Was that a child-sized goblin I just saw walking down Front Street? If it’s October 31st in Lahaina, it’s very possible the answer is yes!
We are pleased to see the return of the famous “Keiki Parade” and Halloween festivities in Lahaina after a two-year Covid hiatus. If you’re not familiar with this treasured Lahaina tradition, it is a celebratory community event and most definitely a sight to see. Our small oceanside town goes all out. We start by closing Front Street from end to end and installing a stage with sound system at the Banyan Tree so that we can host a keiki parade in which a cavalcade of “kiddos” in costume, come right down the middle of town. Once the little ones are safely tucked away with their bags full of goodies, the young at heart grownups come out to play. For the next few hours, Front Street in Lahaina becomes a “local kine” version of Mardi Gras on our little tropical island. We’re not sure who enjoys costuming up more – the kids or the adults. But you are sure to see some inventive attire, ranging from Flo and her Progressive Insurance gang to couples decked out in Roaring 20s Speak Easy garb. Don’t want to get complicated? No problem. Throw on a robe, slippers and hair curlers and go as the famed comic strip character, “Maxine”. It works!
One of the best parts of the evening is chatting, laughing, and interacting with folks who were, up to that moment, total strangers. On Maui, we don’t keep that stranger status for long; especially on October 31, on Front Street in Lahaina. And if you’re reading this from afar, think about joining us for the next one!
While we’re on the topic of Halloween …
The market seems to have pulled a few tricks this year, but the good news is the real estate industry on Maui still has a few treats to be found. Just ask us.
In the meantime, here’s a fantastic Fall recipe for your sweet tooth.
Aloha, Greg & Leah
Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside & chewy on the inside. Butterscotch chips take traditional oatmeal cookies to the next level!
Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats, you can also use quick-cooking oats
- 11 ounces butterscotch chips, approximately 1 ¾ cups
- Optional: add 2 tsp corn starch, to keep cookies soft
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. In a large bowl or electric mixer, blend butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy and smooth.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add this dry mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and blend well.
4. Mix in the oats. Stir in the butterscotch chips.
5. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place evenly on a lightly greased cookie sheet (non-stick cooking spray works best).
6. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browning on the edges of the cookies. Place on cooling rack.
7. If you are going to freeze some of the cookies, wait until they are completely cooled, then place them in an airtight container or freezer grade, sealed plastic bag.
This recipe yields approximately 6 dozen cookies.
- Swap the butterscotch chips out for chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, M&Ms, Heath bar bits, raisins, craisins, just about anything!
- Add chopped pecans or walnuts to the dough for a heartier cookie.
- Drizzle the warm cookies with a glaze made from powdered sugar and milk. So yummy!
- Add just a little cinnamon and nutmeg to the dough for a warm spice cookie.