How does Oahu celebrate Halloween? With the same unique islander mix of cultural heritage and just plain fun that Hawaiians approach everyday life!
Here are a few of our top picks for things to do in Oahu this Halloween.
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.
October 31, 2015
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.
Aloun Farms Pumpkin Festival
91-1440 Farrington Highway, Kapolei
Weekends in October
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Honolulu Museum of Art
October 30, 2015
Art reflects life – so why not horror? This October’s ARTafterDark at the Honolulu Museum of Art is inspired by the Obake Files, a collection of haunted tales and spooky stories from Hawaiian history.
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. Kids welcome, although the exhibit is a bit scary.
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If you’re lucky enough to spend time in Oahu this fall, there’s plenty of seasonal fun to go around. It may be a little untraditional, but everyone knows Hawaiians like to put their own spin on everything.