For the past three years, the REM Social Events Committee has hosted the Annual Halloween Costume Contest at the three REM office locations. After a busy tax season with stressful days and late nights, it was great to see REM staff dress up in creative, scary, and fun individual and group costumes. This is an annual opportunity to relax, enjoy time with coworkers and reach out and touch base with colleagues we don’t get a chance to interact with in our daily life at the office. “The Halloween costume contest gives employees a chance to show their creative sides and have a little fun while they’re doing it,” says Committee founder Michelle Greco. Michelle’s Co-Chair Nicole Aufiero agrees. “After the October 15th deadline, we all deserve a break. So, each office decorates and throws a party where staff can mingle and enjoy some Halloween cheer.”
Each office celebrated with a party and plenty of treats and the results of the much-awaited costume contest. Each REM office had their own group of judges. Prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and the group with the best costume. The winning costumes ranged from a Golfer, Mrs. Claus, a Flapper, and a pair of Tired Pregnant Ladies.
The Broadway office winners were:
1st place: Armine Arushanova, Mrs. Claus
2nd place: Amna Atiq, Serena Williams
3rd place: Wendy Strauss, Angel of Darkness
Group costume: Margaret Peza and Jackie Peabody, Tired Pregnant Ladies
The Melville office winners were:
1st place: Josefa Cabral-Ruddy, Flapper
2nd place: Nicole Aufiero, Wednesday Addams
3rd place: Karen Szilagyi, Creepy Scarecrow
Group costume: Michelle Greco, Joanna Rubinstein, Monica Lala, Kosta Kokkosis and Luca Palermo, Twister
The New Jersey office winners were:
1st place: Steve Bower, Golfer
2nd place: Urmi Bhavsar, Cowgirl
3rd place: AJ DaPonte, Odell Beckham, Jr.
Group costume: Alvin & The Chipmunks: Clara Stricchiola (Alvin), Roz Martino (Theodore), and Shirley Della Torre (Simon)
The lucky winners received $50 gift cards for 1st place, $25 for 2nd place, $10 for 3rd place and the best overall group $15 gift card per person. Another REM Social Events Committee success.
Stay tuned for more fun at REM…