Things to do for Halloween in Honolulu

Illustration: Courtesy Kimi Morton Chun

Visit one of these spooky attractions for a twist on the traditional haunted house this October.

The Spookapalooza Haunted Train Ride, hosted by the Hawaiian Railway Society, is a 30-minute drive through the night including ghost stories to make your spine tingle. The society’s annual fundraiser works to preserve the rich history of Hawaii’s railroads. A snack bar will sell hamburgers and hot dogs. Trains depart Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Reservations required; check in 20 minutes before departure. Tickets are $5 general, free for children 3 & under. 91-1001 Renton Rd., Ewa Beach. For more information, call 681-5461 or visit

If you’re feeling particularly brave, join Oahu Ghost Tours for the Orbs of Oahu Graveyard Shift Tour in the eerie quiet of Halloween morning. Guests will visit several of the Island’s most haunted sites, including the infamous Morgan’s Corner. Tour begins 11:15 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 30 and ends 4 a.m. Halloween morning. Tickets are $66.60, adults only. Pick up outside the Ala Moana Hotel, Mahukona St. For more information, call 524-4944 or visit

Spooky Kine Investigators’ ghost hunters share their secrets for one night only at Mission Houses Museum. Spookilau will offer presentations about Hawaii’s oldest house, and the science of paranormal investigation, including a look at the pro’s equipment. Food provided by popular local lunch trucks. Saturday, Oct. 29, 6 to 9 p.m., $10 admission. 553 S. King St. For more information, visit

Beware the Haunted Garage by the ARTS at Mark’s Garage, featuring themed rooms including the Galley of Horrors, Haunted Ballet, Starving Artists Attack and R.I.P. Cabaret. The showroom will combine art and performance elements to create a terrifying gallery walk. Get your liquid courage at the Day of the Dead bar and try to make it through. Proceeds benefit the Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts as well as The ARTS at Mark’s Garage. Open Oct. 27-31 from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children. 1149 Nuuanu Ave. For more information, call 521-2903 or visit

The GIFT Foundation hosts Literati Glitterati, Stranger Than Fiction, a storybook-themed costume party at the Modern Honolulu. Dress as your favorite literary character, but make it edgy. Live music provided by the James Gang band. Proceeds benefit Family Programs Hawaii, Hospice Hawaii and Mental Health America of Hawaii. Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Individual tickets cost $150, tables range from $2,500 to $10,000. For more information, call 457-0880 or visit

The world’s largest maze will transform into a haunting ground at the first Dole Plantation Haunted Maze. Try not to get lost in the pineapple labyrinth spanning three acres; you never know what could be lurking around the corner. Ticket sales benefit the graduating class of Waialua and Leilehua High. Pre-sale purchase recommended, though a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. Friday, Oct. 21 to Monday, Oct. 31., 6 to 10 p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $15, children 4 and under free. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy., Wahiawa. For more information, call 927-0837 or visit

The Manoa Valley Theatre opens Little Shop of Horrors just in time for Halloween, a perfect alternative for those who don’t want to play dress-up. Watch as Audrey II grows into a ravenous plant with a hankering for blood in this Broadway spoof of the 1950s sci-fi film. Thursday, Oct. 27 to Sunday, Nov. 13. Tickets are $35 general, $30 seniors and military and $20 for youth 25 & under. 2833 East Manoa Rd. For more information, call 988-6131 or visit

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