* Something wicked this way comes when Erotica Slam Poetry & Costume Ball hosted by Maui Slam kicks off at 9:30 tonight at Casanova in Makawao. The Halloween-inspired slam poetry night promises to offer thrills, chills and nonstop entertainment with visuals by Douglas DeBoer, pole dancing by Amanda Furgiuele, performances by Kit Kat Cabaret, entertainment by Aly Cardinalli's Thriller Dancers, along with spooky stories, a coffin photobooth, opera exotica, live painting and more. Cover is $10. See Backstage.
* Nature's Halloween will thrill children in 3rd through 8th grades during Maui Ocean Center's "Sleep with the Sharks." The Halloween-themed overnight at the Maalaea aquarium starts at 5:30 and ends Saturday at 8 a.m. Keiki will enjoy a night of marine discovery, touching tide pool creatures and learning about the habits of sharks and turtles. A "Creepy Creatures" scavenger hunt will be held. Make trick-or-treat bags during the evening's craft hour. Costumes are welcome. Cost is $60, plus tax, and includes dinner, breakfast, snacks and souvenir. Reservations required. Call 270-7085.
* Lahaina Gateway Center kicks off a weekend of Halloween events with "Date Night Out" for teens and adults, featuring free screenings of surf films at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. and a Halloween hat contest at 7:30 p.m. for ages 13 and older. Prizes will be offered. The center's "Keiki Night Out" on Saturday will offer trick-or-treating from 4:30 to 6 p.m. then the free screening of a newly released Disney Halloween film from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For details, lahainagateway.com.
* Scary stuff is happening at the Historic Iao Theater in Wailuku. "The Cask of Amontillado," the musical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic thriller, will take the stage at 7:30 Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. "Thriller" is back by popular demand and will play at 9 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday and 8:15 p.m. Monday. Entry is free; donations are accepted. For details, see Backstage.
* Watch Maui Rollergirls, the island's only roller derby team, face off against the Oregon Rollergirls at 3:30 p.m. in a Halloween-themed bout at Kalama Park. "The Monster Smash" features music by DJ Blast and a halftime show with Hoopnatyze. General seating is $5; trackside / VIP seating is $10. For details, www.mauirollergirls.com
* Island Girl Pin-Ups and Three's Bar & Grill in Kihei presents its second annual "Dead Hollywood Pin-Ups Party" at 8 p.m. with dancing, performances and other entertainment. For details, see Backstage.
* Get decked out in costume and belt out your best songs Sunday and Monday night during Scaryoke at Haui's Life's a Beach in Kihei. Hosted by Daizy, the karaoke nights will feature lots of scary songs and treats for best- costumed singers. For details, www.mauibars.com.
* "Wild and Wicked" art show and costume party kicks off at 8 at Tiki Lounge in Kihei. Featuring work by Jaisy Hanlon, Daniel Sullivan, Luana Coonen, Dr. Gary Greenberg, Gabriel Mott, Rachel Gonzalez, Debra Rice Casey and others, the show's proceeds will help support Plant a Wish. Kanoa will perform at 10 p.m. See southshoretiki lounge. com.
* The Wharf Cinema Center will be packed with Halloween festivites, including face painting from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Halloween family photos from 5 to 8 p.m.; Keiki & Ghoulish Gala registration (free to enter) from 5 to 7 p.m.; and the 28th annual Ghoulish Gala Karaoke Costume Contest starting at 7 p.m. Halloweenville we be open from 9 a.m. on. For details, thewharfcinemacenter.com.
* La'a Kea Community Farm Stand organizers will present a Halloween Barn Dance from 4 to 7 p.m. at its 639 Baldwin Ave., Paia, location. Costumes, games, treats in store. Event is open. For details, www.laakea.org.
* Halloween Cannery Kid's Night returns to West Maui. Families can bring keiki to Lahaina Cannery Mall for Halloween magic, trick-or-treating, face painting, crafts and its popular keiki costume contest. Trick-or-treating starts at 5 p.m. followed by family magic from Kupanaha performers. Hosted by Shaggy of Q103, the keiki costume contest follows at 6 p.m. More than a dozen prizes will be given away in four age groups and costume divisions. Entry and entertainment are free.
* Halloween returns to Front Street with a night of activities. The coastal street will be shut down from 3:30 p.m. to midnight to make way for the 33rd Annual Keiki Costume Parade at 4:30 p.m.; from 6 to 8:45 p.m., Campbell Park will feature live music with 1810 and Sounds of Addiction, along with other activities for the family; from 7 to 9 p.m. an adult costume contest will be held at Banyan Tree Park; at 9:30 p.m. winners will be announced. Find out more about the events, dubbed "Back on Front," at visitlahaina.com.
* Dodge the traffic of West Maui while celebrating Halloween under the stars with Pacific Whale Foundation's Halloween cruises. Park at Maalaea Harbor and get off at Lahaina to cruise Front Street on foot. Then, when the revelry is done, take the boat back. PWF will offer two options: The Halloween Cocktail Cruise features appetizers and drinks, plus dessert and coffee. The Halloween Express Cruise operates more like a "ferry" with a choice of schedules, lower prices and the option of purchasing soft drinks and snacks onboard. For prices, times and other details, visit www.pacificwhale.org or call 249-8811 ext. 1.
* Pineapple Grill will be holding its fourth annual Monster Bash from 5:30 p.m. "until the coffin closes." Special drink and pupu pricing, live music, a costume contest (judging at 8 p.m.) and more will be in store.
* Calling all witches, goblins and ghosts. Fun for the whole family will be in store at Pi'ilani Village Shopping Center's Halloween celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. in Kihei. Deja Vu will play live music at 6 p.m.; a costume contest for adults and children will start at 7 p.m. Magic by Timothy Wenk and Brenton Keith, games, prizes, face painting, trick-or-treating and more included.
* Hula Grill Ka'anapali will reward costumed customers 25 percent off food during its "Night Before Halloween Costume Contest." The fun, family-friendly Halloween event will begin with a keiki costume contest at 6 p.m., followed by an adult contest at 7:30 p.m. Contest entry is free and all contestants will receive a trick-or-treat goodie bag. The first-place winner in the adult category will win an Alex Air Helicopter ride for two over Molokai. The first-place winner in the keiki category will win a $100 Walmart Gift Card. Additional prizes will given. For details, www.hulagrill.com.
* Get help from naughty night nurses Debi and Nicole during Mcgrath's Hang Loose Lounge's Halloween party in Kahului. The Witchdoctors will play rock from 9 to midnight; dance in the "autopsy alleyway." At midnight, a costume contest will be held with cash prizes of $25, $50 and $100. Free "ER pizza, therapeutic shots and curative cocktail specials" until 2 a.m. For details, call 877-6284.