One of the largest Halloween celebrations in the U.S. returns to Front Street in Lahaina on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with fun activities for ghouls and goblins of all ages. Thousands of costumed revelers are expected to take to the streets on Fright Night.
"These are the sorts of events that we want on Maui--good for our small town businesses and communities," said Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa.
"Because of Halloween on Front Street last year, our shops, hotels, restaurants and bars made money, our local families had fun and many of our visitors booked return trips to come back for Oct. 31st again this year," said the mayor. "We are hoping for another fun and safe event for everyone this year."
Express Shuttle Bus Transportation Schedule
The County of Maui, working together with LahainaTown Action Committee (LAC), will host this family-friendly event for the residents and visitors of Maui, including a schedule of events and a transportation schedule for shuttles to and from Front Street from Central and South Maui (see sidebar on page 11).
Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking from Baker to Prison Street from 3:30 p.m. to midnight on Oct. 31.
Led by Grand Marshals Ruth and Joe McKay, the 34th celebration of the Keiki Halloween Costume Parade on Front Street begins at 4:30 p.m. The procession will kickoff with bagpiper Paul Tangonan.
The popular parade is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lahaina, Rotary Club of Sunrise Lahaina and the Soroptimists of West Maui.
Maui keiki are invited to come in costume and line up on the corner of Papalaua and Front streets at 4:15 p.m. They will parade down Front Street to Banyan Tree Park, where they will receive a congratulatory ribbon and bag of treats.
Come meet Mayor Arakawa and his wife, Anne, and enjoy music by the Lahainaluna High School Marching Band and attendants.
At Banyan Tree Park, keiki walk across the stage to show off their costumes and provide parents an opportunity for pictures.
Registration for LAC's major Costume Contest will held in a Pioneer Inn retail store on Hotel Street from 6 to 8:45 p.m.
In Banyan Tree Park from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., enjoy music with Deejay Ron from 007 Productions, compliments of Fleetwood's on Front Street.
Sponsored by Honu Seafood & Pizza and Mala Ocean Tavern, the costume contest will be held on stage under the Banyan Tree from 7 to 9 p.m. with emcee "Trish the Dish." Winners will be announced at 9:30 p.m. The grand prize is $1,000.
In Campbell Park across from Lahaina Public Library, official Halloween in Lahaina 2012 T-Shirts will be on sale from noon to 10 p.m. At 3 p.m., food booths, keiki activities, photo opportunities and face painting will begin.
From 6 to 8 p.m. in Campbell Park, the Whiskey Pimps will perform, sponsored by Fleetwood's.
Halloween in Lahaina is supported by town merchants and sales of the "official" Halloween T-Shirt at the Lahaina Visitor Center at the Old Lahaina Courthouse (open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and at Campbell Park during the event.
Revelers are asked to respect Lahaina's historically rich streets. Underage drinking, public alcohol consumption and public nudity are prohibited.
A first aid station, LahainaTown Action Committee tent and lost-person tent will be located in Banyan Tree Park.
Port-a-potties will be located throughout town, including Papalaua Street, Lahainaluna Road, the Fleetwood's On Front Street alleyway, Market Street and Canal Street.
For more information, go to www.visitlahaina.com or call Lynn Donovan at LAC at 667-9175.