Date: October 25, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.- 10:30 p.m.
Location: Star Hill Ranch - 15000 Hamilton Pool Rd, Bee Cave, TX

$125 ticket price includes:


To create a one-of-a-kind Halloween bash that highlights the best of Austin designers, chefs, artists,
and venue that benefits 4 Austin non-profits whose good works benefit the entire area and beyond.



Lurleen's love of Halloween began as a child with annual Halloween parties thrown in her family's garage, complete with costumes, crepe paper, and bobbing for apples. She continued this tradition with her own children. Over time, the family party became a fundraiser for The Shade Project, a non-profit founded by Lurleen and her husband, Dr. Dan Ladd. Halloween by Design draws on those many past successful events but has expanded to include amazing art and design. Broadening the focus also means bringing more non-profits into the mix to raise much needed funds for local organizations.
Lurleen Ladd - 1972 under her costume picture


Star Hill is a re-creation of a Texas Hill Country community typical of the early 1900s. All of the buildings have been relocated from around the state and carefully restored. Star Hill began as a childhood dream of owner/creator Adam Woolley, and was inspired by visits to the early German immigrant settlement of Industry, Texas located near Brenham. It is the culmination of years of planning, renovating, and learning, and continues to be a repository for the preservation of historic structures. In essence, it offers an opportunity to honor our heritage while creating a variety of wonderful new experiences and memories.


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Komal Sheth
Spaces Desgined
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Under Adam's
Star Hill Ranch
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Diane Morgan
Shade Project

Austin Pets Alive! is not your average animal shelter.
We maintain comprehensive innovative programs designed to save the animals most at risk for euthanasia.
Halloween quote:


Joe Ely is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll. He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, the Chieftains and James McMurtry in addition to his early work with the Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark.

Mary-Dalaina Trotter
Under the Sun Austin

Chef Eric Nelson Brown
Eat+Drink Austin
Eat + Drink Austin is a full-service Chef-inspired, lifestyles catering company. We work with a number of venues in the Austin area and beyond. Whether you have a private party, corporate event, fundraiser or wedding, we are always committed to a high standard of culinary tradition and professional service. Chef/owner, Eric Nelson Brown has been in the industry for over twenty years, running and opening restaurants around the country.




The Shade Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of skin cancer and skin cancer related deaths through sun safety education, promotion of skin cancer screenings and the implementation of SHADE in public spaces.

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Lamar Middle School

Gullett Elementary School

It Friday the 13th and it's hot as Hades in Austin, Texas! Halloween by Design is sending you cool and spooky wishes. You can almost taste this witch's brew. I'm imagining the tasty concoctions we'll be sipping and listening to Joe Ely on October 25th, 2018.

Welcome to the inaugural post of Halloween by Design. HBD is an exciting one-of-a-kind event coming to Austin on October 25th, 2018 at Star Hill Ranch. This event will combine the talents of artists and designers, amazing chefs, and legendary Texas music to raise money for four local charities. So if you love Halloween and the work of Austin Pets Alive, Healthcare Alliance for Austin Musicians, The Shade Project and Austin Parks Foundation follow this blog because, Something Wonderful, Delicious, Artful and Wickedly Delightful this way comes...