By Ian Swaby
Even a tropical location can bring its share of chills, scares and kid-friendly spooky fun, at least when it reaches a certain time of year. As the clock ticks closer to Oct. 31, Cayman is brewing several truly monstrous celebrations which will take place on or near Halloween and are sure to get you into the ghoulish spirit of the holiday.
Pink Duck Publishing’s cast of creatives offers you an itinerary of all our favourite late-October haunts.
Boogie Nights: Halloween Edition
The Wharf holds its Boogie Nights on the last Friday of each month – but this time, the event is getting a Halloween makeover.
As regular attendees will know, Boogie Nights is a retro escape back to the days when the Bee Gees were enjoying their highest success. Attendees dance to popular hits from the 70s and 80s – in fabulous dress, and this month, in costume.
“Our guests are invited to dress up for the occasion and boogie all the way!” says guest relations manager, Dunja Yeap.
“While Halloween may be a frightening time of year, at The Wharf, it’s Happy Hour all night long, with all the usual discounted rates on drinks.”
Admission is free, with prizes throughout the night. The fun kicks-off at 9:30 p.m., this Friday, Oct. 26.
The Haunted Mansion Resurrection
Royal Palms Beach Club’s legendary haunted house and Halloween party combo is making a return this year on Friday, Oct. 26.
One feature the Cayman Islands may lack is a Disneyland (unless you mean the dive site of the same name), but that’s easy to forget when you step into Royal Palms’ Haunted Mansion filled with creepy décor and thrilling special effects.
The exit brings you to the bar area of Royal Palms, where the party is being held. The Haunted Mansion Resurrection is free and all are guaranteed a spooktacular time. Some of the treats you can expect are music from Von HD and DJ Jonesian, along with a selection of devilish cocktails.
Don’t hesitate to dress to the spirit of the season, with prizes awarded for the best costume duo. The fun kicks-off at 9 p.m. and runs until 1:30 a.m.
One of Cayman’s favourite taco cantinas is serving up a thrilling celebration of Halloween, with a unique Mexican-inspired backdrop.
Enjoy discounts on the fabulous cocktails at Bandidos, along with music by live DJs. Stick around for the prizes awarded to the King and Queen of the Dead! And don’t hesitate to come in costume.
Nowhere else will you find such a vibrant Halloween fiesta. Admssion is free. The event takes place this Friday, Oct. 26, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Hershey’s Halloween SpookFest
Cayman Turtle Centre
The annual SpookFest, now in its third year, is becoming a Caymanian Halloween tradition.
Held at prominent landmarks around Cayman, SpookFest now brings the Halloween spirit to the Cayman Turtle Centre, having previous taken place at Pedro St. James.
The Turtle Centre’s Cayman Street assumes a spooky new atmosphere when its array of Caymanian-style houses becomes the scene of trick-or-treating, games, crafts, and a Halloween outdoor trail. Of course, all are encouraged to dress up.
You will have noticed that “Hershey” is part of the title of the event, and indeed, guests can look forward to ample Hershey treats.
Admission is by proof of purchase from any Hershey’s product.
The event takes place this Saturday, Oct. 27 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
At The Strand, a monster multi-part Halloween celebration awaits.
Fright Fest brings together five venues carrying the mysteriously familiar names of Lillie’s Scare House, Casa de Terror, The Haunted Lodge, KUBOH Asylum, and the Creepy Carpark.
The five unique establishments each feature their own individual musical ambiances, while collectively offering more bars to try out than the total number of venues, for a truly multifaceted night out.
Be prepared for live music from some of Cayman’s best-known DJs, including Glenroy with Top 40, RKM, Carter with Top Caribbean Hit, in addition to guest DJs.
Also, we’re sure you won’t fail to notice the largest outdoor tent along Seven Mile Beach occupying the Creepy Carpark.
Fright Fest is an experience that will linger in your mind in ghostly form until it’s time to return next year. This terrifyingly fun night is hosted by Hurley’s Media Ltd.
Tickets are available on eventpro.ky, KUBOH, and FinePrint. Admission is $25 in advance, plus $30 at the door.
The event is this Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Halloween on the Big Screen
The Crescent, Camana Bay
Head out to the Crescent in Camana Bay for a movie experience in true Halloween fashion – in the dark of the night, under the light of the moon.
Each year, a different family-friendly Halloween classic is screened in this atmospheric location. Based on a public vote, this year’s featured film will be Casper (1995).
Camana Bay is keeping the celebrations low-key this year, so don’t expect the annual Spooktacular. However, you’ll still find a Halloween atmosphere about the town, with vendors taking to the streets to sell goodies.
Halloween on the Big Screen is a great stop for families, after the kids have enjoyed a round of neighbourhood trick-or-treating.
The screening will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Admission is free.
Head to the atmospheric setting of The Lodge at The Strand for an upbeat, disco-themed Halloween experience.
Throughout the roomy tavern, you’ll find different settings to suit different tastes.
“Our three rooms offer you everything from a high-energy Halloween dance party to a casual social pub,” remarks owner of The Lodge, JR Douglas.
Enjoy a wide range of fun, from costume contests to drink specials. Adding to the party feeling is the music of DJ Chuck Taylor.
You’ll also have the chance to support local businesses with your drink purchases; at all three bars are local products from 1981 Brewing Co., The Cayman Islands Brewery, and Cayman Spirits Co.
Prizes will be awarded for Best Disco Costume, Sexiest Costume, and Scariest Costume. The event is on Wednesday, 31 Oct at 9 p.m. Admission is free.