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Halloween Activities for the Office that Employees Actually Enjoy

Does the idea of team building make you shudder? Have you had night terrors and broken out in a cold sweat just thinking about productivity?

Being a business owner can be a very terrifying thing, but it doesn’t have to be all tricks and no treats. Halloween is a good excuse to relax the tie, take your hair out of its tight bun, and let loose. Find out how you can use this holiday to improve office morale and employee focus with a few simple tweaks to the workplace.

1. Let your employees dress up

Office Costume ContestDoes it really matter if your secretary is dressed up as a lobster for the day? As long as they’re still greeting guests, fielding calls, and entering data, they can be a crazy crustacean all they want. Costumes for Halloween won’t stop your team from rocking it out for the day. Plus, it could warrant some good laughs and start conversations.

According to a study from the University of Warwick, happiness leads to a 12% spike in employee productivity. Setting up a makeshift photo booth or giving a gift card to the best costume is a great way to earn smiles. Sounds like that lobster’s really cooking now!


2. Decorate the office

Decorate the OfficeYou can transform the office into a haunted house or be a little whimsical. It really just depends if you’re feeling more like Casper the Friendly Ghost or The Spider Demon in Poltergeist. Put cute witches and pumpkins on the walls and desks, or go full on creepy and decorate in chains, severed limbs, and ghoulish decor.

A little gesture goes a long way for employee retention. In fact, highly engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave their companies. What’s more engaging than a bat swooping over your head? Halloween makes it easy to create an engaging work environment.

 

3. Plan a few Halloween-themed games

Halloween Bobbing for ApplesNobody wants to see the IT guy bobbing for apples and making a mess all over the carpet. That’s an image you won’t be able to unsee once you see it. However, you can still host Halloween activities right in the office, without spending a lot of money or time. Here are some easy ideas for the office.

 

Try out one of these:

  • Pumpkin painting:  everyone decorates a baby pumpkin for someone else in the office
  • Guessing game:  how many candy corn pieces are in the jar?
  • Mummy wrap:  cover the head honcho with toilet paper or streamers
  • Bone-chilling breakfast:  offer apple cider donuts and pumpkin coffee cake
  • Trick-or-treating:  go desk-to-desk collecting candy and other sweets

The best part of these activities is they won’t cause too much distraction or mess. Not to mention, companies that have a bit of fun have 2.5x higher revenues than those other sticks in the mud.

4. Give out treats

Give Out Halloween TreatsOkay, so handing out spider cupcakes or mummy cookies might completely nullify that step challenge you all did as an office. Still, though, these treats are going to make your employees feel like kids in a candy store. If you’re not much of a Betty Crocker, you can host a bake-off and have everyone bring in their own recipe!

Treats are only good in the moment, but if you really want to wow your employees (and take the opportunity for some advertising), just turn to Halloween promotional products. An orange tote bag with your company name or a glow-in-the-dark water bottle will be used outside of the office. This means your employees will be spreading the word about your business even during the off-hours.

5. Throw an office party

Throw an Office Halloween PartyMaybe Halloween falls on a Friday, and you just had a crazy good week. Dedicate the afternoon to a little office party. Watching your team do the Monster Mash is worth every minute away from the computers.

Make sure you have a great playlist for the occasion. “Strange Brew” by Cream, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, and “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo are a few that should be in rotation. Science has found that music spikes the part of the brain that’s associated with reward and emotion. This helps your employees feel valued at the office.

 

Don’t forget a lot of your employees have kids and want to take them trick or treating. Why not let them go home a little early on October 31st? Now that’s an employee gift as sweet as a bag of candy!

If that’s not a possibility, these activities are a surefire way to increase happiness at the office. We spend a frightening amount of time at work and deserve to go to a place where we feel engaged and appreciated. Costumes, candy, and other creepy crawlies are a step in the right direction!

 

Have you tried any games, activities, or celebrations like this at your office? Any that should be added to the list?



Bubba

Bubba is the Quality Logo Products mascot. He may have started out as "just a stress ball," but he's come a long way since the company's launch in 2003. Bubba has been immortalized in numerous vector artwork designs for internal and external promotions, and you can see him change outfits on the Quality Logo Products homepage whenever a holiday rolls around. Oh, and he thinks pants are for the birds. You can connect with Bubba on

Comments

  1. Amanda

    That Halloween party looks like it was so much fun!!! =)

  2. Mikey

    Some great suggestions, here. Of course, Halloween is just one of those days where people won’t be as focused. And it’s understandable; Halloween is just a fun day. But these are some good ideas for redirecting that energy back to the work environment and help to improve productivity and team cohesion. Very good article!

  3. Jill Tooley

    I love the idea of letting employees dress up for Halloween. If it falls on a work day, then why the hell not? But even if it doesn’t, it would still be cool to have a costume contest the Friday before. Employers could even take it one step farther and offer some sort of cool incentive to staff if they dress up…like candy, or maybe even a slightly early dismissal. 😉

    Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I get all excited around this time of year. Thanks for getting me even more in the mood, Mandy!

    • Mandy Kilinskis

      Having a costume contest the Friday before would be awesome! It’d put the whole company in the holiday mood and be a great way to get a little more mileage out of one’s costume. Plus, an reason for candy is a good one in my book.

      Glad to help get you pumped up for Halloween, Jill! 🙂

  4. Eric

    Holidays always seem to bring out the humor in a company (or make the lack thereof apparent). I wasn’t around for the infamous, aforementioned Halloween party here at QLP, but if it was anything like the Christmas activities, or the holiday party, I’m sure it kept everyone in a pretty darn good mood and kept morale high.

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