The annual Halloween costume contest is one of our biggest internal events at HomeAway. All of our employees put their creativity on display with the hopes of taking home the coveted title of "Best Team Costume" or "Best Individual Costume."
While our 2014 competition is still a few days away, this year, we decided to redirect our love of Halloween to support a good cause.
We partnered with Austin charity Helping Hand Home for Children to donate more than 40 Halloween costumes for children in their program. Helping Hand Home provides a nurturing and therapeutic home for children who have suffered severe abuse and neglect. They gave the kids a chance to wear their new duds earlier this month, while participating in a fun-filled Halloween party complete with cookie decorating, festive games and a magic show!
Having been part of a team that's won costume prizes nearly every year for the past five years, I can honestly say seeing the joy and excitement on these children's faces is much more rewarding.