If you didn't come in costume, the requirement was black-tie and since it's just as easy to don a costume as it is to fluff up formally, most of the 1,000 revelers rocking into the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom Friday night were dressed to kill, literally.
Let's start with chairs of the Ronald McDonald House Boo Ball. Scotty Arnoldy dressed convincingly as the evil Batman Joker while Jana Arnoldy did a hottie catwoman. God bless her and the other slim reeds that looked smashing in their body-hugging catsuits including Lisa Holthouse and Kim Tutcher, she in head-to-toe gold.
The Ronald McDonald team went all out for this mega fundraiser, held every other year, and their efforts were rewarded with net, yes net, proceeds of $1 million.
The baddest costumes were those of Michael Holthouse as a truly creepy skeleton in top hat and Ryan Herbst channeling Kiss with a spiked costume, 6-inch platform shoes and a bulging cod piece.
Ward & Ames orchestrated the evening that featured Michael Jackson-inspired thriller entertainment, Twilight Zone overtones and a wonderfully creepy decor that was electrified with "lightening strikes" and rumbles of thunder. Loved the blankets of cobwebs and hundreds of flickering candles.
We also loved the unrecognizable Don Nelson of Channel 13 morning news, who served as zombie emcee.
The Halloween blast honored Star Furniture for its 100 years of service in Houston and in particular for its long-standing support of Ronald McDonald House. While Star Furniture chairman Melvyn Wolff accepted honors, the surprise (if very brief) video from owner Warren Buffet had the party crowd momentarily stunned.
Costuming ran the gamut with Carol and Mike Linn winning my prize for most creative. These "social climbers" were dressed formally from the waist up (his black-tie, her tiara and bouffant do) and in climbing gear from there down. Scott McClelland, who has been on crutches since April for an unnerving ankle problem, came in as a Trojan soldier, his bad leg riding on a pony-encased scooter. The baddest costumes were those of Michael Holthouse as a truly creepy skeleton in top hat and Ryan Herbst channeling Kiss with a spiked costume, 6-inch platform shoes and a bulging cod piece.
This partying throng included Patti and Richard Everett, Lynn and Bill Guggolz, Starlett and Ben Hollingsworth, Diane and John Riley, Jan Carson and Tim Connolly, Debbie and John Daugherty, Sandy and Dr. Barney Barrett, Joelle and Mitch Derrick and Perri and Dan D'Armond.