Halloween Events in Hawai‘i for Families—2020

Celebrations are on the smaller scale this year. But there are still more than 20 reasons to dress up for a little spooky fun.

Updated Oct. 28

As we all try to find ways to incorporate face masks into our costumes (easier with superheroes, more difficult with any character with a full head cover) there is good news. There will still be Halloween events in Hawaiʻi this year. You will have to buy your pumpkin at supermarkets or through Farm to Car, but there will be a few places offering contactless trick-or-treating, car scares and more.

Costume Contests

Remember to keep those accounts public when judging is occurring.

Bishop Museum

Enter at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 31 by noon or 4 p.m.

Visit the museum in costume and take a photo at the selfie station outside the Science Adventure Center for a chance to win a goody bag. Get the enter family dressed up for a chance at a Bishop Museum Family Membership. Tag @BishopMuseum and add #BishopMuseumHalloween before 4 p.m. Everyone must be wearing masks that cover the nose and mouth, even in photos.


Kāhala Mall’s Spooktacular Halloween Costume Contest

Enter Oct. 25 through 31. Winners will be notified on Halloween.

Post a photo of your child 12 years and younger in his or her costume, tag @kahalamall and #kahalamall in your post. The first 50 entries will win a Halloween mask and $5 Carousel Candyland gift card. The mall will select 10 winners. 

@kahalamall on Instagram.

Kamehameha Shopping Center Keiki Costume Contest

Enter until Oct. 26. Winners will be announced Oct. 28.

Post a photo of your child in costume on Instagram. Add your child’s first name, his or her age and the title of the costume. First, second and third place winners will be awarded in two categories: infant to 5 years and 6 to 12 years. The post with the most likes will receive a gift basket valued at $100. Make sure to hashtag KSCHalloween and follow @kamehamehashoppingcenter on Instagram. 


Photo: Courtesy of Royal Hawaiian Center

Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center

Enter by Friday, Oct. 23. Winners announced Thursday, Oct. 29

Kids up to 10 years old and their parents can enter for prizes ranging from $25 to $100, with some gifts from Royal Hawaiian Center shops, in four categories. The entry that earns the most votes will also be named the People’s Treat winner.

  • Most adorable (babies to 2-year-olds)
  • Most creative (3- to 5-year-olds)
  • Most original (6- to 10-year-olds)
  • ‘Ohana (parents and children 10 years old and young)


Town Center of Mililani

Enter Oct. 17 to 2 p.m. Oct. 31

One winner will be selected from each of the three age groups: infant to 3 years, 4 to 8 years, and 9 to 12 years. Each will earn a $50 Cookie Corner gift card. Follow @towncenterofmililani on Instagram, like the costume contest announcement post, then post a photo of your child with his or her age and #Halloween2020TCM. 

See full details on the Town Center of Mililaniʻs Facebook page.

Photo: Courtesy of the Waikīkī Aquarium

Waikīkī Aquarium’s Halloween Costume Contest

Enter by Friday, Oct. 23. Virtual costume parade will be Thursday, Oct. 29.

Kids can submit photos of marine-inspired masks and costumes for a chance to win a prize  in four categories: best overall, most creative, most realistic and people’s choice. First, second and third place winners will receive a gift card to Chocolea, Rainbow Drive-In, La Tour Cafe or See’s Candies. 

Free. fowaquarium.org/fowas-halloween-mask-and-costume-contest

Photo: Courtesy of Ben Franklin Hawaiʻi

Zoom-bie Party Costume Contest 

Saturday, Oct. 31, starting at 10 a.m. Register by Oct. 23. 

Show off your costume to Ben Franklin Hawaiʻi for a chance to win prizes. Judges will award a winner in four categories: adults, teenagers, kids 12 years and younger, and pets. Register on Eventbrite and Ben Franklin will send you the Zoom invite.

Free, eventbrite.com

Illustration: Kailua Town

Kailua Town Seek-and-Treat

Oct. 12–31, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grab your phone for a scavenger hunt through Kailua Town. Start by scanning the code at the fall harvest stand near the fountain by California Pizza Kitchen. You’ll receive another clue to take you to another code. Get to the final destination, say “Trick-or-Treat” for a special goodie bag. The clues will change every week for new play, but goodie bags are limited to one per keiki. Parents can also fill out a form enter for a chance to win a weekly prize from Alexander and Baldwin, including gift cards with values of up to $100.

kailuatownhi.com, @KailuaTownHI

Trick-or-Treat and Haunted Trail at Mari’s Gardens

Thursdays through Sundays, Oct. 15–31. Trick-or-Treat is 6 to 8 p.m. Haunted Trail is 8 to 10 p.m.

Take a 20-minute car ride through a haunted trail to trick-or-treat in a completely contactless way. Each ticket is good for one trick-or-treat bag for families to place outside their window while they drive through Mari’s Gardens. At stops, when parents are asked to turn off their cars and leave the windows closed, people in costumes will ask the kids to yell “trick-or-treat” before dropping candy inside the bag. This event is for kids 9 years and younger. There will be witches, wolves, clowns and other characters along with some strobe lights. Older kids are welcome to the Haunted Trail from 8 to 10 p.m. when the actors step up the interaction for a small scare. When we checked on Wednesday, Oct. 14 time slots for the younger kids event were all sold out. There were still spaces, largely on Thursdays and/or for the 9 p.m. times, for the Haunted Trail.

Prices range from $37 for one child in a car to $56 for trick-or-treat bags for three. All tickets include a $3.75 booking fee. Mari’s Gardens, 94-415 Makapipipi St., Mililani, familyhaunt.com 

See also: Make It: Cheesecloth Ghosts

Photo: Jennifer Carlile Dalgamouni

Waimānalo Country Farms Drive-Thru Pumpkin Patch

Friday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The family-run farm promises photo ops, animal sightings and, of course, a pumpkin field for people driving through. Reservations are required. Everyone who pays will receive a signature Waimānalo Country Farm drink (lemonade anyone?) and people can also buy fresh honey, gourds, wooden coasters or other small treats at the drive-thru market stand, cash only. All time slots are morning through mid-afternoon. And, guessing from what we looked at online, the next day to fill out will likely be Friday, Oct. 23.

$10 per person 3 years and older when paid onsite, $10.84 when you pay online. Pumpkins are $10 extra. 41-225 Lupe St., Waimānalo, (808) 306-4381, waimanalocountryfarms.com/reservations, @waimanalocountryfarms

MCBH Run 4 Your Life Haunted Virtual Run

Friday, Oct. 30. Registration ends Thursday, Oct. 29

Hit the pavement for this virtual 4- or 2-mile run. Everyone who completes it will receive a T-shirt and medal. But families who can run on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii grounds can finish and earn a Halloween goodie bag at the base theater.

$25 to $30, eventbrite.com

Photo: Courtesy of Hawai‘i Children’s Discovery Center

Keiki Costume Ball at the Hawaiʻi Children’s Discovery Center

Friday, Oct. 30, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

Trick-or-treat in this consistent Best of HONOLULU Family winning center, play games and do crafts. The party will be a bit smaller this year to allow for social distancing and face masks will be required for all kids 5 years and older. At last check, both time slots on Halloween were almost sold out. There was space left for Friday morning. And if you were looking for the center’s DIY Halloween cookie decorating kits for $8, we hate to tell you that they all sold out as of Oct. 6.

$12 for non-members, $8 for members. 111 ʻOhe St., (808) 524-5437, discoverycenterhawaii.org/events

A HoMA Halloween

Saturday, Oct. 31. Time slots are available from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Visit the museum to experience the art then pick up goodie bags at the HoMA Cafe, Coffee Bar or shop. Buy any snacks and youʻll also receive 10% anything in the shop, including cool keiki art supplies we see every time we visit. Costumes are encouraged but large accessories, weapons, body paint, feathers and glitter will not be allowed to protect the art.

$10 for kama’āina adults, kids 18 years and younger are always free. 900 S. Beretania St., (808) 532-8700, honolulumuseum.org, @honolulumuseum

Illustration: Bishop Museum

Halloweekend at Bishop Museum

Saturday, Oct. 31. Two time slots are available: 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Pick up a passport when you pay for your admission and get it stamped at activities throughout the museum. Kids can join pa’ani games, learn about native plants or match native birds and more. You will also need to scan QR codes to answer trivia questions. Turn in a completed passport for a goody bag. 

$14.95 for kama’āina adults and $10.95 for kids 4 to 17 years. $24.95 for general admission and $16.95 for kids. Parking is free through the end of October. 1585 Bernice St., (808) 847-3511, bishopmuseum.org, @bishopmuseum

Trick-or-Treat at Koko Marina Center

Saturday, Oct. 31, noon to 6 p.m.

Various merchants will have contactless trick-or-treating for keiki in costume. Look for the “Trick-or-Treat” signs to find stops, some of the 27 participating stores will only be giving away treats for a brief part of the six-hour program.

Free. Koko Marina Center, 7192 Kalani’anaole Highway, kokomarinacenter.com, @kokomarinacenter

Illustration: Courtesy of the Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival

Keiki in the Kitchen: Dress Up & Decorate with #HFWF

Virtually on Oct. 31, 3 p.m. Ticket sales close on Friday, Oct. 23

The Hawaiʻi Food & Wine Festival’s annual keiki event is going, you guessed it, virtual this year. Reserve a cupcake kit to pick up at Foodland and Sack N Save stores on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31 and get ready to decorate during a free virtual party with Adam Richman on Zoom. Each kit includes three vanilla and three chocolate cupcakes, Halloween sprinkles and candies, a Keiki in the Kitchen utensil set, a canvas bag, four pastry piping bags and frosting in orange, black, green and white. You can also make your own supplies before you tune in for decorating tips and feel free to wear your costume.

$35 for cupcake kits. You can pick them up at Foodland stores in ʻAina Haina, Ala Moana, Kailua, Ka Makana Aliʻi, Market City, Pearl City, Pūpūkea and the Sack N Save by Aloha Stadium. Reserve a kit and register for the workshop for free at hfwf.me

Illustration: Ka Makana Ali’i

Drive-Thru Boo at Ka Makana Ali’i

Saturday, Oct. 31, 4 to 6 p.m.

Drive through the parking lot to trick-or-treat at stations hosted by the mall vendors. Kids should be in costume and hold their bags out of the window at each stop. One goodie bag per child as long as supplies last, with a maximum of four goodie bags per car. Enter through the entrance at Kualakai and Kapolei parkways. Cars can start lining up at 3:45 p.m.

91-5431 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, kamakanaalii.com, @kamakanaalii

Character Crawl and Keiki Treat-Yourself at Windward Mall

Saturday, Oct. 31, 4 to 7 p.m.

Take selfies with several favorite Storybook Entertainment Hawai’i characters including Pikachu, Buzz Lightyear, mermaid princess, Captain America and more. All will be spread out throughout the first and second floors of the center with socially distance spaces marked for the perfect place for you to take a photo. Then, go to the Treat-Yourself table at Center Court to pick up a coupon you can redeem for a treat at one of the mall’s vendors including Dairy Queen, Cookie Corner and LTC by La Tour Cafe. Registration is limited to the first 200 families. You must be a member of the mall’s free Ko’olau Kids Club to sign up for the event. 

46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne’ohe, windwardmall.com, @windwardmall

Trunk-and-Treat at Aloha Stadium-sold out

Ticket sales start 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 16. Event is Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Drive around to trick-or-treat at more than 30 stations throughout the parking. Local businesses including Dunkin’ Donuts, Farmers Insurance, Hawaiian Chip Company, Hawaiian Telcom and Storybook Entertainment will sponsor the treat stops in front of Aloha Stadium lit up in Halloween colors.

The event is limited to 2,000 people. One treat per ticket and no more than five people per car. Click here to see a map of the route.

$16 per person. 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd., alohastadium.hawaii.gov


Saturday, Oct. 31, 6 to 7 p.m. Kit pickup is Oct. 23, 24 and 25. If you are having it delivered, order by Oct. 22.

The Honolulu Zoo is hosting stories, science, crafts and other entertainment on Halloween night. Register and you will pickup or be shipped a kit with all the materials for two people to do six different crafts and a few small treats. 

$25 for a kit for two, $5 for each additional craft kit. Register at hallowzoo2020.square.site/

Past Events
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Monday, Oct. 5 through Thursday, Oct. 8. 3:15 p.m.

Consolidated Theatres is offering a series of $5 movies, $3 for kids, to bring back movie goers. So you can celebrate Halloween with matinees featuring some favorite magical characters. The second Harry Potter movie will be offered in Mililani at and Ka Makana Ali‘i the first full week of October. Remember, the concessions are closed for now but you can get a discount if you order to go and show your movie ticket.

$5 for adults, $3 for kids. 3:15 p.m. daily at Consolidated Theatres Mililani and 2:20 p.m. daily at ʻŌlino at Ka Makana Aliʻi. consolidatedtheatres.com/oahu@consolidatedtheatreshi

Hocus Pocus

Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 8

Consolidated Theatres is offering a series of $5 movies, $3 for kids, to bring back movie goers. So you can celebrate Halloween with matinees featuring some favorite magical characters. Disney’s Hocus Pocus, with Hawaii’s own Bette Midler, is getting the most playing time. You can see it at Consolidated Theatres at Ward, Mililani, Pearlridge and Ka Makana Aliʻi in Kapolei for an afternoon or evening show.

$5 for adults, $3 for kids. Times vary depending on location. consolidatedtheatres.com/oahu@consolidatedtheatreshi


Select showings Thursday, Oct. 15 through Sunday, Oct. 18

Consolidated Theatres is offering a series of $5 movies, $3 for kids, to bring back movie goers. So, you can celebrate Halloween with matinees featuring some favorite magical characters. This musical story about a young musician teaches kids about the Day of the Dead as the boy explores his family secrets and a new life in song.

$5 for adults, $3 for kids. Consolidated Theatres Ward, Pearlridge and ʻŌlino at Ka Makana Aliʻi.  consolidatedtheatres.com/oahu@consolidatedtheatreshi

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Starts Friday, Oct. 16

Consolidated Theatres is offering a series of $5 movies, $3 for kids, to bring back movie goers. So, you can celebrate Halloween with matinees featuring some favorite magical characters. Jack Skellington and his crew land in select theaters on Oct. 16. Showtimes are to be announced.

$5 for adults, $3 for kids. Consolidated Theatres Ward, Pearlridge and ʻŌlino at Ka Makana Aliʻi. consolidatedtheatres.com/oahu, @consolidatedhi

Dive’n’Movie: The Addams Family

Saturday, Oct. 24. The park is open 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The movie begins at sundown.

Watch the latest animated film of this classic cartoon. Admission deals for the day include $25 for an all-day admission. Proceeds of ticket sales will benefit the Susan G. Komen Hawaiʻi Foundation. Season pass holders have additional discounts and there will be special prices on some food at the concession.

400 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, (808) 674-9283, wetnwildhawaii.com, @wetnwildhawaii 

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