It was clear from Halloween 2018 that the team at GingerMay doesn’t do things by halves. Here’s the week as it unfolded from the perspective of Ella Morley, our Account Executive.
Monday 29 October
Lots of excitement as the team arrive to find that GingerMay’s dedicated social committee has transformed the office (inside and out!) with cobwebs, hanging bunting, and giant inflatable spiders. There are sweet treats and chocolate everywhere; diets are going out of the window this week.
Tuesday 30 October
The doorbell buzzes and the team is greeted by a delivery driver fighting with 30 pumpkins in the stairwell. It’s time to kick-off the annual pumpkin carving competition! After lunch, two members of the team announce that their pumpkin is ready. They’ve set the bar high; it’s painted rose gold complete with a working wine tap and the slogan ‘I’m here for the boos’ – they’re confident they’ll win.
Wednesday 31 October
It’s officially Halloween and the team is dressed for the occasion. Today I am working opposite a bloodied surgeon, two black-eyed inmates, and Morticia Addams a.k.a the company director. We’re all hoping to win the prize for Best Costume at tonight’s Halloween party.
At 6pm and officially off-duty, it’s time to let loose. Within fifteen minutes, Hermione Granger and a Pac-Man Blinky Ghost are face-down in a game of apple bobbing. The rest of the evening involves eating doughnuts suspended in mid-air, finding marshmallows in flour, a spooky Halloween quiz, and the hotly anticipated GingerMay Freakish Fancy Dress Competition. Senior Account Executive Laura Williams scoops two prizes for her creative ‘GingerBot’ transformer, while Senior Account Director Karolina Throssell is crowned overall Best Dressed.
Thursday 1 November
The team has spent their lunch breaks and evenings carving pumpkins throughout the week and it’s judgment day. Designs range from Monsters Inc and Jack Skellington, to ‘GingerMay at Cannes’ and a selection of abstract owls, cats, and witches. After an intense round of team voting, Charlotte, Laura, Amy, Jade, and myself are crowned the best carvers and our pumpkins are shared across social media for a public ballot.
Friday 2 November
After a spooktacular week, it’s time to take down the Halloween decorations and put them away for next year. Luckily, it’s not long before GingerMay’s social committee launch a poll for our next team event in December. Will it be wreath making, ice skating, panto, or chocolate tasting?! We cast our votes and head home for the weekend.
To find out more about our pledge to never approach company culture gingerly, read our blog post here.