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REVIEW: Where to get your screams in Hawaii this Halloween

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It’s fright week weekend and I’m in Hawaii to relive my nightmare with Boo!  This year’s Halloween buzz highlights two première fright night events, where you’ll get the biggest scream. Who will the Hawaiian masters of terror be? My Grrrl Traveler Scream Award goes to the Haunted Lagoon and Hawaii’s Haunted Plantation.  I’m going to let you in on a little secret; I’ve already had a head jump on both!

Haunted Lagoon

The Lady of Laie is back and she’s still haunting the Polynesian Cultural Center‘s lagoon!

Haunted Lagoon is one of the biggest productions I’ve seen next to a theme park. Pirates, ghouls, killer clowns, headless ghosts, screamer zombies, werewolves and fright night zombies; PCC makes sure you won’t leave without a few…no,  several good screams. The canoe ride is epic and serves up a surprising mixed plate of hi-tech special effects and ghoulish side acts, waiting to leap out at you from the water. It’s a big production. Bring a raincoat; you will get wet!

While the lines to the canoe ride will be long (this is one of the spotlight events for Halloween),  P.C.C promises to make time pass quickly; it builds your suspense through three stages. Outside the entrance, watch a video back story about the Laie Lady’s wail. Once inside the park, there’s a 3D haunted house to harvest your screams.  Yes, 3D (and I couldn’t stop screaming)! Put on the glasses you’re given and watch your macabre surroundings leap at you through twelve zombie-infested rooms and if you think that’s the end, think again. Just before entering the canoe ride, you’ll need to endure one last stab of fright before getting to the pier – the creaky walk through a haunted boathouse!

There’s an impressive number of ghouls infesting this event; probably more than Hawaii has ever known!


Haunted Lagoon
Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie
Daily (except Sundays) Oct. 24-31. Kids version of this ride is until 7:30 p.m.


Hawaii’s Haunted Plantation

Hawaii Plantation Village is the playground for the Haunted Plantation. Playing off the rumors and stories of the plantation’s real ghostly inhabitants, the event houses characters from Hawaii’s plantation days. Ghastly spirits and stories occupy the houses and its un-dead might not let you leave the house or even the village! How scary is this venue? After watching the video trailer, I have to admit, I’m too scared to go. The makeup is of professional quality and it’s raised the fear factor level, so that you experience the nightmare, as if you’re walking straight into a horror flick! Not to mention, though the actors can’t touch you, they are free to roam the village ground and will get up close. Ready to test the GRRR! you can be? I’m trembling at the thought of it.

Too faint-hearted to take on the terror? Then Hawaii Plantation Village brings to you Haunted Hawaii Ghost Stories, a one hour guided tour of the plantation and houses. Walking through the village at night your guide takes you through the houses with a flashlight, sharing stories of real paranormal phenomena that’s taken place on the grounds. How real is it? Real enough to draw an episode of Ghost Hunters to come out to see. Hawaii superstition, dark houses, old historical grounds and haunted stories; not only will it raise hairs, it’ll give you chicken skin!


Haunted Plantation  & Haunted Hawaii Ghost Stories
Hawaii Plantation Village
94-695 Waipahu St.
Ph: 808-677-0110 for dates and tickets reservations.
Haunted Plantation: Oct. 14-15, 21-23, 28-31 at 7:00 – 11:30 pm
Haunted Ghost Stories: 2 times a night; 7:00 pm & 8:30pm. Call for showing dates.

For more Halloween night listings around Honolulu, click here to check out the Honolulu Pulse.


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