Truth from Dare: More Halloween party ideas

Oct. 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

BY DERIN DEREGO / Special to the Star-Advertiser

There are a number of reasons that October is my favorite month of the year. The most obvious is that I’m a Libra. 

Ego aside, there’s something about the mystery October holds and the energy it puts out into the universe. The temperature (hopefully) gets a little cooler. The nights a little longer. All of these occurences lay the perfect scene for the onset of Halloween, where kids of all ages can revel in debauchery.

<em>The Polynesian Cultural Center's annual Halloween attraction is guaranteed to keep you on your toes. (Star-Advertiser File)</em>

The Polynesian Cultural Center's annual Halloween attraction is guaranteed to keep you on your toes. (Star-Advertiser File)

Even though we’re not even at the halfway mark of the month, there are already a number of Halloween-related events and attractions going on.  

Like I mentioned last week, “Haunted Lagoon” at the Polynesian Cultural Center kicked off last weekend. The ride through the dimly lit lagoon at the already eerie destination definitely has an unmistakeable spiritual vibe to it. Nights in this virtually deserted area of the North Shore are already unnerving, but add scary characters and creatures and you have the recipe for a Halloween hit.

On a more festive note, this Friday, Oct. 12, the guys from Taboo bring you the “Wycked Ball.” The party will serve as the Halloween edition of “Myth,” the monthly gay-friendly party at the Honolulu Design Center. The popular dance party will feature DJs Min-One and Nicholaus, and boasts half off cover if you come in costume. Find Taboo on Facebook to get more details.

Saturday, Oct. 13, is poised to be one of the most fun of the season. “Zombie Apocalypse,” a costume clad pub crawl, takes over Chinatown. Participating venues include staples like NextDoor, Bar 35 and thirtyninehotel, as well as smaller establishments like the Dragon Upstairs, Hank’s, bambuTwo and more. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. and culminates with a performance by Go Jimmy Go at theVenue. If you want to get your make-up done early, head theVenue at 4 p.m. when a team of local make-up artists arrive to get everyone in gear. For more information, visit

One of the biggest annual Halloween events happens Friday, Oct. 19.  Each year the Slopes of Diamondhead Hui, a group of local professionals, throw a huge bash at Aloha Tower called “Crazy, Sexy, Ghoul.”  The event draws more than 1,500 attendees each year, and all ticket sales go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets must be purchased in advance as there are none available at the door — and be sure to get them early, since the event usually sells out. Look for the Diamondhead Hui page on Facebook to find out how to get tickets.

The big dilema this year is wether to go out the weekend before Halloween in costume, or wait until the actual day. I say do both, but I’m a huge fan of Halloween and dressing up. In all serisousness though, since Halloween falls on a Wednesday (which is usually a fun night anyway), I recommend going out, if even for a smidge.

<em>The author, right, celebrating at the Gift Foundation's 2011 Halloween party. (Courtesy Derin Derego)</em>

The author, right, celebrating at the Gift Foundation's 2011 Halloween party. (Courtesy Derin Derego)

Friday, Oct. 26, will be the highlight of the season when the annual Gift Foundation party takes place for the third year in a row at the Modern Honolulu. The theme of the event, organized by young group of professionals, is “Gift Airways” in a nod to air travel. I always find this to be one of the best parties of the year, since the majority of attendees dress up and the Foundation spares no expense on decorations and entertainment. The most rewarding part of the night is that each year the group chooses a handful of local charitites to donate the proceeds to; for more information, visit

Saturday, Oct. 25 is the return of the Hallowbaloo Music and Arts Festival to Nuuanu Ave. With more than 40 bands, musicians, and DJs, this will be the party to be at that night. Find out more at

There’ll be a number of parties going off on Oct. 31. If you want to catch a glimpse of the most creative costumes, walking Kalakaua Ave. is always a good bet. Stop in at Hulas Waikiki, where the theme is “Fairy Tales.” The evening will be hosted by comedic genius Cocoa Chandelier and promises to provide a memorable outing.

Promoters Flash Hansen and Blaise Sato team up once again to bring us “The Modern Experience” in the ballroom at the Modern Honolulu. This year’s party, “Sideshow,” is circus-themed, and the duo have organized a team of local DJs to hold down the turntables for the night. If you want to avoid Waikiki traffic, but still be at one of the hottest parties of the night, this is your bet.

There you have it.  A smorgasbord of things to put you in the Halloween mood. With so many options, there’s no excuse not to get up, get out, and get your Halloween on.

When he’s not out and about at the hottest parties and other events in Honolulu, Derin “Dare” Derego works as an account executive at a local radio station group. Reach him via email at or follow him on Twitter.

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