What’s not to love about an Office Halloween Party? Lots of sweet treats and an excuse to dress up in outrageous costumes like you did when you were a kid. It’s also a great way to get everyone out of “work” mode—an opportunity to socialize (especially with those folks you may not interact with on a day-to-day basis), and help encourage a more collegial environment in the workplace. It’s good for morale and team building. It breaks up the routine. And most of all, it’s just plain fun.
So here at Brightwing, we thought we’d get some input from our team as to what makes a great Halloween Party with your co-workers:
Be creative, and have fun with it. Encourage people to get in the spirit (no pun intended) of dressing up and sponsoring a costume contest complete with prizes for the winners. You shouldn’t have to spend a fortune on the prizes either… offer things like a half day off, free lunch, etc. One note to keep in mind though when selecting a costume for an office party—this is still your place of employment, and your boss is probably watching. Every office environment is different and some groups are more casual than others. Regardless, it’s probably a good idea to keep the word “professional” in mind and not end up being the girl who shows up in the Playboy Bunny costume or the guy who shows up in a toga.
Play up the Theme!
Go all out for the event by decorating the office. Have some music or spooky sound effects playing in the background. There are plenty of party supply stores that offer a variety of decorations for all kinds of budgets. If you have really creative types in your office, tap that talent ahead of time by having them make some of the decorations or designing your “theme”. And don’t forget the invitations—in order to create some excitement (and participation), design some email invitations with subsequent reminders that can be sent out in the weeks/days prior to the event.
Games, Contests, Prizes!
Turn your Office Party into an all-day event by allowing for periodic breaks to play games or hold contests. Great contest ideas include costumes, cube/office decorating, or even pumpkin carving. Invest in some of those kid-proof pumpkin carvers… most companies/offices have policies regarding what might be considered a “weapon” in the workplace. And if you think about it, do you really want to be standing next to the guy you beat out for a promotion last year while he’s holding a carving knife against the pumpkin he’s picturing as your head? All kidding aside, workplace safety should be a concern when planning activities and pulling together any supplies needed for your office shindig. As for games, take your location and co-workers interests into consideration when coming up with game/activity ideas. Have access to an outdoor space? Plan a Halloween-themed relay race or scavenger hunt. Stuck on the 30th floor of a high rise? Set up scrabble boards, and keep games going throughout the day where players score points by using only Halloween-themed words. Here’s a link we found for more Halloween game ideas: http://www.squidoo.com/printable-halloween-games.
A party at the office would not be complete without delicious food!! Here are some great Potluck recipes from our Brightwing team:
If you are looking for some other Halloween themed food ideas, check out this blog: http://www.halloweenkitchen.com/
And there you have it—some of our ideas on what makes a great Office Halloween Party. We’d love to hear more great ideas from you, as well as other Office Party “do’s and don’ts”!