Halloween is one of our favorite holidays.
When the children were little, we could reduce them to tears of embarrassment by greeting their trick-or-treating friends wearing a mask created by simply cutting two eyeholes in a sock.
"The Lone Stranger" made the children cringe. Made the wife shudder, too.
Ah, but those days are behind us now. Such antics are hardly worth it if it doesn't make someone ashamed to be related to you.
So we look with envy at those parents who will see their children marching in the Keiki Costume Parade today in Lahaina. The 4:30 p.m. parade is sponsored by Lahaina Rotary Club, West Maui Soroptimists and Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise.
The parade is, of course, just the first part of LahainaTown Action Committee and the Maui County Office of Economic Development's plans for 2013 Halloween in Lahaina. Food can be purchased from 4 p.m. on at Campbell Park, and live entertainment will begin there at 6 p.m.
A costume contest will run in Banyan Tree Park from 7 to 9 p.m. with the winner receiving $1,000, courtesy of Honu Seafood & Pizza and Mala Ocean Tavern.
Hmm . . . wonder if "The Lone Stranger" could nab that cash. Hate to ruin another sock, though, if there's a chance someone has a better costume.
If you go to the festivities in Lahaina, remember that sales of the official Halloween T-shirt support the events. You can purchase one at the Lahaina Visitor Center in the old courthouse or at Campbell Park today beginning at noon.
Elsewhere in Maui County, have a good, safe time helping your kids trick-or-treat. Young ghosts and goblins need adult supervision on this spooky night. Probably need a little assist eating all that candy when they get home, too.
Hey, it's a win-win proposition.
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