With Halloween back on Front Street this year, Hula Grill was feeling the Great Pumpkin spirit so they hosted their annual Night Before Halloween Costume Contest after putting it to rest for three years.
“We are excited to bring this annual Hula Grill tradition back,” said Assistant General Manager Vince Gill. “It’s always a lot of fun, and we really wanted to support bringing Halloween back to Front Street in Lahaina.”
The contest, held the evening before Halloween in the Barefoot Bar, judged contestants on three criteria: creativity, performance, and audience response. The keiki segment, which started the show, featured about 25 contestants, with lots of witches, superheros and video game favorites. Jackson Murphy, clad as Mr. Incredible, took first place. Second place went to a little gentleman dressed as a hobo holding a sign that said, “Will work for Candy.” Third place went to Iron Man.
The adult contest started at 7:30pm and had 15 entries. Caveman families, scary monsters, Rambo and vampire trios were just some of the costumes. Michael and Megan Jordan of Cleveland, Ohio took first place as a leprechaun and his pot of gold; they won the Helicopter Tour prize. Former MauiTime calendar editor Jessica Kingsford and her husband Dave won a night at the Sheraton Maui with their rendition of the CBS TV hit Survivor.
The third place spot tied between two creepy couples, and it was determined that there would be a dance off to choose the winner. But bride and groom zombies Darin and Alish Sturgill and skeleton and witch Dave and Sherry Odell were so good that another UFO tour prize was thrown in, so they all won.