It seems like there are more Halloween events around town than there are mini pumpkins and gourds in a gay man’s Autumn exteriorscape. Pet parades, séances and a huge Ball are all in the works to make the holiday terrifyingly fabulous.
Event planner extraordinaire, Aaron Coleman, Pyramid Productions, has created “The Shining at the Berkeley Hotel” Halloween Ball – which is anticipated to be an all-out, totally showy, fun party.
“This is going to be the biggest and best Halloween party the area has ever seen,” said Aaron, who in 2008 helped produce the Halloween Block Party attended by 800 of the most fun and spectacularly costumed revelers around. “If you love Halloween, this is the party to be at.”
Aaron is taking the Berkeley Hotel’s Kingsley Ballroom and increasing the terror voltage with a custom-designed interior and exterior lighting display. The light show will include shocking “lightening” in the Ballroom’s two story foyer, huge perilously hanging flickering chandeliers and red and black lights illuminating countless of cobweb encrusted “The Shining” inspired decorations.
“As guests enter, they will walk, or run, through a five-scene custom-built haunted passageway with live actors, including possessed twins, an ‘out-of-control’ chef and Jack Nicholson look-alike,” said Aaron, who has been planning this party since July.
Cash and prizes totaling $5,000 will be awarded in for “Best Celebrity Look-Alike,” “Scariest Costume,” “Best Drag” and “Best Overall” costumes (first, second and third place).
The visual intoxication continues, prior to guests hitting the 50 foot cash bar, with a 10-screen super-slick video installation from M Studio inspired by “The Shining”.
Two fancy-pants New York DJs will reign over the many expected “Vampires,” “Oprah / Whitney Houstons,” “John & Kates,” “Michelle Obamas” and the most popular costume of 2009, “Michael Jackson.”
“I can’t wait to see the over the top costumes,” said Aaron. “This is a party for everyone. I know of one group coming here instead of going to Salem (Mass.)”
Langosta Lounge is providing the buffet for the anticipated 900 guests. Candyteria takes care of guest’s sweet teeth with a candy bar and Il Pavone will be serving its luscious store-made gelato. Spirit Halloween store (next to Target) is offering a 20% discount to anyone mentioning “Shining.” The Berkeley Hotel also has a special $89 room rate.
“The Shining at the Berkley Hotel” will continue the reputation momentum Aaron has build over the past three years as one of the top producers in our area of quality, exciting and original events that bring people to town.
His contacts, admirers and most of all, his creativity ensure a horrifically great time will be had by all.
“The Shining at the Berkeley Hotel”: 8.30 pm to 2 am, Saturday (Oct. 31). Ticket price of $40 includes everything but liquor. That’s the best Halloween bargain around. $50 day-of. Advance tickets available at PyramidProductions.info, Mike’s Beach House and Il Pavone (Cookman Avenue). The event benefits ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park.
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