Cayman gets spooky for Halloween

This Halloween, Cayman’s adults and children have their pick of things to do.

Camana Bay will launch its first ever Halloween Spooktacular event, which will provide a plethora of fun and safe activities to help children to celebrate the holiday.

On Saturday, 31 October, from 5pm until 10.30pm, kids can enjoy a variety of Halloween-themed games and activities in the safety of the pedestrian Paseo.

Starting off the evening, local musical act Bona Fide will lead a costume parade (from 5pm to 5.30pm) followed by a Monster Freeze Dance (from 5.30pm to 6pm) and a Monster Mash Bash (6pm to 7pm).

Throughout the evening there will also be games and activities for all the kids, from the Halloween traditions of trick or treating and Snap Apple, to the Monster Lab where kids are invited to stick their hands into various pots and try to guess the monster body part concealed inside.

Craft tables will also be set up, so children can create memories and decorations for future Halloweens with Plasticspooks, miniature pumpkin painting and the UNICEF Pumpkin Patch Photo Area.

At the end of the day, the outdoor screen in Gardenia Court will air a ‘Spooky Creature Double Feature’, showing Casper at 7pm and Coraline (both rated PG) at 8.45pm.

Meanwhile, Hurley’s Entertainment radio stations Rooster 101 and Z99 are preparing once again to attract the masses this Halloween with their various holiday attractions.

The annual Haunted Harbour returns this year. The family-oriented celebration begins at 5pm on Saturday, 31 October and offers a safe trick-or-treating environment for families.

Select shops in Grand Harbour will be distributing creepy candy to costumed children while supplies last. The radio stations will also be hosting several ghoulish games on the Brick House patio with prizes for the participants. Spaces are limited so sign children up as early as possible.

New this year to the annual event is Hunted Harbour, which consists of a series of five haunted houses filled with spine-tingling, interactive Halloween experiences created by Damian Norman, a professional special effects and props artist from Edmonton, Alberta.

Now residing in Cayman, Mr. Norman has been frequenting garage sales and trash piles collecting materials for what he describes as ‘an experience that Cayman has never seen before.’

The attractions chief producer went on to say: ‘I have produced haunted houses and Halloween theatrics for the past 10 years in Canada. I know how to scare people. Cayman is a bit more reserved than Edmonton, but I’m confident that we can walk the line without crossing it.’

The interactive attraction features live actors, multiple sets and special effects which may not be appropriate for younger guests.

‘Parental discretion is definitely advised,’ said Randy Merren, owner of Hurley’s Entertainment. ‘We have seen that there is huge interest in Halloween here in Cayman and we just want to give fans of the holiday more of what they are asking for.’

A portion of the proceeds raised by Nightmare at Grand Harbour is being donated to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. The attraction was due to open on Wednesday, 28 October and run through Saturday, 31 October.

Other family-friendly activities include the Halloween family fun day at Coe Wood Beach, hosted by the Bodden Town Heritage Committee, on Saturday, 31 October from 9am. Also on Saturday, the Reef Resort offers a variety of Halloween-themed games, food and entertainment for the whole family.

The adults are not forgotten either – from The Wharf’s popular Booogie Nights on Friday, 30 October, or, on the eastern end of the island, the East End Star Bar’s Halloween in the Cave foam party, the options are already plentiful before Halloween even arrives.

On Saturday night, choose from HauntedVille at Margaritaville, presented by dms Broadcasting, head north to Driftwood Bar & Grill’s Halloween costume party, where prizes, drinks special and a live band will be celebrating the holiday, or attend the Z99 Monster Bash, again to be held at the Treasure Island Lobby Bar.

Last year’s event attracted close to 2,000 costumed adults for what Harry Lalli, owner of Treasure Island, referred to as ‘the biggest party he has ever seen on Cayman.’

Sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, the event offers scares, music, drinks and most importantly shelter from what can be a wet time of the year.

Jason Howard, host of the Breakfast Buzz on Z99, has again been tapped to host the evenings costume contest. ‘This is the cream of the crop. I wouldn’t even get on stage if your costume requires any kind of explaining,’ he said. ‘Who wants to get wet on Halloween? You’re in costume. Lobby Bar is the ideal place to hold this type of event this time of year.’

The Monster Bash, presented by Tortuga Rum Company, is free to the public and kicks off at 8pm.

And for that oft-forgotten, in-between age group – the teenagers – the Leo Club of Grand Cayman will host its first Halloween Teen Jam at the Lions Centre, with on-site security, costume prizes and music spun by DJ Von. Admission is half-price if teens arrive in costume, so take advantage of the opportunity to save and get creative.

For more details of all the goings-on this Halloween, see This Week Only… on page A20 in The Pulse community calendar.