How does the Hawaiian Island of Oahu celebrate Halloween? With the same unique islander mix of cultural heritage and just plain fun that Hawaiians approach everyday!
Here are a few of our top picks for things to do for Halloween in Hawaii on Oahu this year.
Each of these Oahu attractions are full of festive holiday fun, and they’re popular events with locals and visitors alike.
Keep in mind that a few of these can be really scary, though, so exercise caution with taking children along.
Honolulu Museum of Art
October 28, 2016
This year’s theme for ARTafterDARK at the Honolulu Museum of Art is “Boo” – a perfect family-friendly Halloween concept. While it is designed to be a bit spooky, think gentle scares and kid-appropriate fun.
Come in costume and enjoy refreshments, live entertainment, and even event photography.
It’s a great way to get your culture on while still having fun this Halloween weekend.
Getting In: Admission to ARTafterDARK is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Oahu® Card. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
General admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art is included with the Go Oahu® Card.
Daily in October 2016
This super haunted attraction is great for fans of Halloween who love to be scared, and who genuinely love the holiday. Nightmares Live is one of Hawaii’s most famous haunted houses, with a history stretching back nearly twenty years.
You’ll be barraged with live actors in costume, freaky props, super scary audio, and horror-movie quality set design. This attraction is best for older children and adults.
Getting In: Admission to Halloween events at Dole Plantation is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Oahu® Card. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
General admission to Dole Plantation train ride and maze is included with the Go Oahu® Card.
Fall is lovely time to get outdoors in Oahu. There are plenty of beautiful scenic hikes to be found, from the mountains to the coastline to the lush forests.
While it’s still pretty hot this time of year, it will be less crowded and you’ll get a more personal nature experience.
If you’re looking for a way to make it Halloween-specific, include a local pumpkin farm in your daily outing.
October 29, 2016
This is the 8th year of this local tradition and it’s only gotten grander and more exciting each year.
Hosted in the Chinatown neighborhood of Honolulu, Hallowbaloo is an inexpensive music and arts festival for the whole family.
It’s unquestionably the biggest costume party in all of Oahu! Celebrate Halloween like a real native with a visit to this popular event.
Getting In: Admission to Hallowbaloo is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Oahu® Card. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.
Aloun Farms Pumpkin Festival
91-1440 Farrington Highway, Kapolei
Weekends in October 2016
Aloun Farms hosts an annual pumpkin picking festival to bring Halloween spirit to this popular tropical island.
This family favorite event is the real deal: from a pick-your-own-pumpkin excursion to hayrides and farm-style food, drink, and games, you’ll feel like you stepped right into a New England pumpkin patch.
Getting In: Admission to Aloun Farms Pumpkin Festival is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Oahu® Card. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Admission to the pumpkin patch is free.
Oahu Ghost Tours
Thursday & Saturday evenings, year round
Why are Hawaiian ghosts different from other ghosts? Well, for starters, they play a much bigger role in Polynesian culture than your run-of-the-mill poltergeist.
Oahu Ghost Tours not only showcase local hauntings and creepy legends, but also expose you to some of the ceremonial events that Hawaiians use to interact with the supernatural.
It’s a truly different approach to the notion of Halloween; it’s perhaps more educational than truly frightening.
Getting In: Tickets for Oahu Ghost Tours are separately ticketed and are not included with the Go Oahu® Card. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the attraction website.
Pick your own pumpkins from a pre-cut patch, wander through a beautiful and unique sunflower maze, and enjoy a plethora of festive fall activities.
Located north and east of Honolulu, this farm is easy to reach with a car rental or even moped ride.
If you’re more interested in the maze than the pumpkin-themed bits, then head to the Dole Pineapple Plantation for a really impressive pineapple maze.
Getting In: Admission to the Waimanalo Farms Pumpkin Patch is free; pumpkins priced separately.
94-695 Waipahu Street
Fridays & Saturdays in October
Located near what’s purported to be a real haunted village in Waipahu, the Haunted Plantation is spooky enough to scare even the most die-hard Halloween fans. As such, this is probably not suited for children of any age.
Known as “Hawaii’s premier haunt,” the Haunted Plantation provides tons of thrills and chills with over 50 actors in professional Hollywood-style horror makeup, plus terrifying backdrops and eerie sound effects.
Getting In: Admission to he Haunted Plantation is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Oahu® Card. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the attraction website.
So there you have it. Our list of some seasonal things to do for Halloween in Oahu.
Remember, a few of these options are included on the Go Oahu Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, the Halloween events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Oahu Card.