HONOLULU (KHON2) — The 2021 Halloween season has already begun as many businesses and people prepare for the holiday. Although things are not the same as 2020, the COVID pandemic continues to affect where we can go and what activities are considered safe and compliant with state guidelines.
On Friday, Oct. 8, Gov. Ige announced looser restrictions for certain events that will allow in-person attendees and/or a higher capacity of people. These events include outdoor sports, concerts, weddings and funerals, as well as races/triathlons and entertainment venues.
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However, the gathering size limit for all other events not mentioned above did not change after Friday’s announcement. When Halloween rolls around on Sunday, Oct. 31, many other gatherings will still be limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors, according to an extension of the COVID emergency proclamation by Gov. Ige. Additionally, unlike last year, the launch of Safe Access Oahu sets additional rules we must follow.
Although large parties, door-to-door trick-or-treating or close-contact events are not the same as they used to be pre-pandemic or not allowed, there are still many COVID-friendly and safe Halloween activities available across Oahu.
Here is a list of events and activities that both keiki and adults can enjoy — or get spooked by — to celebrate the 2021 Halloween season:
- Habilitat’s Drive-Thru Haunted House ‘Dead End: The Apocalypse’ — For a second year, willing participants can experience a fun and frightful night while confined in their cars at this drive-thru haunted house located at the Aloha Stadium. Guests can get a scare every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night until Halloween (pending ticket sales). To purchase a ticket, click here.
- Waimanalo Country Farms 2021 Fall Harvest Festival — Enjoy some pumpkin patch picking and sunflower fields. Families and friends will be able to enjoy this drive-thru experience every Tuesday through Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. until Sunday, Nov. 21, (pending sunflower bloom). To secure a reservation, click here.
- Aloun Farm’s pumpkin drive-thru market — Looking for some plump or petite pumpkins? Purchase a pumpkin at this drive-thru event at Aloun Farms on a first-come first serve basis. Vistors have 15 minutes to shop the drive-thru market for their imperfect pumpkin. Dates to shop will be on Saturdays and Sundays: Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Pearlridge Center’s Trunk-or-Treat — Keiki and families can satisfy their sweet tooth and score candy on Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the comfort and safety of their vehicles. This contact-less drive-thru event is free, but participants must reserve a ticket here. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. Those attending are also encouraged to dress up and/or decorate their vehicle.
- Town Center of Mililani Drive-thru Trick-or-Treating — Craving for more candy? Families will be able to dress-up and drive-up at another drive-thru event at the Town Center of Mililani between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. For more information, click here.
Halloween-themed establishments compliant with Safe Access Oahu:
- Nightmare Honolulu pop-up bar at Ala Moana Center — Thirsty? Head over to ‘Nightmare’ located on Ala Moana’s Ewa Wing level 3 (next to ‘Happy Wahine’) for ghoul and monster-inspired drinks. Both non-alcoholic beverages and cocktails for those 21 years or older — with a valid photo ID — are available every day from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Oct. 31. This establishment requires proof of full COVID vaccination or a negative test result taken within 48 hours prior to entry.
- Skeleton Key Hawaii Haunted House — Looking for some spine-tingling scares? Those aged 12 and above can purchase a $25 ticket and immerse themselves in this haunted attraction located at the KOA Theater (780 S Beretania St). Brave guests can book a ticket for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights beginning Friday, Oct. 15, until Halloween. Groups will be limited to four people or less, and all tickets must be purchased online here. This establishment will only accept proof of full COVID vaccination. A negative COVID test or children under 12 will not be allowed.
- Frightingly FREE-ky Pumpkin Patch at Kapolei Commons — On Saturday, Oct. 23, this free event will take place between noon and 6 p.m. in the lawn area in front of Regal Theaters at Kapolei Commons. There will be 500 pumpkins in place for people to pick one each and several costumed characters will be available for meet-and-greets. Other free activities include a trick-or-treat trail and spooky photo opportunities. It is recommended to make a reservation here. Walk-ins will be welcomed (based on wait times) and granted if the max capacity of 150 guests has not been reached. This event requires proof of full COVID vaccination or a negative test result taken within 48 hours prior to entry.
Other Halloween-themed activities and events, trick-or-treating, costume contests:
- Haunted Trolley Graveyard — This outdoor spooky experience combines ‘haunted house’ and ‘escape room’ to create a walk-through with different escape challenges located at Sea Life Park. People can partcipate in a group of no more than eight people. The experience takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. To book a ticket, click here.
- Aloun Farm’s pumpkin carving & decorating contest — Get ready to carve, paint, bedazzle or decorate with an Aloun Farms pumpkin for the chance to win sweet treats or a staycation. All ages are welcome to submit photos of their creepiest or cutest pumpkin designs beginning Tuesday, Oct. 12, until noon on Halloween; schools and organizations can submit together. For rules and and how to enter, click here.
- Trick & Treats Fall Fest at Ka Makana Ali’i — Parents, keiki and anyone looking for some games and giveaways can stop by the Tricks & Treats Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mulitple vendors will be in attendance, as well as live music.
- Online Halloween keiki costume contest — Newborn to 12-year-old keiki will still be able to dress-up this Halloween and win prizes at a virtual costume contest hosted by the Town Center of Mililani. This online event will begin Monday, Oct. 18, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Halloween. For more information and/or to enter, click here.
- Haleiwa Store Lots Halloween trick-or-treating and costume contest — Hunt down some sweet treats at participating businesses between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Haleiwa Store Lots on Halloween. Additonally, enter your keiki in a costume contest beginning Sunday, Oct. 17, until 11:59 p.m. on Halloween. Upload photos on IG and tag @haleiwastorelots.
- Virtual Halloween keiki costume contest — For the second year in a row, Royal Hawaiian Center’s annual Halloween keiki costume contest will be going virtual to keep families safe amid the pandemic. Infant and 10-year-old keiki — and even parents — can participate in several categories to win spook-tacular prizes. Participants can upload photos here until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.
- Virtual keiki costume contest with International Market Place — Those who want to score even more prizes and put their costumes to the test can enter their keiki at another virtual costume contest between Friday, Oct. 29, to Sunday, Oct. 31. Contestants can enter by posting a photo on Instagram and tagging @intlmktplace and #MarketPlaceStories.
- Trick-or-Treat and costume contests at SALT at our Kaka’ako — Take your entire family, including your furry members, and dress-up to trick-or-treat at SALT at our Kaka’ako between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Halloween. Particpants should look for signs in front of participting businessess. Keiki and pets can also be entered in a costume contest by posting a photo on IG and tagging @saltourkakaako.
- Pumpkin Decorating Contest at Lōkahi Kailua Market — Get your imagination going and enter your spookiest, funniest or most creative pumpkin designs at this decorating contest. Participants can drop off their possible award-winning pumpkin from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24. Drop off is located at 340 Uluniu St., Kailua, HI 96734 (covered parking lot next to Assaggio’s restaurant). Competitors must pre-register here.
- Virtual ghost stories for ‘Kaka’akoween’ — SALT at our Kaka’ako will be hosting a virtual zoom featuring Lopaka Kapanui of Mysteries of Hawaii. He will be telling local ghost stories for free from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24. To register, click here.
- Trick-or-Treat at International Market Place — The entire family can now trick-or-treat and show off their costumes on all three levels at the International Market Place from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Halloween. Hunt down for treats at participating store with orange and black balloons. Keiki can also recieve a free goodie bag at the same time at the festive Treehouse on Level 2, Banyan Court.
- Halloween Costume Contest at Lōkahi Kailua Market — Those of all ages are welcome to compete at one more family-friendly costume contest taking place on Halloween day. The contest will be divided up into three separate times based on age bracket from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be located at 340 Uluniu St., Kailua, HI 96734 (covered parking lot next to Assaggio’s restaurant). Newborns to 5-year-old keiki must pre-register here. Those between the ages of six and 17, click here. Adults 18 year or older, click here.
- HallowZOO SCAREvenger Hunt — Bring your keiki to follow some creepy clues, track down Honolulu Zoo members to collect creature stamps and complete the SCAREvenger Hunt. The first 1,000 keiki to complete the hunt can trade their cards for a treat bag at the zoo’s Triangle Lawn. This event will be on Halloween from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Kailua Town Candy Co. Seek & Treat — Take part in this family-friendly scavenger hunt to solve riddles for the chance to win prize packages and find hidden golden tickets. Participants can play every day between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. beginningt Oct. 23 through Halloween. All you need is a smart phone and a face mask — costumes also encouraged for photo ops along the way. For rules and how to enter, click here.
Halloween events on Maui:
- Virtual Halloween costume and pumpkin carving contest — Residents and visitors on Maui can now participate in this contest hosted by Maui Mall Village until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Children up to 10 years of age — or the entire family — can compete for a chance to win food and retail store gift cards. Submissions can be sent by tagging #MMVHalloween2021 on IG.
- Virtual pet costume contest — Pets can be spooky too! Enter your pet — whether it be a cat, dog, lizard or something else — share a photo of their costumes with the Kihei Kalama Village. Prizes include gift cards to participating stores or restaurants. Pet photos can be submitted by using the hashtag #KKVhalloween2021 on social media until Halloween.
- Halloween drive-thru adventure — People on Maui can get into the Hallowen season at this free drive-thru event located at Keopuolani Regional Park in Kahului from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Halloween. Activities featured at this event include a vintage car showcase, mystery maze and pumpkin patch. No reservations are needed. Participants can enter by making a right turn on Wahinepio Avenue onto Keopuolani Parkway. For more information call the Office of the Mayor at (808) 270-7855.
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All of these events can be COVID-friendly and safe if all guidelines, precautions and restrictions are followed. Do not miss out on the 2021 Halloween fun and do consider participating in any of these horror-filled activities.