The Center for Aerospace Education and The Imaginarium at WCC will host its annual Haunted Village on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the courtyard outside Hale Hōkūlani and Hale ʻImiloa.
There will be many activities for attendees like free face painting by Phi Theta Kappa, a spooky storytelling corner, pumpkin carving displays, food booths and more. ASUH-WCC will sponsor a costume contest for all ages. You can dress up to win prizes in three different categories: cutest, scariest and most creative.
“We want the kids to get a chance to dress up in costumes and make their creative imaginations run wild,” said Joseph Ciotti, event coordinator and WCC physics, astronomy and mathematics professor.
Pumpkins will be provided by ASUH-WCC for the jack-o’-lantern patch. If you dare, guests can pick a pumpkin and carve them to be displayed alongside award-winning jack-o’-lanterns.
At the Phantom Food Booth will be the Village Cafe O’ Terror. Here guests will be able to feast on different varieties of food like Spam musubis, teri burgers, hot dogs and other delicious treats. Prices will vary.
In 2001, The Imaginarium held the first haunted planetarium show. Since then, the event has expanded to an entire village walk complete with graveyard and spooky scenes, torchlights, gargantuan inflatables and illuminary walkways.
“It’s designed for a safe space for young kids to enjoy Halloween,” Ciotti said. “ … So kids can come enjoy the event of Halloween where it’s spooky but not gory.”
The Imaginarium will feature a 15-minute show called Nightwalk. The show will take the audience through spooky 3D scenes like caves that have ghosts and goblins.
“That show is normally a very popular show,” said Ciotti. “We’ll take you through a forest scene where it is nice and dark and a graveyard scene with wolves howling and bats flying.”
Members from the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) will be dressed up as knights from the 1100s. SCA will put on combat shows for guests out in the lawn of Hale ʻImiloa. SCA is an international organization that researches and recreates the arts and skills of 17th century Europe.
Haunted Village will be celebrating the film It’s Alive: 200 Years of Frankenstein. Mary Shelley is a young author who began writing the most famous gothic horror story of all time. It’s Alive: 200 years of Frankenstein features heart-stopping scenes from popular horror films of the past.
So get dressed and come out for a thrilling night.
by Taylor James Kipapa, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter