With guests donning extravagant costumes amid a celestial theme, New York City’s cavernous Saint John the Divine turned into Bette Midler’s legendary Hulaween bash on Monday (Oct. 29), hosted by the singer herself. Now in its 22nd year, the event is designed to raise money for the New York Restoration Project, a Big Apple nonprofit whose goal is to provide public spaces ranging from gardens to parks for every New Yorker.
Much like the inherent eccentricity of Halloween itself, the event brought out a hodgepodge of bold-faced names. Hot off of her rumored collaboration with Cardi B in the form of a reboot of her hit '90s sitcom The Nanny, the actress Fran Drescher served as MC. After the echoing sounds of a medieval organ filled the cathedral, Midler’s former Hello Dolly! co-star Gavin Creel took the stage with a parody of the 1970 hit “Moondance.” The night’s main headliner came in the form of the trumpeter and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis.
Midler meanwhile delivered a parody of “Dream a Little Dream Of Me” reworked as “Give A Little Cash to Me.” The singer attended with her daughter, the actress Sophie Von Haselberg, with the two wearing matching jewel-encrusted blouses. Also in attendance was singer Debbie Harry, the actress Jane Krakowski and designer Marc Jacobs.