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Society / The Seen

The Craziest Halloween Decor in Houston and the Vixens Who Made It Happen

Plus Scary Drinks and Wicked Restaurant Menus

BY // 10.31.17

Oh, how we love Halloween! Just consider the number of clubs and restaurants that will go very scary Tuesday night (albeit with all eyes on the World Series Astros). Brasserie 19, Hotel Zaza, La Griglia, A’Bouzy and others have been setting up the spooky decor with more enthusiasm than a third grade school teacher.

And costuming for the grown-ups has become far more serious than for trick-or-treat tykes. In fact, so enamored are we of All Hallows’ Eve that the themed partying begins days in advance. While a number of restaurants held their costume bashes on Saturday night, a sprinkling of ladies embraced the Halloween magic on Monday.

Lunch at Tony’s will never be the same after the grand Halloween feast served to a coven of ladies in black. It was the ninth year that this group joined creative forces to celebrate the holiday as well as Warner Roberts‘ birthday. They dress for the ghouls, they bring dime store Halloween gifties and they have a blast. Donna Vallone worked with Tony’s adorbs chef Austin Waiters for several weeks planning a unique menu.

With the table decorated in kid’s party mode (think Snickers bars, M&Ms, etc.), the ladies feasted on “bloody tomato soup” topped with a crisp tomato and a dollop of red-hued burrata, pumpkin crusted snapper or chicken accompanied by to-die-for buttery biscuits and truffle-topped pansoti and concluded with a sparkling “Jack O’ Lantern” bombe glace topped with sparklers and accompanied by housemade Halloween cookies. Highlight of the lunch — the bubbling, smoking “Bewitched Voodoo Vampire Vodkatini.”

Toasting the season with Vallone and Roberts were Deborah Duncan, Kim Moody, Alicia Smith, Sylvia Forsythe and Anne Carl.

Across Loop 610 in Tanglewood, another collection of ladies, this a genteel, old guard group, gathered to toast the holiday and view the over-the-top Halloween decorations at the home of Cynthia and Bucky Allshouse. Decorations better and more bountiful than anything you have ever seen! Cynthia Allshouse decorates with a passion that would put most other mothers of teenage triplets to shame.

Every room in the house is decorated to the nth degree. In the front yard,  a house of horrors (thank you Richard Flowers and The Events Company) greets visitors. The pictures speak louder than any words could.

In celebration of her visiting sister-in-law, Linda Allshouse, Cynthia decided at the 11th hour to invite a few close friends in for a mid-afternoon fete  complete with Cristal champagne and a devilish collections of sweets from her favorite caterer, Glenda White of Bon Appetite. Guests admiring the collection of Halloween decor that the Allshouses have collected over 17 or more years were Linda McReynolds, Patsy Fourtiq, Bette Campbell, Vicki West, Mary Lynn Marks and Charlotte Rothwell Wands.

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