October 2013: Honolulu Halloween Events and Celebrations
This year Halloween falls on a Thursday, so feel free to kick off the weekend early. Or, if you’re really down to give that costume a workout, kick off Halloween as early as today.
Oct. 5, 2013
The Diamond Head HUI will throw its annual Crazy, Sexy, GHOUL fundraising bash at the Aloha Tower.
Photo: Ross D. Hamamura
Honolulu Haunted House Attractions 2013
Oahu's Most Haunted Places
Oct. 3 – 24
Set the All Hallows’ Eve mood by joining in Ward 16 Theater’s celebration of Alfred Hitchcock, master of suspense. Beginning this week with North by Northwest, the theater will screen one Hitchcock thriller each Thursday night. Psycho is on deck for October 10th. For a complete line-up, visit consolidatedtheatres.com.
Halloween Film Fest
Oct. 11 – 25
Consolidated Theatres is also having a Halloween series retrospective with late-night showings of the 1978 John Carpenter horror flick, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Meyers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers. (An extra tip: For those looking for the complete Halloween experience, Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch are available for digital rental on iTunes and Amazon.) For participating theaters, visit consolidatedtheatres.com.
Zombie Pub Crawl
Meet up with your undead friends to rove throughout Chinatown, calling on the 10 participating bars for beers, music, and, of course, brains. If you want to look extra rotten, visit The Fix between 5 and 9 p.m. to have make-up artists apply your preferred level of decay (services range from $10 for the “freshly dead” to $50 for the “totally rotten”). Wristbands cost $13 in advance, $15 at the door and are good for entry at all venues, as well as the costume contest, scavenger hunt, and exclusive drink specials. 21+, starts at The Fix, 80 S. Pauahi Street, hawaiizombiecrawl.com.
Crazy, Sexy, GHOUL
The Slopes of Diamond Head HUI is throwing its annual fundraiser at Aloha Tower. Last year, more than 3,000 witches, superheroes, cheerleaders, cops, sexy cops, nurses, sexy nurses, pirates, and sexy pirates gathered to raise a glass to fun, as well as money for Make-A-Wish Hawaii. Securing tickets to this event can be a little tricky. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with how many tickets you need to start the process. No tickets will be sold at the door. Must be over 25.
ARTafterDARK’s “Ghost Story”
ARTafterDARK is signing-off until January with a Halloween event brimful with local talent. Lopaka Kapanui, author of The Legend of Morgan’s Corner and Other Ghost Stories of Hawaii , will provide the scares, with tales inspired by the museum’s artwork; meanwhile, scaredy cats can still enjoy sets by DJ Davey Shindig and electro-pop duo Alt/Air. Come in costume and check out the Hallowbaloo Kick-off Concert to follow at the museum’s Doris Duke Theatre. Food provided by Kailua restaurant The Grove. 6-9 p.m., 900 S. Beretania St., honolulumuseum.org for full details (including some restrictions regarding costumes).
Masquerade Ultra Black Party
If your idea of dressing up is adding a mask to your everyday attire, this is the Halloween party for you. The dress code: black on black. Chef Chai's at The Pacifica is serving up $5 Ciroc cocktails to the shadowy masked masses from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., while DJ Dana Kruse spins. 21+, $10 cover, 1009 Kapiolani Blvd., my-rt.com/9s
Stay hydrated and limber up, because Hallowballoo is an all-day commitment. From 5:30 until 10 p.m., the event takes the form of a hybrid block-and-costume party, with free live music performed on four stages scattered around the Chinatown Arts District and an impressive thousand dollar purse for the best costume. From 10 p.m. on, wrist-bands are required, as the street shows give way to Club Hallowballoo. Eight downtown clubs will open their doors to Hallowballoo-ers and DJ Quantic will spin the anchoring set. For a full line-up, visit facebook.com/events/207747852732151.
EDM takes over the Blaisdell Arena. Ticket prices are steep at $55 plus Ticketmaster surcharges, but Wonderland Entertainment Group has raised the bar by bringing in Dirty Dutch architect DJ Chuckie, from Amsterdam via Ibiza. Expect bright lights, raging synth beats and a strict “no masks” policy. 18+, 527-5436, blaisdellcenter.com.
CHANCE’EM Halloween Party
CHANCE’EM is a lifestyle brand with a conscience. Founded on the North Shore, its proceeds go towards supporting community youth programs, like the Menehune Surf Contest and Wailua High School Surf Club. It’s a bit of a drive to Surfer, The Bar, but 10 bucks will get you entry to the party, the “Scariest Costume Contest,” and a few raffles. 21+, $10 cover ($5 with a costume), 57-091 Kamehameha Highway,
Kahuku, 293-6000, facebook.com/chanceemhawaii.
Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s offers another chance at a Halloween dress rehearsal, with $100 earmarked for the guest with the best costume. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Starts at 6 p.m. All ages, 1680 Kapiolani Blvd., hawaiianbrians.com.
Halloween Party at The Republik
Oct. 26 and Nov. 1
Halloween is coming to The Republik not once but twice this year, with the British house trio Dirty Vegas visiting from South London on the 26th and Russian DJ Arty spinning on Nov. 1. Both shows are part of the Electric Palms Concert Series that’s grown out of the annual Electric Palms Festival (currently in its third year). Costumes are encouraged on both nights, and there are package deals for those of you not yet ready to retire your pirate swords and Miley Cyrus foam fingers. Full details for both shows, as well as information on where to buy tickets, at jointherepublik.com.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Oct. 30 – Nov. 2
Still officially considered to be in “limited release” 38 years after it first premiered, this British musical-horror-comedy cult classic has the longest-running theatrical release ever. This Halloween, THE ARTS at Marks dusts it off, hoping to attract old fans and convert some new. Movie-goers are encouraged to come in costume, and the team at Marks promises to make the event “very interactive.” Marks itself will also be in costume: a local teen art program will be decorating the space to evoke the Chinatown fire. $15, doors open at 10 p.m., show starts at 10:30, 1159 Nuuanu Ave., 521-2903, artsatmarks.com.
Nightmare on Beachwalk Halloween Party
Join 105.9 KPOI's Fernando the Love Machine at Waikiki's Hard Rock Cafe for rock goth cover band Master of Oz. Come in costume and you might leave with a prize. 21+, $10, 280 Beachwalk, hardrock.com.
Halloween Beer Garden
The Royal Hawaiian Center will be dressed up as a beer garden this Halloween when the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii takes over to run their annual fundraiser. Entry is free from 6 p.m. and Honolulu’s own DJ Min One will be providing music until 10. Costumes are not mandatory, but strongly encouraged. 21+ (children welcome accompanied by a parent), 922-2299, royalhawaiiancenter.com.
Halloween at the Hyatt Waikiki
Situate yourself in the middle of the Waikiki melee at the Hyatt Regency’s Halloween party. Expect two rooms of live music and a $1,000 costume contest at the newly renovated pool deck. The Hyatt promises giveaways all night long, so you might just make back the $20 you pay to get in. 21+, 2424 Kalakaua Ave., 923-1234, tickets at flavorus.com.
Haunted Mansion at M Nightclub
M Nightclub is teaming with Tantriq Entertainment to throw a costume block party on Restaurant Row. There's no cover to sip drinks at the patio bar, but it costs 20 bucks to go inside where M's house DJ, Jami, will be joined by G-Spot, Paul Brandon and DJ Betty. What's in it for you? The chance to take home a $1,000 for the best costume. Still not tempted? Vacations Hawaii will be giving away a trip to Vegas. 21+, $20 ($15 in advance), 500 Ala Moana Blvd., mnlhnl.com.
The Day of the Dead Modern Experience Halloween Party
Waikiki will serve as both heaven and hell at The Modern's themed Halloween Party. The treat? If you book in advance, $20 will get you access to The Study, The Modern's lobby bar, and Addiction Nightclub, where DJs Compose, ANIT, XL, Delve and others will spin. The trick? The price goes up to $40 on the day of the event. 21+, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd., email@example.com.
Dead Dash ‘13
For dress-up diehards struggling to say goodbye, The Dawn of the Dead Dash provides one last excuse to bust out your face paint. This is not your typical 5K. All runners start the race as human beings (armed with glow necklaces to distinguish them from pedestrians). The goal isn’t just to complete the race, but to complete it without getting caught by the zombies that have been planted between “security checkpoints.” If a runner gets caught, he or she must surrender her glow necklace and join the horde of zombies intent on “infecting” the remaining runners. The race ends with an after-party in the Quarantine Safe Zone. $45 in advance or $50 on race day, dawnofthedeaddash.com.
Updated Oct. 22, 2013