Hello. My name is Adam Volk and I’m a copywriter with Corel’s Creative Services department. The Corel World is my personal blog series which offers an insider’s look at life working for one of the world’s biggest software companies. Be sure to also check out our other employee blog posts to meet just a few of the creative and passionate people who make Corel what it is today!
The Corel World # 1: Things that Go Bump in the Mid-Afternoon
If you’re anything like me, you probably woke up on November 1st covered in face paint, fake spider webs and Tootsie Roll wrappers, and feeling more than a little woozy after a massive candy binge. Yup, it just so happens that Corel absolutely loves Halloween. After all, it’s the one day of the year when the entire company gets to dress up, scarf down junk food, and embrace our inner ghoulishness.
Of course, as I soon discovered, writing copy for Corel’s award-winning software isn’t exactly easy when you’re wearing plastic glow-in-the-dark fangs and an oversized werewolf head. Fortunately, it was a small price to pay in order to compete at this year’s Corel Halloween Costume Contest.
The contest saw a huge turn out from our hard working Marketing Department, including a number of our senior Product Marketing Managers who showed up in their All Hallow’s Eve best. The costumes were clearly a testament to the creativity and… err… individuality of the people that work here.
Production Designer and photographer extraordinaire Mark Kelly, was also on hand to snap some pics. Afterwards, Mark even made a few photo touch-ups using PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate, which you can check out below.
The competition was pretty fierce, with some impressive costumes on display. Fortunately, judging was overseen by none other than our Senior VP of Global Product Marketing, Shawn Cadeau. After careful deliberation and several handfuls of Sour Patch Kids, Shawn made his decision, narrowly avoiding a Michael Jackson Thriller dance off to settle a couple of close ties.
And so, without further ado… [insert drum roll here] … the Hallowinners were:
Honourable mention: Product Marketing Manager Evelyn Watts, as Pirate Captain Jacqueline Sparrow.
5th Place: Communications Manager Alexis Hamilton-West, as a Betty Draper-inspired 50s house wife.
4th Place: Public Relations Specialist Sara Chesiuk, as Pippi Longstocking.
3rd Place: Project Manager Kendra McLellan, as a Wild West Saloon Girl.
2nd Place: Yours truly, for my 80s-inspired Teen Wolf costume (Awwwooooo! Thanks Michael J. Fox!).
1st Place: And the big winner… Senior Graphic Designer Adrian Garcia, who took top prize as a voodoo doll.
Corel’s Halloween Costume Contest turned out to be a success of Great Pumpkin proportions. It’s also why so many of us love working for a company that encourages us to get a little crazy when Halloween rolls around. Even more impressive, despite devouring a mountain of candy and getting our Monster Mash on, Corel’s Marketing Department still managed to get a full day’s work in. Now that’s scary!
What did you dress up as for Halloween? Post a link below to some of your own spooktacular photos!