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Celebrating Halloween in Hawaii

October in Hawaii may not feel like Autumn to those coming from colder climates where the leaves change color and the sun sets a bit earlier. Here in Hawaii, the keiki don’t need to layer up their Halloween costumes. Young and old alike will delight in the many events planned around the state for the holiday. If you know of an event not listed here, feel free to leave us a comment below.

>> Read more about October in Hawaii – there are a few Halloween-themed events taking place throughout the month of October.

Halloween 2011 Events on Oahu

The largest parties on Oahu for Halloween are the Aloha Tower Block Party, which is popular primarily with locals, and the Waikiki Block Party which draws both visitors and local residents alike. Shopping centers often hold family-friendly trick-or-treating and keiki costume contests. If you’re able to make the trek out to the Polynesian Cultural Center, thrill seekers won’t be disappointed with the Haunted Lagoon. Oahu Ghost Tours operate year-round but see peak demand leading up to Halloween, so book in advance. Here are a few other events:

Polynesian Cultural Center’s Haunted Lagoon – This annual Halloween show takes place at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie each year, and is highly regarded as one of the scariest experiences in the islands. If you’ve seen The Ring, you can use your imagination to apply to the story surrounding the haunted lagoons of the park. Tickets $25 adults/$20 children ($40/$35 for “fast pass”), discounts for Kama’aina. Details here.

Oahu Ghost Tours Orbs of Oahu “Graveyard Shift Tour” – Special Halloween driving tour starts with pickups in Waikiki at 11:15 pm Sunday night, October 30th and ends around 4:00 am Halloween morning. $66 per person, adults only. Includes a souvenir t-shirt. Details here.

Terror Town Hawaii 2011 – Featuring an entire haunted town, including the Horrific Hospital, Gory Grocery Store, Jumpy Jailhouse and Murderous Mortuary. Weekends through October 31st at Barbers Point, Admission $15. Details here.

Haunted Stadium Halloween Event– Aloha Stadium will be transformed Halloween weekend into a maze of 4 halls and 10 haunted rooms. Tickets are $12 presale or $15 at the door. Visit the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace during the month of October, save your tickets and receive $2.50 off daytime admission or $1.00 off nighttime admission to the Haunted Stadium. Details here.

10/29 – Nuuanu Hallowbaloo block party – This block party will shut down Nuuanu Avenue in downtown Honolulu starting at 5pm and going until the bars in the surrounding areas send everyone home.

10/4 – 10/9 – Masters of Horror at the Doris Duke Theater – Get into the Halloween spirit in early October by taking in a classic film such as A Clockwork Orange, Rosemary’s Baby, or The Shining at the Doris Duke Theater at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Ticket prices and showtimes vary. Details here.

10/22 – Crazy Sexy Ghoul– This wildly popular annual party is a benefit for Make-A-Wish Hawaii, thrown by the Slopes of Diamondhead Hui each October. Held on the weekend before Halloween, tickets are $20 for men and free for the ladies, in order to ensure a good mix of beautiful people. Last year they had 2400 attendees and raised almost $13,000 for the chairty. Invite only, or sign up on their FB page. Details here.

Halloween 2011 Events on Maui

10/31 – Halloween on Front Street – The biggest Halloween event on Maui (and possibly, state-wide) is the annual celebration held at Front Street in Lahaina. This event had been toned down since 2007 when a permit to shut down Front St. to vehicular traffic was denied, but it was once known as the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific.” (See the bottom of this post for a video from Halloween 2007.) This year, the controversy has subsided a bit and the county has stepped in to help bring Front Street’s celebration back although there is still some controversy surrounding the event. The street will once again be closed and authorities hope to encourage a more family-friendly event by having a keiki costume contest, games, and free nonalcoholic drinks for designated drivers.

10/31 Pride of Maui’s Halloween Cruise to Lahaina – If you’re headed to Lahaina but don’t feel like making the drive, another option is the Pride of Maui’s Halloween Cruise. Guests enjoy a buffet, open bar, live music, and costume contests aboard the boat, then approximately 3 hours in Lahaina down before heading back to Maalaea harbor. Tickets for this popular cruise do sell out in advance, so book early if you’re interested in getting in on the fun. $119 per adult, $109 if booked online. Details here.

10/28 – Sleep with the Sharks & Halloween Weekend – Children in grades 3-8 can take part in this popular annual tradition at the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea. For $60, your keiki will spend the evening learning about sharks and other underwater creatures, plus a craft hour gives them a chance to make a trick or treat bag or Halloween mask. Dinner, breakfast, snacks and a souvenir are included. On Sunday 10/30 and Monday 10/31 there will also be Halloween goodie bags for keiki, as well as an underwater pumpkin carving display. Call (808) 270-7085 for sleepover details (reservations required) or visit the center’s official website.

10/23 – Fall Harvest Festival – This all-day event will feature a haunted house and keiki costume contest, pony rides, games, and more. Details here.

Halloween 2011 Events on Kauai

There aren’t as many public Halloween events on Kauai, as most families just trick or treat in their neighborhoods. Occasionally schools, churches, and malls will also have costume contests or events. A few options are:

10/28 – 1st Annual Kauai “Boo” Ball – A Halloween costume party and dance, live music by “String Theory”. Benefit for Live Music Kauai’s youth music program. This event will be held at the Kauai Veterans Center in Lihue, 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Tickets $25. Details here.

10/29 – Nightmare on Rice Street
– If you’re looking for some grown up fun, Rob’s Good Time Grille in Lihue will be hosting Halloween party this year, although details are still forthcoming. Visit their official website here.

Halloween 2011 Events on The Big Island

Since the Big Island is so large geographically, your options may be a little limited for Halloween. On Hilo side, where it’s rainier, outdoor trick or treating is usually not an option, so the mall is the most popular gathering place for the keiki in their costumes. A few other events are:

10/28 & 10/29 – Obake Ghost Stories – Akiko’s Bed & Breakfast in the Wailea Village on the Hamakua Coast. Obake tales are local-style ghost stories and this event at Akiko’s will be full of chicken skin tales. Details here.

10/23 – HPA Pumpkin Patch – This family-friendly day of Halloween fun takes place in Waimea from 10am to 4pm. Free entry and tons of activities, food booths, entertainment, and more. Of course, you will also have the chance to pick your own pumpkin. Details here.

Here’s a video to give you a taste of what it was like to walk down Front Street for Halloween before the event was shut down in 2008. We’ll see what 2011 is like!