Hallowe’en just wouldn’t be the same without ghosts and ghouls, carved pumpkins and “trick or treating” carried out under the light of the silvery moon.
Families can put a twist on their celebration of all things scary this year by heading to the Florida resort of Fort Myers to take advantage of their spook-filled, action-packed Hallowe’en agenda.
A seven-night stay for a family of four at the Pink Shell Beach Resort from October 27 to November 3 costs £961 per person. The price includes return flights from Heathrow to Miami and seven nights’ accommodation and breakfast.
Here’s the top picks of the various Fort Myers Hallowe’en activities available during half-term and beyond.
Zombicon Festival – October 19-24
Nothing is more likely to get your hair standing on end than the living dead, and the annual Zombicon Festival is a great venue for Zombie fans to get their horror fix.
Day and weekend passes range from £3 to £35, and highlights of the festival include a tour bus haunt, a Zombicon street festival, a laser battle arena, a drag pageant, live entertainment and a zombie kids zone.
Haunted Hike and Safe Trick or Treating – October 30
Walking through vast expanses of woodland always comes with a feeling of foreboding, and both children and adults are guaranteed the fright of their lives as they are taken on a scary woodland walk through 16 different Hallowe’en scenes at Mike Greenwell’s Family Fun Park.
Walkers will have to keep their wits about them as a host of frightening characters, including crazed clowns, could jump out at them at any moment.
To get participants in the Hallowe’en mood they are encouraged to wear spooky costumes.
“Haunted by Death” Ghost Train – available until November 22
Families who aren’t afraid to face the ultimate fear will enjoy a terrifying ride on the “Haunted by Death” Ghost Train, where the ghostly crew will uncover their own murder in scary onboard play.
Guests can play detective to solve the clues on the way, with prizes for the best sleuth on the train. The train ride costs £47 per person, including a five-course meal, murder mystery show and train ride.