Campbell Hotel in Tulsa plans a very unscary kind of party
BY BRAVETTA HASSELL World Scene Writer
Saturday, October 27, 2012
10/27/12 at 5:42 AM
The Campbell Hotel's inaugural Halloween Carnival will be far from your schoolhouse variety and should be in keeping with the boutique hotel's reputation for elegance.
This can already be seen in the three Ford Model A vehicles displayed in a window of the hotel. A bright-eyed mummy sits behind the wheel of one of them and a jolly, pumpkin-headed scarecrow sits ready to drive away in another. A beautiful harvest display sits on the cab of the pick-up in the middle, and away in the distance sits a 1940s Manley popcorn machine.
Soon hotel designers Susan Fielstra and Stacy Turnipseed will go about decorating the Event Center where the bulk of the event will be held.
"We were just trying to have some fun, but not get too scary," Turnipseed said. "It's just to liven it up a little bit for the fun of the party we're going to have on Wednesday.
Turnipseed said a more elegant Halloween - mind you, not stuffy - is not about a lot of gore, but is more cutesy, more old-fashioned harvest time and even more resourceful - using things you might already have to create an appealing fall holiday environment. The mummy used is not bloodied and the scarecrow has a serene facial expression, Turnipseed pointed out.
"The event is going to be geared for little-bitty kids up to 12 so we didn't want to get scary with anything," Turnipseed said. "There's enough of that out there."
To create a light and fun Halloween atmosphere for Wednesday, Turnipseed and Fielstra offer a few suggestions.
"You know, you can even have cute witches, they don't have to be evil," Turnipseed said.
- Go less scary and more cute.
- Use plenty of seasonal decor - mums, hay bales and pumpkins are always classy, Turnipseed said.
- Focus on getting punches of color by playing up the colors that typically abound during the fall season.
- Check out your linen closet, garage and old wardrobe selections for Halloween goodies. Find accessories that are simple but memorable.
The Campbell Hotel's Halloween Carnival is aimed at families with children 12 and younger. It is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 2636 E. 11 St.
- And above all, have fun in your decorating for the big evening.
The goal of the event is to provide a safe environment for children to have a safe trick-or-treating experience and for the hotel to get to the know the community better, said event and sales manager Diane Gawey- Riley. She added that she hopes the carnival will become a community tradition.
Where: Campbell Hotel, 2636 E. 11th St.
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday
Cost: Free and open to the community
Find: Snacks and Joe Momma's pizza, face painting, games and sweets. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes.
For more: Call 918-744-5500.
Original Print Headline: Hotel plans a very unscary kind of party
Bravetta Hassell 918-581-8316
A pumpkin-head man sits in the driver's seat of a Model A Ford on display at the Campbell Hotel in Tulsa on Thursday. It is part of the Halloween decorations at the hotel for an upcoming party. JAMES GIBBARD / Tulsa World