As soon as the fall semester starts, colleagues start writing to Caroline Morris, inquiring about a Halloween costume theme for the Duke Graduate School.
Over the years, staff and faculty have dressed as superheroes, circus attractions and characters in “The Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
“People in our office get excited for Halloween,” said Morris, fellowship coordinator for the Duke Graduate School.
What will the Graduate School be this year? The reigning team champions from the 2018 Blue Devil Halloween Photo Contest won’t say, but competition is expected to be high during the 2019 contest, which is now open.
Duke University and Health System staff and faculty are invited to submit a Duke- or work-related Halloween photo by 12 p.m. on Nov. 1. Photos must be taken in October 2019, and they must be taken at work or have a clear Duke or work-related theme to be eligible for prizes. Limit one photo per employee.
Working@Duke judges will award one team and one individual with a grand prize – their winning photo on a coffee mug. Bags of chocolate candy will go to the spookiest and most creative Halloween pictures. Working@Duke will also pick an entrant to receive a “Proud to be Working@Duke” T-shirt.
Here’s how to participate:
- Take your best shot and submit your work or Duke-related Halloween photo by 12 p.m. on Nov. 1. Photos must be taken in October 2019.
- All eligible submissions will be posted in an album on Working@Duke's Facebook page by 3 p.m. on Nov. 1 when voting opens.
- Visit the album on Facebook and vote for your favorite Halloween photo until 12 p.m. on Nov. 4. (You must have a Facebook account to vote).
- Don't forget to like Working@Duke on Facebook.
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 candy for the spookiest and most creative costumes. Working@Duke will also pick one of our favorites to receive a “Proud to be Working@Duke” T-shirt.
Last year’s individual winner dressed up in an “Alice in Wonderland” theme. Michelle Pleasants made her Queen of Hearts costume from about 100 yards of tulle and decorated her office with large playing cards.
“Everybody in the office gets excited for Halloween,” said Pleasants, staff specialist for Duke Procurement and Supply Chain Management. “Many of us decorate our offices and we go around trick-or-treating to other people’s desks.”
Submit your photo in the 2019 Blue Devil Halloween Photo Contest.
View the 2018 submissions in the Blue Devil Halloween Photo Contest.
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