It feels like it should always fall on a Friday or Saturday, but most of the time, October 31st happens right during the middle of the week.
It’s not an official government holiday, so there is no guaranteed time off for it, but whether you are 6 or 60, it always feels like the last day in October should be a little more special; it shouldn’t be just a normal day at work.
Are you kind of a Halloween Grinch? That doesn’t mean you need to throw a Halloween bah humbug on everything. Recognizing the holiday and adding a little festive flair can help to improve employee mindset, morale, and help foster relationships to create a better team.
Now, you may not be able to, and you may not want to, throw an office Halloween party that rivals the company parties on “The Office,” but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun this year (while still getting work done).
So, here are few fairly tame ideas to help you get in the festive spirit.
How to Celebrate Halloween at Work (and still get work done)
Provide a fall themed breakfast or treat
Who doesn’t love a yummy food surprise at work? Bring in some donuts and cider or pumpkin bread and coffee for the employees to enjoy. Having a little candy never hurt anyone either-it is Halloween after all!
Host a potluck lunch
Yummy food? Check. Employee involvement? Check. An opportunity for bonding and team building? Check. A way to make the day a little special? Check.
A potluck, where everyone comes in with a dish to share, is perfect for offices where everyone has the same lunch hour. People have a chance to try out new foods and spend some time relaxing with their co-workers. On the other hand, a potluck can even work with varying lunch hours. It makes it easy for people to stop in to the conference room (or wherever all the food is set up), grab a plate, and head back to their work spaces.
Another plus? A potluck takes the weight off just one individual-everyone is contributing!
This is pretty obvious, and it may not sound like a “tame” idea, but it is a way to add a little festiveness without taking up work time with extra activities.
Other ideas? You could just host a costume contest at the end of the day, so people don’t don their costumes until the designated time. Or, have fun by having an office theme for costumes–it will inspire people to get creative!
Decorate the Office
It doesn’t have to look like a haunted house. Just put out a pumpkin or two, maybe a Halloween banner, or a ghost cut out. Looking for a team building activity? Assign a group of employees to decorate the office, perhaps using only materials they find around the office. You might be surprised with what people come up with!
Play simple games and activities
Another idea is to encourage employees to have a bowl of candy out on their desks. As people walk to and from the copy machine and the break room, they can “trick or treat” along the way.
Hold a pumpkin carving contest
Carving a pumpkin can take a long time, and it can be a messy endeavor. So, if you don’t want work time to be spent scooping out pumpkin guts, plan a carving contest where the hard labor happens outside of the office.
The week before Halloween, provide any employees that want to participate with a small pumpkin. They should bring in their masterpiece the day of Halloween, and it can sit in an office “pumpkin patch.” Throughout the day employees can vote on their favorite pumpkin and the winner will be announced at the end of the day.
Bonus? Include a pumpkin seed roasting contest and have folks bring in the seeds roasted from their pumpkins too.
Be aware of employee’s families
For young children, trick-or-treating is the BEST part of Halloween. Trick-or-treating, especially for little ones, can start as early as 5:30 p.m. Be aware of who in the office has young ones at home that may need help getting their costumes on and getting ready to go by 5 or 6 p.m. Grant those employees a little leniency on Halloween and suggest they go home a little early. If you suggest it before they have to ask, that will make it so much better.
Employee morale is crucial to the success of a business. Making the effort to make Halloween a little bit different than a normal work day, can help to make your office a positive work environment.
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