With monthly low temperatures in the 70s and direct views of the Pacific, there are a multitude of reasons to spend one of the best holidays of the year on Maui. Home to several island-wide Halloween events, Maui is known in particular for its annual Lahaina Halloween bash, held on Front Street in an array of bars, restaurants, rooftops, balconies, Campbell Park and Banyan Tree Park. Special thanks to Scott Drexler for his amazing photos and to our favorite auntie Tracy Dill, or should we say Mary Simone Lou Dill.
Beginning with its first official celebration in 1989, the Lahaina Halloween party is known as the ‘Mardi Gras of the Pacific,’ though you won’t be allowed to drink neon hurricanes in the street or chuck beads at people’s heads without getting in some serious trouble. With an estimated annual attendance of 20,000 to 30,000 people, Halloween on Maui is next-level compared to its relatively low key party reputation throughout the rest of the year.
Kicking off with a keiki costume contest that ends at Banyan Tree Park, this family-friendly event becomes decidedly more adult-oriented after dark, when bands, street performers and masses of costumed partiers hit the streets for dancing, live music entertainment, an adult costume contest and plenty of hilarious photo opportunities with friends and strangers alike. If you’re the person who assumes they’ll go unnoticed by not wearing a costume, you’ve come to the wrong party.
While the Lahaina Halloween celebrations took a brief hiatus from 2008 to 2010, the LahainaTown Action Committee and Office of Economic Development rebooted the party in 2011, once again closing off all vehicle traffic to allow partygoers the freedom of wandering safely through the streets. Hop on one of the Halloween Express Busses to get there, or ride in style on Pride of Maui’s Halloween Cruise option. Either way, you’re sure to have a fabulous time!