Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Lahaina Keiki Halloween Parade

Last year on Halloween, My Rare One and I were in the town of Lahaina on the west coast of Maui. Every October 31st, Lahaina throws a huge Halloween party. The town's main drag, Front Street, is closed to traffic and opened to costumed revellers. Once school is out at 4:00 p.m., the Keiki (Kids) Halloween Parade begins. Here are some of my photos -- I hope you enjoy them!

What's a parade without a marching band? Nice banana, dude, but those drummers are a real Scream!


Here's the whole M & M family -- yum!


What a cute little blue fairy! But what the hell is her Mom wearing on her feet?


Who you gonna call? Jeez, the entire cast of Ghostbusters showed up.


Remember these two crazy aliens from Sesame Street? A ringing telephone would terrify them, if I recall correctly.


Some local witches and a small Count Dracula . . .


. . . and several bees with their beekeepers following close behind.


At night, Front Street turns into one huge adult street party. Lahaina swells to about 20-30,000 people for that big costume bash. But the Keiki Parade wore us out so we didn't stay longer, but drove back to our condo in Kihei instead. Gettin' old, eh?

[All photos by Debra She Who Seeks]


35 comments:

Melanie said...

What fun! I don't know if I have been obvious about this or not, but I LOVE me some Halloween!!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

love the bees and the bee keepers! in the middle of the storm right now and of course my roof is leaking!

Sulky Kitten said...

Love a good Halloween parade. There's something about that banana costume...I think I want one.

sonia said...

So sweet! Love Halloween parades & glad to see the more creative, less gory kind of costumes. I love the Sesame aliens. They also were afraid of cows. ; }

Laurie said...

wow, what a time! Beautiful costumes,

Snap said...

Fun! I love Maui ... quirky!!!!!! :D :D

Pearl said...

It's not a party 'til the banana shows up. :-)

Pearl

Samantha Stephens said...

The bees are wonderful! What a clever idea.

CorvusCorax12 said...

looks like a blast

DEZMOND said...

such fun, Debs!

mrsduncanmahogany said...

Oh wow! Great pics! Loved the one from Sesame Street...brrrriiiiinnnnnggggg!!!

JACKIESUE said...

my favorite holiday is Halloween, every since I was a kid..my first memory of Halloween is of me and my sister who was 8 years older than me taking soap and soaping the windows of the neighbor grouch's car..we thought we were so bad..and if we'd been caught by the 'rents, we would have been grounded for weeks.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I love this! I laughed out loud with the costume of a crazy alien from Sesame Street. I remember the two nutty aliens very well! And I don't know why, but banana costumes always make the party complete. Just something about them.

Sarah said...

Oh what fun!!! I love those honnkers and dingers from Sesame street!!! Halloween in the tropics..fun!!

Lois said...

I loved those little aliens on Sesame Street. Once they brought Elmo in the whole program went to crap, I fear.

Jeanne said...

What fun! So glad to see that some where a Good Ol' Fashioned is still being celebrated! :0)

Robin Larkspur said...

Adorable keikis and creative costumes all the way around. Now break out the black and orange shave ice.

turquoisemoon said...

Luv Halloween...great to see that being spooky is still fun and still being celebrated!

Wendy S. said...

What a FUN parade! I never connected Hawaii and Halloween together and love how the two have come together here.

Em said...

I adore the bees and the beekeepers. That's awesome.

Anne said...

I envy you and your Rare One's ability to travel. Thank you for the pictures Deb!

Elsie said...

Those furry/fuzzy boots are to funny and way to hot for that island! Great pictures Debra =)

Riot Kitty said...

I totally forgot the Sesame Street weirdos! Awesome! I must see if my boss will wear that banana costume...

Sara said...

Love this! Parades are always a good thing, especially at Halloween.

CraveCute said...

Great costumes in these photos! Glad you clarified the photo was of Ghostbusters, I could have sworn the one white one was the Pillsbury Dough Boy!Haha!

LaelShine said...

I don't know..that sounds like my kind of evening too :)
I love that Lahaina has NO SNOW at Halloween..heheh can you tell I'm struggling? 3 more months...

Francie M said...

What fun! I am a fan of hoetown parades and this looked great. I have some questions about the banana though.

Magic Love Crow said...

Getting old! Ya Right! Great parade! So much fun! Thanks for sharing the pictures Deb ;o)

Lisa said...

I am still getting used to Halloween when I am celebrating Beltaine.
Still i have a cauldron of wrapped chocolaty treats, my witch hat and my besom at the front door waiting for the little monsters to arrive.
The photos are great; got to laugh at the banana lol.
xx

Jim said...

What a great tradition they have here! You mean you two didn't go out to the night parade too? Sounds like something we would do too!!lol

DWei said...

Looks like it was a pretty fun time. :)

Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous said...

Did that woman chop off the Cookie Monster's feet and wear them as shoes?

laughingwolf said...

neat :)

btw - love the hat you put on that wee bee ---> ;)

Goddess Findings said...

GEE!!! Enchanting! I so enjoyed this!

Annie said...

Halloween is not big here but it is becoming more popular much to the disgust of older people who resent the "American influence".

I saw those witchy brooms in Italy in 2010 - it was in a tiny village in southern Tuscany called Santa Fiore and the council workers used them to sweep the footpaths after mowing :)