WCC’s Haunted Village rises from the grave

Courtesy of Joseph Ciotti

Are you worried of trick-or-treating nowadays? Do you hesitate bringing your keiki to scary places that can give them nightmares?

On Friday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., WCC’s Center for Aerospace Education (CAE) will revive its Haunted Village, an otherworldly place minus the creepy factor.

“Haunted Village is a family event where parents and children can come and enjoy the spookiness of Halloween in a safe setting without any of the gore and terror of haunted houses,” says Joseph Ciotti, director of CAE.

CAE has sponsored Haunted Village since 2001, but due to construction on the grounds around Hale Hokulani and Hale ‘Imiloa, it stopped the event for four years.

But this year, together with Nick Logue’s Theatrical Group, Phi Theta Kappa, the Society for Creative Anachronism and Associated Students of the University of Hawai‘i, it will again offer exciting activities and thrilling shows in “the village.”

The village will be decorated with a graveyard scene, carved pumpkins and giant inflatable monsters. Lighted lanterns and torchlights will dot the landscape. Village people will walk around doing “Halloween mischief and antics that will leave one breathless,” according to event organizers.

At Dr. Phrankenstein’s Phantom Physics Lab, there will be optical demonstrations and hands-on activities about light. The village will include a special theater to see a Halloween cartoon show and listen to Halloween stories. There will be a nook for face painting. In the courtyard, knights in full medieval armor will battle each other.

For $3, guests can check out the “Nightwalk” Imaginarium show, a 15-minute virtual tour of a crypt and a haunted mansion. Purchased refreshments will be available at the Village Café o’ Terror. And if you come dressed in your most creative Halloween costume, or the cutest, or the scariest, you might win a prize.

So come out for this eerie-sistable event and prepare to have a spook-tacular time.


by Armi Habal, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter