Jonathan Ross’ hotly-anticipated Halloween festivities returned to his home for the first time in three years on Tuesday.
The broadcaster, 62, is well-known for putting on a lavish annual bash – famous for welcoming a whole host of celebrities – at his home in Hampstead, London.
The party was cancelled for two years – in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic and the following year because his daughter Betty, 32, was struggling with fibromyalgia.
When it returned last October, it was held at Camden nightspot KOKO for the first time instead of Jonathan’s famous home last year.
But this year, Jonathan once again put on a very spooky display at his sprawling home as he got in the Halloween spirit and decked out his house in decorations.
Spooky! Jonathan Ross ‘ hotly-anticipated Halloween festivities returned to his home for the first time in three years on Tuesday
Eerie! The broadcaster, 62, is well-known for putting on a lavish annual bash at his home in Hampstead, London, but he just played host to trick-or-treaters this year, not A-listers
Wow! People were seen dressed up in elaborate costumes, including as a vampire, as they greeted families outside the house
Emotional: The party was cancelled for two years – in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic and the following year because his daughter Betty, 32, was struggling with fibromyalgia
However, he seemingly did not play host to any celebrities or A-listers at his home, with trick-or-treaters instead seen lining up outside the property.
Families were greeted by people in scary costumes as Jonathan once again threw his all into his Halloween decorations and transformed it into an eerie castle.
Two turrets with skeletons sitting on them had been installed on his driveway while a metal fence covered in fake spider webs was placed in front to block off Jonathan’s family home.
People dressed up as killer clowns, vampires, ghosts and ghouls stood behind the fence as they greeted the trick-or-treaters with black cauldrons filled with sweets.
Spooky red lights were projected on to the Halloween characters to give the driveway an eerie touch, while huge pumpkins had also been placed outside.
Families could be seen lining up outside the property as they eagerly awaited their chance to get involved with the scary festivities.
Jonathan’s home normally plays host to a lavish celebrity Halloween party each year, but the chat show host appeared to have given the bash a miss again this year.
Earlier on Tuesday, preparations had been seen underway at Jonathan’s house as the decorations were installed ready for the eerie Halloween antics in the evening.
Family fun! However, he seemingly did not play host to any celebrities or A-listers at his home, with trick-or-treaters instead seen lining up outside the property
Halloween: Jonathan once again put on a very spooky display at his sprawling home as he got in the Halloween spirit and decked out his house in decorations
Jump scare! One person dressed up as a killer clown with a very spooky mask on for the night
Trick or treat! People dressed up as killer clowns, vampires, ghosts and ghouls stood behind the fence as they greeted the trick-or-treaters with black cauldrons filled with sweets
Greetings! Spooky red lights were projected on to the Halloween characters to give the driveway an eerie touch, while huge pumpkins had also been placed outside
Characters: The Halloween characters were seen standing behind fences as Jonathan’s home was blocked off
Crowds: Families could be seen lining up outside the property as they eagerly awaited their chance to get involved with the scary festivities
Impressive! One woman was seen dressed up as a vampire as she sported a silver ensemble
Very scary! The clown looked very scary as he reached out to the crowds in an eerie gesture
Eager: Families were seen lining up outside the home as his driveway decorations proved themselves to be a main attraction
Goodies! Families were seen getting sweets as they joined in with the Halloween fun
Decorations: Characters were seen standing behind a metal fence covered in spider webs
Costumes: One woman sported an extravagant silver costume complete with skull shoulder pads
Going all out: Jonathan gave his all to the decorations as he got involved with the festivities
Transformed: Jonathan’s driveway was transformed into an epic Halloween world for the occasion
Snarling! The vampire was seen baring her fangs for the Halloween festivities
Impressive! Actors were seen dressed in some very impressive costumes for the night
Greetings! The scary clown was seen waving at the crowds as they put on quite a show
Posing: One person dressed up as a ghost while another looked like a bloodied farmer
Mobbed: Families crowded outside his driveway for the epic Halloween adventure
Getting ready: Earlier on Tuesday, preparations had been seen underway at Jonathan’s house as the decorations were installed ready for the eerie Halloween antics in the evening
Those who have attended in the past include the likes of Rita Ora, Holly Willoughby, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Carr and Joan Collins.
Last year, Spice Girl Mel C went as Morticia Adams, while Rita dressed up as a very scantily-clad Lisle Von Rhuman from Death Becomes Her.
The famous party returned in 2022 for the first time in two years – after Ross revealed the heartbreaking reason behind the cancellation.
After the party was cancelled for the first time in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, the broadcaster, 62, called it off for a second time the following year for a personal and emotional reason.
The comedian cancelled for a second time after his daughter Betty was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a long-term disorder characterised by chronic muscle pain.
Betty also has chronic fatigue syndrome and postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) which causes an abnormal increase in the heart rate after sitting or standing.
Confirming his decision to cancel for the sake of his daughter in 2021, he told Good Morning Britain: ‘One of our children isn’t well… it’s fibromyalgia which is quite debilitating. She’s back home with us and we’re looking after her.’
Ross, whose annual bash is normally a staple of the celebrity calendar, explained that he didn’t feel comfortable throwing the party while she is struggling with the condition and feared any of his guests falling ill from Covid after attending the party, and so decided to cancel the event.
He said: ‘I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be over yet and it does look like the figures are creeping up again. We always have a couple of hundred people to the party and as you know, about half of them are from show business.
Details: Huge giant pumpkins were brought onto the patio to create the festive atmosphere
Spook-tacular: Giant stone walls were carried into the ground to build a fairytale-esque castle with turrets.
Mystery: Several spooky decorations were carried in – including what appeared to be a forbidding gate
Scary! The broadcaster, 62, puts on the bash in his sprawling family home (pictured at the 2014 Halloween party) in leafy Hampstead, London, where star-studded guests dress up in their best spooky outfits
Setting: The party is hosted at Ross’s sprawling Hampstead family home in London
Getting ready: The turret of the ghostly tower was seen on the floor before it took its spooky shape
Spooky: A large cage-like structure could also be seen ready to be assembled, covering in fake cobwebs
Finishing touches: Several men were spotted carrying in boxes and setting up equipment as they prepared for the thrilling party
Eerie: The final effect was of a spooky looking castle entrance ready for the star-studded guests to arrive through later
Jack-o’-lanterns: Fake carved pumpkins were also placed outside to add to the quirky Halloween look
It’s all ready: The fence out front was then draped in fake cobwebs while a black cobwebbed sheet was pulled in front, blocking the view of the house
‘So if there was a breakout would wipe out half the shows on TV, so we don’t want that, we wouldn’t want to be a superspreader event.’
‘She’s upstairs in the bedroom and I thought, ‘I can’t in good conscience have a big loud fun party downstairs and one of my children is locked in a room upstairs. It would be like something out of a horror novel.
‘So really, just out of a good conscience, we’re not going to do it, but hopefully next year we’ll be back.’
He added: ‘My daughter, we thought she had Long Covid but discovered that she had fibromyalgia, so we want to be conscious of that and not have so much noise when she’s upstairs.’
The comedian also shares Harvey, 29, and Honey, 26, with wife Jane Goldman, whom he married in 1988.
In July this year Betty said the world had ‘opened up for her’ since getting a new wheelchair.
Taking to Instagram, Betty shared several snaps of herself trying out her new wheelchair from Distribe Limited.
Alongside the photos, she wrote: ‘Since I bought my wheelchair from Distribe just over a year ago, the world has really opened up for me so drastically and so much more than I’d even thought possible before buying.
Health: Jonathan’s daughter Betty, 32, suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition which causes pain all over the body
‘I’ve been able to go out, make memories, and have adventures, even on some of my worse health days.
‘So much of that comes from how confident I feel in the quality of my chair, knowing that it’s not going to give up on me and leave me stranded!
Betty went on to say that using a wheelchair has had a ‘positive impact’ on her life and also described it as ‘liberating’.
She wrote: ‘I’ve said it on my instagram plenty of times already, but truly having a wheelchair has had such a huge positive impact on my life.
‘I feel really hopeful that in this collaboration with Distribe and being able to share my discount code with you all I might be able to play a small part in helping other people to experience the euphoric and liberating change having the right mobility equipment can bring.’
Last year, Jonathan brought his Halloween party back but he instead hosted it at popular Camden nightspot KOKO rather than the usual location of his sprawling family home.
Stars including scantily clad Rita Ora, Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse and heavily pregnant presenter and DJ Ashley James led the way as the venue played host to the annual event for what appeared to be the first time in its history.
Impressive! Jonathan normally throws his all into his Halloween decorations (pictured in 2014) and normally decks out the exterior of his sprawling home with extravagant themed decorations, providing the perfect spooky venue for the celebrations
Lights! Jonathan never shies away from decking out his garden with lights and even made a huge light up spider one year
Extravagant: One year, Jonathan placed a sign reading ‘fairy tales’ but the letters were instead crossed out and rewritten to read ‘scary tales’ in one decoration
Incredible: Jonathan has also decorated his home with light up skeletons as his party proves to be one of the hottest events of the celeb calendar (pictured in 2019)
Spice Girl Mel C, Katherine Ryan, Wallis Day, Joel Dommett and his model wife Hannah Cooper and Charli Howard were also among the star-studded guest list at the bash last year.
Jonathan normally throws his all into his Halloween decorations and normally decks out the exterior of his sprawling home with extravagant themed decorations, providing the perfect spooky venue for the celebrations.
In previous years, he has transformed his home into a gothic castle, covered it in creepy lights and strewn his garden with spider webs as he has hosted the stars.
WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition defined by widespread pain and fatigue.
It affects up to 2.7 per cent of people worldwide, with three women suffering for every one man, studies suggest.
Fibromyalgia is often triggered by a trauma, such as a car accident or childbirth, as well as infections. Why this occurs is unclear.
The discomfort tends to be felt as aches and burning from head-to-toe.
And the fatigue ranges from feeling sleepy to the exhaustion of having the flu.
Severe sufferers are often unable to work or socialise.
The pain can be worse at some times than others and may change location, such as becoming more severe in parts of the body that are used the most.
Other symptoms can include headaches; IBS; diarrhoea or constipation; poor concentration; dizziness; allergies and stimuli sensitivity, such as to light or heat.
Studies suggest the average patient waits five years to be diagnosed, which is thought to be due to X-rays and other medical tests not picking the condition up.
It is generally defined as pain that lasts for more than three months and affects 11 or more out of 18 tender points when pressed.
Treatment aims to relieve pain and aid sleep.
Source: Fibromyalgia Action UK