Every year, Googleween is full of fun, frights, and surprises. This year was no different.
We start off the festivities with a look at the Halloween decorations at the 820 Broadway Sales office.
I think this mummy got dressed in the dark!
Unfortunately, this sign was false advertising!
I suppose we better talk to our janitorial staff about this!
Doug and Danny put up most of the decor throughout the offices. There were some really quirky touches - especially at the 820 Broadway office where Old Hollywood meets Halloween!
Fall fruits and veggies...
The glittery skulls were a new addition this year.
We had hung signs throughout the office for weeks to drum up excitement for the costume parade and contest.
Snoop was our first Googler snapped in costume!
Perhaps Snoop will win "Best Dog?"
the bone tree...
This was my favorite new piece of decor this year. The cackling mobile witch's broom worked absolutely perfect up and down our famous "yellow brick road."
Many people ask us where we buy our Halloween decor. Well, the secret is out! We have used "Grandin Road" the last three years.
Of course, the wickedly evil presentation is thanks to the creativity of our team.
Candles are a no-no in the office - but these are fake, so it is all good.
Our rats are some of the most feared decor throughout the campus.
Over at the 604 Arizona office, things are getting just as spooky.
Interview candidate STILL waiting in the lobby from last year's Googleween...
Who knew rats were so romantic?!
Facilities and the Fun Committee helped to put together the grab bags for the kids.
These two cuties were our first "2nd Generation Googlers" to show up.
Martha Stewart had a hand in this somewhere??
Even though this driftwod branch is in our lobby all yeat long, it fits right in to our Googleween decor.
The Google graveyard set up shop this year in our main central staircase.
Old school Googler...
Quite frightening work Doug!
This Noogler lost the "Google-15" pretty quickly...
Whoa!! Now this is scary... Jane!! But more on that later.
Googleween 2009 really began with lunch service at 11:30 am.
While our decor looked pretty tame throughout the month of October...
...we ramped it up a bit on Googleween Friday!
As always, Bon Appetit served some pretty gory delectables.
These are just olives - but they do look creepy, let's be honest!
Impossible to squash!
...and for dessert?
"Brains and blot-clot" cupcakes and these freaky little apple pies!
Our catering team is named Bon Appetit - so this sign was very apropos.
The Google logo at the 2nd Street location was especially spooky.
Mummies are everywhere!!
Danny did some nice handiwork at the 2nd Street location.
Our vulture always takes roost somewhere in the campus!
Come on, you either love her or hate her...!
Glittery scorpions rock...
Perfect random scattering of bones!
Um, isn't there enough to eat in the microkitchens?
Autumn leaves don't really exist in Southern California - so these are fake.
Our day's menu sign looks like gruel - which is perfect!
Okay - so this is where the fun really begins... with the costume parade at the Regal Beagle!
"Most Authentic" costume winner "Carmen Miranda" with her clever Dolly friend...
Thaw is a silly wabbit.
You may be checking out Fernando's "Batman" family in the foreground - but what is that freaky thing in the back?
That would be Joe Padilla without a head!!
Edgar won Best Dog Costume. He portrayed "Kate..."
I don't know who this is, or remember what movie this is from, but I am scared.
The Littlest Flamingo!
Kat says "there's no place like Google!"
Jasmine... as a cat.
Julie was "Jon" to Edgar's "Kate Plus Eight."
This is Jane and Rob portraying Rob and Jane. Nice!
SMOoglers from the Broadway office Jessica and Andrea show off there costumed dogs in the Regal Beagle.
I smell a winner here...
Who is that!?!?
OMG!! Michael Jackson is ALIVE!!!
So this is our trust Facilities Team. We started off the day as "mechanics" from "Mike's Body Shop," but we had another trick up our greasy blue sleeves.
While the costume parade started in the Regal Beagle, us "mechanics" used a storage room to give a new layered meaning to "Mike's Body Shop."
Of course, Michael Myers is the villain from the infamous horror film series "Halloween."
The fake blood was flying in the facilities storage room...
...but no one actually wanted to get their hands dirty!
Body parts and bloody knives completed the look.
We promise, as real as this looks, no Facilities team members or Googlers were harmed in the making of this costume!
We'll just have to clean this up later...
We have last minute adjustments to make in order to get to the costume parade.
The weirdest part about our "Mike's Body Shop" concept is that we truly could not tell who each other was once the masks were added!
The cap fits quite nicely into our theme...
Butchering body parts is tough work, but somebody's gotta do it!
We thought it would be funny to add another "Mike Myers" into the mix as well...
...so we had seven of us in the "Michael Myers" mask, and then our day porter Tony as actor Mike Myers from "Wayne's World."
The team gets ready for our stealth entrance...
Meanwhile, Kat gives Tobias a last minute lip gloss touch-up.
Set to the theme of "Halloween," the Mike's of "Mike's Body Shop" all arrived on the scene separately, using all four of the entrances into the Regal Beagle...
It was pretty freaky I must admit, and I was one of the Mike's...
According to "Kanye," his and "Taylor's" costume was one of the best Halloween Costumes of all time!
Fernando's take on the "Penguin" from "Batman" was certainly one of the most authentic this year.
His family rounded out the Batman cast!
How cute is this little Robin!?!?
Where's Garth when you need him?
Mike and Mike take out the competition...
Time to start filling out the ballots!
Tobias, that's no way to sit like a lady!
There, much better!
After the costume parade, "Mike's Body Shop" took to the streets!
There was no better place to meet the masses than Santa Monica's touristy "Third Street Promenade."
"Mike's Body Shop" goes to the movies...
...and wrecks havoc in the streets!
Sara as "Cyndi Lauper" joined us on our trek outdoors.
"Trim our palm trees in front of our office, or else!"
Mike and Mike spare no one!
Kids hit the ground - no joke!
Um, this is seriously scary - if it weren't so funny!
Time to go shopping!
Crossing Arizona Avenue...
Mike gives Santa Monica a hand.
Mike takes some lunch orders.
"Mike's Body Shop" = instant photo opportunity!
This Mike says NO to lousy street musicians...
But this Mike is swooning and offers a tip (of a leg)!
This guy was such a trooper - he barely bat an eyelash during this whole exchange.
This Mike is apparently ready for a beer!
Crying or laughing - at this point it is hard to tell...
Meanwhile, back at the 604 Arizona office... a tradition continues.
The SRE/OPS teams get ready to "fly the shark."
Whoops! Our Security Supervisor Ray seems to have let the wrong crowd in...
New Facilities Coordinator Mike meets Aprotim. What a powerful first impression!
Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike and Mike can't get through this Googleween without a little afternoon java!
Who knew Mike likes massage and fall fashions!?!
The shark is almost ready!
Time to get the shark up to the roof.
"A little more to the right..."
This is not as easy as it looks...
Kat starts the preparations up on the terrace for the Googleween party.
Balloons are set...
The fog machine is smokin'...
We had quite the spread at the Googlween party!
There was something for everyone!
This thing always cracks me up...
Calling Dr. Jones...
Julie added bottle after bottle to the spirited "boozy" version of the green sherbet punch.
Bryan, I think that hairdo and 'stache have got to be an every day thing!!
Time to count those ballots!!
Liviu is clearly incredible.
The "caution" tape was a nice touch I thought...
Mitch was a self-proclaimed "Ed Hardy Douchebag."
Time to get that shark flying!
That's a lot of helium!!
It's just like that movie "Up," but this shark has been flying for years!
The "Scariest Costume" award went to Joe's headless waiter...
We did not want to start an international incident - so there were no reports of any baby on board today!
Bruce takes the shark for another run.
While we had one "Michael Jackon" walking around with an i.v., there was another holding baby "Blanket" over the ledge of the building. Both Michael's were vying for the "Most Offensive" title.
A little secret is that this year, for the first time, the shark itself was filled with helium!
The results were impressive!
Now, wait, who's crying now?
Taylor Swift, you have won the best "Duo Costume!"
Kanye interrupts again to help accept the award!
Tobias pulls a "Julia Roberts."
Taylor and Kanye make up once and for all!
Julie announces the "Best Group Costume" award...
It had better be the right name, or she'll answer to Mike!
Hooooorrrray!! The Facilities Team reclaims its "Best Group" costume throne!
High-fives all around!
Jie Ren: "Hey Anna, I should have won 'most authentic.' After all, my costume is 'Jie Ren.'"
Tobias and John Brady take to the stage once again as winners of "Funniest Costume" as well!
Talk to the hand!
"Most offensive" goes to Nick's "Michael Jackson is Alive!"
"Mike's Body Shop" teammates Doug and Jane celebrate their win - but it was a tiring day. Those masks are no joke.
Even with the large eye holes, the masks initiate a tremendous suffocating heat inside.
Kat's Googley winning "Dorothy" costume was completed with those fun colored finger missiles!
Jie tells the best one-liners - whether he knows it or not!
New Facilities team members Sarah and Karen know there is a time for tickets, and a time for dancing - this is the time to dance!
Balloon boy was here after all!!!
It was a long day - and by the end of it - definitely time for a nap.