Get out your fake blood and practice those blood-curdling screams! Halloween happenings for kids, adults and the whole family are plentiful this year, from the North Shore to the West Side and many in between.
Fright Night for kids:
– Come down to the Historic Hanapepe Town Association’s First Annual Hanapepe Spook Night Parade and Costume Contest tonight. The parade will start behind the Bank of Hawaii and end up at Hanapepe Town Park, where Russell the Rooster will put on a show in the “Sand Crab Theater.” There will also be 25-cent games, food booths and a spooky “Halloween town” with props from Wailua Houselots’ Halloweener Robby Fernandez and a 30-foot dragon made by the Waimea Smart Leaders.
Costume contest categories for kids ages 1-18: most original, most spooky, funniest, best witch and best fantasy character. The fun starts at 6 p.m. To enter the free contest or parade, please sign up by 5:30 p.m. near the Bank of Hawaii. Call Shan Nagamine for more info at 335-3119.
– The first 300 children to arrive at the free Harvest Festival sponsored by Lihue Missionary Church will get a goodie bag on Halloween night.
The free games will include a pumpkin ring toss, tic-tac-toe, duck pond, “David and Goliath” ball toss, “fruit of the spirit” golfing, “Jesus and the five loaves and three fish,” and face painting.
Check out the pumpkin carving demonstration, food booths and costume contest. Last year’s Harvest Festival drew hundreds of children and families. This year’s festival to be held Halloween night on the lawn of the Historic County Building in Lihue from 6-8 p.m.
– Koloa Missionary Church is also having a free Harvest Festival on Oct. 31. Carnival Night will feature games, prizes, food, a fun maze, and pinata. Oct. 31 at the church on Poipu Road from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For details or directions call 742-6777.
– Waimea Canyon School is hosting a Speech Festival and Pumpkin Carving. Participants need to bring pumpkins, squash or papayas, newspaper and carving tools. Refreshments will be provided by the Waimea Canyon School PTSA .
– Kauai Christian Fellowship has built a 3,000 sq. ft. maze in their new building on the by-pass road between Koloa and Po’ipu. The maze is open beginning tonight until Oct. 30 from dark to 8:30 p.m. There is an admission.
Waimea Canyon students and families are invited- Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Call Eula Taala at 338-6833.
– Join the Sierra Club for the traditional Halloween beach clean-up, bonfire and cookout at Nukoli’i Beach. Call Judy Dalton at 246-9067 or just come down to the beach anytime after 4 p.m.
Kukui Grove activities:
– Borders Books and Music continues its Read-to-Me program with a “Monsters Inc. Bash” for preschoolers. Through the summer, kids were given craft sets to finish, and they will be displayed in the children’s books center.
All children under age 5 are invited to attend. The Monster Bash will feature a costume party, pinata, games and goodie bags and snacks at the store. San Henline will read stories based on the movie “Monsters, Inc.” Stop by Tuesday, Oct. 29, by 10 a.m. in the children’s corner. Call customer service at 246-0862.
– Kukui Grove’s House of Horror is not for the faint of heart, Event organizers say “it’s gonna be scary!” The haunted house is set up across from the exhibition hall. No masks or personal effects, please. The haunted house is sponsored by the Kauai Filipino Community Council, Kauai Fil-Am Jaycees, Kukui Grove and The Garden Island.
Admission: $2 per person and a canned good, proceeds to benefit the Kaua’i United Way and Kaua’i Food Bank. Prepare to be scared: Tonight from 3-7 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m.
– Trick-or-treat at Kukui Grove on Halloween night from 5-7 p.m. Come in costume to Center Stage for treat bags, then to participating stores where merchants will hand out treats to costumed kids. A random drawing for a $250 shopping spree will be held Nov. 1, the winner to be contacted by phone.
Just for the grown-ups:
– A Halloween Costume Ball at Sushi Blues in Hanalei’s Ching Young Shopping Village starts at 9 p.m. on Halloween night. Live music and a prize of round-trip interisland tickets highlight the evening.
Admission to the ball is $10 at the door or $7 in advance at Sushi Blues and the Hanalei Surf Company in the Ching Young Village. Call Sushi Blues at 826-9701 for details or directions.
– “Monster Mash Rock & Roll” with the Rumbletones at Amelia’s in Hanalei, with a costume and dance contest on Halloween from 9:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. There’s a $5 door charge.
– Experience the magical side of Halloween at the first-ever Halloween weekend Psychic Faire in Koloa. Offerings include aura photography, astrology, handwriting analysis, tarot cards, psychic readings and crystals. Readings are $20 for 15 minutes, no charge to look around.
“See the unseen” today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 5531 Waila’au Road, via Maluhia Road (tree tunnel) toward Koloa, and turn left at Waila’au Road. For further details call Genora Woodruff at 332-7878.