8 ways to celebrate Halloween at the office (besides the traditional costume party)
The first stop on the fun ride to the holiday season is just ahead of us: Halloween. Our minds are already wandering towards creepy costumes, spooky decorations, and seasonal goodies. Even if projects pile up on our to do lists, we still can’t ignore the need to celebrate All Saints’ Eve, as it is also called, which happens to be America’s second-biggest commercial holiday (after Christmas, of course).
Many companies organize costume parties on this occasion, but what if yours won’t have one this year? Or what if you want to find new ways to celebrate? We put our imagination to work, also did a little research, and have come up with a list of simple yet fun activities that you can do to properly celebrate Halloween at the office.
🕷️ Decorate your desk and the common areas of your office
If you’re a Halloween junkie, you must love searching for spooky decorations or even DIY items. Involve your coworkers and start a desk decorating project or even contest at the office. Don’t forget about the common areas, such as the cafeteria, restrooms, the kitchen etc. The eerie Halloween atmosphere will surround you and tasks will seem much more fun with a little bat watching you from the corner of your computer screen.
🦇 Become a superhero
You can pick the superhero theme for your Halloween celebrations this year and involve your coworkers. Besides inviting them to wear superhero costumes to work, you can send them an online quiz that will tell them what superhero they most resemble or pass around crayons and superhero coloring books. You can also involve your colleagues in creating an office comic strip or superhero story. Make up your own office superheroes and imagine an adventure around them.
⚰️ Play a murder mystery game
Murder mystery games are very popular and easy to play in large groups. The idea is simple: you’ll be playing roles in a story in which one of your coworkers was murdered and everyone else has to guess who did it. You can find ready made games that you can buy or just look for a free one online.
🕯️ Find the pumpkins
A few days before Halloween, hide pumpkin decorations in various places around the office. Whoever happens to find the most before the big day wins.
👻 Movie matching game
Put together a list of famous horror movie quotes and hold a guessing game with your coworkers. Whichever team or individual has the most correct guesses wins a nice Halloween treat.
🎃 Pumpkin carving therapy
Let’s not make this one a contest! Just supply your colleagues with nice big pumpkins and invite them for a carving session. It should be relaxing and fun, it will promote teamwork and should not take more than an hour of your time (munching on Halloween snacks included).
🍬 Office trick-or-treating
We’re all still children on the inside, so we still enjoy a nice trick-or-treating. Ask your coworkers to bring a small bag of goodies to work or, better yet, ask management to provide each one of you with a goodie bag on Halloween. Then take your team trick-or-treating to different departments and invite them to visit you in turn. Fun and candy will be had by all.
💀 Halloween photo booth
The best things that endure after each Halloween are the memories and the photos. Make sure you and your team have plenty of both! For really fun and memorable photos, you can rent out a photo booth or put one together yourselves. Hang some of the pictures in the office and make sure everyone takes a few at home with them. They will keep you all warm until the next Halloween.
Go on, try your favorite Halloween games together with your colleagues. Don’t forget about the spooky music and the traditional treats and you’re all set for a perfect Halloween at the office.