[CONTEST CLOSED] Haunt us with your IT horror stories! Win a treat!

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UPDATE: This contest has ended. Thank you all for frightening us with your spooky stories! Our randomly selected winners are: @TMRoberts@van604, and @DwightHirst🎉 Congratulations!


October is here, which means Halloween is just around the corner. Who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up and eat candy?! We don’t have any tricks in store for you this month, but there just may be some treats… read on for details of how you can secure your chance to win a Meraki Nike Dri-Fit Hat. 


Spooky season is the perfect time to give each other a fright, and what better way to do that than by sharing your IT horror stories? We thought it would be fun to bring back this hauntingly good Halloween contest for another year. 


So gather round, pull up a virtual chair by the light of our jack o’lantern, and let’s tell some ghost stories! We want to hear your IT horror stories… Regale us with your tales of nightmarish networks, spooky servers, and petrifying permissions. What’s the scariest scenario you’ve encountered? Remember, picture submissions count, too! 


How to win


To enter the contest, share your IT horror story or picture in the comments below before 10:59am ET on October 13th. Be careful not to use any company names, and be kind in your tales. We will then randomly draw 3 winners to receive a prize.


Read on, if you dare...


If you’re in need of a little inspiration, we chose a few fan favorites from last year’s contest to get you started. 


First up, this truly terrifying photo entry from @Hezinuk:

Customer: We think we have an issue with our switch! 

Me: Let me have a look

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Or this real life ghost story from @TMRoberts:

“Oh I had an interesting and spooky time at the one place .... worked with security guards who complained they thought someone had broken in while they were on duty.


So, we ended up going through camera footage of the nights they said they thought it happened. 


You see the guard walk down some stairwell (internal so no wind), and as they walk past the one door it pops open and closed .... no one on either side. Dude freaks and rattles handle ... maglocked.


Then he opens door peered through, still no one there.


Walks away shaking head .. gets near the next floor... that door pops wide open (not like a little magdoor pop, WIDE open) ...


Sec guard runs down last steps and looks through, still no one there.

We went through all the cameras at the doors and nearby hallways ... not a soul was in the building .... except this guard.


Next day, different guard mentioned earlier in week they had been in a stall in restroom ... door opened .... again no one else in building when we checked the cameras.


Glad we moved buildings two months later!!”


oOoOo scary! Happy Halloween everyone! 👻🎃🍬




  • Limit one entry per community member
  • Submission period: Monday, October 2nd, 2023  at 11:00am EDT through Friday, October 13th, 2023 at 10:59am EDT
  • Prize will be a selection of Meraki swag with value not exceeding USD 50.00
  • Official terms, conditions, and eligibility information