October 2013: Honolulu Haunted House Attractions
If creepy clowns, hungry zombies and monsters give you the heebie-jeebies, then stay at home, scaredy cats. This month, these haunted attractions on Oahu are sure to give you chicken skin.
Oct. 7, 2013
The Gunstock Zombie Hayride is a new haunted attraction this year.
Photo: Noa Laporga
Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31 (7-11 p.m.)
During the day, Hawaii's Plantation Village is a quiet, outdoor history museum guided by docents and visited by tourists and school groups. For 10 nights this month, though, the former sugar plantation camp turns into the "Haunted Plantation." Do you believe in ghosts? You will, after hearing real stories of ghostly sightings at the village. And that's just the beginning. Visitors enter through a pitch-dark tunnel and spend about 25 minutes, or what seems like an eternity, walking through house after house on the plantation. Each house is filled with creepy monsters: bloody, disfigured faces, doll faces and even Michael Myers. More than 60 believable actors are crawling, hiding and waiting to jump out and greet screaming visitors. Don't like it when people invade your personal space? This might not be for you, because these monsters will get in your face! Remember to watch your back, too. Not recommended for children under 13. Haunted Plantation organizer Noa Laporga recommends arriving early to buy tickets, because the event often sells out by 7 p.m.
$15 general admission; $20 fast pass; $30 VIP front of the line. Hawaii's Plantation Village, 94-695 Waipahu St., hawaiihauntedplantation.com.
Nightmares Live Haunted Attraction
Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 (7-11 p.m.) for 13 Haunted House, Nightmare Express, Trail of Terror; Oct. 1-31 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) for 13 Haunted House
Dole Plantation's normally beautiful garden maze turns into a Trail of Terror this month, with Victorian-era ghosts, gas-masked men, bloody zombies and a chainsaw-wielding maniac hiding along the way. One group spent about 20 minutes trying to find their way out of the maze full of dead ends and monsters. The terror continues with Nightmare Express, a 20-minute train ride around the plantation fields, where, of course, monsters reside. There are more monsters still at the 13 Haunted House, which is decked out with air cannons, fog machines and other special effects. There's a dedicated circus room, so watch out for killer clowns! If you're feeling brave, try all three attractions, or just pick your favorite. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
$10 presale tickets until Oct. 12; $13 for per attraction ($3 off coupon available at Times Supermarkets). Dole Plantation, 64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy., nightmareslive.com, dole-plantation.com.
Oct. 25 and 26 (8:30 and 9:15 p.m.)
The Polynesian Cultural Center’s Halloween canoe ride, Haunted Lagoon is cancelled this year, but you can catch a creepy train ride instead. If you get the goosebumps from listening to scary ghost stories, then hop aboard a locomotive for 20 minutes to listen to spine-tingling ghost tales in the dark. The event is a fundraiser for the Hawaiian Railway Society.
$5 per person, Hawaiian Railway Society, 91-1001 Renton Road in Ewa Beach, 681-5461, hawaiianrailway.com/halloween2013.html.
Scare Hawaii: Evolution of Fear
Oct. 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 (6-9 p.m. weekdays, 12-9 p.m. Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Sundays)
As you might guess from the name, this haunted house at Windward Mall is supposed to get at your deepest, darkest fears. There are many monsters lurking in the house, so be prepared for "sudden actions by actors," loud audio, flashing lights, fog and special effects.
$13 general, $20 fast pass, Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, 808-330-1600, scarehawaii.com.
One of the residents from Gunstock Zombie Hayride.
Photo: Noa Laporga
Gunstock Zombie Hayride
Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26, 28 (7-11 p.m.)
The Gunstock Ranch in Laie is infested with more than 25 zombies. Your first instinct? Run! But you can't, because you're stuck sitting on bunches of hay pulled by a tractor truck. It's pitch dark and you can't see. You just know you're surrounded by hordes of zombies, and they're hungry. Hold on, and don't let them bite you! This is a new haunted attraction from the creators of Haunted Plantation.
$20, Gunstock Ranch, 56-250 Kamehameha Hwy., gunstockzombiehayride.com
Editor's Note: The Haunted Lagoon at Polynesian Cultural Center and the Haunted Stadium at Aloha Stadium were canceled this year.
Story updated Oct. 21.