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A new twist on Halloween

In Chattanooga, employees organized a party for employees and their families.

Kids dress up as vampires, zombies, fairies, or even pumpkins, and go from door to door, ringing the doorbell and saying, “trick or treat!” Adults go to costume parties. The occasion is Halloween, a tradition marking the changing of the seasons that is practiced most famously in the United States. It’s celebrated annually on October 31, All Hallows’ Eve. But there’s more than one way to celebrate Halloween.

Hundreds of employees at Volkswagen Chattanooga in Tennessee in celebrated the fall season in very special fashion back in mid-October. With the title “Mummy Mayhem,” the day was dedicated to elaborate costumes, “trunk or treat” activities for the kids, and an evening concert for the grown-ups by the group Here Come the Mummies – who, naturally, were dressed up in authentic-looking mummy garb.

“Trunk or treat” is an alternative to traditional trick or treating. In this version, the kids go from car to car collecting candy rather than ringing neighborhood doorbells. The event was meticulously planned and organized well in advance by the Employee Activities Committee. “We worked hard to make the event as colorful and special as possible for all our employees and contractual partners,” says committee member Pamela Tyler, who works as a specialist in the paint shop. “When you see how much fun colleagues and their families are having, it makes it all worthwhile.

I actually designed one of the trunks myself. Being able to work together in such a creative way with the people I work with every day was a lot of fun. I look forward to the ‘trunk or treat’ event every year!” Her hard work paid off doubly this time around: visitors crowned Pamela’s trunk with the coveted prize for Best Junk in the Trunk.

Volkswagen employees and their kids were delighted by the imaginative costumes. The trunks themselves were not only loaded with candy but also elaborately decorated. The evening ended with a performance by the funk rock band Here Come the Mummies – the first concert ever staged for employees at the location.

“2017 was an important year here in Chattanooga with the launch of the Atlas. We’ve gained a lot of new team members who are helping us build the new SUV. It was fantastic to see so many of them having a good time here today,” says Shireena Avery from the Human Resources department. “The Employee Activities Committee organizes a lot of fun events throughout the year – bowling, golf tournaments, and outdoor activities. But the undisputed highlight is ‘Trunk or treat.’ And it’s no wonder – they spend all year planning the event!”