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Since 1990, the historic town of Lahaina on Maui’s west side has been a focal point for Halloween festivities.  Crowds begin to gather in the late afternoon to kick off the event with annual Keiki Parade which starts near the Hard Rock Cafe.  The county closes off Front Street to all vehicle traffic well into the evening.  As the sun sets, the streets fill with colorful costumes, contests, and plenty of entertainment.

Image provided by LahainaHalloween.com

Past Halloween events in Lahaina have had a reputation for getting overly rowdy, which resulted in the cancellation of the festivities in 2008 and 2009.  More recently, the Maui County Cultural Resource Commission decided that Lahaina’s Front Street celebration doesn’t pose a threat to the town or the Hawaiian culture of Aloha Spirit.  Since 2010, the celebrations have returned.

Attracting over 20,000 people on average, this event has earned the nickname, “Mardi Gras of the Pacific.”  Many bars and restaurants offer costume contests and a great second story view of the celebration below.  Check out the Lahaina Halloween photo gallery for great costumes ideas.  If you think you have a prize winning costume, suit up and make your way to Banyan Tree Park to battle fellow contestants for a cask prize.  For more information, visit the Lahaina Halloween website.