Bette Midler's Enchanting Costume & 15 Other Magical Moments From Her Hulaween Gala
But before the guests poured in, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine was dressed in romantic decor. This year's theme fully brought to life the mission of the New York Restoration Project: working to bring more green spaces to the city. This inspired the idea of the Garden of Eden, which in turn took on the surrealistic view of Bosch's painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Step inside and the interior of the cathedral was illuminated in a spooktacular moody glow: fiery orange and mysterious purple.
This larger-than-life spider — looming over guests as they filed through the front doors — stole the spotlight (in the best way).
Inside, spooky performers of towering heights added to the feeling of mystery and intrigue.
Broadway's best stole the show that evening: Victor Garber, smartly dressed in a tuxedo and disguise, arrived in the style of Groucho Marx. And it came with a surprise: those eyebrows and moustache wiggle on cue!
Also in attendance: theater legend Bernadette Peters wearing a dark floral Zac Posen gown with sprigs of faux wisteria pods. She will take on the iconic role of Dolly Gallagher Levi following Bette Midler's final performance of Hello, Dolly! in January of next year.
Deborah Marton, NYRP's executive director, sporting a jacket of colorful plumage and faux birds on a headpiece.
You might recognize these two despite their demonic disguises: it's David Hyde Pierce from the current cast of Hello, Dolly! and and husband Brian Hargrove.
The evening's host was comedian Judy Gold dressed as Bobby Riggs alongside partner Elysa Halperin's Billie Jean King.
Michael Kors, dressed as the Garden of Eden from head to toe, donned a serpent around his neck. He served as costume judge for the night.
Enter the hostess herself: Bette Midler, founder of NYRP. In opulent garb reminiscent of Marie Antoinette, she wore a green floral pantsuit and a coiffed blonde wig bedecked in butterflies and blooms.
She stopped to pose on the red carpet with her daughter, Sophie Von Haselberg, who wore a bewitchingly beautiful floral costume.
Queen of burlesque Dita Von Teese took a darker style cue, draped in a black gown and donning a bewejeled insect fascinator.
Guests were encouraged to peruse this lookbook for costume inspiration: delicate florals, renaissance gowns, and sky-high coiffures.
From the entrance, guests were free to roam the open halls to spooky cocktails, a bountiful earthly feast, a costume contest, and musical performances by Jon Bon Jovi as well as the cast members of Hello, Dolly!