Head to Bandidos Cantina in Seven Mile Shops for its big bash and try your hand at winning the King or Queen of the Dead costume competition.

Who doesn’t love dressing up for Halloween? It isn’t just for kids anymore – adults get into it enthusiastically, some planning their costumes for weeks before the date.

Although Halloween falls on Oct. 31, bars and clubs celebrating with parties tend to lean toward weekends so ghouls and ghosts don’t have to go to work the next day with a ghastly hangover.

This year there are boat parties and the venues are going all out with decor, drink specials, music and prizes for the best costumes.

Yes, you can buy your costume and accessories at the island’s party shops, but also consider making your own from scratch. Not everyone has the time, but there is a great deal of satisfaction to be had from being totally original.

Royal Palms

Royal Palms can always be counted on for a great Halloween party and this year will be no exception. The Haunted Mansion Resurrection presented by Bacardi is scheduled for Friday, starting at 8 p.m.

Just as before, there will be prizes for the best costume duo (so if you don’t have a significant other, bring a friend), and gruesome cocktails will be on special all night.

Best of all, entry to the party is free! DJ Von and DJ Jonesian will be on the decks spinning up deadly tunes and dancing like a zombie is encouraged.

Halloween Bash at Bandidos

Bandidos Cantina in Seven Mile Shops is hosting a big Halloween party this Friday with a guest DJ, $4 Corona and $6 Dead cocktails. Best of all, you can really go all out with the makeup and costumes because this is a Mexican restaurant and Mexico is known for its Day of the Dead. Prizes for King and Queen of the Dead, so don’t be shy. Free entry.

Fright Fest Strand Block Party

Every year, there is a Halloween Block Party at the Strand on West Bay Road, and they aren’t disappointing anyone this time around. Again, being held on Friday, this will be one party spread over five venues featuring Lillies Scare House, Casa De Terror, The Haunted Lodge, Kuboh Asylum, and the bigger and better Creepy Carpark! Expect live music and top DJs, featuring DJ Glenroy with Top 40, DJ RKM with your favorite soca hits, DJ Carter with top Caribbean hits, and special guests.

Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at www.eventpro.ky, KUBOH or Fine Print. Prices are $20 for early bird, $25 in advance and $30 at the door (one entry fee to all venues).

Haunted Boat Cruise

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? What would Halloween in the Caribbean be without some sort of celebration on the water?

Happening on Oct. 27, the boat boards at 6 p.m. at the West Bay Yacht Club. Everyone is required to wear a costume and only 21 years and older will be allowed to take the trip. There will be music by DJ Ryan and DJ Coolie Hype and you can get your all-inclusive tickets at eventpro.ky. Will the boat return with as many passengers as it had when it left? The only way to find out is to sign up and see for yourself. Should be a murderously good time!

Camana Bay

Camana Bay will be showing a film on the big screen outdoors on Halloween night.

This year, Camana Bay is keeping things simple by inviting families to its Halloween on the Big Screen night. Happening on the Crescent on Wednesday and starting at 7 p.m., the event will feature a family-friendly Halloween classic under the stars. Set up a picnic on the grass or just bring a blanket to relax upon.

The public gets to choose what film is shown on the night. Just head to Camana Bay’s Facebook page between Oct. 1 and 15 and vote for your favorite.

Disco Inferno Halloween

Bring your best costume or slap on a disco wig and come dance the night away with DJ Chuck Taylor at The Lodge on Oct. 31. Prizes for best disco costume, sexiest costume and scariest costume. There are drink specials and the party starts at 9 p.m. and doesn’t finish until 2 a.m. Free entry.

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