Thursday, October 28, 2010

What is the Hawthorne Hotel Halloween Ball, you ask?

Wow, sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees!  We have been posting about buying tickets to the ball, but have not really posted a detailed outline of what the ball is all about.

Our Halloween Ball is a themed costume event, held annually here at the Hawthorne Hotel for at least 20 years.  It is the biggest, best party in Salem, which is the Halloween Capital of the World.  Even Reuter's News Service said our Ball is THE NUMBER ONE thing to do in Salem for Haunted Happenings.

Everyone comes in costume.  We decorate the entire public space of the hotel for the party in the theme of the ball.  We have a contest to determine which department of the hotel wins the decorating contest.  This contest is judged by our celebrity judges who get to come early.

The judges also determine who gets to participate in the costume contest.  We are giving cash prizes totalling $1,700 to the following:  Best Individual Costume, Best Group Costume, and Best "Theme of the Ball", which this year is "Bedlam Behind Bars".

We have a Band in the Ballroom, and DJs in the Library (the Dungeon) and Sophia's (the Infirmary) for dancing the night away. 

There will be tables of food, and servers passing all manner of hors d'oeuvres all night long.  There will be cash bars and beer buckets everywhere.

We will have three set-ups for photography, and photographers taking your photos with our compliments.  They will be available digitally with no additional cost.

And at the end of the night each guest will receive a souvenir tee-shirt with the ball logo on it -- certainly to become a collector's item, or a great nightshirt!

Tickets are still available, but are flying right now.  They are $90 each, and you can buy them by calling the hotel directly at 978-744-4080, or going on and typing in Hawthorne Hotel, or by downloading the Haunted Happenings "App" on your iPhone and buying them right on your phone.

I hope to see you (and your spectacular costume) right here at the Hawthorne Hotel on Saturday, October 30.  Doors open at 7:30 pm, and everyone will turn into a pumpkin at midnight!


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