Without a doubt, the biggest and most celebrated holiday on Maui is Halloween. Each year, Lahaina Town is the host of one of the largest Halloween parties in Hawaii, often dubbed the "Mardi Gras of the Pacific". Front Street closes off all streets to traffic, allowing costumed visitors and residents the chance to walk freely down the street and enjoy the many events held throughout the evening.
An annual keiki parade and costume contest are some of the main attractions, but many bars and restaurants also offer their own entertainment in the form of live music, drink specials and smaller-scale costume contests.
If driving is a concern, consider booking a hotel room in Lahaina Town for the evening, but make sure to make your reservations early! For alternate transportation, check to see if any tour operators offer a boat ride from Maalaea Harbor to Lahaina Harbor, bypassing much of the traffic that tends to back up for miles on Halloween night.
Bring your best costume and enjoy a fun evening of Halloween festivities in West Maui!
I hear Halloween isn't going down in Lahaina anymore. Is this true?
Halloween is BACK! No one can stop Halloween from happening. We had a few years of it being not as big. The streets are again being closed off to vehicular traffic, and the festivities at the bars and restaurants are alive and well. Costumed foot traffic once again reigns on Front Street, Lahaina, Maui!
When do the festivities in Lahaina begin?
The festivities begin before sunset with the childrens parade around 4pm. We recommend you get there as early as possible to find parking and enjoy some of the shops while they're open. Arriving before 3 may assure that you don't have to wait in the long slow traffic to Lahaina.
Where do we park?
There will be dozens of parking lots to park at for a fee. Finding parking where you don't have to pay is unrealistic unless you get there early in the morning. If you are driving, please be wary of drunk drivers. Maui Police are not fond of them, and rightly so.
Does anyone go without a Halloween costume?
Yes, some people don't dress up, which is lame. It doesn't take a lot of creativity to put something together, even last minute. But most everyone has something on. That's what makes Halloween in Lahaina so great!
Can we get food and drinks?
If you want a sit down meal, you'll want to get to Lahaina very early. Otherwise you'll wait for hours. Alcohol is not permitted on the street, but the bars all up and down Front St are open and bumping. You'll find that they have cover charges and can be difficult to get into in the later hours due to capacity. The second story bars are the best because of the great views.
Does it cost anything to get into the Halloween carnival on Front Street?
There is no admission to the festivities, though bars and some restaurants will have cover charges.
Is it safe in Lahaina on Halloween?
Most years, Lahaina has 80 police officers patrolling on October 31st. Lahaina is probably the safest place to be at on Halloween because of the overwhelming caution of the police force. After it gets dark, you may want to take the kids home. People can tend to get over-zealous and some people wear revealing outfits. There will be check points to stop drunk drivers as well as random stops.
Are there any big Halloween contests and what are the prizes?
Many of the bars and restaurants have costume contests with various prizes.
What other locations are there for Halloween in Maui and Hawaii?
You can always go to Mulligan's on the Blue in Wailea for a crowd on the south side of Maui. If you plan on doing Halloween on your Kauai vacation, you'll find it a little slower paced, though still a lot of fun.