Office Decoration

Cubicle invasion!

One of the fun things that happens in the United States around this time of year is Halloween.  It helps us forget the election for at least a moment!

At our Red Hat office, we have a Trick or Treat event for employees’ children, so we take pride in decorating our office areas to add to the fun.  Of course, this means that office decorating becomes a competitive sport 🙂

Never to shy away from a challenge, I brought in my big brute…

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Oh no! Not that assignment!!

He was a great find at Worcester’s famous Halloween Outlet store, which is open year round to, as they put it, ‘Sell fright right!’.  I have had him for years and my wife was happy to see me remove him from our breezeway to take him into work 🙂

Hope you do a million fun things during this season!!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 26

Scary or funny?

My choice of theme for this past week’s challenge may have been just a little bit early for many, as Halloween is not out in full force everywhere.  I will try to make it up to you with tomorrow’s topic.

In the United States, Halloween has become a great excuse for many adults to dress up and express their wicked selves; some of the costumes and make-up can be very elaborate, ranging from the silly to the scary.  The other staple of Halloween is the pumpkin, which is often carved, so that a candle can be put inside it to light up the face or scene that has been created; in the original Irish version, a turnip or rutabaga was carved to the same effect.

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Pumpkins Everywhere!

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  • Judith’s post in Nature Knows Best includes both a broom and a black cat, which is a good indication that sleepy Dorking, UK may be in for some spooky fun in the weeks to come!
  • Steve put the feeling of Halloween into the image in the Steve Newcomb Photography post; the photo of the house really makes me wonder, if kids will dare to cry out ‘Trick or Treat‘ at this residence for fear of being tricked…

 

With a promise to provide something more applicable across the entire planet, I do want to thank both contributors and readers for the first 26 weeks of Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Tomorrow’s topic is in the works….

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Halloween

Spirit of the Season!

Welcome to episode 26 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  After a wonderful week of Art photography with awesome posts, as can be seen in the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 25; if you haven’t seen them yet, please go check them out.

In keeping with the season, as it is getting a little colder in New England and the leaves are turning beautiful colors, this week’s challenge theme is Halloween!

 

Celebrating Halloween in all its forms has become a larger phenomenon over the past couple of decades; it has grown from an opportunity for young children to go from door to door to proclaim ‘trick or treat!’ and get some candy to a not-so-serious excuse adults to throw a party.  From its Celtic origins and integration with Christian beliefs, this holiday has become a lot of fun for many, regardless of its origins; many of us will decorate for the season and even dress up in either an silly or scary costume.

My challenge to you is to share how Halloween, or Dia de las Brujas, is celebrated in your part of the world.  Bring your creative minds to the forefront and share your photos and stories!

Here’s a taste from a decoration in front of our house from about six years ago…

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The Great Pumpkin!

A happy pumpkin and some fog make for an inviting twist to the season.

For those who’d like to participate in this weekly challenge, the rules are the following:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

This should be a fun week and we might even learn some new things from each other!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D MkIII using an EF24-105mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at 1/160 second with f/8 and 400 ISO.