Controlling the Crowd by Josie Koler

The Key West Police Department will have extra officers on duty to heighten security efforts throughout the week, especially in the party zone on Friday and Saturday nights.

Officers from the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will also be on hand to ensure public safety. In addition, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office will be providing equestrian support with four horses and riders.

A special command post will be set up on the ground floor of Old City Hall on Ann Street to help the public with various issues like relaying problems on the streets or filling out lost property forms. The mobile command post will be deployed as a secondary post in the upper Duval area.

As is the case every year, no backpacks or coolers will be allowed in the party zone. Any brought into the area will be subject to search. Items left unattended will be seized.

During the street fair Friday, October 30, and the parade Saturday, October 31, consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed only in the party zone, and only in paper and plastic cups supplied by vendors. No glass containers or cans will be permitted.

Exposure of male or female genitalia will not be allowed. Material covering genitalia and unpainted breasts must be opaque. Body paint will be considered an opaque body covering of breasts within the party zone.

Also, no weapons, replica weapons or laser pointers are allowed at Fantasy Fest, even if they are part of a costume. All toy weapons will be confiscated.

Barricades will be placed throughout the party zone to keep people off the street during the parade.  Police ask that they not be moved or removed.  If access is needed, people should ask a police officer to move them.



Gulfside has the tricks and treats by Becky Orr

The Gulfside Village Association will be having “Trick or Treat” for the children of Marathon on Saturday, October 31 from 6 until 8 p.m.

Tables will be set up in front of the stores around the shopping plaza with treats for the children. Costumes are recommended for all participants. Any and all business merchants who would like to participate in this community service event to come set up a table and join in the fun.

Spooky Music will be performed by “Papa Pete”

Gulfside spokeswoman Becky Orr says, “We are extremely grateful to the Police & Fire Department, who help insecure the safety of our little ones, as they parade the sidewalks in their creative costumes collecting treats from merchants’ tables.”

This annual event has something for everyone; “treats” for the younger children and pure enjoyment for the parents and grandparents.

The Association also appreciates any donations of candy which can be dropped off at Exit Realty Florida Keys at Gulfside Village, Suite #17. For more info, please contact Paula Nardone at (305) 743-9292 or Becky Orr at (305) 304-6357.


Halloween Fun by Blair Shiver

MARATHON / Saturday, Oct. 24
Third Annual Marathon Scarathon
An adults-only Halloween party from 8 pm – 1 am. Revelers must be at least 21 and fully clad in their finest costumes. A costume contest will be judged by a panel of local celebrities, and live music will play throughout the night. Nationally, the U.S. Junior Chamber (Jaycees) gives young people age 18 – 41 the tools they need to build the bridges of success for themselves in the many areas. National members are invited to attend.
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MARATHON / Thursday, Oct. 29
Haunted Hammock at Crane Point
The spirits of the Haunted Hammock will be causing mischief and mayhem at Crane Point from 7 – 10 pm. Contact Crane Point for details.
Contact: (305) 743-3900
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KEY WEST / Friday, Oct. 30
“Dressed To Thrill” Costume Party
“Dressed to Thrill” costume judging and party for men co-sponsored by the Key West Wreckers at Island House, starts at 9 pm. Imagine a costume party in your favorite dungeon. Win cash and prizes for best costume in each of three categories.
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KEY LARGO / Friday, Oct. 30
Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
Grinning jack-o’-lanterns surrounded by spectator reef fish are to make their annual appearance beneath the sea during the Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest hosted by Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort at mile marker 104.5. Buddy teams are to compete during the 8:30 am dive to create pumpkins worthy of praise and prizes. Divers are encouraged to sign up for the contest early because space is limited.
Contact: 1-800-426-6729
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BIG PINE & THE LOWER KEYS / Saturday, Oct. 31
Trick or Treat at Winn Dixie Shopping Plaza
Kids can enjoy the fun from 6-7 p.m., come in costume and find treats from the treasure chest and have your picture taken with a ghoul. Look for the orange pumpkin in the windows of participating businesses, each offering goodie bags.



Haunted Hammock is back

Beware of ghosts and goblins at the 5th annual Haunted Hammock at Crane Point.  This year’s spooktacular event is Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 6:00 to 9:00pm. 

This fun evening is one the entire family will enjoy.  Games, hay rides, fire eaters, a haunted house and special appearance by Pirates of the Marquesas.  Dance the night away to music by Sam the DJ.

Get your ghoul on for the costume contest.  Prizes will be awarded for Scariest Costume, Most Original Costume and Cutest Costume.  Costume contest is open to kids 13 years old and younger please.

Come for dinner, burgers and hot dogs are being provided by Centennial Bank and delicious desserts donated by Crane Point.  You can even decorate your own dessert with Halloween Cookie Decorating provided by Cristiano’s Catering. 

Admission is only $5 per person and kids under 6 are free! 

The Haunted Hammock is held at Crane Point located at 5550 Overseas Highway in Marathon.  Crane Point is dedicated to preserving the natural environment of the Florida Keys and to educate residents and visitors about the natural and cultural history of the area.

For more information call 305.743.3900 or visit  The Haunted Hammock is a fundraising benefit for Crane Point.


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