Fantasies will be brought to life during multimedia show ‘Phantome’ at Iao Theater

There is never a shortage of Halloween happenings (or Halloween puns) on Maui. This year, with First Friday falling after All Hallows’ Eve, the jubilant extravaganzas begin tomorrow and don’t stop until Nov. 1.

The Kit Kat Club Cabaret and Maui OnStage will present “Phantome,” a multimedia, gothic fantasy show filled with adult, Halloween-themed song and dance acts. This eye-popping pageant of wanton witches, naughty nurses and racy wraiths promises to lure guests into their wildest and wackiest Halloween fantasies.

The fully choreographed, original show features the sweethearts of Kit Kat Club Cabaret, plus many island favorite Maui OnStage entertainers; visual imagery by Douglas DeBoer; and Charles Cook as the Phantom of Iao Theater. The creepy choreography is set to kitschy songs like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Ring of Fire,” “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chocolate Jesus” and “Fever.” Expect sightings of the Raven, the Human Fly, the Werewolf and a zaggle of zombies.

Guests are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes or fantasy attire for music and mingling after the show.

Performances of “Phantome” are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. Tickets are $22 to $30 for reserved VIP seats. For tickets or more information, call 242-6969, or purchase online at “Phantome” is an adults-only event, presented as a part of the Historic Iao Theater’s fifth annual Rocktober festival. Alcohol is strictly prohibited at all Rocktober events, and bags are subject to search.

On Saturday, celebrate at “Mama Nola’s Voodoo Lounge,” a spooky chic gala to benefit the children of the Montessori School of Maui. This all-inclusive event features live entertainment, “N’awlins style” eats and libations, plus a silent auction and costume contest with prizes. The party is 21 and older only. The opportunity to do that voodoo that you do so well happens from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Montessori campus in Makawao; tickets are $100. For more information or reservations, call 573-0374.

Starting at sundown this Saturday and Sunday, you can fulfill your zombie-killing fantasy as you ride in the back of a ZERT (Zombie Emergency Response Truck) with fixed guns, while being driven though the haunted forests of West Maui.

Yep, this is real.

Imagine: As dusk and dark claim the night, screams and demons fill you with fright while you shoot ghouls, ghosts and zombies. Smoke and strobes cover the approach of monsters that want inside your coach. Fear not; as the darkness looms, your guns will halt their march of doom. The best part is no one can shoot you, so basically it’s a zombie paint/bloodbath.

The folks at Maui Paintball claim the clatter of guns and the splatter of paint makes this perfect for the entire family or a “romantic” Halloween date. If you want to board the Haunted Halloween Hayride, it’s $20 per gun with 50 rounds; but if you end up trigger happy, for $10 more you can purchase an extra 100 rounds to help you beat a dead zombie after he’s down (apologies to zombie feminists). Reservations are paid in advance. Believe it or not, the event is safe for ages 5 and older. For more information, call 866-7034 or visit

Also, “Lady Dracula” has been sighted, running rampant on the King Kekaulike campus; catch her Upcountry this weekend (for details, see Review).

Kihei Charter High School will present a family-friendly Halloween event this weekend: “Meet the Spooks,” an original musical-comedy, conceived by former KCHS student Roxi Nelson. When a group of teens get lost while camping, they’re invited to take shelter at Dracula’s castle, Frankenstein’s laboratory and finally the Mummy’s tomb. Familiar tunes are “Monster Mash” and “Walk Like an Egyptian,” as well as an original song by Nelson, entitled “Riboflavin Flavored Non-Carbonated Polyunsaturated Blood.” “Spooks” is a family affair, with Victoria Nelson serving as producer; set design by Kelli Nelson; and stage managed by Jessica Nelson. KCHS student Tabitha Blessum will assistant direct the production, with original choreography by dance instructor Erin Kowalick. Performances of “Meet the Spooks” are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 5 p.m. Sunday in the KCHS auditorium in Kihei. Admission is free for students, with a $5 suggested donation for adults.

Also in Kihei on Saturday, the Maui AIDS Foundation will host a 21 and older Halloween fundraiser at Three’s Bar and Grill. Dance from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., plus enjoy a performance by Maui’s zombie “Thriller” dancers, DJs, a costume contest and door prizes. Tickets are $10 if purchased in advance, or $15 at the door. For more information, visit or call 242-4900.

Next week, Maui OnStage continues “I Know What You Did Last Rocktober” at the Historic Iao Theater. The fifth annual series of campy horror nights will feature the zombie “Thriller” dancers; “This is Halloween” by the Kihei Charter High School dancers; and three evenings of film screenings. Admission is free for all of the movie nights, which include “Ghostbusters” on Wednesday; and “The Shining” on Halloween. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with prefilm entertainment, $5 all-you-can-eat popcorn and free candy for kids in costume.

First Friday on Nov. 1 brings the annual “Rocky Horror Picture Show” party to Wailuku’s Historic Iao Theater. The fun begins outside the theater where Rachel Deboer of Fabulous Faces can paint on your favorite “Rocky” character. “Rocky” party packs, including toast, cards, squirt guns and more, are available for $12. Doors open at 7 p.m. if you want a front-row seat, followed by pre-film festivities and an 8 p.m. screening. For more information about Rocktober at the Iao, visit


Also this week

The ProArts production of “Bermuda Avenue Triangle,” by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, continues through Sunday. Directed by Kristi Scott, performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sundays at the ProArts Playhouse in Kihei. Tickets are $22; kamaaina discount for Hawaii residents will be offered tonight only. For tickets or more information, call 463-6550.