Submit Your Spooktacular Photos

Duke employees are invited to submit pictures by Nov. 1 for frights and laughs

Duke employees are invited to submit pictures by Nov. 1 Annual Blue Devil Halloween Photo Contest for frights and laughs.

Regina McKoy particularly enjoyed her commute to campus on Halloween last year.

Dressed as Arabella, a comic book character she made up, McKoy wore a dark red wig, dotted on freckles, and most noticeably, oversized teeth protruding from an agape mouth she drew on with makeup.

“I would turn toward people at a stoplight and they would freak out then start laughing,” she said. “To say the least, it was the most fun walking around and driving to work.”

McKoy, a program coordinator for Staff and Family Programs in Duke Human Resources, was awarded the “Spookiest” costume prize in last year’s Blue Devil Halloween Photo Contest.

The contest returns this Halloween when University and Health System staff and faculty are invited to submit a Duke- or work-related Halloween photo by 1 p.m. Nov 1. Photos must be taken this October, and they must be taken at work or have a clear Duke theme.

This year, one team and one individual will each receive a grand prize - their winning photo on a coffee mug.

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Take your best shot and submit your work or Duke-related Halloween photo by 1 p.m. Nov. 1. 
  2. All eligible submissions will be posted in an album on Working@Duke's Facebook page by 5 p.m. Nov. 1 when voting opens. 
  3. Visit the album and vote for your favorite Halloween photo until 1 p.m. Nov. 3. (You must have a Facebook account to vote).   
  4. One team and one individual with the most likes on their photo will each receive a grand prize - their winning photo on a coffee mug. Working@Duke judges will award a bag of chocolate candy for the spookiest and most creative costumes. 
  5. Winners will be announced on Facebook and Duke Today by 5 p.m. Nov. 3.

Last year’s overall winner was a team of seven Duke Family Medicine employees who dressed up as the cast of “Gilligan’s Island.” With 278 likes on Facebook, each team member was awarded a coffee mug adorned with the winning photo. The group is looking to repeat its win this year.

“We’ve got two or three ideas that we’re trying to decide on,” said Jody Crabtree, program coordinator for Duke Family Medicine, who dressed up as Mrs. Lovey Howell last year. “I know we’ll have a lot of competition.”

View last year’s submissions in the Blue Devil Halloween Photo Contest.