Cayman Islands get 
ready for Halloween ’11


Spooky things are afoot, ghoulies are out all over the place, strange-visaged and torn-clothed zombies abound and the ghostly sounds of the night are making people jump left, right and centre. 

But enough about the Weekender staff night out, it also happens to be Halloween and people are getting ready to have some safe chuckles on the scariest night of the year, and not just on the main Island. 


Little terrors 

For example. Pirates Point in Little Cayman has hosted the annual Halloween bash since 1986. 

“It is now a hilarious event, with fantastic costumes,” said Gay Morse.  

“One year, Southern Cross Club stormed the back porch dressed in outfits from the movie Braveheart.  

“Last year a dive instructor came as a lionfish with protruding flowing fins that were red and white. Other outfits have been a guy in a shower and a man with a dresser around him, with a lamp, cigarettes – he was a one night stand.” 

As ever there is music on offer although as there aren’t bands as such on Little Cayman, DJs will be playing. 

There are always prizes including champagne given out for various categories including most humorous costume; best couple, best male, best female; best outfit. Some of them are scary, indeed. 


Grand ghouls 

On Grand Cayman there are numerous events taking place over the Halloween weekend. It begins on Saturday, 29th October, when from 4pm to 7pm the annual Spooktacular takes place, all for the kids. There’s trick or treating throughout the Camana Bay town centre, creepy crafts, a monster lab, UNICEF pumpkin patch and a Monster Mash Bash with popular Cayman band Bona Fide. That begins at 4pm and runs til 7pm. There’s also a spooky creature flick for the kids starting at 7pm in a special edition of Moonlight and Movies at Gardenia Court with the PG-rated Monster House. You’ll probably want the kids to be well out of the way by 9pm, however, because the distinctly-scarifying The Ring starts then (PG 13). 

Less terrifying is the Spooky Splash Swim Meet, hosted by Camana Bay Aquatic Club from 8am. The meet is open to all swimmers ages 5 to 18 at the Camana Bay Pool. 


Brac attack 

Over on the Brac they are getting in on the act at The Alexander Hotel, which hosts Halloween Fun for All Ages on Saturday, 29 October. There’s a Kids Costume Contest from 3pm to 6pm, with a movie afternoon with refreshments in the Cicley Rose Room. Following this, the teen dance and costume contest takes place. And – scariest of all – there will be 70s and 80s disco music from 9.30pm to midnight at the Stay n’ Alive DJ Mat Adult Thriller Night. The adult costume contest begins at 8pm. From 6pm to 9pm Chef Errol will be having a cookout, too.  

It’s not just carving scary pumpkins and tricking or treating, though. Sunday, 30th October, will see the Halloween Road Race take place. It’s a 30km relay race starting and ending at theReef, following the East End Loop. 

“To encourage local residents to participate as well as our guests at theReef,” explains Sarah-Jane Whitehill, “we are also hosting a 5km fun run/walk, and those who enter wearing spooky costumes will be entered into our prize draw to win a weekend stay at theReef. 

“After the race it will be all fun and games at theReef with face painting for children -and adults too – candy hunt, beach volleyball tournament and snorkel treasure hunt, weather permitting.” 

Other parties include Hollywood Nights on Friday, 28 October at Club House, Treasure Island. Suckerbox will be playing live plus special guests. Many of the local stores also have offers on food, drink and liquor.
This is just a selection of the treasure trove of activities on offer; it really ain’t tricky to have a fun time this weekend. 

This is just a selection of the treasure trove of activities on offer; it really ain’t tricky to have a fun time this weekend. 

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