After a couple 2U Halloween’s under my belt, I am still amazed at how much fun it is to unite a team, plan and compete in the costume competition. The only thing I could equate 2BOO to is the days leading up to Christmas as a child. The costume idea planning is like dreaming up my list for Santa. October 30th is like Christmas eve, wondering what Santa (Chip) is up to and what toys will be waiting under the tree the next morning.

This year did not disappoint. It was the most organized 2Boo to date, thanks to our internal Events Manager, Chiara Arch and her team. (aka Village People Native American Felipe Rose)and her team.

Some shots of my team, GU-MSN as ‘Guardian of Retention’ and the 2BOO Village People
Best Costume of the day! GU-MSN’s Andreia Ieva as Baby Groot

The creativity and sheer brilliance of costumes is nothing short of AMAZING and truly captures 2U’s culture. Our executive team doesn’t just lead from the top in our business, they’re also “all-in” with their costumes! Take Cathy Graham AKA Miss Lemons to Lemonade Stand, what other CFO has this much fun?!

Cathy Graham, CFO

Brad Adams, EVP of PES didn’t stray from his “Addams Family” roots as Wednesday Addams.

Brad Adams, EVP of PES as Wednesday Addams

And Chip, who can talk about commitment to costume without shouting out our CEO — he even turned his home into a pirate ship!

Chip Paucek as Jack Sparrow

Our company is so unique that curious friends and family text me on Halloween to ask what fun Chip and the events department brewed up this year.

I love this company. We work hard and we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

I was excited to expand my family this year and welcome a baby 2Ute “Ace” from Top Gun to the mix. It was also fun to see more kiddy 2Utes celebrating.

Cory Kreikemeier and his “baker” family
Me and my “Ace” Grant
My son Grant’s first 2Boo!
Ari, Chiara’s daughter — also her first 2Boo!

I hope everyone looked around like I did on Halloween, absorbed the goodness that is 2BOO and smiled. Watch my time lapse and relive the moment. It can hopefully tie you over until we celebrate again next year!


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About Mallory Schindler: Mallory is a Senior Director of Post Enrollment Services at 2U. She has worked the past decade in the higher education and healthcare fields and has worked for both private and state universities which include: Georgetown University, University of Richmond and Winston Salem State University. Mallory obtained her Masters in Healthcare Administration, with a focus on finance from Ashford University and earned her Bachelors of Arts in Education and History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mallory lives on Capitol Hill and in her spare time, she enjoys decorating cakes, trying new restaurants, entertaining, going to Nationals games with her husband Dave and gardening.