Fright Fests

If your clients are spending Halloween in Hawaii this year, tell them to pack their costumes and get ready for spine-tingling tricks and treats at events on Maui, Oahu and The Big Island.

By: Marty Wentzel

If your clients are spending Halloween in Hawaii this year, tell them to pack their costumes and get ready for spine-tingling tricks and treats at events on Maui, Oahu and The Big Island.

The West Maui town of Lahaina goes all out each Oct. 31 with spooky and silly activities for visitors of all ages. Thousands of participants, many in outrageous garb, head to Front Street, which is closed to vehicular traffic from 3:30 p.m. until shortly after midnight to accommodate the afternoon and evening festivities.

Ghoulish Gatherings

Each year on Halloween only, Front Street becomes pedestrian-friendly from Baker Street on the north end of town to Prison Street on the south end. The closure extends to Shaw Street during the children’s parade, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hundreds of tiny spooks and superheroes make their way down Front Street to Kamehameha Iki Park, next to 505 Front Street, where each will receive a parade ribbon and a free bag of goodies to start off their night of trick-or-treating.

Starting at 5 p.m., Lahaina’s Banyan Tree Park sets the stage for the Halloween Arts Festival, where event-goers can have their faces painted and fortunes read, and where they can buy Halloween masks. Nonprofit groups sell an array of foods such as roast pork sandwiches, fresh salads and shaved ice, Hawaii’s answer to the snow cone laced with syrups of tropical flavors. During Halloween in Lahaina, performers and musicians regale revelers at various areas along Front Street, at Banyan Tree Park and the Wharf Cinema Center.

During various costume contests, the most spectacular and creative outfits take center stage. Participants compete for such prizes as free activities and dinners. The main competition begins at 7 p.m. at Banyan Tree Park, with a grand prize of $1,000.

Halloween in Lahaina is supported by the sale of the official Halloween T-shirt, available at Front Street stores, the Lahaina Visitor Center in the Old Lahaina Courthouse and at the event on Halloween night. The T-shirt costs $20, and tank tops go for $18.

Call the Lahaina Town Action Committee at 888-310-1117.

Scary Stories

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts is presenting two free Halloween events featuring Hawaii-based storyteller Rick Carroll, author of a series of books called “Chicken Skin: True Spooky Stories of Hawaii.” Clients can hear Carroll’s stories of odd encounters with the unknown, haunted houses and heiau (sacred temples), aumakua (family gods) and ancient bones, night marchers and strange noises, ghosts in graveyards and things that go bump in the night.

Over the years, Carroll has collected the stories from native Hawaiians, local journalists, nationally known authors, scientists and skeptics, frequent visitors and island residents, all of whom have experienced the inexplicable in Hawaii. He claims that every story is true, and each comes with plenty of “chicken skin” (goose bumps).

On Oct. 28, Carroll will appear in the upper lobby of the Outrigger Waikiki on Oahu, accompanied by a dozen Hawaii storytellers.

On Oct. 31, a similar presentation will take place under the stars at the luau grounds at Outrigger Waikoloa Beach on The Big Island.

In both settings, audience members are invited to share their own experiences with the unexplained.

Call 800-688-7444.

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