Halloween at the office doesn’t have to be just another boring workday. Throwing an office Halloween party is a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday. It’s also a great opportunity to boost morale and have some hair-raising fun.
There are a few things that go into creating the ultimate Halloween party. First, schedule it during your normal workday. This lets employees who may have family obligations join in on the fun.
You also want to make sure you’ve planned well. Dress up the space with haunting decorations and spooky snacks. Don’t forget that it’s also a team-building opportunity. Use your office Halloween party as a way to bring your coworkers together.
Wondering where to start? Here are 15 office Halloween party ideas that’ll help you plan a memorably spooky experience.
1. Establish a Party-Planning Committee
People take office parties seriously. Assemble a group from multiple departments to organize the Halloween party.
2. Pick a Theme Related to the Business
Every good Halloween party needs a theme. Choose one that ties in elements of the business (perhaps with an eerie angle).
3. Choose Classic Decorations
You can’t go wrong with a few classics, like fake spider webs and plastic pumpkins. But, if the party has a theme, think outside the box and let that guide the decorations.
4. Hold a Costume Contest
No Halloween party is complete without a costume contest. Select winners in different categories — funniest costume, scariest costume, and most original. And be sure to give out prizes.
5. Have a Group Pumpkin-Carving Contest
A pumpkin-carving contest is a fantastic team-building activity. Let management choose groups to encourage staff who don’t normally interact to work together.
6. Decorate Desks
Decorations are an essential part of a good Halloween party. Encourage employees to decorate their workspaces and award prizes. This creates an air of friendly competition.
7. Set Up a Photo Booth
A photo booth with Halloween-themed props is a fun, interactive activity for an office party. Especially if costumes aren’t allowed.
8. Trick-or-Treat at the Office
Encourage staff to bring treats. Everyone can go around the office from desk to desk trick-or-treating. This takes people all over the office and lets them interact.
9. Collaborate on a Philanthropic Project
Serving others always brings people together. Choose a nonprofit organization and collect items at the party to donate. Or, costume-clad employees can visit children’s hospitals or senior centers to bring treats.
10. Have a Scavenger Hunt
Set up a Halloween scavenger hunt and encourage everyone to work together.
11. Solve a Murder Mystery
Murder mysteries are an excellent team-building activity. They encourage collaboration and problem solving — and they’re fun, too.
12. Play Old-School Party Games
Bobbing for apples or a pin the tail on the donkey are classic games that will put everyone in a good mood.
13. Wrap Up Co-Workers Like Mummies
Use toilet paper or streamers and wrap co-workers like mummies. Make it a competition.
14. Hand Out Party Favors
You might give out company swag, candy, or gift cards. Don’t let your staff leave without some token of appreciation of their hard work.
15. Close Up Early
Let everyone go home early, if possible. No one wants to get back to work after all the partying. Plus, many employees may have kids. This would give them some extra time to get ready for trick-or-treating.
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Too often, employees spend their days interacting only with co-workers in their departments. An office Halloween party brings everyone together. With a little work, you can plan a special and ghoulish time that everyone will remember.