Enjoy traditional harvest-time activities with a new aquatic twist at the first Pumpkin Plunge at the North Port Aquatic Center, 6205 W. Price Blvd., 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 24. Participants can select a pumpkin to take home with them from a floating patch. The fee is $9 per child. Children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Physically distanced activities and games will be provided. Pre-registration is required at bit.ly/PumpkinPlunge or in-person at the North Port Aquatic Center. Due to COVID-19, all attendees are asked to practice proper physical distancing. Masks are not required but are strongly encouraged when proper physical distancing cannot be maintained. Call 941-429-PARK(7275) or email Parks@CityOfNorthPort.com.
Scare your car cleanEnglewood Car Wash, 287 S. Indiana Ave., Englewood, will have its second annual Haunted Car Wash from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 6-9 p.m. Oct. 30. Scare your car clean for a suggested donation of $10. All proceeds benefit Lemon Bay Boys Soccer Club. Call 941-681-2167.
Halloween Drive-ThruGrande Air Services is hosting a Halloween Drive-Thru Candy Bash from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at their service center, 1606 Faust Drive, Englewood. Children can come dressed up, and their parents and loved ones can come through a car pool line to get candy. Please check out Grande Air Services on Facebook for more information.
Halloween decoration contestThe Old Englewood Village Association board is sponsoring a house and business decorating contest in place of the annual Safe Walk on Dearborn Street. Decorations must be Halloween themed with no political theme or signs. All entries must remain decorated through Oct. 31 in the ZIP codes 34223, 34224, 33947 and 33946.
A business owner or homeowner can enter a photo on the OEVA website until midnight on Oct. 24. Voting will open to the public on Oct. 26 and run until 8 a.m. on Halloween. On Halloween Day, the winners will be announced and prizes delivered. Each person can vote on their device one time for the three favorite homes and three favorite business entries. Prizes for homeowners are $200 in gift certificates for first place; $100 in gift certificates for second place and 10 winners will receive $50 each in gift certificates. For more information, visit EnglewoodFL.org.
Raffle at Art CenterThe North Port Art Center, 5950 Sam Shapos Way, invites the public to to visit the art center to enter to win a one-of-a-kind work of art now through Oct. 31. The artworks were donated by local artists and are on display for viewing. Raffle tickets are $1 or six for $5. The winner will be announced 6 p.m. Nov. 2 on Facebook Live and will be contacted by phone or email. The art center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Visit www.northportartcenter.org for information.