the weekend Haunted at the Harbor: For one weekend a year, Charlotte Harbor transforms from beautiful to BOO-tiful! The fun kicks off on Friday, October 25, 2013 with live music, an adult costume contest, and the opening of the haunted house. The next two days are filled with events. You can participate in a Zombie run with obstacles, several costume contests, carnival games, and hayrides. For a complete listing of events, click here. The festival ends on Sunday, but the Haunted House stays open through the 31st.

 5.      Trick or Treat Downtown: As I said, Trick or Treating has come a long way in Punta Gorda in the past 30 years. These days people come from all over Charlotte County to Trick or Treat in Historic Punta Gorda. And the locals don’t disappoint. If you don’t make it to a haunted house, don’t worry, there are usually a few set up in resident’s homes. For those of us who grew up skipping past vacant lots looking for doorbells to ring, it is mind-blowing.

To give you an idea of what Trick or Treating means in Historic Punta Gorda. Here are some pictures from last year:

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