October 24, 2012 | 07:18 AMMaui takes Halloween celebrations seriously. Don't be fooled by the calm, rural demeanor of September–it's just a lull while we're quietly planning for the spooky revel. As long as we can remember, Lahaina's celebration–starting with the adorable Lahaina keiki parade along Front Street and ending in the wee hours with the bartenders counting their tills–has been a defining destination street party for the last 30 years. We don't call it the Mardi Gras of the Pacific for nothing.
Back in 2008, the Cultural Resources Commission denied Lahaina Town Action Committee's request for their permit to close Front Street and have a stage and entertainment under the Banyan tree, effectively pulling the plug on the "official" event. The commission's reason? Strong opposition stemming from complaints of vulgarity. Mardi Gras of the Pacific was no more.
But there was a benefit to the CRC's crackdown. Suddenly, there were Halloween events across the island. There were costume parties in Kihei from Diamond's to Mulligan's, and Upcountry at Casanova and Stopwatch. Carousing through bars like Three's, South Shore Tiki Lounge, Ambrosia, Dog and Duck, Kahale's and Sansei was the happening, while Front Street was fading. There was no more need to drive the Westside for fun–now we had the freedom to get our freak on in our own neighborhood.
Then last year, Lahaina Town Action Committee, along with Halloween supporters, worked with the Mayor Alan Arakawa's administration and succeeded in bringing Halloween back to Front Street. Shrugging off the old Mardi Gras reputation, Halloween in Lahaina was reborn like an alien from John Hurt's chest. This time, good, clean family fun was the emphasis from the road closure at 3:30pm until the street sweepers come through. Shuttles from War Memorial and Kalama Park and extended bus schedules eliminated that prickly partying and driving issue.
This year, Halloween falls on a Wednesday, leaving us a full week of revelry in disguise, candy coated kids, and things obake tales are made of that ratchet up to All Hallows Eve. If you don't yet have your one (or seven) costumes, don't flail–you can get plenty of ideas for dressing up with the seasoned professionals on Maui. In South Maui, The Love Shack and The Enchantress possess all you desire for dress-up. There's no mask needed when you marvel at the makeup theatrics at Island Status in Kihei or Lahaina's Henna Lounge, where zombies pour out of their doors. At Maui Mall, Maxi's has long been the one-stop costume shop that few people can wait to get their fangs into.
So dress up, follow the candy trail and dance each night away from Oct. 26-31.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
The American Music Festival and Conference presents the Top Female Pop Acts Showcase and Cosplay-Halloween Bash. The night will feature New York's pop trio Lunic and host a costume contest. Hosted by Hawaii's perennial Halloween Vampire queen herself–90.3 KTUH DJ Nocturna–the best costume wins! Maui's own Pakaloha Bikini will host a bikini fashion show. Festivities kick off at 9:30pm and cover is $8. Lulus (1221 Honoapilani, Lahaina); luluslahaina.com
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Pacific Cancer Foundation & Maui Brewing Company hosts their third annual Oktober Festival from noon to 5:30pm. Come one, come all (children 12 and under free) for an afternoon of great music and craft beer all while supporting a great cause. Sink your teeth in Iron Imu, Outrigger Pizza, Donnas Dogs or Teddys Better Burger. There will be a silent auction, canoe display, Maui Brewing Beer Garden and County Stage featuring Visibly Shaken, Nuff Said and Maui's "Reggae Ambassador" Marty Dread. The best part is that all proceeds go to the PCF to benefit Maui County patients. Adult admission: $7. Wainee Park (Old Pump Area, Lahaina)
Lahaina Gateway invites keiki (children) for an evening of trick or treat and a costume contest. From 4pm-7pm, keiki 12 years of age and younger are welcomed to trick or treat at participating merchants throughout the Lahaina Gateway center. Keiki are also being encouraged to rock their best disguise for the costume contest. Contest participants are asked to meet at 6pm at the Hula Girl fountain. There will be plenty of Halloween sweets, Kula pumpkins and Maui gold pineapples. Lahaina Gateway (305 Keawe St. Lahaina), lahainagateway.com
Rotary Club of Lahaina presents A BOOtiful Night at Royal Lahaina Resort. For $30, guests will enjoy a night of DJ music, heavy pupus and desserts. Benefiting the Rotary peace Forum, Rotary Club of Lahaina has had its hands in multiple community efforts including Lahaina Public Library's recent facelift. Of course, the evening isn't complete without a costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to the night's best, so dress to impress! Festivities start at 6pm. Royal Lahaina Resort, Ali'i Ballroom (2780 Kekaa Dr., Ka'anapali), royallahaina.com
The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa presents "Roktoberfest" at Umalu. You're invited for a Halloween pool party "Gangum Style." The evening includes a costume contest with $1,000 cash prize to the first place winner, the "Best Gangnam Style" look-alike contest for a one-night stay at Hyatt Regency Maui, and photo ops with the Bud Light, Absolut and Malibu models. Guests will enjoy food and drink specials, the beats of DJ Blast and Pavy's blood fondue. Come between 5:30pm and 10pm, $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Umalu, Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa (200 Nohea Kai Dr., Ka'anapali), 808-478-2985, maui.hyatt.com
Halloween in Paradise with monster contest and over $400 in prizes. DJ Calcul8 spins it sick so shake and pop all you want in disguise. Paradise Grill (2291 Ka'anapali Parkway) 808-662-3700, paradisegrillkb.com
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30
It's Hula Grill's legendary Night Before Halloween Costume Party with no entry fee. This is the place to debut your costume before the big night and win awesome prizes! Up for grabs are a helicopter tour for two on Alex Air, Skyline Zipline tours and $150 in TS Restaurant bucks. But the keiki contest is the best–we saw a kid dressed as Deadmau 5 last year. How dope is that? Plus the kid got a $100 Walmart card. Just coming to the party in costume gets you 25 percent off. Hula Grill (Whalers Village, Ka'anapali), 808-667-6636
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
The Annual Keiki Halloween Costume Parade marks its 34th year and is honored to feature the woman who founded it, Ruth Mckay, and her husband Joe as grand marshals of the evening. The parade starts at 4:30pm and keiki are invited to don their Halloween costumes and strut down Front Street. Participants will line up at 4:15pm on the corner of Papalaua and Front Street. The parade will end at the Lahaina Banyan Tree Park and Mayor Alan Arakawa and his wife Ann will be there to meet and greet. Entertainment will include the Lahaina High School marching band. Come celebrate the past, present and future. Front Street. (Lahaina)
Front Street is shutting down for its biggest event! When the sun sets, the creepy and crawly come out for a night of chatter, costume and cheers. This is no keiki parade, and adults are encouraged to adorn themselves in their best costume and share with the rest of the island. Participants can register their costumes at the Pioneer Inn Retail Store between 6pm-8:45pm. At Banyan Tree Park, catch DJ Ron 6:30-9:30pm spinning. The costume contest participants will meet on stage under the Banyan Tree between 7pm and 9pm and the $1000 grand prize winner will be announced at 9:30pm. At Campbell Park, be sure to pick up the official "Halloween In Lahaina 2012" t-shirt between noon and 10pm, enjoy keiki-friendly activities like photo ops and face painting at 3pm and live music featuring the Whisky Pimps between 6pm and 8pm. Front Street has something for everyone on Halloween! [Note: From Baker Street to Prison Street, Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 3:30pm to midnight. No Street parking is allowed from 3:30pm- midnight. Employees parked in parking lots with ingress/egress only on Front Street will not be able to exit parking lots between 3:30pm-midnights.]
It's time for Front Street Warm ups, the kind where you practice bringing a cold glass of frosty beverage to your lips with a mask on. Believe us, this requires training. 6-9pm. Spanky's (505 Front St., Lahaina)
Quash the sugar meltdowns: don't forget to feed the kids before all that trick or treating. Get a pre-parade or post-candy bite with the family in costume and get an extra 15 percent off your meal. And don't forget to use their awesome buy-one, get-one 50 percent off coupon on page 17. Teddy's Bigger Burgers (Lahaina Gateway Shopping Center, 808-661-9111)
Pineapple Grill's fifth annual Monster Bash is back in full force Halloween night. Kicking off at 5:30pm, enjoy an evening of drink specials, live music and half-off prices on select bar menu items. First place in the costume contest is $100, second brings $75 and third nets $50. Pineapple Grill (200 Kapalua Dr., Kapalua) 808-669-9600
Captain Jack's invites you to boogie to the beats of DJ Illz.The Halloween party starts at 10pm and prizes will be awarded to the best male, female and overall costume. Word on the street is that there will be over $1,000 in prizes! Captain Jack's (672 Front Street, Lahaina), captainjacksmaui.com
Night Of The Living Dread is back on Halloween night at Cool Cat Cafe! Celebrating its ninth Halloween season, all are invited to enjoy Marty Dread. Overlooking the Banyan Tree, Cool Cat gives an entire new meaning to room with a view. Cover: $10. Cool Cat Cafe (658 Front St. #160, Lahaina), 808-667-0908, coolcatcafe.com
Hard Rock Cafe Lahaina invites you to Nightmare on Front Street, which runs from 9pm to closing. Following, between or during the Front Street festivities, be sure to pop in and rock out at the Hard Rock Cafe. There's no cover and first, second and third place costume contest winners will get prizes so dress up! The night's tunes will be brought to you by DJ Money Mike, DJ Danny & DJ Slim Live in the video Mix. Hard Rock Cafe (900 Front St., Lahaina)
Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa's Haunted Hale Trick-or-Treat kicks off at 2pm. Guests are being asked to meet at Black Rock Steak and Seafood host stand. Guests will then judge the best decorated office. Keep your eyes and ears sharp! Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa (2605 Ka'anapali Pkwy.), sheraton-maui.com
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Halloween enthusiasts can party every night this week at Tiki Lounge, starting with DJ Blast on Thursday, through to Old School With Salvo on Monday and DJ Decka's Walking Dead party on Wednesday. MIx up your scene at the place to be seen and let the ghouls behind the bar keep you satiated with their signature spooky Tiki brews. South Shore Tiki Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.), 874-6444
As a precursor to Halloween, the Maui Aids Foundation presents WICKED, with dancing, door prizes and a costume contest. The top three costumes will will prizes, so channel all your creative juices. DJ Del Sol will bring the beats all night long. Come early and grab dinner at Three's Bar & Grill, which will be open until 10pm with 15 percent of proceeds going to the foundation. Purchase tickets online or at the MAF offices in Wailuku (1935 Main Street, Suite 101). Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Pre-sale tickets must be purchased by 4pm on Oct. 25. Three's Bar & Grill (945 S. Kihei Rd.), mauiaids.org
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Monster Mash lands at St. Theresa's, and it's another opportunity for family-friendly festivities. Entrance for adults costs $10, kids 5$ or a family four-pack for $25.The Halloween Costume party will feature a DJ, dancing, yummy pupus, spooky punch and costume contests for keiki, teens and adults. The costume contest begins promptly at 8pm and winners will get prizes provided by local sponsors. There will also be a silent auction featuring date-night packages, jewelry and such. Special guests Frankenstein and his bride will enjoy their first couples dance so be sure to pin a dollar on the couple. It's all brought to you by FACE, a non-profit working to build a just and equitable community on Maui. Be sure to contact the number below for tickets. St. Theresa Church (25 W. Lipoa St., Kihei), 808-879-3195, facehawaii.org
Three's Bar & Grill throws Monster Bash 2012. It will take up the entire restaurant and patio along with two fully stocked bars. While standing in line, guests can enjoy a photo booth while waiting to join the party. Bloody or smoking cocktails will keep you cool under that wig as you groove out to the beats of DJ C.I.A and DJ Del Sol. There will also be performance art throughout the night. The best dressed monster wins a $100 gift certificate to Three's and the best part is there's no cover! Bring your best smile, sizzle and spice! Three Bars & Grill (1945 S. Kihei Rd., Suite G), 808-879-8133, threesbarandgrill.com
Ambrosia presents The Witch's Den, which features DJ Decka and daring Witch's Brew shots and drinks. The evening will kick off at 10pm so be there! Be sure to don your best costume because those dressed up will get tantalizing treats! Ambrosia Martini Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.), 808-891-1011, ambrosiamaui.com
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
When on an island, do as islanders do: boat! Pacific Whale Foundation is once again offering alternate transportation to the Front Street festivities via their Sunset Cruise. Here's a chance to roll up to the Maui Banyan Tree in style. The Halloween cocktail cruise meets at Ma'alaea Harbor, boards at 6pm/6:30pm, then sets sail for the Westside. On the way, guests will enjoy BBQ pork and Buffalo Chicken sliders, mac salad and roasted green beans with Maui onions. Guests 21+ can enjoy Maui Brewing Co. beer, wine and other tropical drinks (up to three cocktails). Upon arrival, the boat will dock for two hours before heading back. There will be dessert and coffee on the journey back to Ma'alaea. Be sure to make reservations: 808-249-8811 ext. 1 or pacificwhale.org
Ambrosia presents The Haunting. In another evening celebrating the Halloween holiday, DJ CIA will provide dance beats. Guests can expect costume prizes every hour. Festivities begin at 10pm. Ambrosia Martini Lounge (1913 S. Kihei Rd.), 808-891-1011, ambrosiamaui.com
80's throwback dance party and costume contest, $100 gift card up for grabs. 10pm. Diamonds
Ladies you know you love to boogie so come down to shake what your mama gave you with the All Access Party Rock Crew at their Boogieman's Ball. Boogieman can't get you unless you come in costume, and the contest starts at 10 pm. Ocean's Bar and Grill (S. Kihei Road) 808-891-2414
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Emmanuel Lutheran's 16th annual Pumpkin Festival is calling all, young and old. It runs Friday, Oct. 26 (5pm-10pm) and Saturday, Oct. 27 (noon-7pm.) Enjoy all things pumpkin and fall. Whether it's picking a pumpkin from the patch, sipping on a pumpkin smoothie or browsing the craft booths, the festival has something for everyone. Attendees can also enjoy live entertainment under the large tent while cooling off with shave ice provided by the school's band program. Emmanuel Lutheran (520 W. One St., Kahului), els-maui.org/pumpkin-festival
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
DivaDeva & Next Level presents its Halloween Costume Ball at the Iao Theater on Oct. 27. The evening's headline entertainment will be the award-winning Ultraviolets, featuring the Maui Roller Girls (7pm), DivaDeva DJ Paul Gotel (9pm) and much more. The Maui Roller Girls will perform a Halloween-themed black light burlesque event with a certain performance of MJ's classic that's bound to impress. Come early in your best costume. Doors open at 6pm and show starts promptly. Tickets for standard seats are $20, front stalls are $30 and VIP access is $45. Be sure to get your tickets early, so you won't be turned away due to capacity! Iao Theater (68 N. Market St., Wailuku), divadeva.eventbrite.com
Win $100 at Lower Main Street's bloody biker bar for the best costume. I Want Candy rocks the party all night long. Steel Horse Saloon (1234 L. Main St., Wailuku)
The Queen Ka'ahumanu Center invites you to Halloween Family Fun Day. Between 3pm and 5pm, celebrate Halloween early and give your keiki a great opportunity to show off their costume! A special performance of "Thriller" with zombies will kick off the festivities, followed by a magic show with Neil Bruce and then costume parade. Prizes will be given out to the best costumes. Meet at center stage. Queen Ka'ahumanu Shopping Center (275 W. Ka'ahumanu Ave., Kahului), 808-873-4325, queenkaahumanucenter.com/events
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 - WEDNESDAY 31
Iao Theater presents Phantom of Roctober, a series of FREE Spooktacular Halloween films featured each night from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31. On Sunday they'll show The Ghost and Mr. Chicken starring Don Knots (6pm). Monday's offering is Young Frankenstein (7pm). On Tuesday (aka Fright Night), you can catch a full evening of ghoulish entertainment including SyFy Channel's paranormal investigation show Haunted Collector: the Ghosts of Maui, Iao ghost stories, Maui medium and author ReGina Norlinde, the classic Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney and a special musical performance by Jerry Eiting (7pm). The finale on Halloween night includes Maui's Thriller zombie dancers and the annual Iao Theater showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (doors open at 8pm for Thriller, movie starts at 9pm). The first three evenings will have all-you-can-eat popcorn for $5 and the last evening will have a $12 Halloween pack available for purchase. Donations are welcome any night. Iao Theater (68 N. Market St., Wailuku), mauionstage.com
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 - WEDNESDAY 31
Maui Ocean Center invites keiki 3-12 to trick or treat in the Maui Ocean Treasures gift shop for goodie bags filled with Halloween candy and trinkets from 9am-5pm. Check-in at the Front Gate for store-only entrance (admission is free for the gift shop only). Then on Halloween, watch scuba divers carve pumpkins underwater among the sharks, rays and fish! Carving demonstrations will take place in Black Tip Exhibit at 11:30am and the Open Ocean Exhibit at 1pm. The aquarium will also round out its World of Weird promotion, highlighting the bizarre-looking marine animals of Hawaii with fascinating naturalist presentations, Freaky Fish Fact Cards and an exciting Creepy Creatures scavenger hunt! Maui Ocean Center (192 Ma'alaea Rd.), mauioceancenter.com
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
Calling keiki (12yrs and under) to the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center for trick or treating at participating vendors between 5pm-7pm. Pick-up your Halloween bag and list of participating stores from Customer Service. Remember that the trick or treating only goes on while supplies last and masks are not allowed on mall property. So be sure to snag your treats! Queen Ka'ahumanu Center (275 W. Ka'ahumanu Ave., Kahului), 808-873-4325, queenkaahumanucenter.com/events
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
The Montessori School of Maui is presenting Ghoulin Rouge, "Cirque de Freak," their second annual signature fundraising event. This year's theme takes this adults-only Halloween party into the world of the old traveling circus. Guests are encouraged to don their most outrageous costume and join the school for a freakishly good time featuring gourmet pupus, delectable libations, astounding music, festive live entertainment, a costume contest and the opportunity to support the Montessori School of Maui through a silent auction and Fund-A-Need. The event begins at 6pm in the Private Lounges. VIP seating ($2,500) and table service ($1,750) is available, and individual tickets may be purchased for $85 each. Montessori School (2933 Baldwin Ave., Makawao), momi.org
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Here's a haunted house for keiki and adults alike. For just this night, Kalama Intermediate School in Makawao will transform one of the island's scariest haunted houses. Dubbed Fright Night, the school will offer both a thrilling, terrifying haunted house and a separate "keiki haunted house" for those "6 and under (or the faint-of-heart)." There will also be a Fright Night Gallery of Games, food booths, a photo booth, face painting, a costume contest and more (all proceeds benefit the school's music program and student clubs). The chills and thrills take place 4:30-9:30pm. Kalama Intermediate School (120 Makani Rd., Makawao)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 - SUNDAY 28
Ever wanted to hike the Haiku rainforest through an organic farm while hearing Halloween tales of the Hawaiian land? No? Well, here's your chance anyway! This weekend, join the island's bravest adventurers as they make their way through a maze of old caves and bridge trolls, all the while steering clear of night marchers and the ghosts of "Chinese Miners." What were these unfortunate souls mining on a volcanic island? Who cares! It's Halloween! Keiki-friendly activities are also available. If you book in advance you save $5 off the adult ticket and two kids are free. Drive up to the top of Awalau Road in Haiku and park, then begin your hike on the dirt path with the Haunted Herdsman. Don't ask.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
The American Music Festival and Conference 2012 will take place at the YMCA stage at Camp Keanae with Kawaii-kon Anime convention and Halloween Costume Cosplay Contest for all ages.The all-ages Kawaii-kon Halloween cosplay costume ball includes prizes for best male and female costume as well as a Haute couture fashion runway. The headliners include electronic megastar Kraddy and Edge of Paradise. Come out 10am-10pm. Tickets $48. Camp Ke'anae (13375 Hana Hwy.), amfc2012hawaii.com
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31
Groove at a dance party with Simply Twisted, starting at 9pm. A pumpkin carving and costume contest starts at 10:30pm. Stopwatch Bar and Grill (1127 Makawao Ave.), 808-572-1380
Need an alternative to Front Street? Ladies Night at Casanova is the place to be Upcountry on Halloween. Don't miss the Halloween Shot Specials and Sexiest Costume Contest. Great prizes and new 50th State of Mind swag will be given to a lucky few. DJ Kurt and DJ TRVR will drop the beats so be sure to bring your best costume and dance moves. The party starts at 10pm. Tickets are $5 before 11pm, $10 after, and ladies are free all night. Casanova (1188 Makawao Ave.), casanovamaui.com
You guys want to really get a good scare on Halloween? We mean a real, authentic night of terror? Then your best bet is to head up to Makawao to Andy "Tex" Pittam's house. Who's that, you ask? We don't know–some other guy we don't know emailed us and said that Pittam's a "rather demented" (his words) guy who will turn nine rooms of his house into some kind of "Crypt of the Cursed" on Halloween night for anyone who wants to stop by. What's scarier than heading up to Makawao on Halloween night and just walking into some random guy's house? Of course, this is apparently the fifth year Pittam has done this, so the odds that he's just some murdering loon who will hack everyone who enters (regardless of whether they give him a donation, which is greatly encouraged) to bits are probably pretty low. But you never know... Open sunset to 10pm. Crypt of the Cursed (123 Auoli Dr., Makawao Ranch Acres)
It's Voodoo hoodoo baby, so bring your funkified alter ego costume and party down with the wild ones at AGWE Maui. It's an all-star line up with Reggie McBride, Joe Caro, Steve Ferrone, Eric Gilliam, Gretchen Rhodes, Mark Johnstone and DJs Boomshot and JayP. Voodoo dolls are optional. 9:30 pm. Charley's Restaurant and Saloon (142 Hana Hwy., Paia) 808-579-8085
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