Why the Office is Empty on Halloween

Every year on October 31st, our office is a ghost town. No, this isn’t a result of the zombie apoc­a­lypse. Rather, Halloween is a company holiday here at Search Discovery!

Most compa­nies don’t give their team the day off on Halloween, so why do we? Turns out that ques­tion isn’t so easy to answer. Ask our team, and you’ll get a range of responses.

Some say that we have kids to thank:

I think it’s a company holiday because of people with kids haha. But no clue TBH.
Olivia Hawkins

Media Manager, Does not have kids

I remem­ber the parents of young kids always left work, and that was true every­where.
John Sherrod

SEO Prac­tice Lead, has been at Search Discovery long enough to speak about it in the past tense

Others blame it on Atlanta traffic:

Hard to get home to kids in ATL for trick or treat­ing I hear.
Jason Egan

Analyt­ics Manager, Does not live in ATL

It’s because of traffic lol.
Anna Reed

Analyst, Commutes an hour and a half into the office

Some are convinced they’re the reason for the holiday:

So I can turn my home into a zombie dystopia.
Mark Sawlor

Analyt­ics Archi­tect, Cana­dian

So I have all day to set up my compli­cated terror machines.
Micah Wede­meyer

Sling­shot Devel­oper, Part time vampire

And others just keep it succinct:

2 reasons — bad traffic and we needed another holiday.
Michael Helbling

Analyt­ics Direc­tor

Because Halloween.
Michael Healy

Data Scien­tist

We let Search Discov­ery’s Pres­i­dent, Mike Gustafson, give the final verdict.

Part of the reason is that October is a long month, and we wanted to space out the company holi­days,” says Mike. “But also, traffic in Atlanta on Halloween is horri­ble. Back when most employ­ees worked in the office, people left early on Halloween because of traffic or to be with their kids anyway. So we just made Halloween a holiday.”

And there you have it folks! What­ever the reason, the Search Discovery team is happy to spend Halloween with their fami­lies and friends (and espe­cially not sitting in Atlanta traffic!). Through­out our orga­ni­za­tion, we value a strong work-life balance, and having Halloween off is just one example of it.

If you’d like to join our crop of ghouls and goblins, be sure to check out our careers page. Happy Halloween from our family to yours!