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September 28, 2011

Think About It: Front Street Fright Night

The Halloween party is back on in Maui, so let's see if the adults can act like adults to make this festive event a memorable one for all the right reasons. For 19-years, Lahaina and Front Street became party central on Halloween, with crazy costumes and a party atmosphere; some even compared it to a small scale Mardi Gras. But a number of local residents managed to get the event canceled for the past three years, claiming that it was culturally insensitive to the history of the area, had gotten out of hand, and featured outlandish  and inappropriate costumes and behavior.

But now the Maui mayor has said that Front Street will be closed to traffic, the costume contest will return for adults, and a good time should be had by all. And that's where the revelers will have to do their part. Having a good time without going overboard or ruining it for others is part of the social parameters that everyone will have to work within. For those who cannot abide by the expected social decorum, for those who see Halloween as a great time to put on their own freak show, they would best be served by being served in their own homes or at a private function.

Halloween, for those who care, should be a fun time where people can get creative in costumes and have a carefree night of entertainment. But to keep this revived tradition alive on Front Street on Maui, the thousands of attendees and the administrators involved will need to make sure that the event unfolds with a certain degree of class and lightheartedness to make sure a good time can be had by all. Think about it…

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