What event turned Tony from a Halloween humbug into a faithful fan of the frightening holiday? We’ll give you a hint: costumes and endless sushi were involved. Tona’s first Halloween party opened Tony’s eyes to the fun of All Hallows Eve and let loyal customers celebrate the holiday at their favorite sushi joint.
Tona invited customers to decorate and bring in pumpkins during the month of October for a chance to win gift certificates. Photos of the pumpkins were posted on Facebook so fans of Tona’s Facebook page and dine-in customers could vote for the winners. Prizes were handed out for first, second, and third place and Tona’s staff voted for the pumpkin that was the Best Representation of Tona.
Employees decorated the restaurant for the party and got into the spirit by dressing up. Tony and the sushi bar staff dressed as M&M’s, Tina was Melody Monster, Server Kamryn dressed as a cat burglar, Kaytee was Frida Kahlo, Jessica was Ebi Sushi, Bianca was Hello Kitty… There was a fire pit and seating on the patio so customers could enjoy the perfect Halloween weather. A costume contest was held with a random drawing of winners every hour and a backdrop was set up so guests could have their pictures taken.
Though the contest was random and not judged, Tony said he was particularly impressed by customer Paul Tippet’s costume. Paul was dressed as a skeletal grim reaper and stood on stilts to achieve a more frightening countenance. Tony found it particularly entertaining when Paul was forced to de-costume when he realized he couldn’t sit at any of the tables in his cumbersome get-up.
Tina said she presold ninety tickets and had a total of 155 guests. “It was a very nice turnout and everybody pulled together. Thanks to our staff – Bianca, Jessica and Haley. They stepped up and took lead to organize the event. The sushi bar was well organized so we weren’t running out of food, and the kitchen was well organized and they were busting out food. So, it was a fun evening and a lot of customers stayed for more than two hours just to enjoy the company and the food.”
Tina also credited some of her 25th Street neighbors with her event’s success. She sends special thanks to Bistro 258 who lent the heat lamps for the patio, City Club who supplied the tables for the patio, Rovali’s who lent a microphone, and the Image Depot for lending her a camera and lighting for customer photos and also developed the pictures.
If the success of this year’s event and Tony’s newfound appreciation for Halloween are any indication, look forward to another spirited party next year.