Camp Erdman Hosts Halloween Weekend

The Halloween spirit is alive and well at YMCA’s Camp Erdman this weekend as families are invited to take part in its annual Halloween Family Camp.

The two days of entertainment include sports, activities, campfires, a costume contest, trick or treating, a haunted house and other ghostly goodness.

“It’s great family time and it’s easy,” said marketing and communications director Lisa Ontai. “All they need to do is bring their bags because we’ve got cabins, bunk beds, hot showers and all their meals are provided. We have families who make it a tradition because they just love it. It’s the easiest camping you can ever do on this island.”

The camp is open to everyone else regardless of age. This full-family approach is what makes the camps such an attractive option for families, said senior program director Andrew Vanderwege.

“The family camps are great times to come together,” he said. “There are a lot of family fun activities out there, but this is a time when they can do some youth development with the kids and it makes families closer.”

In addition to the healthy Halloween activities, the program also will help campers better understand Hawaii’s indigenous culture.

“One of the really neat things is that Hawaiian culture is always part of what we do,” said Vanderwege. “One of our staff members is going to discuss Hawaiian legends, and the kids and their families will be able to enjoy Hawaiian legends and storytelling.”

There is still time to register. The camp runs Friday through Sunday, and rates begin at $104 per person for YMCA members and $130 for nonmembers.

Cabins are available for larger families, and financial assistance is available those who need the help.

For more details, call 637-4615 or visit