Your Guide to the Perfect Weekend: Oct. 27–29, 2017

Monsters, music and the biggest Halloween bash of the year.

Ghouls and gals, get ready: This weekend is packed with monsters, music and—of course—food. Don your Donald Trump masks, Wonder Woman costumes and fake blood for the biggest Halloween bash of the year, taking place in Chinatown this Saturday. Those with little monsters (or just monster-size appetites) can head instead to Waikīkī Yokocho for trick-or-treating, costume contests and eating competitions. Plus, check out Ala Moana Center’s newest casual-chic dining hall and get tickets to see the frontman of early-2000s Something Corporate perform at two shows.

  Hallowbaloo 2017

PHOTO: courtesy of Hallowbaloo by Joe Marquez



Saturday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m.

You’ve spent weeks on your Pennywise the Dancing Clown duds (and even longer nailing down Bill Skarsgård’s terrifying jig). And not to brag, but it absolutely slays. Now, you just need to find a Halloween party to crash. When your outfit is killer and you’re fiending for a night out, head to Hallowbaloo, Chinatown’s hippest haunt. Taking placing Saturday, Oct. 28 along Nu‘uanu Avenue and Hotel, Smith and Pauahi streets, Hawai‘i’s biggest Halloween bash this year will have food, drinks including craft beer, three stages of entertainment and an afterparty at participating C-town bars. We’ve got all the details, including how to purchase wristbands and where to park, in our ultimate guide to Hallowbaloo.

$10–$45, ages 20 and younger must be accompanied by a parent. Club Hallowbaloo for ages 21 and older only. Nu‘uanu Avenue, Hotel, Smith and Pauahi streets. For more information on this event, go here.


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Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Saturday, Oct. 28, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.

When alt-rock group Something Corporate hit the radio airwaves in 2002 with polished, emo lyrics and piano-fueled melodies, 20-year-old frontman Andrew McMahon was instantly recognized as one of music’s emerging new talents. Now, 16 years into his career and with multiple solo projects to his name, McMahon has proven himself as the real deal. Catch him under his new moniker, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, at two Saturday shows at Blue Note Hawai‘i.

$25–$35. Blue Note Hawai‘i, 2335 Kalākaua Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

  Waikiki Yokocho Monster Massive

PHOTO: courtesy of Waikīkī Yokocho


Monster Massive at Waikīkī Yokocho

Sunday, Oct. 29, noon to 5 p.m.

Unlike the electronic music festival of the same name, this Waikīkī bash is something both you and your keiki will enjoy. In addition to trick-or-treating throughout the dining hall, Monster Massive will also hold costume contests for little ones and their families. Costumed kids with the most creative monster costumes will win a $100 gift certificate to Waikīkī Yokocho. Have a monster-size appetite? Sign up for an eating contest, where you’ll get half an hour to finish one 4.4-pound meal of your choice—which includes ramen, fried rice, chicken karaage and a giant futomaki roll.

$0–$30, Waikīkī Yokocho, 2250 Kalākaua Ave. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.


The Lānai at Ala Moana Center

Friday, Oct. 27

Hawai‘i’s largest shopping center gets a new dining concept this Friday. The Lānai will be a 450-seat indoor/outdoor dining hall, housing mini restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual-chic setting. A concept not unlike The Street by Michael Mina, International Market Place’s own take on the elevated food court, The Lānai’s 10 restaurants will include ‘Ahi & Vegetable, Brug Bakery, Da Spot and local shave ice favorite Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha. The dining hall will also house Hawai‘i’s first-ever agave bar, Agave & Vine, with multiple TVs and a menu of cocktails, wines and craft beers. Grab a few friends, watch some B-ball and—if you dare—take a shot for every three-pointer your team scores.

Ala Moana Center. For more information on The Lānai at Ala Moana Center, go here.


Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar.