Scene & Heard: Halloween at the Duke Mansion

Halloween at the Duke Mansion has become a popular party for those who want to celebrate in a sophisticated, but not stuffy, atmosphere. Plus it’s a fundraiser for the nonprofit historic mansion in Myers Park.

This year’s party had a “Homeland” theme: The mansion was used as Vice President William Walden’s home on that TV series.

Some guests dressed in honor of the party’s theme, others wore unrelated but creative Halloween costumes, and some came in cocktail attire as they bid on silent auction items and danced to music from the Bad Daddies.

Other than the people-watching, the hit of the party was a sumptuous menu of hors d’oeuvres, soups, salads, main courses and desserts from the mansion’s executive chef, Harrison Booth. The food kept coming, as late-night snacks were served near the party’s end: sweet potato pancake pigs-in-a-blanket with andouille sausage; breakfast BLTs with bacon, fried green tomatoes and quail eggs Benedict; and frozen cappuccino smoothies.