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Halloween Isn’t Canceled! Enjoy These 2020 Big Island Halloween Events

Big Island Halloween Events: West

This Halloween is a little bit out of the ordinary this year, but let’s face it—what isn’t? We’ve got you covered when it comes to keeping you informed about all of the safe and fun Big Island Halloween events out there!

Happy HalloQueen—Waikoloa
October 17–October 31 | 9:30am–9:30pm | Queens’ MarketPlace, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village

HalloQueen at Queens’ MarketPlace

Much has changed this year, but that won’t stop us from celebrating the fun, fright and delight of Halloween (safely). Bring your keiki shopping at Queens’ MarketPlace between October 17–31 and they can pick up a treat-filled bag at participating merchants. For children 12 years and under. No purchase necessary. Costumes welcome. Masks and social distancing measures required. While supplies last. 

Fall Harvest Photo-Op

Pose with hay bales and pumpkins for some fun photos with your family and friends—maybe even in costume? Post your photos on Instagram and/or Facebook and tag @queensmarketplace for a chance to win a $200 gift card pack from Queens’ MarketPlace merchants. Entries are valid between October 17–31 and the winner will be announced on November 1 (one photo=one entry).

The Coolest Halloween Party in Kona + Gecko Girlz Grand Opening—Kailua-Kona
October 30–November 1 | 12–8pm | Gecko Girlz Shave Ice, 75-5809 Ali’i Drive Coconut Grove, Kailua-Kona

Join Gecko Girlz and the businesses of Coconut Grove marketplace for the 1st Annual Brainzzzz Freeze Halloween Bash. It’s Gecko Girlz’ grand opening! Stop by to trick or treat at restaurants and retailers on Saturday. They’re also hosting a virtual mask and costume contest! All you need to do is snap a pic of your mask or costume from anywhere, upload it to Instagram, tag @geckogirlzshaveice and use the hashtags #BestMaskEver or #BestCostumeinKona. Winners will be chosen Monday, November 2! Don’t miss this Big Island Halloween event! 

Kona Elks Lodge Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat—Kailua-Kona
October 31 | 4–5pm | Kona Elks Lodge, 74-5596 Pawai Pl, Kailua-Kona

Ghouls and ghosts alike are welcome to this spooky evening of trick-or-treating, where keikis will receive individually-wrapped bags of goodies. The only requirements? Wear a costume and a mask!

Trick-or-Treating at Lowe’s Home Improvement—Kailua-Kona
October 29 | 6–7pm | Lowe’s, 75-5677 Hale Kapili Street, Kailua-Kona

Families are invited to register for drive-through curbside trick-or-treating at Lowe’s! Reserve a spot online for Lowe’s Halloween experience at the Kailua-Kona store, where you can drive up to receive candy and a small pumpkin at no cost to take home. Costumes are certainly encouraged but are not required to attend.

Spookiest Kid Photo Contest—Kona
October 12–October 31 | Lanihau Center Virtual Event

Calling all keiki ghosts, cuties, princes, princesses, and super kids! Post a spooky or cute photo of your kid in costume and tag @shoplanihou and #lanihaulloween for a chance to win two (2) $100 gift cards to Lanihau Center merchants of your choice. Submission period is between October 12–31 and the winner will be announced on November 2.

Halloween Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat—Waimea
October 31 | 10:30am–1pm | Parker Ranch Center,  67-1175 Hawaii Belt Rd, Waimea

Bring your loved ones and enjoy a day of tricks—and treats—for socially-distanced drive-thru trick-or-treating at Parker Ranch Center in Waimea. Don’t forget your costumes or your masks!

Pretty Cool Pumpkins Halloween Photo Contest—Keauhou
October 21–October 31 | Keauhou Shopping Center, 78-6831 Alii Dr #232, Kailua-Kona

HOW TO ENTER: Follow @shopkeauhou on Facebook or Instagram and tag your Halloween photos. There are many pumpkins and other Halloween props to choose from in the courtyard! Participant’s social media accounts must be public during the giveaway in order to be entered (entry period is until October 31 at 11:59pm). One tagged photo is considered one entry. Two winners will be chosen on November 2 (one for Instagram and one for Facebook) and the winning photos will be posted!

Pumpkin Carving Contest—Keauhou
October 22–October 31 | Keauhou Shopping Center Virtual Event

HOW TO ENTER: Follow @shopkeauhou on Facebook or Instagram and tag your carved pumpkin photos. Supplies can be found at KTA Keauhou and/or Longs Drugs. One tagged photo is considered one entry until October 31 at 11:59pm. Two winners will be chosen on November 2 (one for Instagram and one for Facebook) and the winning photos will be posted. The more creative, the better!

Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat—Kona
October 31 | 4–6pm | Kona Church of the Nazarine, 74-5100 Palani Road, Kona

Join Kona Church of the Nazarine for an evening of free, safe, and fun drive-thru trick-or-treating! Please be sure to follow the CDC COVID-19 precautions once you arrive.

Halloween Micro Pop-Up—Kona
October 30 | 4–8pm | Sweet Journey Soft Serve, 75-5729 Ali’i Dr C-105, Kailua-Kona

Join Sweet Journey Soft Serve on October 31 at the scariest Halloween hotspot in downtown Kona!
Visit the event link for more details.

Big Island Halloween Events: East

Hilo Town Haunt Grab-N-Go—Hilo
October 31 | 6–8pm | Hilo Palace Theatre, 38 Haili St, Hilo

Free Grab-N-Go event for the community—just drive by the entrance of the Hilo Palace Theatre to grab your bag of Ghoulish Goodies by their Hygienic Haunters. Candy is available while supplies last. Please follow the flow of traffic on the map and stay in your cars! No walk-ups allowed for candy distribution. Brought to you by Hawai’i Island LGBTQ+ Pride.

Kama’aina Nissan Trunk-or-Treat—Hilo
October 31 | 5–8pm (or until there’s no more candy!) | Kama’aina Nissan, 471 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo

Kama’aina Nissan’s Trunk-or-Treat event celebrates its second year of trick-or-treating, only this time it’s the drive-thru edition! We can’t promise that you’ll leave with the same car you arrived in, though…

Trunk-or-Treat Contactless Drive-Thru—Hilo
October 31 | 4–6pm | New Hope Church, 840 Kupulau Rd, Hilo

New Hope Church’s NextGen Ministries are partnering together to provide a safe place for your families to trick-or-treat! Completely contactless, your family can enjoy a drive-thru style Trunk-or-Treat. Be sure to dress up, mask up, and bring your bag to collect all of your candy!

Nightmare of Hilo
October 1–November 3 | Tues–Thurs 5:30–10pm, Fri–Sat 5:30–11pm | 399 Hualani St, Hilo

Get ready to be spooked! This haunted house nightmare lets you select your scare factor. Be sure to get in the spirit this season—before it’s too late. Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 per child.

NCA Trunk-or-Treat Drive-Thru Event—Pahoa
October 30 | 4:30–6:30pm | Nanawale Community Association, Inc., 14-855 Kehau Rd, Pāhoa

NCA’s annual Halloween celebration features a drive-thru where families can pick up some festive treats at the Nanawale Longhouse. Please note that all CDC and county guidelines will be enforced.

Happy Halloween in Paradise—Hawaiian Paradise Park
October 31 | 5–7pm | HPP Activity Center, 15-1570 Makuu Dr, Keaau

This free drive-thru event includes goodie bags, dinners-to-go, spooky music, and a live show—the ultimate roundup of ghoulish delights—in paradise.

Enjoying simple pleasures and trying to keep a sense of normalcy can be a good coping strategy when we are able, especially while caring for young keiki. The fall season and holidays upon us are no exception. As we’ve seen rises in cases, adjusting our celebrations will be especially important this season—that’s why Neighborhood Place of Puna is sharing resources this month for a fun and safe Halloween. We encourage you to subscribe to Neighborhood Place of Puna’s social media channels, where they’ll be sharing “13 Days of Halloween” activities and tips for you and your keiki starting October 19th.

Drive-Thru Halloween Event—Puna
October 31 | 4–6pm | Puna Kai Shopping Center, 15-2714 Pahoa Village Rd, Pāhoa

Family-fun on Halloween doesn’t stop at just dressing up this year! Swing by Puna Kai Shopping Center for an evening of free candy and safe Halloween fun for all ages.

All Tricks No Treats Giveaway
Giveaway ends October 31 | Virtual Event

Seven local Hawaiian shops have partnered to bring you good vibe goodies this Halloween! You’ll have a chance to win prizes from Hilo Seaside Hotel, Pareo Island Sarongs, Hawai’i’s Simple Gourmet, Puna Chocolate, Cheese Please, Keaukaha General Store, and Paper Cranes Soaps. See link for more details.

Costume Contest—Hilo
October | 10am–9pm | Fun Factory Hilo, 315 Makaala St #107, Hilo

Join Fun Factory Hilo for their annual costume contest and celebration! Come to the store in costume on Halloween to have your picture taken (all ages welcome). Pre-made candy bags will also be given out for all of the trick-or-treating keiki!


1st Place: $50 game card

2nd Place: Giant crane plush

3rd Place: Giant crane plush

Halloween at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park—Volcano
October 31–November 1 | 9am–5pm | Kīlauea Visitor Center at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, 1 Crater Rim Drive, Volcano

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park invites families to visit the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai on Halloween weekend, October 31 or November 1, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Rangers will safely provide each keiki (child) a free ecology gift bag, and a bingo card that helps families explore the park Halloween-style.

‘Imiloa’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest—Hilo
Contest ends October 28 | ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center Virtual Event

With Halloween right around the corner it’s time for ʻImiloa’s Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest! Carve your own creative pumpkin design and enter to win great prizes from ‘Imiloa and KTA Super Stores.

Find contest rules and how to submit your entry by clicking the link.

Halloween Witch’s Paddle—Hilo
October 31 | 9am | Meet at Reed’s Bay Beach Park, 277 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo

Wear your witch regalia (or any Halloween costume you’d like), bring a device that floats, and wear a mask! The paddle will take place in Hilo Bay, but be sure to meet at Reed’s Bay Beach Park at 8:30am.

Halloween Krafts for Keiki—Hilo
October 31 | 11–11:30am, 12:30–1pm (2 sessions!) | Creative Cauldron, 334 Kilauea Ave, Hilo

Celebrate Halloween by bringing your littles to the Creative Cauldron classroom to make their very own “Monster Away Spray” (using organic, non-toxic ingredients). To keep everyone safe, space is limited—and there will be 2 sessions!
Cost is $10 and each kiddo will take home their very own creation and a goodie bag!

Featured photo by Daisy Anderson from Pexels.


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