Your Guide to the Perfect Halloween Weekend in Honolulu: October 27–November 2
Climb aboard a seriously scary bus, visit a haunted village, groove to spooky soul music and get lost in a school’s maze.
Brave the Haunted Plantation
Friday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 31
Make the drive to Waipahu for Hawai‘i’s largest haunted house attraction titled “Chapter 15: Legends.” You’ll walk through a village that many claim has an actual history of hauntings. Hopefully the old spirits won’t be disturbed as more than 60 actors dress up as ghosts of old Hawai‘i to chase and freak you out. No walk-ins are allowed, so all timed entry tickets have to be reserved prior to attending. Upon arrival, you’ll need to show your booking confirmation and then pay the $20 fee with cash. Arrive on time—you can find street parking on Malakeke Street nearby. The attraction is reportedly so scary that you’re not allowed to enter if you have a heart condition or suffer from seizures, asthma, or mental, respiratory or physical problems that might prevent them from participating. Consider yourselves warned.
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Decades Old-School Halloween Party
Saturday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. to midnight
Sometimes all you want to do is dance the spooky ghouls away—or, just get your funk on with them. Don your best ’N Sync or Britney Spears costume and dance to old-school jams from the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s. There will be a dart room, pool tables, food and drink for sale, and all the throwback songs by DJs James Coles, Kalani and Rick Rock, who will be tag-teaming the event. Tip: Wear a costume to get $5 off the ticket price at the door. And bring cash!
$20–$25, The Beach House Aloha Tower, 1 Aloha Tower Drive, eventbrite.com
Ghost Bus Hawai‘i
Friday, Oct. 29, through Sunday, Oct. 31, 1–8:30 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 14, 1 to 7:30 p.m.
There isn’t much info about the Ghost Bus, except for what’s on the website. Online, you can see the interior of a broken-down, unseemly bus and a creepy girl in white with long hair who approaches the screen. Yes, there’s a jump scare. From what we’ve heard, you won’t be driving around town in the bus; instead, you’ll take a seat inside and scary things ensue. The twisted mastermind behind this is Michaelty Yamaguchi, a Japanese haunted house specialist who is making his debut in Hawai‘i. We’re guessing you’re just going to have to check it out yourself and (hopefully) live to tell the tale.
Halloween with The Elevations
Sunday, Oct. 31, 6 & 8:30 p.m.
Vintage vibes abound with The Elevations, a band made up of 10 members who dabble in the groovy sounds of Bettye Lavette, Lee Fields and The Expressions, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. They’ll be performing a danceable soul funk set for Halloween. While a semiformal dress code is typically encouraged at Blue Note, wear your costumes for Halloween evening. You can park at the ‘Ohana East Hotel for $6 for four hours, or go for valet parking at the Outrigger Waikīkī Beach Resort, which is $15 for four hours. Each person has a $10 minimum for drinks.
Listen to a Scary Podcast
What better time to listen to classic Hawaiian ghost stories than on Halloween? If you’re spending the weekend avoiding crowds, pop on Episode 118 by the Ghost Story Guys and listen to “Mysteries of Hawai‘i” as told by storyteller Lopaka Kapanui. There’s nothing but good stuff here: Menehune, night marchers, spirit trails and more.
Take Your Pet Out
Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 to 10 a.m.
Dress your four-legged besties in their adorbs costumes and have them take you on a walk. This year, the Humane Society is hosting its PetWalk virtually so you can trek along your favorite path, whether it’s around the block or up the Makapu‘u Lighthouse trail. This year, PetWalk has great swag. Registered participants are automatically entered to win HawaiianMiles weekly and there’s also a social media contest to win an exclusive Hawaiian Humane Society Yeti Bowl by tagging @HawaiianHumane. Post photos of you and your animal’s “best strut” or “best PetWalk moment” and use hashtags #StrutYourMuttPetWalk2021 or #HawaiianHumanePetWalk.
Explore a Maze
Friday, Oct 29, to Sunday, Oct. 30, 6 to 10 p.m.
Support Kaimukī High School’s Performing Arts Center by visiting its first haunted house attraction, “Theatre of Terror.” With eight scary rooms, this event is recommended for visitors 12 and up. Although the registration website says tickets are free, please note that payment is made upon arrival.
$15, Kaimukī High School Performing Arts Center, 2705 Kaimukī Ave., eventbrite.com
Visit the Dinos
Sunday, Oct. 31, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Bishop Museum’s Expedition Dinosaur: Rise of the Mammals is open through January, so if you missed seeing the robotic Tyrannosaurus rex up close and personal in 2018, here’s your chance. If you go with the family on Halloween, there’s an activity passport for keiki. Activities include playing trivia on Bishop Museum’s audio tours, playing a native bird matching game and learning about native plants. You’ll get a stamp per activity and once your passport is all filled, you can turn it in for a goody bag of candy.