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Joslyn Castle, decorated for Masquerade at the Mansion, a Halloween-themed party sponsored by the Omaha Symphony Guild.

Photos by Daniel Johnson for Inspired Home Omaha

Haunting Good Time

Inspired Home Omaha attended the Omaha Symphony Guild's first Monster Masquerade at the Mansion, a frightfully fun October 2011 event at Joslyn Castle.

Editor Chris Christen and photographer Daniel Johnson covered the party for the magazine's September-October issue. The setting, costumes and décor were so "spooktacular,” we had to share more from the night for your own Halloween party inspiration this year.

The guid's party planners entertained more than 200 guests with a scavenger hunt, a fortune teller, a tarot reader and a DJ.

Decorations chairwoman Trish Walz kept the décor “dark and eerie but not gory” throughout the three-story landmark. Think Martha Stewart without the sticker shock. Walz and her committee saved money by bringing Halloween props from home.

“We put all of it in the middle of the room and started building,” she says.
They also shopped discount stores and used coupons at hobby stores for other assorted supplies. Their one splurge: hairy spiders from Pottery Barn.

In the three weeks leading up to the party, Walz spray-painted dead branches and vines, stretched gauze into creepy tattered webs and added glitter to papier-mâché skulls.

“The decorations were fabulous, but when the guests arrived in their elaborate costumes the mansion really came to life,” said co-chair Stephanie Horeis.

We would have to agree. The imagination and time that guests put into their costumes made for an exceptionally lively event.

See for yourself in our slide show from the party scene.

Monster Masquerade at the Mansion
When: Oct. 26
Where: Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St.
Hours: 8 p.m. to midnight
What: Second annual adult costume party presented by the Omaha Symphony Guild
Tickets: $55, ages 21 and over only
Reservations: www.omahasymphonyguild.org
Information: Sandi Downing, 402-214-5621

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