Halloween is one of the favorite times of year for both children and adults. One simply has to look at all the films and programs dedicated to the subject to understand the age range to which it appeals. Everything from the Great Pumpkin and Charlie Brown to an extreme number of Michael Myers movies and other horror flicks, indicates that Halloween is alive and well in the 21st century.

Although there are some ticketed activities, there are also lots of freebies to enjoy.

As Cayman’s neighborhoods are not laid out in the grid system of the U.S., there are pockets of residences throughout the island to which wee monsters seem to gravitate every year, with their “mummies” in tow.

Camana Bay has become a very popular ground zero around Halloween, with events starting on Oct. 22 and running throughout the week leading up to Oct. 31. Although there are some ticketed activities, there are also lots of freebies to enjoy. The decorations in the Town Centre alone are well worth the visit.

Frankenstein’s monster joins in the festivities.
Frankenstein’s monster joins in the festivities.

Here are the scheduled events:

Oct. 22

Save Our Youth Monster Dash

  • The Town Centre
  • 7 a.m.

If you can manage to drag your young goblins out of bed on Saturday morning, you can have them participate in the Monster Dash. Registration is at 6:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at the Ogier/Dart office building. Students aged 10-18 are $15; adults are $20; and under-10s are free. Wear a costume to really get into the “spirit” of things!

Oct. 24-28

Harvest Camp

  • Starfish Village
  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Harvest Camp is back, giving children aged 3-10 the opportunity to join in autumnal- and Halloween-themed arts and crafts, games, fountain play and more. It offers parents and kids a treat in trick-or-treat season, which is what it’s all about.

Half-day rate (8 a.m.-noon) is $40 per day, and full-day rate (8 a.m.-3 p.m.) is $80 per day. Full week half days is $175, and full week full days is $325.

They really go to town in The Town Centre.
They really go to town in The Town Centre.

Oct. 26-29

Moonlight & Movies

  • Gardenia Court
  • 7 p.m.

Camana Bay’s popular seasonal movie series is back with frightful, yet family-friendly flicks to enjoy on the giant outdoor screen in Gardenia Court from Wednesday through Saturday. Movie titles include: “Maleficent” (2014, PG), “Monsters, Inc.” (2001, G), and “Hocus Pocus” (1993, PG). If that’s not enough to whet your wailing appetite, Oct. 29 will feature the Spooky Creature Double Feature, with “Goosebumps” (2015, PG) at 7 p.m. and “Beetlejuice” (1988, PG) at 9 p.m.

Oct. 28

Diablo Halloween Ball

  • Abacus
  • 6 p.m.-3 a.m.

For the first time this year, adults can get in on the costume action with the Diablo Halloween Ball at Abacus. If the annual White Party is anything to go by, this one should be a doozy! Dress up and party the night away for a cause. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, with part proceeds benefiting Meals on Wheels Cayman Islands.

A spooky cemetery pops up on The Crescent.
A spooky cemetery pops up on The Crescent.

Oct. 29

Family Fun Day

  • Camana Bay
  • Noon-close

There will be a full day of activities at Camana Bay, starting with Bon Vivant’s Budding Chef cooking class ($35), and ending with Moonlight & Movies. There is a pumpkin carving workshop at Starfish Village from 3-5 p.m. ($25) and the Spooktacular annual celebration (free) from 4-7 p.m. when kids can trick-or-treat throughout the Town Centre.

For more information on all things spooky at Camana Bay this Halloween, visit www.camanabay.com/halloween.

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