For the second year in a row, the Marblehead Arts Association hosted its annual Fall fundraiser, the Masquerade Party. The event took place on the evening of Saturday, October 25th, in the elaborately decorated King Hooper Mansion. Although the whole house was decked out in spooky décor, the ballroom took center stage as a recreated circus tent’s interior, complete with side show tents. Festive music and the smell of fresh popcorn drifted throughout the mansion all night long while guests, dressed in outrageous, “high art” costumes, mingled about entertained by Marblehead High School student performers.
The mansion quickly filled up, with guests arriving at 7:00, and the night stayed lively until the event ended at 10:00 pm. Everyone made the walk upstairs to the ballroom near the close of the party to discover the deserving winners of the door prize, best mask and best costume prizes and the 50/50 raffle. The guests were all elaborately decked out in intricate costumes with many donning creative couples’ ensembles.
Tasty treats and drinks were in abundance throughout the house’s three floors and more volunteers from the high school’s two honor societies floated up and down the stairs with plates of “delish” appetizers. Fake cob webs and hologram photos were sprinkled throughout the rooms to add tiny touches of ambiance in addition to the main props such as a large clown placed above the stairs that was crafted by architect and designer, Tom Saltsman of Saltsman Brenzel Design.
Without the help of the many volunteers and creative minds behind the scenes the night would not have been the success that it was. The party was filled with laughter and the occasional scream from the upstairs gallery. The decorations paired with lively music and good food truly made for a spooky night to remember, all were bewitched.