Halloween falls on a school night this year (Wed., Oct. 31, 2018, to be exact!), so planning ahead is key to stress-free trick-or-treating. We tapped our Locations Neighborhood Experts to share their tips for a bountiful (and safe) Halloween!
Lots of young families and plenty of smooth sidewalks make Kapolei the west side's number one Halloween hot spot.
Door-to-door not your bag? Kapolei Shopping Center will offer trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch with free mini pumpkins to decorate, free make-n-take activities, photo ops and more Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. Kapolei Market Place will also have center-wide trick-or-treating from 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 31.
Rumor has it that in addition to candy for the keiki, "treats" for the adults can be found here, too.
Mililani Mauka is known for generous helpings of candy and its kid-friendly sidewalks. However, traffic can be heavy, as Mililani Mauka's reputation for a trick-or-treat destination has grown, so plan accordingly.
For those who like to keep their trick-or-treating to a contained space, Mililani Shopping Center, in Mililani Town, will host a costume contest, games and center-wide trick-or-treating from 5 to 7 p.m. on Halloween night.
According to Waialua resident Joe Segal, Kukea Circle is a local favorite, featuring plenty of participating homes and trick-or-treaters.
In Kaneohe, Windward Mall is trick-or-treat central, allowing little ones to go store-to-store rather than door-to-door in a safe, well-lit environment from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween night. Note: Masks are not allowed for children 12 years of age or older.
As for traditional trick-or-treating, a long-time Kaneohe resident suggests "Christmas Lane" in the Ahuimanu neighborhood (and be sure to go back at Christmas time for wow-worthy lights).
Many trick-or-treaters have their go-to spots in Nuuanu, where homeowners are known to go all out to create an extra-special Halloween experience. Dowsett Avenue is a popular street with fabulous decorations, great candies - and if you're lucky, live music and pupus! The abundance of Halloween spirit in Nuuanu is worth the little extra walk between houses.
With its history of spooky tales (Banyan Night Marchers are said to appear on the Manoa Falls Trail), friendly residents and 'boo-tifully' decorated homes, Manoa is known across the island as a trick-or-treating destination. To make it even sweeter, some shops in Manoa get in on the fun, too. On Oct. 28, Hawaii Doggie Bakery will host a trick or treat event for all dogs in costume who do a trick. Choco le'a, a gourmet chocolate shop in Manoa, will offer its signature confections to all trick-or-treaters accompanied by an adult (and their adults, too!)
Several Waikiki shopping centers, including Ala Moana Center (5 – 7 p.m., Oct. 31), International Market Place (5 – 7 p.m., Oct. 31), Royal Hawaiian Center (2 - 7 p.m., Sun., Oct. OR 4 – 9 p.m., Wed., Oct. 31) and Ward Village (5:30 – 8 p.m., Oct. 31), offer an alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating in a safe, well-lit environment (pro-tip: Dine out before trick-or-treating to tame hungry tummies).
The famous "Candy Man" of Onaha Street has been drawing residents from surrounding neighborhoods to Kahala for several years with the promise of bags of candies - not just one or two pieces. The self-described "Santa Claus of Halloween" gives away 3,000 - 5,000 pounds of candy each year (enough to fill a shipping contained!). Rumor has it 2018 may be the last year he goes all out, so if you've never experienced Kahala's Halloween offerings, this might be the year to go. Locations agent Travis McGaughy (RA) suggests Elepaio and Kolohala streets, too.
Kahala Mall is also a popular go-to trick-or-treat spot, especially for parents of younger children or in case of rainy weather, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Oct. 31. DJ Kool E will also provide 'spooktacular' music!
According to Locations agent Shawn Baker (RA), homeowners in Wailupe Circle go "all out" with Halloween decorations. Several Honolulu Yelp users also report Aina Haina to be among one of the best - and safest - trick-or-treating neighborhoods.
Nearby Kuliouou-Kalani Iki and Niu Valley also got rave reviews. McGaughy recommends Kupaua Place for treats and Halemaumau Place for a spooky haunted house.
Our experts claimed several trick-or-treating hot spots in Hawaii Kai. Baker, a Hawaii Kai resident, suggests Koko Head Terrace, near the Hawaii Kai Library, as well as the Lalea or Peninsula/Colony condo communities - if you have an "in" there (Tip: Look for the Lalea home that has been transformed into a haunted house!)
Other Hawaii Kai neighborhoods of note include: Mariner's Cove, Hahaione, Spinnaker Isle and Kalama Valley, for their generous treat bags and well-lit, safe sidewalks.