Halloween is just a few weeks away! To help your family celebrate and capture some fun memories we compiled a list of family friendly activities and events happening throughout Oahu.
- Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Nothing says that Halloween is coming more than going to the local pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect family pumpkin for carving. Check out Aloun Farms Pumpkin Patch Festival and Waimanalo Country Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze. Say hi to the Great Pumpkin for us. See our recent blog reviews of both.
2. Pumpkin Carving Festival at Neal Blaisdell Center
Watch master sculptor Ed “Pumpkin Ed” Moody as he carves two 1,000-pound pumpkins. While there, check out the Safeway Pumpkin Patch filled with pumpkins carved by chefs, master carvers and local celebrities. Participating families can get their own pumpkin for $30.00 which includes one medium pumpkin (or 2 for $55.00), carving tools, stencils, and a work table. The festival is October 22 at the Neal Blaisdell Center. Seatings at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. To register your family visit www.pumpkincarvingfestival.org or call 591-7700 or 843-2502.
3. Treats and Tails at the Honolulu Zoo
Enjoy a spooky evening at the wildest place in town! Halloween themed, after hours guided tours of the Honolulu Zoo on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The evening will include trick or treating, a costume contest, and much more! $18 for adults, $14 for children ages 3 to 12 ($16 and $12 for zoo members). Space is limited, call 971-7195 to reserve your spot or visit www.honoluluzoo.org!
4. All Aboard the Hawaiian Railroad Society’s Spookapalooza Train
Each ride is approximately 30 minutes long and includes chilling ghost stories as the train travels through the darkness of night. Catch a ride if you dare on Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th. Departures leave the Ewa Station at 7:00 p.m., 7:45, 8:30, 9:15 (Check in 20 minutes prior). Tickets are $5.00 (Cash Only) per passenger, 2 and under are free. Reservations are required. Call 681-5461 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.hawaiianrailway.com for more details.
5. Read a Scary Halloween Ghost Story
Visit a local library or bookstore for readings of scary ghost stories and Halloween classics! Barnes & Noble Bookstore will hold readings of “The Eensy Weensy Spider Freaks Out!” by Troy Cummings on October 18; “What Was I Scared Of?” by Dr. Seuss on October 22; “The Very Best Pumpkin” by Mark Kimball Moulton on October 25; “Scaredy-Cat, Splat!” by Rob Scotton on October 29. Kaneohe Public Library will host read-alouds, storytelling through puppetry and yummy treats for keiki ages 5 to 8 (costumes optional) at 6:30 p.m. on October 26. Call 233-5676 for additional details. Finally, Kailua Public Library will host storytelling and crafts for children ages 2 to 5 at 10:30 a.m. on October 31. Call 266-9911 for more details.
6. Trunk or Treat at the Children’s Discovery Museum
The Children's Discovery Center will host a "spooktacular" day of creepy crafts and goulish goodies on October 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., fronting the Center's entrance. Members from the Aloha Mustang and Shelby club of Hawaii will pop their trunks and provide sweet treats to all center visitors. Call 524-5437 for more information or visit www.discoverycenterhawaii.org.
7. Haunted Lagoon at the Polynesian Cultural Center
Go on a haunted canoe ride and you’ll experience the tragic story of “The La‘ie Lady” in search of her lost son. New this year, you’ll meet her murdered husband, back from the grave. Tickets are $19.95 for kama’aina, $14.95 for keiki; general admission is $25/$20; “Fast Pass” also available (recommended!). Reservations are recommended. Call 293-3333 or visit www.hauntedlagoon.com Family-friendly keiki canoe rides run from 6:30-7:30 p.m., offering a milder journey with a “lost warrior” who protects passengers with a mystical light staff. Canoes run 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 22; and daily (except Sundays) Oct. 24-31. See our blog for our recent review!
8. Haunted Maze at Dole Plantation
The World’s Largest Maze at Dole Plantation will turn into a Haunted Maze for 11 scary nights. Support Waialua and Leilehua High School’s graduating class by purchasing tickets for $15.00. Tickets are limited and are good on only one night. Kids aged 4 to 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Keiki under four years of age are free. The maze is open from Friday, October 21 to Monday, October 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are recommended by calling 927-0837 or 220-6924. Visit www.dole-plantation.com for more details.
9. Watch a Halloween Classic with the Family
Make some popcorn and hot apple cider and celebrate Halloween with the Peanuts by picking up a copy of It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (DVD or check local listing for television air times)!
10. Hale Koa Halloween Spooktacular Magic Show
Treat your little goblins to an exciting Halloween Magic Show, an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet followed by a spooktacular evening of illusions on October 26 at 6:00 p.m. Ghosts, goblins and creatures of all sorts will spirit their way to the Hale Koa Hotel for the annual event. Children ages 12 and under receive free Halloween treats and the chance to compete in the kiddie costume contest. For information call 955-9428 or visit www.halekoa.com
11. Ohana Magic, Live! Halloween Show at Koolau Shopping Center
Come see magic performances and free ballon animals for keiki at the Koolau Magic Theatre in the Koolau Shopping Center on October 28 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for 11 children and under. $2 discount on pre-sale tickets by phone. Call 239-6711 or visit www.koolaumagictheatre.com.
12. Trick or Treating at the Mall
Take the family to the local mall for trick or treating! For costumed keiki at participating merchants on October 31, unless otherwise noted. Ala Moana Center from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Hawaii Kai Towne Center from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on October 29; Kahala Mall from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (look for balloons at doorways); Kapolei Shopping Center and Marketplace from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.; Koko Marina Center from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Market City Shopping Center on October 29, guided parade begins 6:30 p.m. in the lobby next to Duck Lee Chinese Restaurant; Mililani Shopping Center from 5:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Pearlridge Center from 7:00 p.m. to 8 p.m., Uptown and Downtown; Royal Hawaiian Center on October 30. A list of participating stores and restaurants will be distributed following the Center’s “Ghoulish Halloween Fun” event, which begins 3:30 p.m.; Salt Lake Shopping Center: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 29; Waikele Premium Outlets from 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Ward Centers from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. (look for black bats hanging above doorways at Ward Warehouse, Ward Centre, Ward Village Shops and Ward Gateway Center); and Windward Mall from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.