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Halloween happenings in Hawaii

by Joy Kikuchi, editor


Although Halloween is two weeks away, it’s definitely not too early to decide how to celebrate this popular holiday. There are few better places to celebrate it than Hawai‘i, where Halloween is as diverse as the people who live here.

The biggest, most popular Halloween celebration takes place in Lahaina, Mau‘i, on well-known Front Street. The “Mardi Gras of the Pacific,” as it is called, has been around since 1990 and is much more than a costume parade. There are haunted houses, costume contests, a children’s costume parade, food, crafts, and live entertainment. This event is so popular that Front Street is closed from 3 p.m. to shortly before midnight in order to accommodate the thousands of people it attracts each year.

If you can’t make it to Lahaina, there are many events on O‘ahu starting October 15 with the Talk Story Festival at McCoy Pavilion, where you can enjoy “SpoOoOky stories” for free starting at 7 p.m.

On Oct. 22 and 23 at 6 p.m., the annual Ewa Beach Halloween Bash will be held at the Ewa Beach Community Park. The following weekend, Ewa is the place for “Spookapalooza,” Oct. 29 and 30 at the Hawaiian railway on Renton Road. The train riders are entertained with ghost stories from Hawai‘i’s past.

Barbers Point (Kalaeloa) also gets involved in Halloween festivities with a haunted house and an annual “Haunted Hayride” at the Barbers Point stables.

For the many HPU students who live in Waikiki, in the downtown area, or in between, there are also a lot of Honolulu events. Most of them will occur just before Halloween itself and come in the form of sales and costume contests. One of the larger events will be at the Victoria Ward Centers, which will create a “Halloween Trick-or-Treat Street” on Oct. 30 from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Participating merchants in all Ward centers will hang black bats in their doorways for the all day trick-or-treaters. This event is mostly for children, but anyone can participate.

On Halloween itself, Ward Warehouse will host a “HOWL-o-ween Canine Costume Contest” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can win cash prizes in seven different categories.

For those willing to pay a price for some Halloween fun, there is also a “Ghost Ship Halloween Sail” in Waianae for a $95 donation to the Wild Dolphin Foundation. The cruise departs at sunset and features ghost stories.

For those on a budget, the biggest free attraction is perhaps Kalakaua Avenue, also called “The Strip of Waikiki,” which usually features a costume parade on Halloween. Many people stay overnight in Waikiki to witness the festivities and the inventive costumes.

No matter what you decide to do or see this Halloween, the key is to plan early! More events will be announced closer to Halloween, so keep an eye on the local newspapers. Have a fun and safe Halloween!



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