On Sunday, October 16, 2011 over 25 families from the surrounding Boston communities enjoyed a frightfully good time at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common. Lions, dinosaurs, punk rockers and bumble bees swarmed the room in hopes to celebrate a haunted Halloween.
Families and their little monsters were greeted by a spooky (but of course,smiling) staff, passed juices, a full american buffet, featuring fall favorites such as cider donuts, pumpkin bread, and desserts including apple and pumpkin pies accompanied by spiced apple cider.
Moms, Dads and Grandparents watched as witches and werewolves bonded over stuffed animals, goodie bags, goos and gaas. While 29 children ran around the hotel’s Grand Ballroom exploring every spookey space of the venue, 47 adults took this time to mingle with other families. “I loved seeing all the babies in their cute costumes,” said proud Mom, Masha Yatskar.
Halloween can be a tricky holiday to celebrate with young children, many of whom are still too small to fully understand or participate in the traditional treating experience of door to door visits.
This event allowed children to use their imagination, morph in to whatever monster or pretty princess they (or they enthusiastic parents) deemed fit, and create a commotion within the spookey, but sensibly safe, confines of the ballroom. Families and friends experienced the extra touch of 5 star quality service and food, while they captured their little critters every moment on camera.
Nicole Witkov, Director and Founder of Ellie Cooper Events, a freelance event planning company focusing on special events and corporate functions in Boston, organized the festivities in an effort to allow families to build upon a growing community and provide their children a happy halloween in the heart of the city.
“I believe raising a family in the city is a unique and special experience for a child,” explained Witkov. “There are so many opportunities for families to take advantage of in Boston, from arts and entertainment, culture and diversity, culinary experiences and free programming. My goal, whether it be a wedding, a 1st birthday or a holiday party, is to provide people with memorable occasions in an urban setting.”
The families who participated in this year’s Halloween Party had a haunting good time and hoped that the event becomes an annual tradition that grows over the years.
“Nicole put together a top notch Halloween party…her good natured spirit transpired throughout,” said Mom Ana Maria. “The event was classy and fun with plenty of opportunities for families and babies to interact and enjoy all the activities in a comfortable setting.