Use The Halloween Holiday for Team Building

Jack-o’-lantern on bar counter

It’s the day that little ghouls and goblins run around town getting candy from neighbors, but Halloween is also a great time for a spooky-themed party. Many times businesses are serious and solemn places as everyone tries to meet deadlines and finish their work as efficiently as possible.

Holiday parties give everyone the chance to get to know each other better and get closer as friends and employees. Here are some ways to create a Halloween party that gets everyone talking and having responsible fun.

What Not to Do For a Halloween Party

One of the hallmarks of Halloween is people wearing costumes, but it’s a good idea to not include that during the workday. There’s always the worry that some of the costumes might be inappropriate. Many adult Halloween costumes are overly sexualized or someone might create one trying to be funny, but is actually offensive.

You also might want to not allow alcohol at the part. This might be fine if it’s an outside venue such as a bar or restaurant, but not good for the office. Instead, provide Halloween themed non-alcoholic punch, water, and other beverages.

Consider Halloween Volunteer Work

If having a Halloween party in the office seems like a downer and you’d love to get them out of the office for a while, consider volunteer work in the community. Volunteering at local pet shelters and other charitable causes are uplifting and bring everyone together.

It doesn’t have to be mandatory. People can choose to stay at work or head out for volunteering. It’s a good idea to contact the organizations a few weeks ahead of time. That way, you can make sure to find one or they can set up something for you and the group in the days leading up to the holiday.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

If you want something that is fun and makes some nice decorations, then order everyone a pumpkin and have a contest on the best design. Give the tools they need and let them have at it in the break room or conference room. You’ll want plastic tablecloths to catch all the pumpkin guts and leftover pieces.

If you don’t want to risk liability for injury by pumpkin carving, you can make it a pumpkin painting contest instead. Trade in brushes for carving knives, but still enjoy the camaraderie and good-natured competition in the office.

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