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Halloween in Hawaii: the Best Things to Do

Spending Halloween in Hawaii? Find out the coolest Hawaii Halloween events on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Scroll down for all the info!
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When planning a trip to Hawaii during October, you might not think it’s a great Halloween destination. Some people may think Hawaii is too beautiful to ever want to be scared there. And there are plenty of haunted places in Hawaii!

While we agree on its beauty, it’s natural to want to celebrate Halloween, especially with your family.

The islands are home to several family-friendly events designed to celebrate Halloween in a family-friendly environment.

Here’s a look at a few of them.

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Halloween in Hawaii FAQs

Do they celebrate Halloween in Hawaii?

Absolutely! It’s a great excuse to put on a costume!

How do you say Halloween in Hawaiian?

While Halloween isn’t a traditional Hawaiian word, the Hawaiian spelling of the phrase “Happy Halloween” is Hauʻoli Lā Heleuī.

Is Fall a good time to travel to Hawaii?

Yes! It’s part of Hawaii’s shoulder season that runs September through mid-December, so there are lots of good travel deals and the weather is usually pretty mild.

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Halloween in Hawaii: the Best Events for Families



One of the newest Big Island Halloween events is Holoholo-Ween. This outdoor event is held at Hawaii Green Earth’s farm in Paauilo on weekends throughout October.

It’s easily described as part fall festival and part trunk or treat. This Big Island Halloween event is safe and fun for all ages!

You’ll find a pumpkin patch, corn maze, lots of concessions, tons of photo ops, and even farm animals! You can buy your Holoholo-Ween tickets online.

Flannel Fest

The annual trick-or-treat event takes place at the Keauhou Shopping Center in Kona.

With keiki costume contests, as well as for adults, the Flannel Fest is 4:00-8:00 PM on October 29th.

The celebration includes food trucks and live entertainment. Of course, children are invited to trick-or-treat at participating retail shops.

Read our full guide to Kona


Keiki Halloween Festival

The second annual Keiki Halloween Festival is happening October 29, 2022 ant the Will Smith Imua Discovery Garden in Wailuku.

Kids and their families can enjoy trick or treating, live music, family activities, and all kinds of spooky fun.

This outdoor event is presented by Imua Family Services to help families experience the spectacle of Halloween in a fun and safe environment alongside their friends and neighbors. Registration is only $5 per family. You can register online at https://imuagarden.org/halloween.

Hawaiian Railway’s Spookapalooza

Hawaiian Railway in Ewa celebrates Halloween with its annual Spookapalooza with train rides running starting at 7 p.m. The last train departs at 9:15 p.m.

During the ride, you may encounter scary ghosts, monsters and more. The annual celebration includes children games and food trucks.

Keiki are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes.

Myths of Avalon

Explore a land of unicorns, dragons and wizards. Myths of Avalon offers tours start at 12:00 pm on October 27th.

As you take the family-friendly tour, you’ll encounter wizards and mermaids as you explore the farm, in association with Haunted Haiku Hike.

Children are invited to participate in games and crafts. Visit the mythological petting zoo and meet animals you won’t see at the zoo.

Children are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes during your visit.

Halloween on Lahaina Front Street

Halloween on Lahaina Front Street offers family-friendly events during the day before night fall brings on an adult-themed celebration.

During the earlier hours, bring your children in their costumes for plenty of trick-or-treating opportunities at participating stores.

They can also grab candy and other treats as adults toss candy to children marching in the keiki parade.

Stores will have special events and attractions, such as costume contests, story times and friendly haunted houses.

Read about the best things to do in Lahaina


Boo at the Zoo

The Honolulu Zoo is home to one of the best family-friendly Halloween celebrations on the islands.

Hosted on the Stage Lawn, children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes as they participate in events such as face painting, story time and games and other activities.

Boo at the Zoo includes fun science demonstrations and conservation education stops.

Two haunted houses await the brave little ones, with one designed for younger children and the second for older ones.

All children are encouraged to bring a Halloween bag or bucket as they score candy and more on the Trick-or-Treat Trail.

The Honolulu Zoo also hosts a “Histories and Mysteries” tour each month for kids ages 8 and older. These tours highlight the supernatural and spooky things that have happened at the zoo!

Read more about what to do on Oahu with kids


Cantu’s Haunted Yard

A Halloween tradition, the Cantu family decorates their yard Oct. 31, providing family-friendly haunted attraction in Kapaa.

The property consists of two attractions – the front yard is aimed at younger children with non-threatening displays, while the backyard is decorated for older children.

Since they design it each year, the displays may change, so you’ll never know what you may encounter. Check local news outlets for more information as the holiday approaches.

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Hawaii Halloween Wrap Up

Hawaii is home to several fun and friendly Halloween events. So, ensuring your children have a fun and safe experience is no issue.

However, deciding on which ones will provide the most entertainment and bang for the buck (i.e., candy haul), then this list should help you accomplish that.

Have a safe and fun Halloween season in Hawaii!

Want other ideas of celebrating Halloween in Hawaii? Check out the 10 most haunted places in Hawaii, best pumpkin patches on Oahu, and why you should visit Hawaii in October!