Halloween is easily one of the best holidays to celebrate at work. Even though it’s derived from an old Christian tradition, Halloween today is generally devoid of any religious connotations. This makes it a holiday that just about everyone in the office can enjoy, regardless of race, gender, nationality, or religious beliefs.
Throwing company events every now and then is a great way to boost morale and let employees have some fun while still getting work done at the office. And while it’s certainly important to make it festive, it’s equally important to keep the fun good-natured and productive.
If you are looking for something to do for your team this or next Halloween, here’s a quick list of Halloween party dos and don’ts to follow in order to reap the benefits of throwing a fun company event while at the same time avoiding any potential unpleasantries.
Even if you aren’t planning any type of special event for Halloween, it doesn’t hurt to put a little effort into decorating. All you need to do is buy some orange and black balloons and throw them around the office, maybe buy a Halloween-themed tablecloth for the kitchen, and put up a couple ghoulish decorations around the office.
It might not seem like much, but your employees will notice. They will appreciate the effort you put in to transform the office for a day. Plus, it’s something to talk about around the water cooler. Decorating the office for various holidays helps to break up the monotony some associate with coming in to work every day and helps to brighten up the company décor, if only for a few day a year.
Try to Get Everyone Involved
Even though no company functions of this nature should be considered mandatory, it would be nice to at least try to find something that everyone could get involved in. One idea would be to take the team out pumpkin picking one day. It’s a fun team activity outside of the office and since most employees are probably going to need to buy some pumpkins for their own homes, you’re saving them time and money as well.
Most employees will sign up to do something if it means getting out of the office or not having to work for a couple of hours. Holding a pumpkin carving event is a good idea as well. It gives employees a few hours of relief from their daily tasks and can be a fun and interesting team building project.
Little gestures go a long way in the eyes of most employees. Even if you don’t want to take the time to throw a party, or decorate, or take your team out for a holiday adventure, there are plenty of small things that you can do to make them feel appreciated.
Bring your team members pumpkin spice lattes in the morning with some Halloween-themed donuts and pastries. Or you can get some Halloween cupcakes and hand them out to employees after work.
These are very simple things you can do that won’t take up a lot of your time or cost you a lot of money, but they will definitely be appreciated.
You always hear the stories about the company Christmas parties where so and so got really drunk, which led to a series of somewhat funny, but ultimately awkward situations. You don’t really need to risk having something unpleasant happen on Halloween by bringing alcohol into the equation.
Plus, as we all know, heavy drinking and wearing costumes usually doesn’t mix well. If you’re going to have a Halloween party at work, keep it PG rated.
Costume parties are usually fun, but costume contests might not always be. There are usually serious downsides to competitive activities within the office, and costume contests are no different. Firstly, it might make your employees overspend on elaborate costumes.
A contest could also lead to inappropriate and offensive costumes being inadvertently worn in order to get attention. And at the end of the day, if everyone is wearing intricate costumes, the whole office is talking about who is going to win the contest, and people are walking about campaigning all day, no one is going to get any work done.
Company parties should be used to promote teamwork, build rapport, and give everyone an opportunity to unwind a bit at the office. And generally, there’s no reason to over-complicate these types of events in order to successfully achieve these goals.
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