Anyway, each team/area was asked to decorate. Because I was the first person to mention Halloween to my team leader, she made me in charge. I haven't been in charge of decorating before, so I was definitely apprehensive. After some brainstorming with the team, we decided on The Addams Family. My idea was to make my TL's desk like the Addams Family mansion and to make the rest of our space look like the graveyard they have in their backyard. I was definitely more successful on the latter than the former.
See, I'd had an idea for several years to make the agents' desk chairs look like tombstones. This year, I finally got the chance to use that idea. I bought several sheets of white posterboard, cut them in half, then cut out curves in the top to make them look like those old, rounded-edge tombstones. Then I wrote the names (except for those who didn't want theirs on them) and epitaphs (but no birth-death years as we are a superstitious lot) with black Sharpie. Everyone had a fun time looking up epitaphs online.
I chose Shakespeare's:
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blest be the man that spares these stones
And cursed be he that moves my bones.
Good punch and wine
And lived to the age of 99.
She walked at night
She left her bed
She lost her head
This ain't so bad,
Once you get used to it.
She was so brave,
She was so cute,
Until she forgot
She always said her feet were
But no one believed her
This agent didn't want their name on it, so they used someone else's:
This one also didn't have their name on it:
Who, is no business of yours.
I told you I was sick!
My tl went with this one:
One agent chose Winston Churchill's:
Whether my Maker is prepared for the
Of meeting me is another matter.
This next one was from a real tombstone and the grafitti someone added:
So once was I;
As I am now,
So must you be;
Prepare for death
And follow me.
TO FOLLOW YOU,
I AM NOT CONTENT.
HOW DO I KNOW
WHICH WAY YOU WENT?
A big Lotto fan went with:
Always played Lotto.
And now she lies in
this lonely grotto.
One agent got a friend to write one for her:
She tried her best but as you can see,
Forced to deal with this economy,
She was laid to rest prematurely.
There are cobwebs hanging from the ceiling to the tops of our desks and from just about everywhere we could stick them. There is also a skeleton made from little plastic bones, curling black ribbon, and a large plastic skull laying on the floor.
As for my costume, I'm a low-budget Morticia Addams -- black velvet dress, black beaded necklace, low black heels, no wig but hair parted down the middle, and Crypt Queen perfume. This is the first Halloween in I don't know how long that I actually spent no money whatsoever (since I have no money whatsoever) on what I'm wearing. Everyone else on the team is wearing all-black, except for my tl who's wearing an orange long-sleeved tee, a denim mini skirt, and black-and-orange-striped hose. Eclecticism is us!