By Eagle Strayhorn | October 20, 2012
Updated for October 2012. Halloween is just a few short days away. Spending the 31st here on the island of Oahu gives you lots of ways to get your costumed fun on. Check out our suggestions for children and adults and create a night full of Hawaiian Halloween memories that you will surely remember for years to come.
Go on a Trick-or-Treat Adventure
Great for children! Trick-or-treating is one classic option for the young and young at heart. If serious trick-or-treating is on your agenda, consider making your way north of Waikiki into Manoa Valley. This quiet and secure area of the island ought to provide an excellent place to safely go door-to-door.
Pumpkin Patch in Waimanalo
Family fun! Every year, a sweet corn farm near Waimanalo Beach opens their grounds to families looking for Halloween fun (and a nice, big pumpkin to carve). Enjoy a field of orange pumpkins—great for family photos!—and carnival-like activities including a tractor kiddie tour, hay rides, shave ice, and a corn maze. Parking and admission is free, activities and pumpkins available for purchase.
Learn more at waimanalocountryfarms.com
Waikiki and Chinatown Block Parties
For adults only. Want some Hawaii Halloween fun, head into Waikiki and experience a massive Halloween block party. The streets of Waikiki are packed on Halloween night, you’ll stand shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of costume wearing party-goers as you make your way around Waikiki. This is a great place to show off your Halloween attire or simply witness spectacular and shocking costumes other people are wearing.
In recent years, Chinatown Honolulu has become a Halloween hot spot for adults to dress up and have fun. Hallowbaloo, the free arts-and-music street festival celebrating Halloween, is by far the best option for anyone looking to party in Chinatown. Learn more at hallowbaloo.com.
Haunted Plantation in Waipahu
Hands down the most terrifying experiences in Hawaii. Suitable for adults only, way too scary for kids! Just read the tagline: it’s not a house. It’s not a ride. It’s not a warehouse. It’s a whole plantation village.
One of the spookiest adventures on Oahu is the frightful experience one will have at the haunted plantation. You’ll be shaking in your shoes as you make your way across a haunted plantation into an equally haunted house. With over forty actors creeping around the grounds, it’s no wonder this location was listed as the number six place among the “top 10 haunts that will scare the bejezus out of you in America.” This spot is not for the faint of heart, and children under thirteen are not permitted and children thirteen to fifteen must be accompanied by an adult.
Learn more at hawaiihauntedplantation.com.
Haunted Lagoon at Polynesian Cultural Center
Suited for adults and children. The Polynesian Cultural Center turns into a scary, spooky adventure in October for their annual Haunted Lagoon. Ride along in a canoe as you meet face-to-face with frightening creatures and terrifying ghosts. You’ll be guided by a narrator who careful navigates the ghoul-infested waters as you learn the story of a long-haired lady who went insane—but watch out, there’s no guarantee you’re safe from her haunted spirit!
A note about children: for kids who are easily scared, the Polynesian Cultural Center offers milder “keiki canoes” for family members of all ages. PCC offers a “lost warrior” for each keiki. These warriors carry a light staff that is able to repel monsters or creatures, including the ghostly Lā’ie Lady. Your kid is safe from terror!
Learn more at hauntedlagoon.com.
Have a safe Hawaiian Halloween!
Whatever it is you decide to do on Halloween, we at Discover Hawaii Tours hope you and yours have a safe and fun night.