It’s that time of year again. The air is getting brisk, pumpkin spice everything surrounds us, and the leaves are slowly starting to turn. At least in other parts of the world. Here in Hawaii, it’s still beautifully sunny, warm, and while you may find a pumpkin spice latte or two, we’re still sipping on icy tropical beverages!
Still, we recognize that it is autumn, and with it comes one of the year’s funnest holidays. Just because we’re in a tropical paradise doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a spooky good time here. Quite the contrary, actually. During Halloween, the streets of Lahaina are crowded with ghouls, ghosts, and goblins, all looking for a good time and an evening of debauchery and wickedness like you’d never expect from a quiet tropical escape like Maui!
Lahaina Halloween Party
Would you believe us if we told you that Halloween is arguably Maui’s favorite holiday? Just visit the West Maui town of Lahaina, which hosts a crazy Halloween party every year!
Called the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific,” the Lahaina Halloween party invites costumed guests to mingle and stroll through the streets, stopping for the many events happening on Halloween night. As you gawk at the incredibly detailed (and sometimes a bit racy) costumes put together by some of Maui’s most creative locals and visitors, you’ll also want to stop in at some of the many bars and restaurants along Front Street.
Be sure to arrive early, especially if you’re coming from the resorts of South Maui in Wailea and Kihei, as traffic and parking become more and more challenging as the evening wears on.
Savvy visitors start their celebrations early, out on the blue waters of the Pacific, setting sail on a champagne sunset cruise from the Lahaina Harbor. Enjoy the serenity of the calm boat ride as the sun slips below the horizon, signifying that the party is just getting warmed up back on land. Sip some champagne to get you warmed up for the Halloween-loving crowd.
Of course, just because it’s autumn everywhere else doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the warm water of Maui. If it’s adventure in the sun you want, book a snorkel or diving tour in the deep blue, or stick to the surface with stand-up paddleboard or windsurfing lessons.
Kayaking, kiteboarding, performance sailing – there are so many ways you can enjoy the warm waters of the Pacific, it’s just a matter of what kind of experience you’re looking for! If it’s a new skill you want to return with, try the surfing or paddling lessons. Want to become one with nature? Then you definitely want to strap on snorkel gear and explore the depths!
Regardless of what you do, though, don’t forget to be ready for the ghoulish festivities of Halloween in Lahaina!