Camella and Richard Elliot’s 2019 Halloween Bash

Richard Elliot and his wife Camella at their 2019 Halloween Bash in Escondido, California (Photo: David Hopley)

By Melanie Maxwell

Heidi Klum may be the queen of Halloween for the fashion and acting crowd, but in the smooth jazz world, Camella Elliot and her GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist husband, Richard Elliot, slay the holiday with dragons, skeletons, ghouls, goblins and a DW3 dance party!

Richard and Camella Elliot with their daughter, Mikayla (Photo: David Hopley)
Hillside dragons at the Elliot Family Ranch (Photo: David Hopley)
Party-crashing skeletons at Elliot Family Ranch (Photo: David Hopley)

Camella’s decor, both inside their home and throughout their vineyard and ranch combines scary, creative, amusing, shocking and creepy. But this annual bash at their Escondidio, California, estate in North San Diego County, is hauntingly cool!

Skelton, ghost & goblin dinner party (Photo: David Hopley)
Front porch of the Elliot’s home (Photo: David Hopley)
Pirate and parrot skeletons at Elliot Family Ranch (Photo: David Hopley)

Invited guests included smooth jazz industry insiders, musicians, family friends and their five children’s BFFs.

Willie & Kathy Payne 2019
Willie & Kathy Payne of Payne Pest Management (Photo: David Hopley)
Steve Chapman, Pat Prescott, Lori Stoll & Craig Collier (Photo: David Hopley)
Laurie Sisneros (co-owner of Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment) with her husband, Fred (Photo: David Hopley)
Richard and Camella Elliot with guests (Photo: David Hopley)
Vocalist and DW3 band member DamonReel with his wife (Photo: David Hopley)
Bassist Nate Phillips with his wife, Pam (Photo: David Hopley)
Matt Mahoney (San Diego radio station Z90’s “New Matt”) with Kelly Cole, on-air personality at San Diego’s Magic 92.5 (Photo: David Hopley)

The event, held on the Saturday night before Halloween, included an open bar, margarita station, wine from the Elliot Ranch Reserve wines (bottled by Hungry Hawk Vineyards and Winery), a catered pizza oven, platters of tasty sweet treats, live performances by DW3 (with special guest, the host himself, Richard Elliot), a DJ spinning dance tune between band breaks, and the opportunity to get your makeup professionally applied and designed by makeup artist Angel Garner-Collier.

Assortment of Krispy Kreme Halloween doughnuts (Photo: David Hopley)
Halloween candy bar (Photo: David Hopley)
Pizza and salad station (Photo: David Hopley)

Check out the photos from the bash, all of which were taken by David Hopley.

Enjoy!

Willie & Kathy Payne 2019
Willie & Kathy Payne of Payne Pest Management (Photo: David Hopley)
Camella Elliot with makeup artist Angel Garner-Collier (Photo: David Hopley)
Cardiologist Jeffrey Gorwit and his wife, Linda (Photo: David Hopley)
Dr. Jacqueline Elliot (Richard’s sister, educator & author of “Passionate Warrior: My Charter School Journey) with her husband (Photo: David Hopley)
Camella Elliot with Halloween party guests (Photo: David Hopley)
Pam Phillips and Camella Elliot (Photo: David Hopley)
Camella & Richard Elliot
Richard & Camella Elliot hosting their annual Halloween party at their home ranch and vineyard in Escondido, California (Photo: David Hopley)


Richard Elliot with friends (Photo: David Hopley)
Skeleton-drawn pumpkin carriage (Photo: David Hopley)
Camella Elliot with makeup artist Angel Garner-Collier (Photo: David Hopley)
Makeup artist Angel Collier creating her magic on a partygoer in Richard Elliot’s studio (Photo: David Hopley)
Makeup artist Angel Garner-Collier with her husband (Photo: David Hopley)
Jailed skeleton (Photo: David Hopley)
Richard Elliot performing with DW3 at his annual Halloween bash (Photo: David Hopley)
The West Coast Horns performing with DW3 during the Elliot’s Halloween party (Photo: David Hopley)
Banjo-playing skeletons at the Elliot Family Ranch backyard (Photo: David Hopley)
Richard and Camella Elliot watching the “Best Costume” contest at their Halloween party (Photo: David Hopley)
Best Costume awards to be given out later in the evening (Photo: David Hopley)
“Best Costume” winner (Photo: David Hopley)
Fred and Laurie Sisneros (Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment) with Kathy & Willie Payne of Payne Pest Management (Photo: David Hopley)
Pat Prescott (94.7 The WAVE on-air personality), Steve Chapman & Lori Stoll (Photo: David Hopley)
Richard Elliot & The West Coast Horns performing with DW3 during the Elliot’s Halloween party (Photo: David Hopley)
Steve Chapman, vocalist DamonReel, Craig Collier & Melanie Maxwell (Photo: David Hopley)
Camella, Richard & Mikayla Elliot with a friend (Photo: David Hopley)

And, we’ll publish more photos soon!

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