Mecosta County employees decorate offices as part of Halloween tradition

BIG RAPIDS  — The Halloween spirit was not lacking Friday at the Mecosta County Building, with multiple offices transformed into magical and scary lands.

As part of a yearly tradition, various departments go all out when it comes to Halloween, dressing in costume and decorating their entire offices.

This year, four departments put in hours of work to create spectacular displays, turning cardboard into mushrooms for Super Mario World or building trees as part of the land of the Keebler elves.

“It’s just something fun a few of the departments get into,” said Karen Hahn, Mecosta County Register. “A lot of us used to just dress up, but I think it was the clerk’s office who really started decorating their whole office and now more of us do too.”

Hahn’s office became home to the three little pigs, the Youth Attention Center was transformed into Super Mario World, the Mecosta County Clerk’s Office was turned into a haunted cemetery and the Keebler Elves took over the Mecosta County Treasurer’s Office.

Staff from the different departments put in their own time and money to make their office the best it can be. Decorating can take many hours, explained Liz Koster, who works in the clerk’s office.

“We were working on the office yesterday from 1:30 to about 7 p.m., so it takes a long time,” said Koster. “The whole process is long. We come up with our idea in August, then start making items in the end of September or beginning of October. It’s a two-month project.”

Toward the end of the day, many employees bring their children throughout the building to trick-or-treat and see the various decorations.

“Even the offices that don’t decorate participate in the trick-or-treat,” said Sara Doerr, who works at the Youth Attention Center. “There’s actually a lot of kids who come through and enjoy this. It’s our second year decorating and now it’s a tradition.”

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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