Halloween / If you’re not so much into the (VERY LEGIT) scares of haunted houses but still want a good excuse to dress up as a slutty Incredible Hulk (or whatever), the freakish, festive and fantastic street festival is back for another year of music and club-hopping. Hallowbaloo returns to the Chinatown Arts District this weekend to raise the dead and get them jamming.
Stop by the Dance Cauldron to see the Cherry Blossom Cabaret, Kalalea Fire, Dancers Unlimited and Giinko Marischino prance and body rock. Local artists will carve up jack-o-lanterns, a mobile art bus will hit the breaks, and (of course) the über popular costume contest will showcase those who take this holiday very seriously. Headliners Delta Spirit (!) with support from Anuhea, Black Square, Kings of Spade, The Bentos, Creatures of the Sea and Mano Kane are just a sampling of the amazing highlights in the abundance of live music on four outdoor stages.
“Hallowbaloo is a celebration of the district’s clubs, restaurants, galleries and boutiques–Hawaii Halloween revelry,” says Hallowbaloo organizer Mark Tarone. ”When all those elements combine, you have something special that gets people and media from the mainland, Japan and all over excited.”
The flurry of activity moves indoors and the district transforms itself to “Club Hallowbaloo” (ten Chinatown bars with one cover charge), where the dance groove and dwelling options are equally enticing. House music pioneer DJ Garth (thirtyninehotel), world beat master and KCRW host Jeremy Sole (ARTS at Marks Garage) and mash-up taste maker and Playboy model Tamara Sky (Nextdoor) will keep the party jumping.
(These are just Saturday’s events; “Free Hallowbaloo Kanikapila” in Kapiolani Park will feature acoustic sets from Troy Fernandez and Mike Love on Sunday from 3–6pm. –Eds.)