This year, each office had a halloween party. Most offices did this over lunch for a long lunch, but since the Tampa "office" is out of peoples homes and very spread out, we decided to do our party after work. So, everyone came to my house. We had a contest for the best costume, and we had a contest for the best pumpkin. We had 9 pumpkins and had a contest to see who could carve the best ones.
We had a budget that allowed some food, drink, decorations, pumpkins, and prizes for the best pumpkin and best costume. Everyone brought great side items like green bean casserole, baked beans, sub sandwiches, grilled potatoes, fruit, veggies, chips and salsa, and dessert of cupcases, cookes, and cake! Mike even fired up the margarita machine so that Abhi could have his virgin pina colada!
For costuimes, we had scooby doo, a navy officer, a rastafarian dude, a hippie, and a wench. Two kids dressed up - one pirate and one punk princess. :) We had a really great time.
We laughed about bugs in the coding of our pumpkins, and we had QA inspecting the tops and making sure they weren't cracked. We were thrilled to see Mike and Amanda's new baby boy. He is only 3 weeks old and is ADORABLE!
In the end, the pirate pumpkin (Brian Richey) won and scooby doo (Mark McCune) won the costume contest.
It was really nice to be included in the corporate event. We had a blast. It was great to see everyone again as it has been a while. We missed those who were sick and couldn't come.