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    Scary good tips to celebrate Halloween at the office






    Dressing up at the office

    If the staff wants in on the fun, then dress up!

    Consider using the “Thing 1, Thing 2” theme and create red t-shirts for your whole staff. If you don’t like “thing”, your shirts can say, “Doctor 1”, “Doctor 2”, Staff 1-5, Optician 1-2, etc. Love the Suess idea? Dressing up as a “Who” never gets old, and you get to do cute things with your hair.

    More of a Disney fan? Don’t forget the princesses, princes, and the Beast. Have seven staff members and a female doctor? Dress up as Snow White and the seven dwarfs.

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    M&Ms are fun too, with lots of colors. (Of course, watch out who you make the dumb yellow M&M). Poodle skirts and roller skates can also be fun. You can’t forget the minions, either.

    Our staff chose the Wizard of Oz this year. Our male doctor is of course—the Wizard. I learned of this plan when he was the first to read the memo and yelled, “I am the wizard!” at the top of his lungs. I was originally told I was the tin man, but I can’t do BIO with a hat, so now I am, not surprisingly, a munchkin.

    I love dressing up for the kiddos at work. I used to dress up as my husband, who is six feet tall. I wore his scrubs (too big), his stethoscope, and his white coat with his name and felt very comfortable all day. Working in the mall is especially fun on Halloween if the kids trick-or-treat at the office.

    Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO
    Tracy Schroeder Swartz currently practices at Madison Eye Care Center in Madison, Alabama. She serves as Education Chair for the ...


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