With as much folklore and mystery as one can find in Hawaii, it is no surprise that these beautiful islands have thrilling events celebrating Halloween! For families traveling to Hawaii during the final week of October, there are ample activities to enjoy on each island.
Oahu: Honolulu is the busiest city in the State of Hawaii; so visitors can expect a plethora of spooky things to do with their family and friends. Throughout the entire month of October, there are haunted hayrides, pumpkin carving events, and festive parties to attend. The Haunted Hayride also includes a mock Zombie War with paintball guns and costumes every Friday and Saturday in October. Hawaii’s Plantation Village becomes entirely decorated as a haunted village and is open at night from 7pm to 11pm with a charge of $15 per person. The Dole Pineapple plantation on Oahu offers a haunted train ride at their Nightmares Live Haunted Attraction. The Mission House Museum “Spookilau” in Honolulu is a unique experience featuring investigations into ghost-appearances and paranormal activities in Hawaii. Tickets to the Mission House Spookilau are about $10.
Music lovers in the Honolulu area can also kick up their costumed heels at the Hallowballoo Music and Arts Festival. Taking place in the Honolulu Arts District, the cost varies depending on the entrance area or events attended. Other memorable events will include the family-friendly options like the Haunted Night Walk at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; and a haunted lagoon at the Polynesian Cultural Center with canoe adventure rides ranging from $15 to $25 per person. Finding pumpkins patches can be tricky in Hawaii, but Oahu’s Aloun Farm in Kapolei is the perfect place to select a locally grown pumpkin of any shape and size. This is just a sampling of all the frightening fun that awaits families on Oahu during Halloween.
Maui: The historic whaling town of Lahaina is the place to be in Maui on Halloween. Over 25,000 are in attendance every year, lured by a children’s costume parade, costume competitions, and plenty of candy. The Lahaina Halloween Celebration is one of the most popular events, and has been compared to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. With Front Street blocked off, people can roam freely, stopping off at bars and restaurants for some mingling with other costume-clad guests. For tourists to Hawaii, the evening’s Halloween events in Lahaina will be a memorable occasion for all. Entrance to the Lahaina Halloween event is free of charge.
Big Island: Gather at the Kohala Mountain Farm Pumpkin Patch every weekend in October to find the perfect pumpkin to carve. The Big Island’s Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Theatre Arts Program’s 3rd Annual Spooktacular “House of Horrors” plays on the weekends, with dog-owners being able to explore the island on the Humane Society’s “Howl-Ween Dog Walks” in Hilo and Kona. The Hope Christian Fellowship Event hosts a party for families where kids can play games, sport costumes, and witness a giant volcano erupt with candy!
Kauai: The Kukui Grove’s Freaky Fridays and Saturdays offer fun Halloween adventures for families. Children can play in a carnival, watch live performances and race around a haunted house. At the Ghoulish Golf Halloween Celebration at Kauai’s Anaina Hou Community Park visitors can play golf at half price if they come in a Halloween costume. For an adult-only crowd, there are costumed dance parties, bars and bashes of a spooky flavor in Kauai at places like Café Portofino, Trees Lounge, and Rob’s Good Times Grill’s Sin City 007 Halloween Party.
Kauai visitors can also attend the Lihue Boo Ball where there are photo booths, dancing, and best-costume competitions. For younger children and families, exciting activities can be found at the Kauai’s Christian Fellowship Koloa Corn Maze, where kids can explore the maze with flashlights. Another festive option is the Annual Fall Festival where families can wear costumes, eat candy, play games, a petting zoo, and ride ponies around Kauai’s Christian Academy campus. Children of all ages can enjoy harvest-themed games, which have proven to be a favorite event for both tourists and locals alike.
If you are not spending Halloween in Hawaii this year, plan next year’s vacation ahead so you won’t miss out on the Hawaiian Halloween adventures in 2015!