Spooktacular Halloween 2022 Events on O‘ahu for Keiki and Families
These costume contests, trick-or-treating spots and spooky scavenger hunts are eerie-sistible.
W e love a good haunted house, pumpkin patches and all the fall activities too. But for those with younger kids, it’s usually all about the treats, not the tricks. So we’ve rounded up some places for keiki-friendly costume contests, trick-or-treating and even scavenger hunts. Here’s where to go for some good old-fashioned (and way less frightening!) fun in Honolulu and beyond.
Halloween-Themed Str’EATS at Kapolei Commons
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 4 to 8 p.m.
Kapolei Commons is hosting a Halloween-themed Str’EATS, its new monthly night market, featuring 30-plus local vendors. There will also be a costume contest for all ages, trick-or-treating, live entertainment by Da Braddahs, giveaways and more.
Kailua Town Seek & Treat
Friday, Oct. 21, to Monday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Head to Kailua to participate in an oddly curious Halloween scavenger hunt adventure! Visit five locations—The Overgrown Garden near the fountain at California Pizza Kitchen, The Abandoned Well along Merchants Row on Hekili Street, The Old Kailua Dairy display at Kailua Shopping Center, The Forbidden Tree at Kailua Beach Center and The Broken Wand at Lau Hala Shops lobby—in one day or throughout the 10-day affair. Be sure to wear your costumes to take advantage of any photo opportunities along the way. Once the puzzle is solved, keiki can visit the participating retailer to claim a special prize.
Keiki Costume Contest at Kamehameha Shopping Center
Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 to 2 p.m. (sign up starts at noon)
The Times Supermarket stage at Kamehameha Shopping Center is ready for all the princesses, superheroes, witches and monsters after a two-year hiatus! Three keiki from each of the two age groups (infant to 5 years old and 6 to 12 years old) will have a chance to win prizes ranging from $50 to $150 gift baskets filled with gift cards and Halloween treats. All contestants will receive a free KSC Halloween goodie bag (while supplies last) and whole ‘ohana will enjoy live music by DJ Jason Midro.
Halloween at Royal Hawaiian Center
Costume Contest: Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 to 6 p.m.
Trick-or-Treating: Sunday, Oct. 23, and Monday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. to close
Retailers with balloons on their storefronts will be passing out candy on not one, but two, weekends this year. Be sure to fuel up and get a free trick-or-treat bag at the Pāʻina Lānai Food Court or Waikīkī Food Hall. Plus, the center’s annual Halloween Keiki Costume Contest is happening at Royal Grove. Infants to 10-year-olds will have a chance to win first-, second-, and third-place prizes in four categories: ages 0-2, ages 3-5, ages 6-10 and ‘ohana costumes (parent and child costume combo).
Halloween at Kids City Hawai‘i
Meet and Play With Characters: Oct. 22 to Oct. 31
Halloween Crafts: Oct. 24 to Oct. 31
Costume and Dance Party: Oct. 29 to Oct. 31
Kids City Hawai‘i is the place for keiki to burn off energy, explore and creatively play! And for Halloween, the indoor playground’s Honolulu location will have characters coming around to take photos and even play alongside the kiddos. There will also be Halloween crafts available ($10 each, active members get 1 free), and during Halloween weekend keiki—and adults—are encouraged to show up in costume, enjoy a costumed DJ playing live music and dance, dance, dance.
Halloween at Kāhala Mall
Costume Contest: Friday, Oct. 28, check-in begins at 4:30 p.m., contest begins at 5
Trick-or-Treating: Monday, Oct. 31, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Keiki up through sixth grade can participate in this popular costume contest for a chance to win gifts and gift cards from mall merchants. The contest will have three age groups, and categories include most original, funniest/cutest and judge’s choice. Families dressed in one theme can also enter as a group, for a chance to win best overall theme. Then, on Halloween, delight in mallwide trick-or-treating. Collect treats from participating retailers and enjoy the terrifying tunes spun by DJ Kool E at center stage.
Hallow-Zoo SCARE-venger Hunt at the Honolulu Zoo
Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Keiki and their families can follow creepy clues filled with freaky facts to track down members of the zoo’s animal ‘ohana, and collect creature stamps and special Halloween goodies along the Haunted Habitat Treat Trail. Participation is included in admission to the Honolulu Zoo.
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Halloween Photo Bus at Kapolei Commons
Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30, 1 to 7p.m.
BYO camera or smart phone and snap a picture in front of Theo the Bus. The bus, a 1965 VW Split Window Bus, is decked out in Halloween decor—think spooky skeletons, spiders and webs, as well as pumpkins, chains and other creepy crawlies. Adults, keiki and even pets are invited to come in costume (or not!) for a fang-tastic time. Oh, and it’s free!
Halloween at Deck.
Halloween Brunch and Keiki Costume Contest: Saturday, Oct. 29, noon to 3 p.m.
Sunset Sessions, Halloween Edition: Sunday, Oct. 30, 4 to 8 p.m.
The chic restaurant on the pool deck of Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel is hosting a variety of events on Halloween weekend, including a keiki costume contest and a special Halloween brunch. Costume contestants will take a photo of themselves at the festive Halloween photo booth and then share it on Instagram. The top three contestants with the most likes can win gift cards up to $250, and all participants will receive a free appetizer on their next visit. On Sunday, the popular Sunset Sessions will feature live music from Kimié Miner (all ages are welcome, but there are no strollers allowed in the venue).
Halloween Spooktacular at Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center
Saturday, Oct. 29, 4 to 7 p.m.
The annual Halloween Spooktacular is happening once again at the marina docks. Participating merchants will have “Trick-or-Treat” signs for keiki to snag some sweet treats. The keiki costume contest will have three categories, based on age (infants to 12 year olds are welcome to participate). First-, second- and third- place prizes will be awarded to each age group. Spin the Hawaii Kai Towne Center prize wheel for more chances to win big!
Halloween Costume Contest at Lōkahi Kailua Market
Sunday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
KidzArt Windward, Club Scientific and Lōkahi Kailua Market have teamed up to host a costume contest that celebrates spooky season. This one isn’t just for little ones—those young at heart and even pets are welcome to participate, too. Participants will walk across a stage to show off their costumes (keiki ages 0 to 4 can walk with a caregiver). Here are the designated time slots, per category:
- 9:30 a.m. for pets
- 10 a.m. for ages 0 to 4
- 11:30 a.m. for ages 5 to 12
- Noon for ages 13 to 17
12:30 p.m. for ages 18 and older
340 Uluniu St, Kailua, pre-registration is required, hisawyer.com/kidzart-hawaii/schedules/activity-set/395836, @lokahi_kailua_market
Trick-or-Treat at Town Center of Mililani
Sunday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To fill your Halloween pails, look for “Trick-or-Treat Stop” signs at participating merchants, and then stop by the Town Center of Mililani’s prize wheel at center court for a chance to win more sweet treats and $10 gift cards. A friendly Halloween character will also be at center court to greet keiki dressed in their costumes.
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Halloween at Hale‘iwa Store Lots
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2 to 4 p.m.
Hale‘iwa Store Lots’ annual trick-or-treating and keiki costume contest is back with three age groups: 0-3 years, 4-8 years and 9-12 years. Registration opens at 2 p.m. and participation is limited to 50 keiki per age group. The contest begins at 3 p.m. and the top three age group winners will receive prizes. Participating retailers will pass out candy while supplies last, plus, you can spin the Hale‘iwa Store Lots prize wheel for a chance to win. For a chance to be featured on its social media pages, shoppers can take photos of their keiki in costume and tag @haleiwastorelots.
Mililani Marketplace Halloween Event
Sunday, Oct. 30, 3 to 5 p.m.
Trick-or-treat around the Mililani Marketplace stores and restaurants. Don’t forget to dress your keiki up as there will be a boo-tiful Halloween costume contest. There are three age ranges for the costume contest: 4 years and under, 5-8 years and 9-12 years old. All costumes will be judged based off of most original, best homemade costume and cutest costume. Also, show off your spookiest poses at their Halloween themed back drop.
Haunted Halloween at International Market Place
Monday, Oct. 31, 4 to 6 p.m.
Keiki can trick-or-treat around the mall and take pictures with some beloved characters like Moana, Ariel, Captain Jack Sparrow and Stitch. A balloon artist will also be on-site handing out free creations.
Pumpkin Pa‘ina at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako
Monday, Oct. 31, 5 to 8 p.m.
SALT at Our Kaka‘ako and One Love Ministries will host a kid-friendly trick-or-treating adventure. There will also be carnival-style games, face painting, music and candy, candy and more candy.
Trick-or-Treat at Ala Moana Center
Monday, Oct. 31, 4 to 7 p.m.
Dress in your favorite costume and visit more than 100 merchants marked with a “Trick-or-Treat Here” sign, for candy and other sweet surprises. There will also be custom balloon creations by Adventure Balloons, and Halloween-themed music by DJ Kurious in the ‘Ewa Wing Court..