I'm really not a curmudgeon. I enjoy seeing kids in costume, I enjoy seeing pets in costumes too. But I get soooo very annoyed when this semi-holiday invades my work environment. I do pay attention to what our "management" wants to do. I do believe in enjoying your work. But...come on folks, this is a healthcare environment for crying out loud. Every last person (excepting moi) is in full costume, make-up the whole nine yards. There are spiderwebs, cackling witch noises, spooky noise makers (crap I can hardly hear fetal heart tones the spooky noisemakers are so loud)and a total boatload of candy everywhere you look. I just did a nutrition group yesterday! I have 3 patients with gestational diabetes! Good god what are these staff members thinking. It's not even 10am and I see people eating a half dozen snickers minis. If you were seeing your healthcare provider today....how would you feel about the whole "decked out for halloween" business? Just sign me...grumpy in Alaska this morning.