Halloween looks a little different this year, with activities like haunted hayrides and trick or treating in the neighborhood canceled. We are one week out from the spookiest day of the year, and although typical celebrations are paused, there are still many ways that you can celebrate the day with your coworkers! October is a tough month. The sunny days of summer are over, and we are not quite in the holiday season. Everyone could use a reason to let loose and enjoy themselves! Here are five safe and fun ways to celebrate Halloween at work:
After the year we have all been through, there is plenty of fodder for clever costumes! Encourage your team (and their pets) to dress up and show off their outfits in a dedicated Slack or chat channel.
2. Friendly Competition
Speaking of costumes, create some friendly competition this year with a contest! Winners can receive a day off of work or money towards decorating a home office space. With motivating prizes, you’ll be sure to have everyone putting together a creative look!
Take friendly competition a step further by judging the most creative carved pumpkins or the best-decorated office. All these contests are easy to do from the office and at home, meaning the whole team can get involved no matter where they are working!
Let the competitions continue with some Halloween games! Trivia and bingo are two options that you can adapt for the holiday. Quiz your coworkers on their witchy knowledge or create themed bingo cards. Games provide a fun activity for everyone and can be done safely in person with social distancing or over a video platform at home.
4. Trick or Treat
Trick or treat, but make it adult-friendly! Have a virtual happy hour with different breakout rooms. Each room has a different theme, including a festive drink that team members are encouraged to make. The team will go around and visit the rooms, sipping on unique beverages (or foods) and mingling with a variety of coworkers. It’s team bonding, but with a spooky twist!
5. Give Back
Give back to your community this Halloween! Conduct a costume drive where people can donate old holiday looks to those who may not be able to buy something new. You can also make Halloween goodie bags filled with mini toiletries, food, and of course, candy. Check with local shelters or aid organizations to see what specific needs their communities have before assembling. Candy always makes people smile, so use this day as a way to spread joy through the magic of Halloween.
At AdvantEdge Workspaces, we love celebrating Halloween (and take our pumpkin carving very seriously)! How will your team have a spooktacular time this year? Let us know in the comments below!