Maleki, Westmore, Jeanmaire & Muellerleile (Lori Wilson/

On Saturday October 20th, cast members and fans of Passions came out to Universal City Walk in Hollywood, CA to celebrate Harmony’s resident witch, Tabitha’s 300th birthday, as well as Passions’ move to DirecTV . Helping to set the tone, everyone dressed in traditional Halloween costumes in hopes of setting a Guinness World Record for the Largest Halloween Gathering.

Prior to participating in the record setting event, several of the actors walked the “orange” carpet where they showed off their elaborate costumes and where I had the opportunity to speak with Dracula, a couple witches and a “black Hugh Hefner.”

As the co-host of the event, Heidi Mueller (Kay), dressed as a witch, confidently told me that while she didn’t know what the existing Halloween Gathering record was, “We’re gonna beat it today.” Since one of the rules involved everyone standing in the same spot for fifteen minutes, aside from introducing the birthday girl, part of Heidi’s duties consisted of, “getting everybody together [so] we can stand in one place and have the countdown.”

While they were all there to promote their show being on DirecTV, the cast of Passions seemed thrilled to just be out having a good time. The dashing Eric Martsolf (Ethan) dressed as Dracula was happy to be there because, “It’s just the fact that all of our cast members are dressed up looking like weirdos. I mean I think that’s the real point here. It’s just something fun to celebrate Halloween.”

Phillip Jeanmarie (Vincent), dressed as the “black Hugh Hefner,” was there for a good time as well, “It’s great to just dress up and [the fans] can dress up and participate and we can meet the fans and just thank them for supporting us.”

As for Jeanmarie’s costume, he explained that dressing up for Halloween isn’t as easy as it used to be, stating,” As I’ve grown older I found that you have to be more creative. You gotta kinda create certain things, so it gets challenging every year.”

This year he tried to emulate the legendary Playboy mogul. “There’s only one Hef [but] I’m trying. I just need a couple Playboy Bunnies around and I’ll be all right, you know what I mean?” He laughed.

As for his character Vincent, who is no stranger to dressing up as someone else, Phillip told me the fans, “Either hate me or they love me. So you know the ones that hate me, I gotta remind them that it’s just acting, but other than that I feel the love.”

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Another actor whose character likes to role play, Erin Cardillo (Esme) came dressed as a witch as well and let me know that Esme is in for an interesting ride with her latest fling, officer Jake. While you may already know that Jake is set to fall victim to Esme’s black widow syndrome, Erin assured me that, “First there will be many costumes and several funny things that happen.”

One thing (and hopefully the only thing) Erin has in common with her off-kilter character is that she enjoys dressing up. Filling me in on her previous year’s costume Erin recalled, “I was a Care Bear last year. I made my own costume and everything. I was Love-a-Lot and I had big furry ears and a glow in the dark stomach.”