About 300 area residents showed off a myriad of creative costumes at the second annual Howl-o-ween Ball to benefit the Hinsdale Humane Society (HHS) at Room & Board in Oak Brook on Oct. 29. The event, restyled the Howl-o-ween Ball after being known as the Black Cat Ball last year, was also relocated to a new venue at the Oak Brook furniture store, which created a unique setting, as guests danced and socialized amidst upscale beds and couches. Costumes were equally extravagant and elaborate in the event’s second year, ranging from a pair of Willy Wonkas and Mary Poppins, to a gamut of Star Wars characters. HHS executive director Lori Halligan saluted co-chair Mistie Lucht and public relations and events director Robin Carroll for their efforts in organizing the evening. Emcee Ereka Vetrini conducted a live auction that included vacation packages and luxurious diamonds, while also explaining the significance of HHS, which found homes for more than 1,000 animals last year. For more information about the Hinsdale Humane Society, visit www.hinsdalehumanesociety.org.