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!