Those around me often say that I live in the 19th Century. I kind of do. I like it there, it’s a nice place. If you haven’t spent any time there, you should visit. I’ll have you over for tea and biscuits. But long before I spent my days and nights in Regency England, I adored Halloween. It’s my most favorite holiday and always has been.
I love the creativity of costumes each year and the intricately decorated pumpkins that line front stoops. I love the tiny voices of children as they sing out “Trick or Treat” and the way they try to see if they got “good” candy or not. I love the Halloween party I throw every year and the fact that I make my normally straight-laced co-workers show up in costume if they want to attend.
But mostly I love decorating for Halloween. I decorate my house and I decorate my office. And I go all out, or as all out as you’re allowed to go in a professional consulting firm. Luckily I have an actual office and not a cubicle, so I can be a bit more creative with my space.
Recently, one of the partners at the firm I work for asked if I was going to decorate the office again this year. I know, I couldn’t believe he asked me either. I’ve only worked with him for eight years. I laughed out loud when I told him that of course I was planning on decorating the office. That’s what I do every October 1st! Then he informed me that his four year old daughter was so looking forward to it seeing it again.
I don’t think I stopped smiling all day.
It got me thinking about all the children of my co-workers who do stop by right before Halloween to see what we’ve done this year. And there are quite a few. I had no idea they looked as forward to seeing how we decorated the office each year as we do at seeing their smiley faces.
There’s something magical about seeing Halloween through children’s eyes. And I love watching them from my desk. They take a deep breath, get all brave and then walk into my office. It’s simply adorable.
One of the more popular features we have is a sound activated hand that craws across the floor. I giggle every time it “attacks” someone and they scream. Usually it finds the biggest, toughest men. Hilarious. We turn off all the lights except for our computer monitors and a couple of well-placed strobes. We also have a spider on the wall that drops down next to the basket of candy on the far wall. (The basket sticks around all year and people are more than used to enjoying their favorite treats in my office, so much so that they still come enter in October when they don’t know what my leap out at them.)
I can’t tell you everything I have in place, or I’ll give all my secrets away. But I can show you a couple pictures of my Halloween village (and – yes I have a Christmas one as well that will go up November 1st.)
Do you have a favorite Halloween tradition?