By Larrisa Beth Turner
Lions and tigers and … clowns? Oh, my!
Although this year's Halloween festivities didn't exactly mirror a scene from "The Wizard of Oz," Dorothy did make an appearance and plenty of witches and wizards roamed the halls of 102 Tower.
For the second year, employees from University Information Technology (UIT), Information Technology Services (ITS), University Medical Billing (UMB), and Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) celebrated the haunted holiday with comical and creepy costumes, creatively decorated cubicles, and colorful confections.
Costumes ranged from clever to creepy, while office themes included two very twisted carnivals, Harry Potter, Candyland, and Pet Sematary.
Young trick-or-treaters also joined the fray, dressing up as their favorite characters and making the rounds with their parents to collect candy.
See below for Halloween costume and decoration contest winners, as well as additional photos of the event.
Best individual costumes
Tina Irwin — Purple Witch
Samantha Lankford — Creepy Clown
Crystal Peterson — Mrs. Incredible
Gavin Rackman — Mrs. Potts
Abraham Sewell — Carnevil Strongman
Best group costume
Scooby Doo Gang — Sami Valdez, Nikolina Savic, Ashley Mills, Stayner Langeland, and Kaylee Davis
Best decorated areas
Titanic — EPIC Core, Hospital Financial Systems, and Provider Financial Services
2nd Floor Creepy Carnevil — Julie's Team (UMB)
Shark Week — Ed's Team (UMB)