Friends Gather for a Spooky Good Time

Anyone can put a Halloween party together at home. A few decorations, some music, and a load of candy is all it takes. But, when Christina Di Gianni and friends decide to celebrate All Hallows Eve, they do the night right. On October 26, they held their second annual Halloween Bash at Bellagio Boutique Event Venue in Vaughan, ON.

The evening was sponsored by 12 Volt Car Audio & Security, a company run by the husbands of Di Gianni and her fellow party planners. Established in 1999, the business specializes in custom installation of “any audio system or navigation system, as well as security components, while working to maintain your car’s natural look.”

Their service area includes Toronto, Richmond Hill, North York, Etobicoke, Newmarket, Vaughan, and Thornhill, and they can provide service in English, Italian, or Polish. Several vehicle parts are sold and installed by 12 Volt, such as Bluetooth kits, remote car starters, audio-visual components, satellite radio, amplifiers, speakers, and subwoofers. The Ministry Licensed Installers at the company work with well established brands like Alpine, Kenwood, and Sirius Satellite Radio.

Bellagio Boutique Event Venue is run by hospitality and entertainment group The firm began as Paul’s Fine Foods, a restaurant and bakery, in 1982. In the past 32 years, founder and CEO Peter Eliopoulos has turned that one business into a “one-stop event emporium.”

The company runs five state-of-the-art venues and six businesses that provide services ranging from catering, event management, and gifts to interactive DJ entertainment, film and video production, and graphic design. The Bellagio opened in 1990 and has three “European influenced” function rooms which can accommodate up to 800 people. It’s billed as “an exquisite and luxurious venue created to charm everyone who walks through the door.”

Di Gianni calls the Halloween costume party “a new-ish tradition” that was begun “to get creative, have a good time, and raise enough funds to cover all costs.” She says that since this was their second event “guests were more creative and competitive for the best costume prize. They worked for it and put on a good show for all!” The best costume prize of $500 went  to “Bumblebee” the Transformer, while the second prize of $100 went to a unicorn costume.

They advertised the event with a notice on 12 Volt’s Web site, posters in their waiting area, word of mouth, and social networks, and Di Gianni feels using social networks and posters worked best. She adds that it’s important for other theme event planners to “have eye-catching, theme-appropriate advertising like tickets and posters for their function, and to start promoting well in advance of the event.”