How to Throw a Halloween Party Like Bette Midler

It’s not just a bunch of hocus pocus.

Halloween is the perfect time of year for a costume party, and one of the most celebrated in New York City is Bette Midler’s annual Hulaween, a fundraiser for her charity the New York Restoration Project.

This year the theme is the “Witches Ball at the Haunted Hotel,” according to designer Douglas Little, who is lending his macabre aesthetic to the event for the sixth year.

We talked to Little about how he designed the space for Hulaween at the Waldorf Astoria, and how mere mortals can add some serious hocus pocus to their own All Hallows’ Eve celebrations.