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Fright Night Fun, Maui style

October 26, 2010 - Trisha Smith
Tricks, treats and freaks for all this Halloween.

I love Halloween and all the deliciously devilish fun that ensues during this time of the year! I've had my fair share of fantastic autumn adventures, including sporting an awesome makeshift Toad costume and running around a sweet Chicago loft party like an idiot with a silver, sequin-covered Super Mario Bros. star and smashing into people. Hehehe!

I also thought it was a good idea to rent scooters with my ex to cruise up and back down the Pali to Front Street's renowned fest in 2006. (Stupid right? It was my first time to Maui, okay, and I was easily skewed by evil forces then... ha ha) I ended up crashing on the way home and breaking my collar bone and dislocating my shoulder. I spent the really scary part of my Halloween in 2006 at MMMC, with a doctor dressed as a clown feeding me Morphine suckers as they popped me back into place. I still get the jeepers creepers thinking about it!

This year, I'm torn between a groovy Beetlejuice get-up, or a Blondie/Deb Harry circa "Rapture" video right now... Yet I really wanted to do Beastie Boys, but I have not yet found the right characters to be the Ad-Rock and MCA to my Mike D... ha ha

Anyways, one thing's for sure—there's way too much fun to choose from when finalizing Halloween festivities. Let's boogie, Maui!

Although Lahaina’s world-renowned, costumed street fest has toned down compared to past parties, there’s an assortment of Halloween happenings for residents and visitors to choose from to celebrate this haunting holiday.

The West Maui Soroptimists, Lahaina Sunrise Rotary and Lahaina Rotary Club present the 32nd annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade on Sunday, Oct. 31. The charming family-style spectacle begins 4:30 p.m. from the Papalaua Street intersection, moves along Front Street, past the Wharf Cinema Center. Ending at Banyan Tree Park, costumed keiki are invited onstage to exhibit cute costumes, and performances from the Lahainaluna High School Marching Band and Cheerleaders will wrap up these free festivities. Front Street will be shut down at 2:30 p.m., and is scheduled to reopen after the parade at 6 p.m.

Front Street will not close to night traffic again, yet this scare tactic isn’t stopping an array of Lahaina shopping centers, bars and restaurants from creating their own “spook-tacles” and events, and the town will no doubt be decorated with thousands of costumed creatures celebrating Fright Night.

LahainaTown Action Committee (LAC) will host two events on Sunday at 744 Front St. on levels of the former Lahaina Store Grille & Oyster Bar location. Teenage students in grades 8-12, with proper school ID, are invited to “shake their bones” during the “Hallow-Teen Bash 2010” from 6 to 10 p.m. There’s a costume contest, party favors, food and drinks, and rooftop grooving with DJ Zinn.

Adults, ages 21 and over, can head to the basement area of 744 Front St. for “Halloween Hell Night” and celebrate with phantom friends, a live deejay and drink specials from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Admission to each event is $10. For more information, call 667-9175.

Brave and creative souls looking for some spirited competition on Halloween should attend the Wharf Cinema Center’s 27th annual Ghoulish Gala Karaoke Costume Contest at 7 p.m., preceded by the sixth annual Keiki Karaoke Contest from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission and registration are free, and winners will receive prizes worth over $1,500 in treats from The Wharf Shops & Restaurants, located at 658 Front St.

If you dare, enter “Ichabod’s Haunted Attraction at The Wharf,” open from Oct. 27 to 31. Children may adventure through this haunted house from 1 to 6 p.m., while the evening performances can be terrifyingly intense and not recommended for keiki.

The entertainment continues into the night with island grooves from Marty Dread at Cool Cat Café and Sounds of Addiction at Mulligan’s At The Wharf, both starting at 10 p.m. For more on Halloween festivities at The Wharf, call 661-8748.

Not feeling Lahaina this year? Have no fear—there are plenty of lively, frisky, and even a few risqué, party atmospheres to choose from across the isle.

Start off your weekend of the living dead with Maui’s Erotica Slam Poetry & Costume Ball on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 9:30 p.m. at Casanova. This month’s Maui Slam is a wildly wicked and uninhibited celebration of erotica performance poetry, dancing and art. All tortured and creative souls are invited to deliver original, erotic performance poetry of three minutes or less to vie for $100 prize. The $10 cover also includes a Dirty Dance Party with DJ Sweetbeats, Vamp Tramp Burlesque Acts and visuals by Douglas DeBoer. Visit

Experience the thrills of theatrics at Maui OnStage’s 5th Annual Haunted House at the Historic ‘Ïao Theater from Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., and then on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and 31, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tours start approximately every 20 minutes and include the return of the creepy, cool Thriller piece and ‘Ïao’s ghastly ghouls and zombies. Hearts will pound with fear with the new “Marcher’s Wives,” an act of ethereal apparitions from the Hawaiian legend, Night Marchers.

As each night progresses and the hour gets later, the Haunted House at ‘Ïao experience "gets spookier and spookier." Admission is only $4 for adults and $2 for youngsters under 16. Tickets are available the day of the event and at the door only. It usually sells out, so come early, purchase your tickets for a later time and then return to be scared silly.

Vampires, zombies, roller skates—oh my! The sassy sweethearts of Maui Roller Girls present their Halloween mixed scrimmage “Monster Smash” on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. at the Central Maui Boys and Girls Club in Kahului.

This a family-friendly, alcohol-free event has skaters from the four corners of the Hawai‘i Derby World joining forces on Maui, sporting vicious costumes and maybe some real blood during this fierce competition. A keiki costume parade delights during halftime, and the frenzy moves to Life’s a Beach after sunset, where DJ Blast keeps the party going. Learn more at

Head to Wailea on Saturday night, and check out the boys of Kanekoa for Longhi's 6th Annual Halloween Bash. It's only $5 at the door and the grooves start rolling about 8 p.m.

Also on Saturday, Oct. 30, indulge in the glitz and glam of the living dead as the Island Girl Pin-ups present their Zombies & Pin-Ups Halloween Party from 7 p.m. to close at Three’s Bar & Grill in Kïhei. “Maui’s hottest Halloween party” includes Zombie Pin-Up fashion show, the Twisted Hips belly dancers and a sexy but spooky performance by Maui’s own Elvira. Best costume wins a marvelous Island Girl Pin-Ups package. Visit

And come back for another dose of horror at Three's Surf Lounge on Sunday, Oct. 31, for the Halloween RockFest, with groovy Maui bands Arise, The Mary Jane Experiment and Roots Judgement tearing it up until close in the Kïhei Kalama Village. The frickin' awesome and freaky fun starts at 9 p.m.

If the trickery above doesn't satisfy your cravings, revelers can cruise around Kïhei's adult playground, The Triangle, and surely discover an array of daunting demons to play with for Halloween.

Halloween in Pä‘ia was popular last year, and organizers hope to keep the family-oriented events flowing with frightful fun on Oct. 31. Decorated revelers may peruse a variety of store and boutique activities across town, starting at 4 p.m. with trick-or-treating followed by contests, giveaways, music and more. Organized events last until 8 p.m., but the Pä‘ia’s restaurants and bars will remain open for adults looking to prolong spirited evenings. And with the coconut wireless revealing the legendary Charley's may close soon, you can guarantee there will be some fun and creepy critters haunting the saloon Halloween evening.

Instead of getting “decked out” to celebrate, jump on deck and enter the 9th Annual Johnny Baldwin Halloween Shootout 2010, “the largest single day” marlin fishing tournament in Hawai‘i. Contact Rainya Tao, the Halloween Shootout’s marketing director, at (808) 870-9169 or for details.

As the old Halloween fortune goes, I bestow "a word of advice, though sorely needed, goes in danger of being unheeded,” that no matter what frightening fun you seek or creepy company you keep this weekend, beware that “demons are a ghoul’s best friend,” and you best believe it's better to be safe and respectful to yourself and others on All Hallow’s Eve.


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If you dare, make your way to Maui OnStage’s 5th Annual Haunted House at the Historic ‘Ïao Theater. Torturous tours run every 20 minutes on Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., and then on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 30 and 31, from 6 to 10 p.m.


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