It is that time of year, when spooky traditions are shared...
We test our nerves and assess our bravery by entering historical locations that have been declared "haunted." We don our best or worst attire for the chance at the coveted title of "Most Creative" or "Scariest" costume. Once a tradition that dates back to Medieval times, where the poor would visit homes of the wealthier in order to receive pastries and gifts in exchange for promised prayers for the deceased, is now known as trick-or-treat and a competition for young to survey the quantity and quality of candies that fill their baskets. It is a time when the artist in us all, strategizes just how intricate we can go when pumpkin carving and then realizes before you can begin, someone must be willing to remove the stinky, gooey, guts and seeds that fill the inside. We huddle together under a blanket, with hands over our eyes, peeking through our fingers at the scary movie we wish we never turned on, and then sleep that night with the lights on.
And, at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort we get competitive and collect flannels and props, all for the chance to be declared the winner of our Annual Scarecrow Contest. Scarecrow Contest? Yes! And it is a tradition that is hopefully an obvious sign of the spooky holiday we celebrate, as these creatures take over a space and greet our guests. We even make the contest interactive, as we welcome our guests to join in on the fun, and leave the voting up to them! Sometimes the "scariest" wins and other years the winner is the team that successfully was able to add some humor.
This year five departments competed: Activities, Conference & Catering, Engineering, Laundry and Turfgrass. They all brought their "A" game with well thought out creations, complete with a yellow brick road (see below). Some made guests jump and others provided a nice chuckle, but when the voting ended we had new winners to announce.
|1st Place - "Zombie" by Laundry|
|2nd Place - "Save The Pumpkins" by Engineering|
|3rd Place - "Dorothy" by Conference & Catering|
For our winners... bragging rights only last one year and like all traditions, they only get better with time, so we look forward to the surprises that are in store for next year.
Do you have a favorite Halloween tradition? If so, share below!