Last year, workplace Halloween festivities took place virtually. Despite the distance — and perhaps the initial awkwardness of dressing up for a Zoom party — events everywhere were successful! Halloween is a favorite holiday for many, offering an opportunity to tap into creativity and kid-like behaviors (candy binge, anyone?). In our current environment, everyone appreciates a chance to relax and have fun at work.
In this new world of work, Halloween may continue to be a hybrid event. Some workplaces will resume all-things-Halloween, with elaborate decorations, cutthroat costume contests and sugar-laden parties. Others are still remote, but with full intentions of celebrating. Either way, the options to have Halloween fun are endless.
Delight hard-working staff with a Halloween activity or celebration this year. You’ll all appreciate the chance to engage over something fun.
“The farther we’ve gotten from the magic and mystery of our past, the more we’ve come to need Halloween.”
– Paula Curan
Spooktacular Ideas for your Halloween Festivities
Last year, we created downloadable Zoom backgrounds for online Halloween festivities. Due to demand, they ARE available again this year (see below). Other possible ideas to bring Halloween to your team members include:
- Host a good old-fashioned costume party – in-person and/or remotely. Provide inexpensive gifts for creative costume categories such as creepiest, most outlandish and best-boss-lookalike.
- Put out Halloween snacks and treats in the office. Take a pulse survey to see which favorites are in high-demand. Do a blindfolded taste test! Send all employees Candy Gift Certificates a week early so they can stock up for the neighborhood!
- Have a decoration party! Offer to buy seasonal decor so everyone can get into the spirit.
- Hold a pet costume contest. Zoom meetings introduced a lot of pets to colleagues. Ask everyone to send in pictures or host a pet Zoom party where furry friends can show off their outfits. Give winners a gift certificate to a local pet store.
- Sponsor a local shelter, after-school program or food bank. Volunteer in costume, bring treats and help others in your community enjoy the holiday.
- Throw an outdoor family event and offer pumpkins, carving tools, food and drinks. Do you have remote workers? Send them carving stencils and a grocery store voucher to buy the rest of the supplies.
- Arrange for fall plants/flowers to be available to take home. It will make the building look festive and serve as a great giveaway! Set up a time for remote workers to pick up their plant gifts at a nearby Home Depot or local nursery.
- Hand out Halloween gift bags – fill ’em up with glow sticks, glow-in-the-dark balloons, mini gourds and a gift certificate. Check out See’s Candies for inspiration.
- Help each other. Nominate coworkers who could use some help with fall projects. Then go out together to rake leaves, deliver groceries or a home-cooked meal, or decorate team members’ front doors. Provide reusable water bottles as an environmentally friendly memento of the service day.
Halloween is unique in that it brings joy in a different way than other holidays. Ask colleagues for ideas and preferences and be sure to include all shifts and remote workers in the fun. If you love spider webs, haunted houses and Halloween candy (or not), there are many people who will revel in the celebration!
Share your Halloween thanks and a sweet treat
If you are looking for something easy to do that works for everyone, why not share a gift voucher for employees’ candy of their choice and a Halloween themed card that reminds them that they are awesome and you appreciate everything they do for the business?
Order gThankYou Candy Gift Certificates online or over the phone at 888-484-1658. They come in affordable $5 and $10 values so it won’t break your budget. Share them alone with a big smile or tuck them in a Halloween basket of fun. Orders ship same day if ordered by early afternoon. You can have yours as early as tomorrow.
All orders come with FREE customizable gift Enclosure Cards for your personal message. You can even send us artwork to customize your spooky card.
Free Halloween Zoom backgrounds
By now, everyone knows how to use a background in Zoom. Spice it up for your team with a Halloween theme! Feel free to use these free Zoom backgrounds below:
However you decide to celebrate, we wish you a most fun and happy Halloween season!
What about your annual office Halloween party?
Health experts recommend skipping in-person gatherings this year — especially in areas with high COVID-19 levels. But you can still have plenty of spooky seasonal fun online.
Holiday parties have always been a great way to help employees bond and burn off stress, and to recognize their hard work. That matters more now than it ever has.
Mix some fun and creativity and you can host a virtual Halloween party! Your colleagues will appreciate the efforts to keep the Halloween spirit alive despite the pandemic.
Here’s how to get started:
A fantastic opportunity for easy team building is….Halloween.
If the extent of your company’s Halloween celebration is a dish of candy corn and a few streamers, you’re missing out.
Engagement, not passive entertainment, is key to successful team building. Halloween is one of the easiest holidays to engage employees in fun activities that everyone will enjoy and that don’t need to break your budget.
Halloween is a great opportunity to foster employee engagement and workplace camaraderie — are you taking advantage of it?
Here’s what makes Halloween such a standout engagement time:
It’s popular. According to a 2015 Harris Poll, Halloween ranks third among U.S. adults for favorite holiday. Only Christmas and Thanksgiving rank higher! Halloween outranks the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and even “my birthday.”
It’s participatory. From pumpkins and costume parades to trick-or-treating, Halloween gets people moving, talking and connecting with one another.
It’s creative. Nearly everything we do to celebrate Halloween encourages creativity, from carving the perfect pumpkin to sewing a one-of-a-kind costume.
It’s fun! Yes, a little fun plays an important role at work! Regular opportunities for play in the workplace break down barriers, boost creativity and optimism, lower stress and increase motivation.
Read on for quick employee engagement ideas for a successful workplace Halloween!
Need Halloween contest ideas for the workplace? It’s not too late! You still have plenty of time to plan something fun and engaging for employees.
Your instincts to celebrate Halloween in the workplace are spot-on. Halloween is an active, hands-on holiday and popular with people of all ages. A record 179 million Americans are expected to celebrate Halloween this year.
Halloween “brings out the creative side in all of us, no matter what age, and allows everyone to show off and have a good time in any way they choose,” Rachel Farley writes in an Ogemaw County Herald editorial.
It may seem like fun and games, but done right, Halloween contests and other activities feed workplace creativity and team-building.
Creativity is crucial in the workplace, according to Forbes: “Creativity is rapidly shifting from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’ quality for all types of successful organizations — from delicatessens to design firms.”
Any risks involved with celebrating Halloween in the workplace, like inappropriate costumes or practical jokes taken too far, are easy to avoid by planning ahead and putting guidelines in place. (A good place to start to make sure you’re setting the right rules is AZBigMedia’s helpful blog post on celebrating Halloween in the office without consequences.)
Embrace Halloween! Your employees (and customers) will be glad you did.
Halloween team building in the workplace engages employees at a time when they are open to having fun and expect opportunities to engage with co-workers.
Download gThankYou’s new “Halloween Team Building Guide” — a one-page PDF that highlights 20 time-tested exercises, games and activities for Halloween team building to help you engage your staff in a meaningful celebration.
Best of all, it’s FREE — our Halloween treat for you!
Halloween is one of the most popular holidays all year, according to Harris poll. In many ways, it marks the beginning to the holiday season. Many of your employees want to celebrate Halloween at work — and they will.
That’s where many HR pros get nervous, and rightly so. A Halloween free-for-all puts your workplace at risk for inappropriate costumes and other liabilities.
But instead of trying to suppress Halloween celebrations, see the holiday as an opportunity to engage and have some workplace fun consistent with your culture.
“From the employer’s perspective, you just need to prepare and communicate so that you and your employees are on the same page about appropriate behavior at work,” according to The Balance’s “How to Make Halloween Safe and Fun in Your Workplace.”
Halloween team building — from party games to charity work — brings people together and encourages positive morale among employees. It focuses everyone’s Halloween excitement on teamwork, creativity, gratitude, camaraderie and giving back.
It’s an opportunity for you and your management team to set the right tone, and for “executives and senior staff to mingle with the rest of the staff so approaching the senior leaders in the future might not seem so scary,” according to The Balance.
Plus, if your company is hosting kid-friendly fun, “Halloween also provides the perfect setting for the families of your employees to see the workplace where Mommy or Daddy spend most days.”
No matter how your team works — on a factory floor, in an office, in retail or sales, at an outdoors construction site, even remotely or on the road — gThankYou’s “Halloween Team Building Guide” has ideas for engaging everyone.
Download yours free today and start planning now for a fun, productive and inspiring Halloween in the workplace!
Halloween is less than two weeks away! Are you ready? Make it easy on yourself this year. Plan ahead for a workplace celebration that energizes employees with Halloween team building.
Games, a costume parade, themed potluck, or contest for best office decoration — Halloween team building activities turn the focus on play, laughter and connecting with coworkers.
Play is a powerful tool to increase creativity and strengthen relationships. Employees will return to work with renewed enthusiasm and better ideas.
Halloween team building is employee engagement at its best: affordable, collaborative and refreshing.
Need another great reason to celebrate Halloween in the workplace? People love Halloween. According to a Harris Poll, it ranks third among U.S. adults for favorite holiday. (Christmas and Thanksgiving come in at #1 and #2, respectively, but Halloween outranks the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and even “my birthday”!)
Read on for advice and inspiration to help you plan for a successful day of Halloween team building in your workplace.
Employee appreciation gift certificates are the perfect way to thank your staff — and gThankYou has one for every occasion!
From on-the-spot recognition to workplace wellness incentives to milestone celebrations, and from New Year’s to 4th of July to Thanksgiving, we’ve got you covered. gThankYou offers nine types of grocery store Gift Certificates in a variety of values to meet your company’s specific needs and budget.
U.S. employee engagement is slowly rising but remains dismally low, according to the latest Gallup report. Two-thirds of Americans remain unengaged in their jobs, and experts agree that employers need to do a better job of recognizing employees and rewarding excellence.
Regular, personalized appreciation accompanied by tokens of gratitude are “proven to motivate employees who then invest more effort and enthusiasm in their work,” according to 15Five.
gThankYou Employee Appreciation Gift Certificates are flexible, practical, meaningful and, best of all, appreciated. Read on for examples of workplace celebrations and other occasions that are perfect for sharing your gratitude and building a happy, motivated and engaged workforce.
Halloween is a fun holiday to celebrate at work and an opportunity to say thanks for teamwork and extra effort. Don’t miss this easy way to show your employee appreciation and create engagement. It’s also the perfect time to make everyone feel good after the fallout from the government shutdown and the economic climate. There are plenty of low or no-cost fun things to do at work to let employees enjoy some Halloween spirit, with costumes topping the list.
About Halloween Costumes at Work
Allowing employees to dress up in costumes at work to celebrate Halloween is fun for everyone, but communicating a few workplace guidelines is always a good idea. Career and work expert and career writer Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter cautions employees about wearing overly sexual or inappropriate costumes to work. She suggests reminding employees to keep the business climate in mind when planning costumes.
Take advantage of Costumes at work by:
- Having a parade around the office (guaranteed to make everyone young at heart again)
- Taking lots of pictures and make a fun collage for later; Perfect fodder for the company blog about how fun it is at your workplace
- Giving out a variety of prizes so lots of people can share in the winning
Halloween Potluck Lunch
Having a potluck lunch for Halloween allows employees to share favorite dishes, be creative and create “spooky” Halloween-themed food, and encourages feelings of camaraderie and kinship. When everyone brings something to share and eat together, employees and supervisors alike benefit from the goodwill and good feelings that having fun together generates.
Get a complete menu and avoid having a table full of chips and cookies by asking people to sign up to bring specific items such as drinks, main entrees, salads, side dishes, and desserts. Keep things organized by writing names on tape on dishes as they come in so no one loses their containers. If you have allergy concerns in the office, then it’s helpful to label dishes too.
Plan a few games at lunch time on Halloween day to add a little lighthearted activity. Don’t plan anything very complicated or time-consuming, but stick to quick, holiday-themed activities such as pumpkin bowling using small pumpkins as bowling balls, a Halloween word search game finding words from the letters in the word Halloween, or a Halloween trivia game. Chances are you’ll have employees who would love the chance to poll colleagues and organize a few games.
Instead of a Party or Potluck
If a full party or potluck is too much for your company, consider hosting a Halloween ice cream social – and use Halloween candy as toppings!
Candy corn, Smarties, crumbled chocolate bars, and other favorites make delicious, festive toppings to celebrate the day with a nod to the tradition of collecting as much candy as possible during Trick-or-Treating. Distribute your own Halloween treats of $5 gThankYou! Ice Cream Gift Certificates so employees can share the fun at home.
Time Off to Trick-or-Treat with Family
Use Halloween as an opportunity to inject a little fun into the workday and let employees enjoy the holiday with colleagues. Be an office hero by allowing employees to leave early to trick-or-treat with family; they will be grateful that you did.
Whatever you plan for Halloween, don’t forget it’s an opportunity to show employee appreciation and build engagement.
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