Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween 2011!

Myself with My Winners, originally uploaded by Linda Orlomoski.

Due to my frightening work schedule for the next three days (46 hours between 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening and 3:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon), it's going to take me longer than I'd like to write a post on my adventures as a VIP Judge at "Saturday Fright Fever", this year's annual Halloween Ball at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts, but today being Halloween I wanted to share one picture from the night.

One of my tasks as a judge was to choose contestants for the Costume Contest in the categories of Individual/Couple, Group, and Theme. With over 850 costumed party-goers it was a pretty daunting task to choose two in each category (one in the Theme category) but as with any competition there are always a few that stand head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to originality, detail, and obviously not-bought-off-the-rack-at-the-local-iParty-store costumes. One of my choices for Best Individual/Couple was the Demented Dollmaker and His Doll pictured here with that skeery woman in the middle!

When I have more time I'll show you exactly why I was so impressed with this duo who put a lot of time, thought, and effort into their costumes and who walked away with First Prize for their category. The creative couple were thrilled with their win - not just for the cash prize that comes with it but for the certificate and bragging rights that go along with being a winner at the premier Halloween Party in the Northeast - and I was thrilled that my first foray as a judge was pretty darned successful. I can't wait to tell you about the rest of the party and show you more pictures from what was undoubtedly THE best time I've ever had when it comes to Halloween but I guess it's going to have to wait just a bit longer as duty calls. Rats.

Have a very happy and safe Halloween and may your day be filled with more treats than tricks!

Via Flickr:
The Demented Dollmaker and His Doll - winners of the Individual/Couple category at the Hawthorne Hotel's annual Halloween Ball, "Saturday Fright Fever" held on Saturday, October 29th in Salem, Massachusetts.


  1. Ooooh that must have been fun and scary night. Happy Halloween! :)

  2. They certainly look like winners! Can't wait to hear more about it. :)

  3. Happy Halloween. :)

  4. I can't believe SO many people attended in costume. That boggles my brain. srsly. And I had no idea the Hawthorne could accommodate such a large crowd!


  5. What a great event to judge! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the pictures. :)

  6. It sounds as if you had a wonderful time, and we will all look forward to the full report. Hope the weather doesn't cause you too many work problems.

  7. Great picture! Those two look scary!

  8. what a fun time!

    smiles, bee

  9. With 850 entries, I would have had a hard time picking winners as well but from the looks of this couple, you chose well! They are indeed "skeery" looking! lol You must have had a ball, though, as a judge and just being able to be part of it all. It always amazes me at some of the creativity where costumes are concerned. I've been a pumpkin, a rabbit, a little girl, etc...see, no creativity in me at all! lol

    By the way, you look beautiful in that picture, my friend:-) xoxo


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