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Hawaii: In Real Life ~ Nightmares Live

We visited Hawaii’s largest and most elaborate Halloween attraction to see the man-made (and organic) spooks

Posted October 10, 2012 by Melissa Chang

I’m going out on a limb here to admit to you readers that I am a bit of a ghost magnet. Since I have my own ghost stories to tell, there’s never been any need (or desire) to go to a Halloween haunted house — especially not one like Nightmares Live (@NightmaresLive), which is not just the largest haunted house attraction in Hawaii, but probably one of the most elaborately gruesome.

We visited with Kevin, the owner and twisted creative mind behind Nightmares Live, to hear what goes into this production. Every year, the theme changes so you can enjoy(?) the surprises at every turn; this year, the concept is a haunted circus, with arcade game displays, a peek at the back office, the circus itself, and clowns … lots of clowns. They offered to take me through some of the rooms with all the lights on so we could give you a small preview of the attraction, but I was so creeped out, I couldn’t stand to be there for more than a couple of minutes. (I mean this as a good thing, for all you oddballs who like to have a scary good time at a haunted house.) So both this and our 10-minute HawaiiIRL video were done in safe, mild spots. Sorry, guys, you’re going to have to visit this place to see it yourself.

Here’s the thing: Neither cameraman Russ Sumida nor I knew that this attraction is housed in the old morgue until halfway through the first interview. Yeah, you know what that means. Remember last year’s video with Spooky Kine Investigations? Russ is still wigged out about that incident, so would only process this year’s video during daylight hours.

Oh, one last thing: The Nightmares Live staff is strictly forbidden to touch customers. So if you feel someone tugging at your sleeve … that’s not part of the attraction.

Nightmares Live
801 Dillingham Blvd. (Next to Max’s of Manila, mauka of Costco)
$10 presale at UH Campus Center; $13 at the door
Open every weekend in October, and throughout the last week of the month


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  1. jlieu
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I havent watched the video yet but just reading about clowns makes me scared – YIKES!!!

  2. Melissa808
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 9:01 am

    @jlieu Don’t worry, there are no clowns in the video! I made sure of that!

  3. kyleepuu
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I can’t believe it’s double the size from last year, Last one was SO scary! I can’t wait to go!

  4. Melissa808
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

    @kyleepuu you are crazy! I couldn’t take the first 3 rooms (not to mention the real ghosts)

  5. kyleepuu
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    @Melissa808 I screamed so much last year I gave myself a headache.  Then Wedge Lee said I should go in again. I did not accept that offer!  Scary and the costumes and gags looked so realistic!

  6. Melissa808
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    @kyleepuu  That friggen wedgelee!

  7. Mel808
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Why is there a water-flowing noise ?

  8. Melissa808
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 6:22 am

    @Mel808 Oh, there is a fountain right next to it (just out of camera). Not sure why it’s there….maybe to give it tropical ambience?

  9. Melissa808
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Don’t forget to click the HawaiiIRL link to watch the other video! There seems to be an EVP around 3-4 minutes, then at 6:40 parkrat starts freaking out a little. You can’t make this stuff up, folks!

  10. Mel808
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    @Melissa808  I actually watched the HawaiiIRL interview first.  I saw @wedgelee’s post on FB  and was compelled to click on the link . . . cc: parkrat

  11. Mel808
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    @Melissa808 Ah. Probably.  Tiki and all right there.

  12. Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:24 am

    @Melissa808  @jlieu Other than you. Buwahahaha!

  13. Posted October 12, 2012 at 7:25 am

    @Melissa808 I wasn’t freaking out! I was slightly concerned about the sound that I was hearing on the video that I have never heard on any other video we have ever done before. That is all. That is my story and I’m sticking with it.

  14. Melissa808
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 8:24 am

    @ParkRat shuuuuuure

About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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