Monday, April 12, 2021

Spooktacular Is Back!

Mindy Gordon plans out all the details for this year’s Spooktacular. PHOTO BY HANALIE TRIEBER

Mindy Gordon plans out all the details for this year’s Spooktacular. PHOTO BY HANALIE TRIEBER

By Hanalie Trieber

Be afraid! Be very afraid! Especially if you are around Mackle Park on Saturday October 26th. The Coastal Breeze has been advised to warn the community that creepy and fun stuff will be happening between 4 and 6 PM!

If you come in costume, (parents and kids) maybe the Vampire emcee will help you avoid the ghosts and goblins who are certain to be roaming around in search of food and fun.

A costume contest for ten year olds and younger is sure to distract the witches who will surely be roaming the Pumpkin Patch in search of the weirdest pumpkin face. Kettle korn will be available for the hungriest of Halloween celebrants. Anyone who wants to be certain that no harm comes to the smallest of creatures can lavish love on the residents of the visiting petting zoo, among them will be bunnies, ducklings and other sweet little creatures

Want to navigate the terrifying Halloween trail? The most courageous Spooktacular visitors can test their intrepidity by climbing over tombstones (we don’t know whose), and clawing their way through ancient gluey spiderwebs in the Obstacle Course Challenge created by the Nationwide Honor Guard.

There will be Halloween games, bowling, legos, sugar cookie decorating by the Island Montessori Academy, hamburgers, hotdogs and funnel cakes, face painting, crafts, balloon art making, and oodles of fun!

Mindy Gordon, Recreation Manager of Mackle Park, remembers all the excitement of the Spooktaculars of prior years, and warns that there is so much fun going on, that the roving ghosts and spirits and resident creepy things that quietly live among us all year long, simply won’t be able to stay away!

So as you wander through the hundreds of costumed revelers – kids and grownups alike – look around with caution. The clown who is dancing down the path in front of you (the theme is Under the Big Top this year) might not be what he seems! He may start to sing and tell jokes. If you offer a treat to the witch next to you, she may cast a spell upon you that will bring you laughter all evening!

There is no charge to attend Spooktacular, and don’t forget, the costume contest begins at 5:30.

Lots of help is needed and volunteers will be gratefully welcomed.

Call Parks and Recreation at 239-642-0575 or visit to find the spells you need, the secrets of Halloween and how you can offer to help the Halloweenies and funsters have a great time at this year’s Spooktacular.


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