Halloween in Lahaina
Front Street Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
For more accurate and detailed information, go to the Lahaina Halloween Website.
The largest celebration on Maui commences in the Historic Town of Lahaina. Halloween attracts over 20,000 costumed visitors to Front Street annually. This year, crowds are expected to exceed 35,000. Why Lahaina for Halloween? Since 1990, Lahaina has become the focal point of all Halloween activity. The town is set up really well to hold a large number of parading Halloween enthusiasts.
With Front Street being long and located on the water, it's the perfect location for a big party. The numerous second story bars and restaurants provide the perfect vantage point of the river of wild costumes below. The people of Maui and all of the neighboring islands look forward to Halloween in Lahaina. The Annual Halloween Contest in Banyan Park draws big crowds as droves of contestants battle for the cash prize, though this will be the first year in a few years where the festivities are being brought back to Lahaina. Front Street will have the streets shut down from cars. Many bars and restaurants will be holding costume contests of their own.
With any gathering of this size, there's bound to be some bad apples. In the past few years, there have been a few fights and some intoxicated minors. This isn't anything to worry about considering Maui's obvious law enforcement presence. Most of the problems occur in the back alleys away from Front Street. Native Hawaiian groups are using these few incidents to try and curb the Halloween activities in Lahaina. A 2007 Maui panel was created to decide on the events future and possible exstinction. 4 out of 5 voted that Hawaiian culture is not at risk with the Halloween activities. The Maui County Cultural resource Commission decided that Lahaina's Front Street celebration doesn't pose a threat to the Historic town's cultural presence. Front Street will be patrolled by 80 police officers and around 80 volunteers on October 31st this year.
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