You’ll laugh, . . . . . . you’ll shriek
Maui's performing arts scene offers tricks and treats for Halloween season
When it comes to Halloween, Maui is an island-wide, non-stop special event festival that caters to all ages. There are dozens of nightclub events not included in this guide, but if you’re looking for family-friendly, teen-friendly or PG-13 ghoulish entertainment, chances are there are several safe options happening close to your neighborhood starting this weekend.
An alternative event for children under age 10 is Maui OnStage Youth Theater’s production of “Honk! JR.,” by Anthony Drewe and George Styles. The one-hour musical-comedy stars more than two dozen children between the ages of 7 and 14.
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale “The Ugly Duckling,” “Honk! JR.” tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck. Ugly (Rylnn Guthrie) looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out despite his mother’s protective flapping.
Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl sets out on an adventure of self-discovery. Along the way, Ugly outwits a very hungry Cat (Madison Cordeiro), and meets a whole flock of unique characters who discover that being different is not a bad thing to be.
Performances are at 11 a.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays, opening Saturday and running through Oct. 28 at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. To purchase tickets for any Iao Theater event, call 242-6969 or order online at www.mauionstage.com.
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For slightly older children looking for a chicken-skin Halloween event, 20 of the Seabury Hall middle school students will perform “In a Grove: Four Japanese Ghost Stories,” directed by Marsha Kelly.
Kelly’s stagecraft students have researched the Edo period and created sets and props for the actors and koken (black-garbed manipulators). Expect to hear the sounds of koto (traditional Japanese string instrument) and shakuhachi (bamboo flute) as you enter the theater, and enjoy Halloween-themed treats and beverages.
This full-length play (with one intermission) is family friendly, sometimes chilling and often hilarious.
• Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the ‘A’ali’ikuhonua Creative Arts Center on the Seabury Hall campus in Makawao. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students. For more information visit www.seaburyhall.org.
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The annual Haunted Haiku Hike 2018 continues over the next two weekends. At this one-hour intermediate-level hike, all ages can explore ancient caves and hidden waterways, discover the secrets of the spooky forest, find the lost souls of the Kalakohe valley and learn the forbidden tales of Maui’s dark past.
• The night-time walking tours take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday and Oct. 26. The trail head is located at the top of Awalau Road (just above Hanzawa’s General Store) in Haiku. Tours are limited to 20 guests per night and reservations are required. Tickets are $20. To reserve your spot, contact awalaufarms@ gmail.com with the names of your guests and the date that you would like to attend.
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Those seeking a stylish Halloween outing might enjoy the British National Theatre’s encore screening of “Frankenstein.”
Captured live on film in London, this lauded stage production will be shown twice in the coming weeks. Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, the production features both Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch as both Victor Frankenstein and his Creature. Cumberbatch plays the Creature on Monday, Miller on Oct. 29, in this chance for audiences to see both versions.
Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.
• Screenings are at 7 p.m. Monday and Oct. 29 at the Maui Mall Megaplex 12. Reserved seats are $15.62 (plus applicable fees) and are available at www.fathomevents .com.
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Next weekend, teens and adults might enjoy a free “Rocky Horror Picture Show” movie party during Kihei’s Fourth Friday Town Party, Oct. 26. The customary “Rocky” festivities begin at 8 p.m. in the ProArts Playhouse at Azeka Place Makai. Costumes and party favors are encouraged (toast, hats, gloves, glow lights, noisemakers, etc.) with a limited amount available for purchase at the theater.
In addition, ProArts will be offering three free “Thriller” zombie dance lessons to the public with zombie makeup available for purchase from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; and repeating from 5:30 to 6:30 Saturday, Oct. 27 and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. The dance student street performances will then be filmed on your phones to post and share.
Also that last weekend in October, Free Range Comedy performs at the Playhouse at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Maui Improv at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
• Tickets are $10 for Saturday and $5 for Sunday. For more information, visit www.pro artsmaui.com or call 463-6550.
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For Upcountry youngsters, the family-friendly event “Spookfest” takes place in Makawao. Celebrate Halloween in your best spooky outfits and enjoy “trunk or treating,” a costume contest for children and adults, face painting, $10 unlimited keiki games and a haunted house for $6 per person.
• The festivities take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at Kalama Intermediate School, 120 Makani Rd.
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Central Maui families can enjoy “Bootown,” a giant block party for all ages. Activities will include a haunted maze, costume contest, games, trick or treating and much more.
• This event takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at 424 Dairy Road in Kahului (at the former Kmart store). Tickets are $10.
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For westside kids, the Outlets of Maui presents “Halloween Boo Bash” with free trick or treat bags for children, mall-wide trick or treating, plus pumpkin painting or carving, a Maui Ocean Center creepy crawly creature exhibition and face painting.
• The event happens from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Outlets of Maui, 900 Front St. in Lahaina.
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On the southside, the second annual keiki Halloween at The Shops runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Shops At Wailea. Entertainment includes spooky ukulele tunes from 4 to 6 p.m., a Halloween bash presented by Maui Zumba Kids from 4 to 5 p.m. and a costume contest with prizes. Registration for the keiki costume contest begins at 3 p.m. in the following categories: ages 0 to 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 10 and group costumes and pets. Following the contest, children and their families are invited to stroll the shops for trick or treating.
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Those looking to get the most use out of their costumes might want to visit Maui Comic Con 2018, where costumes are encouraged. The two-day event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28 in the Pilina Building on the University of Hawaii –Maui College campus in Kahului. Maui Comic Con is a free convention made by locals, for locals to showcase local talent as well as some of the biggest names in the comic industry. This year’s guest artists are Trina Robbins (“Wonder Woman”), Steve Leialoha (“Howard the Duck”), Steve Lavigne (“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”), Bob Camp (“Ren & Stimpy”) and the creator of “Venom,” Marvel Comics writer David Michelinie. For more information, visit www.mauicomiccon.com.
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The granddaddy of them all, Halloween In Lahaina takes place annually from 4 to 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. For one night each year, Front Street transforms into a giant Halloween party, filled with family-friendly activities, live music and much more. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. on Front Street with the keiki costume parade. For more information, visit www.visitlahaina.com
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Though possibly too intense for children (it scared the begeezus out of me at age 10), Stephen King’s “The Shining” will be screened at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 in Consolidated Theatres Ka’ahumanu 6 at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center in Kahului.
The Stanley Kubrick-directed psychological horror masterpiece stars Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and winter caretaker of the Overlook Hotel. Kubrick’s signature visuals turn a cavernous, empty hotel into one of the most terrifying settings of all time, while classic horror moments from “red rum” to “Here’s Johnny” and the creepy twins continue to draw rabid fans to this enduring horror favorite.
The Maui Arts and Cultural Center presents “Soil,” a full-length, intercultural dance theater piece by Michael Sakamoto.
“Soil” was co-created with Cambodian, Thai and Vietnamese-American performers.
• Performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in Castle Theater at the MACC. To purchase tickets for any MACC event, visit the box office, call 242-7469 or order online at www.mauiarts.org.