It’s Halloween time again and as it’s become a huge date, event … call it what you will, in the Cayman Islands, the parties have already begun in the hope of spreading the costumed crowd over a number of venues.
Rarely does a holiday offer such a clear delineation of adult and children-themed celebrations. The kids go out for their trick-or-treating and then the grown-ups hit the night spots for their drinks-and-eating.
If you’re heading out this weekend, make sure your little ones are wearing something reflective or carrying lights when you take them around neighborhoods and don’t drink and drive after attending your own festivities. You haven’t experienced a house of horrors until you’ve spent the night in Central lockup.
Events for the children
You may have noticed that Camana Bay has been gradually looking spookier over the past week; that’s because it’s time for the Annual Halloween Spooktacular, held every year in the Town Centre. They really pull out the stops at Camana Bay, with fantastic décor and the Moonlight & Movies series in Gardenia Court, running through Saturday.
Children will love the Pumpkin Patch, Monster Mash Bash and Creepy Crafts, along with a host of other activities and games to really get them in the “spirit” of Halloween. Parents worried about a frightening fee can relax in the knowledge that entrance is free. How about THAT for a treat?
As far as home activities go, definitely get some pumpkins and have a pumpkin-carving party. The insides of those things can be pretty messy, so laying it all out on newspaper will go a long way to cutting down cleanup time.
The great thing about pumpkin carving is that it’s pretty easy and even the most amateurish attempt looks pretty spectacular with some light behind it. Just make sure you purchase those battery-powered tea lights. You don’t want to be messing about with real fire when you have kids around.
Now, taking your young ones out trick-or-treating can be an interesting venture, as we don’t have the grid-style neighborhoods in Cayman that are found in the U.S. What many families therefore do is head to areas where there is a large concentration of condos or homes. Residents in these locations are pretty used to large crowds that far surpass their usual local populous and so they prepare appropriately. Just remember to be courteous to those who live there by parking your car in a spot that doesn’t make streets virtually impassible. Beyond the fact that it can inconvenience residents, it can be downright dangerous if an emergency vehicle needs access in a hurry.
Pet peeve: Trick-or-treating is for children, not adults, and certainly not adults carrying a 3-month-old baby announcing that they’re collecting sweets for their infant. Snickers and breast milk – what a dynamite combination.
For more information on the Camana Bay Halloween Spooktacular, see camanabay.com.
The Z99 Monster Bash was held last Saturday and this weekend features three major events, so you’ll probably be sick of spirits (muah-ha-ha) by Monday.
The Royal Palms Beach Club is presenting The Haunted Mansion on Friday (Oct. 30), and for the first time ever, The Strand on West Bay Road will host a Fright Fest, on Saturday – a block party shared between Whiskey Mist and Lillie’s nightclub.
The Cayman Islands Rugby Club is also getting in on the action with a party at Lillie’s on Friday.
Royal Palms’ shindig will run from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with DJ Lin and DJ Jonesian spinning tunes on the beach patio. DJ Marcelle (a.k.a. Da Funky Marsupial) and Friends will cover the music at the pool bar, so no matter where you are on the property, you’ll be rocking The Haunted House to its very foundations.
Don your best, most inventive costume, as the costume competition yields some serious prizes, including two airline tickets, a Westin staycation and a 40-inch flat screen TV.
Those looking for a candy fix will be happy to receive the bounty being handed out at the gate.
The rugby club party follows the Invitational Halloween Women’s Sevens earlier in the day. Six international teams are taking to the field, so it should be a great day of rugby. The celebration at Lillie’s is an after-party of sorts, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., and all are welcome. There will be door raffle prizes, and $250 for the best male and female costumes.
The Fright Fest is scheduled for 7 p.m. to midnight, taking revelers through Witches Mist, The Asylum, House of Horrors and Scarehouse, usually known as Whiskey Mist, Lillie’s and Warehouse. Epic Day Entertainment is behind this creepy concoction that will feature bands such as Zipper Envy and the Neverines, and DJs Billy Corduroy, Lizzie Curious, Rion Kirk, Matt Banx, Glenroy and Omar.
So all in all, it looks like it’s going to be a monster of a weekend! Supposedly the dead never sleep. Let’s see if that rings true by Sunday morning.
For more information on The Haunted Mansion, call 945-6358; for the Rugby Club Halloween party and Sevens tournament, call 525-6743; and for the Fright Fest, call 938-2395.