The Best Day of the Year & a Halloween Corporate Party

It might not be such a big secret, but I love Halloween. I love everything about the holiday. I believe that my affinity for this special day came from my amazingly talented Mom who every year hand made my costume. We would start in June or July...I would look at all of the patterns at JoAnn Fabrics and decide what I wanted to be. My mom always started early, because she knew, inevitably, I would change my mind. In August, I would finally be settled on what my costume would be and she could officially begin! (Thanks for all of your patience, Mom!) As a family, we would then visit our Grandparents, because they of course, gave the best King size candy bars! We would end the night with home made beef vegetable soup (to keep my tummy warm while trick or treating) and pizza when we came back in to assess our newly found sugary riches. 

My very first Halloween...I was a Strawberry Ice Cream Cone! For those who know me...this is very fitting! 

My very first Halloween...I was a Strawberry Ice Cream Cone! For those who know me...this is very fitting! 

I have no idea how my mom made those puff sleeves, but boy...that took talent!  Side note, I also think I cut my own bangs...

I have no idea how my mom made those puff sleeves, but boy...that took talent!  Side note, I also think I cut my own bangs...

This right here is by far my favorite Halloween costume! I was Belle from Beauty and the Beast and of course my brother was Batman! I always did love a good Disney Princess! 

This right here is by far my favorite Halloween costume! I was Belle from Beauty and the Beast and of course my brother was Batman! I always did love a good Disney Princess! 

Now that it is clear, exactly how much I LOVE Halloween, let's review an epic corporate Halloween production I took part of. This event was for the Western Illinois University cultural arts program called The Bureau of Cultural Affairs. You can click here to support the arts and see what new theater productions they are bringing to the University. The BCA, as they are lovingly called, wanted to put on a full caliber Halloween production with a twist. Universities are chalk full of creepy, rundown spaces that might or might not work for an actual event. With much cajoling, we convinced the University to allow us to turn one of the creepiest spots on campus into a one night only theater. It actually helped, because that was the intended purpose back when the University was built! 

Check out that spooky lighting! Lighting is key in any event and can really make or break the atmosphere. When given the choice, ALWAYS spend the extra money for a good lighting company. 

Check out that spooky lighting! Lighting is key in any event and can really make or break the atmosphere. When given the choice, ALWAYS spend the extra money for a good lighting company. 

The band we selected,White Ghost Shivers is an eclectic American band based in Austin, Texas which claims cabaret, jazz, vaudeville, hokum, western swing, hillbilly, jugband and ragtime as its inspiration. Given the right setting and spooky lighting, this made for the perfect Halloween concert. They are still available for booking, so if you are planning your own spook-tacular Halloween event, look no further than White Ghost Shivers! 

The Bureau of Cultural Affairs staff with the cast of White Ghost Shivers

The Bureau of Cultural Affairs staff with the cast of White Ghost Shivers

Have a happy and safe Halloween! If you are planning on doing a Halloween themed party in the future, I am happy to provide some pointers on how to not make it a cheesy party but truly an epic, thoughtful, beautiful and perfectly crafted event. 

It’s just a bunch of HOCUS POCUS
— Max