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Happy – and safe – Halloween!


Fall (or is that pumpkin spice?) is in the air!

It’s October and here in the U.S. that means ghosts, goblins and a myriad of other spooky creatures, will be making their annual appearance as many of us celebrate Halloween.

Of course, with COVID-19 still being a concern, many would-be trick-or-treaters will be celebrating differently this year with smaller and, in many cases, at-home celebrations rather than going from door-to-door in search of treats.

Here at RSM, we understand the importance of traditions, particularly during these uncertain times. That’s why our Family First employee network group is doing a few innovative things to help our people celebrate Halloween safely this year. For instance:

  • Our Charlotte office is sending goodie bags to employees who are working remotely so that our people (as well as their little ghosts and goblins) are able to enjoy a small treat from the safety of their homes.
  • In Florida, participants will compete for best decorated pumpkin, to be voted on by the regional Family First members. Winners and runners up in each of three age groups will receive gift cards.
  • In Rochester, MN, employees and their families will carve and decorate pumpkins, and one pumpkin is required to be a "gratitude pumpkin" depicting something the employee and his/her family is grateful for. Pictures will be submitted and judged by a team of Family First members, and the winner will receive a gift card to a restaurant or store of his or her choice.
  • In the tristate offices of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, Family First members are holding a virtual photo contest. (They know that Halloween may be canceled in some places, but not at RSM!)

If you plan to celebrate Halloween this year, I encourage you to check out the Center for Disease Control’s tips on staying safe, while having a “scary” good time. 

Regardless of how – or even if – you’re celebrating Halloween, I, along with our Family First members and our 13,000 people nationwide and in Canada, hope you’ll enjoy a safe and happy time with close family and friends.

For those who do celebrate: Happy Halloween!

Katie Schuhow
Senior Manager and National Family First Employee Network Group Leader

Family First


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