Halloween Hawaii Style

Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - By Alfred Korn

Legend has it if you see an old lady wandering along a remote stretch of highway on Halloween—namely Saddle Road on Hawaii’s Big Island—you should pull over, pick her up and take her wherever she tells you to go. According to lore, this roaming apparition is said to be none other than the fire-wielding lava goddess known as Pele. If you dare to drive past her without stopping, you can pretty much count on several years of bad juju. At the same time, what could ensue if you’re brave enough to give her a ride is anybody’s guess. While it’s entirely possible that such a sighting could be someone’s grandmother and not the mythical lava queen-turned-hitchhiker (though we seriously doubt it), who’d want to chance it?  For those looking to steer clear of spooky roadside sightings on All Hallows Eve, we’ve compiled a list of festive ways to celebrate—island style! 




Lahaina Halloween Party Known as the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific” the Lahaina Halloween Party features costume contests throughout the evening and a Keiki costume parade. Front Street is closed to traffic so party-goers can enjoy live music, cocktails, and food while dancing in the streets. Thursday, October 31, 4:00-11:00 pm.  

Paia Halloween Festival Celebrate the second annual Paia Halloween Festival at Paia Coffee Bar. This event will include a Halloween photo booth experience, free candy and hot popcorn, haunted decor, and prizes sponsored by Paia Town Association and local businesses. Come dressed in costume! This is a family-friendly event. Thursday, October 31, 5:00-9:00 pm. 


Dole Plantation Pineapple Garden Maze You’ll love this alternative to the traditional corn maze, which was declared the largest maze in the world in 2008. Download the free Dole Plantation App on your phone to track your time, or go it alone. This agricultural phenomenon is sure to entertain kids and adults alike! This tour operates year-round.

Orbs of Oahu Night Drive Tour This super frightening four-hour driving tour begins in Waikiki and takes guests to some of the most haunted locales around Honolulu. This tour is not recommended for children. Tour dates and times are ongoing.

Mysteries of Hawaii Explore haunted sites once inhabited by Hawaiian gods and deities, with storytelling, ghost tours, lectures, and haunted experiences. Tour dates and times are ongoing.


The Society of the Star and Cloak Enjoy an escape room experience with this free Halloween-themed walking game at the Society of the Star and Cloak. Play solo or in a group and see if you’ve got what it takes to join the Society of Witches! This free event is open to adults and children. October 19-31, 8:00-6:30 pm. 


Trick or Treat at the Library Celebrate Halloween at the library! This free kid-friendly event will include a mad scientist slime project, a haunted story walk, Halloween-themed games and of course, candy! Tuesday, October 29, 4:00-5:00 pm.  

Photo courtesy of Mythology Wikia