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Oahu's Best Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating

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Halloween is fast approaching, so planning ahead is key to stress-free trick-or-treating. We tapped our Locations Neighborhood Experts to share their tips for a bountiful Halloween!

Note: Neighborhood participation may vary due to COVID-19 concerns.

Kapolei

Lots of 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's Great Pumpkin Pursuit event is back, with Halloween treats for the keiki (and adults, too!). Pick up a Pumpkin Pursuit Game Card at Cookie Corner Kapolei between Oct. 23 and 30, then visit at least 7 participating merchants to get your Game Card stamped. Keiki can pick up a free treat (while supplies lasts) when they redeem their completed Game Card at ONYX Nails Wax Lash before 6 p.m., Sat. Oct. 30. See website for more details. 

Ka Makana Ali‘i and Island Craft Fairs is hosting its Tricks & Treats Fall Fest Sat., Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature local vendors and artisans, along with local snacks, clothing, jewelry, masks, hand-sewn totes and more. Keiki can get candies and goodies at the early trick & treating event! For more information, visit islandcraftfairs.org/oahu.

Mililani Mauka

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. 

North Shore

According to Waialua resident and Locations agent Carolina Cristancho (RA), Kukea Circle is typically a local favorite, featuring plenty of participating homes and trick-or-treaters.

Kaneohe

In Kaneohe, Windward Mall is Halloween central! Snap selfies with your favorite evil villains from Storybook Hawaii at the "Wicked Fun for Everyone" event, Sat., Oct. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required. Keiki 12 years and younger who check-in dressed in costume will receive a free goodie bag, while supplies last. While you're at Windward Mall, be sure to play a round of Haunted Glow Putt at Glow Putt Mini Golf, an interactive Halloween-themed glow-in-the-dark mini golf experience with bonus haunted house!

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).

Nuuanu

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 and great candies. The abundance of Halloween spirit in Nuuanu is worth the little extra walk between houses.

Manoa

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.

Waikiki

International Market Place will offer trick-or-treating at all three levels of the open-air center from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun., Oct. 31. Look for the orange and black balloons at participating stores. Keiki can also. head to the festive Treehouse on Level 2, Banyan Court, to receive a complimentary goodie bag filled with all kinds of treats and a voucher to redeem a gift card at an International Market Place store or restaurant. Got a great costume? Enter International Market Place's Virtual Costume Sweepstakes between Fri., Oct. 29 and Sun., Oct. 31 for a chance to win a $150 gift card to an International Market Place store of the winners’ choice. Read more about the sweepstakes here.

Royal Hawaiian Center will offer Halloween treats and a photo Fri., Oct. 29 and Sat., Oct. 30.  Come dressed to impress to receive a treat from Helumoa Hale Guest Services and a complimentary photo to take home. You'll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a $250 Royal Hawaiian Center gift card. Keiki under 12 years old can receive a treat bag, too. Times vary; click here for more details.

Head over to Victoria Ward Park in Ward Village Sat., Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  to celebrate the season and support local farmers, with festive photo opps for keiki (and pets, too). Be sure to pick up a free mini pumpkin from Aloun Farms while supplies last.

Kahala

With its wide, level sidewalks and generous residents, Kahala is always a hit with trick-or-treaters. Locations agent Travis McGaughy (RA) suggests Elepaio and Kolohala streets. 

East Oahu

According to Locations agent Shawn Baker (RA), homeowners in Wailupe Circle typically go "all out" with Halloween decorations. Several Honolulu Yelp users also report Aina Haina to be among one of the best 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 spooky decorations.

Hawaii Kai

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 Lalea townhomes.

Locations agent John Mai (RA) says the Peninsula community is typically a hot spot, and staffer Mary Barnhart says the Anchorage neighborhood usually is, too, but adds that parking has filled up quickly in years past.

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. 

Hawaii Kai Town Center will offer trick-or-treating from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sun., Oct. 31, as well as a keiki costume contest.

Koko Marina Center will also host trick-or-treating from noon to 5 p.m., Sun., Oct. 31 (look for the "Trick or Treat" signs at select merchants). Masks will be required.

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