We’ve all been there. Dressed in your Halloween best, and you head out to celebrate in your costumed glory only to discover that shivering. Or, you spend the evening shielding your costume from rain/snow/hail which is always a majorly inescapable part of your evening. Plus, it’s a super bummer to keep your costume hidden under a heavy coat. Sigh.
PRIDE OF MAUI HALLOWEEN CRUISE
SO MUCH FUN IT’S SCARY
Take that, Oahu! Just kidding, we love Oahu. But it is nice to out-party Waikiki, for once. Lahaina’s Annual Halloween Front Street celebration is the largest of its kind in the entire Aloha State, and the most celebrated holiday on Maui. If ever there was an excuse to go out and party past 8pm on Maui, October 31st is definitely it.
While certainly a much tamer celebration than Mardi Gras, Halloween in Lahaina still gets its fair share of inspiration from ‘The Big Easy.’ Residents and visitors often throw beads from the lanais just above the shops on Front Street, and the crowd of costumed attendees on the street resemble Bourbon Street; especially as the evening progresses and more people begin to arrive…Sometimes, there’s up to 30,000 costumed folks on the scene! Families with kids, single party-goers, big time Halloween enthusiasts and more.
Maui is still a highly family-friendly destination, and even the biggest celebration of the year is no exception. Travelers and residents with little ones in tow should arrive in time to participate in the annual Keiki Parade down Front Street, which begins around 4-5pm, as well as activities like trick-o-treating, face painting, fun photo opportunities and more.
Despite a few years of controversial interruption, the last few Halloween celebrations have reinstated foot-traffic only on Front Street. This is especially convenient for attendees of the celebration, considering the alternative is thousands of pedestrians crammed on narrow sidewalks. Yikes!
Despite a few years of controversial interruption, the last few Halloween celebrations have reinstated foot-traffic only on Front Street. On an island where the typical dress code is slippahs, beach wear and the occasional aloha shirt, you’d be surprised at how seriously people take their Halloween costumes here. Many people spend all year planning, making and constructing their costumes, and it shows.
No true celebration is complete without music and dancing. That’s a fact! Fortunately, Front Street has plenty of experience in this arena, and Halloween draws some of the best shows all year long.
Some of the best opportunities to catch live performances and bust a move are at Campbell Park, Fleetwood’s on Front Street and Pioneer Inn. Many of the surrounding restaurants also host their own live entertainment shows or live DJ’s. Best of all, the venues are intimate and cozy, allowing for a great atmosphere to enjoy alongside friends and family.
One of the best things about spending Halloween somewhere else? You get to focus on having fun, rather than waiting for the doorbell to ring or planning a Halloween party.
This year, skip the annual routine of handing out candy, cleaning your house or waking up to a toilet-papered yard, and spend the day relaxing at the beach, swimming in waterfalls, surfing, hiking, eating Hawaiian shave ice, driving through rolling hills of Upcountry Maui, or enjoying a Hawaiian lomi lomi poolside massage. There are certainly worse ways to spend an afternoon in October…
Party a little too hard on Halloween?! We’ve been there… The good news? You’re on a gorgeous tropical island, and a refreshing morning swim in the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean is only a short walk or drive away.