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Photos: Halloween partygoers, band raise hell at The Mai-Kai’s fifth annual Hulaween

The Mai-Kai’s Molokai bar was filled with costume-clad revelers on Friday, Oct. 25, for the historic Polynesian restaurant’s frighteningly festive Halloween bash known as Hulaween. South Florida surf band Skinny Jimmy & the Stingrays performed three sets of retro classics and choice originals, there were many creative entries in the costume contest, and a good time was had by all at the fifth annual event.
See below: Browse 20 photos from the event

Skinny Satan (Jimmy) & the Stingrays get the crowed revved up at the fifth annual Hulaween at The Mai-Kai
Skinny Satan (Jimmy) & the Stingrays get the crowed revved up at the fifth annual Hulaween at The Mai-Kai. (Atomic Grog photo)

The bar opened at 5 p.m. for happy hour and exotic Halloween tunes programmed by The Atomic Grog. The band hit the stage after 7, cranking up the energy as Skinny Jimmy channeled Satan himself. The rest of the band took on the personas of famous Halloween characters as they ripped through instrumental surf hits from the past 50 years, including such appropriate songs Moonlight Surf, Dark Eyes, Jack the Ripper, Ghost Riders, and the Munsters TV show theme.

A Mexican wrestler and a pirate, better known as Mai-Kai manager Kern Mattei and marketing director Pia Dahlquist, once again hosted the costume contest and awarded the grand prize to a creative couple who came to the party as a pair of Tikis. Runners-up included several artistic Day of the Dead couples, the scary Sleestak and a confused Rastafarian Scotsman.

The band kept the party rockin’ until midnight as attendees enjoyed The Mai-Kai’s legendary tropical drinks in the nautical-themed lounge. Sponsor Captain Morgan also presented rum and cocktail samples featuring its tasty Captain Morgan Black.

Once again, The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale proved to be the perfect locale for a vintage Halloween bash featuring timeless music and creative costumes with a laid-back island vibe. See you at Hulaween 2014.

Previous Hulaween 2013 coverage
* Video clips guaranteed to get you in the Hulaween spirit
* Oct. 25 marks five years of frightening fun at Mai-Kai’s Hulaween party
* Beware the ‘Horror of Party Beach’ at The Mai-Kai’s Hulaween


Hulaween 2013 photo gallery
(Click on thumbnails to see larger images or to view as slideshow)

Photos by The Atomic Grog and The Mai-Kai
* More Mai-Kai photos on Facebook


Past Hulaween coverage
* 2012 recap, photos: Hulaween was hoppin’ all night at The Mai-Kai

The Mai-Kai
* Official site | Facebook page | Past Hulaween photos: 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

More on The Atomic Grog
* Mai-Kai Cocktail Guide | See all our Mai-Kai posts

Skinny Jimmy & the Stingrays
* Facebook page | Audio, video | YouTube videos

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