No one does Halloween quite like Bette Midler, and every year, she outdoes herself when she hosts Hulaween—the annual star-studded costume ball benefitting the New York Restoration Project. Held last night at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on the Upper West Side, the evening was themed “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” Midler was one of many who blossomed on the red carpet in fantastical flora-inspired attire. “Well, I came as a garden,” Midler told Vogue, in a 17th-century-inspired gown covered in intricate petal embroidery and butterfly details. “It’s funny because two of my friends who didn’t know what I was coming as, and who are seated at my table, came as the same garden!”
Whether or not the unintended twinning would be written off as a technicality was all up to Michael Kors, who was set to judge the annual costume contest. Kors arrived dressed as Adam—complete with a faux snake coiled around his neck like a scarf and a suit with apples printed trompe l’oeil–style. “Michael Kors does not normally wear a lot of prints,” he admitted. “But it’s Halloween, so I say go for it.” Dita Von Teese skipped a costume altogether, and instead, channeled the dark side in a sinfully glamorous vintage gown from the 1920s. “I don’t usually put a lot of thought into my costumes for Halloween because I do that in my show,” she said. “In the past, I’ve gone as a normal girl and worn, like, jeans and a T-shirt and beige makeup. But it’s a lot of work, actually—all that beige.”
There was certainly no shortage of color in the room as the cathedral was swathed in amber light projections, and spooky organ music gave way to playful tracks like Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” A gaggle of ghosts, goblins, gargoyles, and even a pair of tap-dancing skeletons delighted guests during cocktails, before taking their seats for dinner. And by the end of the night, all were back on their feet when Jon Bon Jovi delivered a special musical performance.