October is the spookiest time of year in Hawai‘i. As Halloween approaches, tales of ancient Hawaiian warriors whose battle cries you can still hear, and stories of an old woman wandering along side the of the road thought to be the fire goddess, Pele, will send extra shivers down your spine. Whether ghosts, goblins and ghouls peak your interest, or whether you just like to have a little innocent family fun, each island offers opportunities to indulge in some frightening festivities this month. Here are just a few examples.
7 to 11 p.m., Oct. 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 and 31 in Waipahu
Fright-seekers can partake in some good old fashioned scary fun at Haunted Plantation. The Haunted Plantation features actors who jump out and surprise you during those moments you least expect them. And it’s not just one house you get to wander through here, it’s an entire village. Admission is $15.
6 p.m. – close, Oct. 31, Waikiki
Adults 21 and over can attend Tiki’s Grill & Bar Halloween celebrations dressed in their best costumes. Live music starts at 6 p.m. followed by some of Hawai‘i’s hottest DJs spinning at 10 p.m. Entry is free before 8 p.m. and $15 at the door thereafter.
Noon to 4 p.m., Oct. 21, in Waimānalo
This one’s for the kids. Get dressed up with your family and trick-or-treat through Sea Life Park during Spook Life Park. Visit a haunted theater, watch underwater pumpkin carving and enter a costume contest for kids 12 years and younger.
5:50 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 28 in Kāhala
Bring your kids to the annual Kāhala Mall Costume Contest for a chance to win all kinds of fun prizes. The contest begins at 6 p.m. in the center court.
5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 31 in Honolulu
Join in the annual Trick-or-Treat at Ala Moana Center festivities where merchants pass out candy and other sweet gifts to kids in costume.
Before sunset to late night, Oct. 31 in Lahaina
Lahaina Town holds a Halloween blowout bash each year that keiki (kids) and adult trick-or-treaters can enjoy. Front Street closes off traffic allowing costume-clad pedestrians to enjoy the plethora of events going on with the coordination of local businesses. Coined the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific,” this is an all night affair beginning before sunset with a children’s parade, and concluding with late night adult celebrations.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 31 in Kīhei
Enjoy fun, family-friendly Halloween activities at Hope Chapel’s Trunk or Treat event. Candy, hay rides, a spider trampoline and all kinds of games for kids are included in the $3 entrance fee. Live music and food trucks will also be on hand.
10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 28 in Līhu‘e
Kukui Grove Center throws an annual Halloween Festival. A keiki costume contest is followed by trick-or-treating at each of the participating businesses. Goodie bags available while supplies last.
8 a.m., Oct. 21 in Hilo
8 a.m., Oct. 28 in Kona
Bring your pooch to the Howl‘ween Dog Walk at Queen Lili’uokalani Gardens in Hilo or King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kona. This family-friendly event will have contests and games with various prizes. Pets and their humans are encouraged to come in costume. This is a fundraiser for Hawai‘i Island Humane Society.
5 to 9:30 p.m., Oct. 28 in Keauhou
Families can join in on trick-or-treating and all kinds of spooky-fun festivities at Keauhou Shopping Center’s The ‘Ohana Halloween Pā‘ina. Music, keiki and adult costume contests, as well as food and craft vendors are all part of the excitement.
From all of us at Honolulu Publishing Company, Ltd., have a safe and Happy Halloween!
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