Monday, October 29, 2007


The public-relations firm hosts an annual Black and Orange Bash, a party of socializing and networking for its staff and clients. There is usually musical entertainment and novelties such as fortune tellers or temporary-tattoo artists; this year, an artist will be drawing caricatures, said Linda Clarke, executive vice president for the firm, based in the San Francisco Bay area.

Yet you're not going to find the 200 attendees mingling in creative Halloween costumes, Ms. Clarke said. The party attire is simple and direct: Wear orange and black.

"You never know what you're going to get," Ms. Clarke said, referring to the creative -- and sometimes office-inappropriate -- costumes that adults might wear. Plus, she said, making a costume mandatory might make some people uncomfortable and turn the invitation down.

Read the rest of Amy Houk's article on how some organizations celebrate Halloween at work.

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