Seeing all the great costumes at work has made me rethink my decision to not get into costume. This may be the first Halloween (in recent years) that I have not dressed for the occasion. Is this a new trend? I am becoming that kind of Old? I have always put something on, especially for the work place. And most times, I was one of the few that got into the holiday spirit. (haha, get it?) But, this year, I decided against it. Made the decision a full month and a half before Halloween.
Then, without warning, my company decides to give out cash prizes. $125 to the top winners in 6 categories. And, $50 each to the 3 winners of the pumpkin carving contest. And, $75 each for the top 3 winners of best ‘Office/Space’ decorations. With all the money being thrown around, I was tempted to figure out a costume. The temptation was strong, but not strong enough. I thought to myself- “I wonder how many people would dress up because of the prize money?” And that made me angry. Really, not a good reason to get angry, but it did make me feel that way. Then the feeling of superiority crept up. If I made the effort over the years to bring Halloween into the office, why were my efforts never recognized? Would my dressing up this year mean that I was only trying to win the cash? So I held fast to my decision and dressed for work, jeans and a t-Shirt.
Now I wish I wasn’t so self righteous.