Celebrate the Perfect Maui Halloween Island Style
We have a saying on island, Maui No Ka Oi. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the adage, it means Maui is the Best. There are more reasons than we can name in one single post why Maui blows pretty much everywhere else out of the water, but this time of year there’s one thing that really stands out — Halloween.
Whether you came to Maui with the intention to celebrate the spookiest day of the year or just happen to be on island during the festivities — Halloween is a celebration you won’t want to miss. Here’s our scoop on the best ways to get in on the fun and our tips & tricks (& treats!) to celebrate the holiday right!
Visit Maui’s Pumpkin Patch
Kula Country Farms Pumpkin Patch is definitely number one on our list. Upcountry Maui is the only place that really registers the season of fall on our sub-tropical island, so it’s fun to get a taste of some cooler weather and really get into the autumn spirit. We’re pretty sure it’s the exclusive spot to score an instagram shot in a pumpkin patch with a panoramic ocean view, and the haystacks decorated with corn husks and sunflowers are the perfect setting to capture your little ones! Go for the experience or go for the goods! If you do bring home a pumpkin to carve, be sure to compost it! According to Moku Roots, Maui’s acclaimed zero-waste restaurant, 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkin winds up in landfills after Halloween. Bring in your old Jack-O-Lantern for them to compost and get 10% off your entire farm to table meal!
Sail Maui insider tip! Stop in the picturesque town of Makawao and visit Sip Me coffee shop for a local version of a Pumpkin Spice Latte on your way up to Kula!
Make your own Costume!
People on Maui are exceptionally creative, and the best costumes you’ll see are the ones that are handmade. Go as elaborate as you like, but keep in mind that a DIY costume doesn’t mean you have to go all out. Wear what you have, or pick up something used! Maui has some awesome second hand stores with treasures that’ll help you create a way more authentic look, save some major cash, and also go a little lighter on mother earth. Not only does pumpkin waste wind up in landfills, millions of pounds of mostly plastic & polyester rubbish from discarded costumes does too! The best thing about thrifting your costume? Drop it back off when you’re done!
Head to the Keiki Parade
Lahaina town festivities aren’t just for the grownups. Before the sun sets and the ghouls come out to play, Front Street closes down for this family friendly overload of adorable. Kids of all ages are welcome to get dressed up and join in on the parade. Led by the Lahainaluna High School Marching Band, parade participants will have the opportunity to snag some candy trick-or-treating and enjoy a keiki dance party afterwards! View the event online for details.
Stay Up for the Witching Hour
Halloween night is as spooky as it gets on Maui. The quaint little town of Lahaina throws the biggest party in the state, and has earned the title of being the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific”. Front Street stays closed to motorized traffic well after the keiki get put to bed, and folks from all over Hawaii and beyond stroll the streets showing off their costumes and scoping out the scene. Most bars throw their own parties into the wee hours, and we recommend checking out Maui Time online or picking up a print copy for a list of what’s happening to see which vibe matches your tribe. If dressing up isn’t your thing, that’s okay too! In addition to the colorful and eccentric decked out bunch, you’ll also find a whole lot of spectators. We can assure you this is some choice “people watching”! Be aware that parking can be tough and it’s never cool to drive after an evening rocking out, so we highly suggest getting a Lyft or an Uber into town.