Soon it will be time for celebrating Halloween! Children and adults alike are looking forward to costumes and Halloween parties providing a great time to show off their creativity and have fun!
Do you celebrate Halloween with your employees? It’s a fantastic way to promote employee engagement by participating in group activities and have fun doing it!
The key to any party is planning. Where should the party be? Who should be invited? What food should be offered? … There are many questions to get answered when planning an event. Here are some ideas to consider:
- If you’re on a budget, have the party at work (if allowed)! This saves money & the hassle of organizing another venue.
- Shop for Halloween giveaways. Make sure everyone has a little something to remember the day or use for trick or treating later on.
- If it’s during office hours, invite all of your employees. If it’s after hours, consider including their families too.
- For food, plan on snacks like candy, chips, salsas/dips, cheeses, crackers & vegetables, and then try catering the main meal – pizza is always a hit!
- Ask employees to volunteer – bring snacks, organize activities, etc.
- Decorate your office to make it more festive – hang streamers, place pumpkins and fall flowers on tables, play music, etc.
Make the party fun! There are many activities that you can incorporate, even during work hours.
- Pumpkin carving – carved at home and bring in for judging and display
- Best costume, worst costume. Even have categories like most creative or scariest
- Pie eating – be prepared for the mess
- Create a cubicle maze
- Halloween versions of Pin the Tail games
- Printable games like Halloween Bingo
- Pumpkin ring toss
- Hire a magician (if your budget allows)
- Take Photos! Photograph costumes and activities to share with fans and followers on Facebook, Twitter and your company’s website. Photos help customers relate to you and your company. For a fun and unique idea check out some apps that add ghosts to the photo.
There are so many Halloween party favors to choose from! No party is complete without some sort of take-home gifts. It could be something as simple as Halloween candy packaged in treat bags. Also, be sure to have gifts available for those who won any of the games or contests, as an extra incentive to play.
Make Trick or Treating Safe & Fun!
- Trick or Treat Bags – set out stacks of reflective Halloween treat bags for employees to take home for trick or treating with their children. Or fill with candy and treats!
- Light the Way with flashlights to use on Halloween night and for years to come.
- Add a Halloween themed message to plastic tumblers with cup sleeves or Koozies® you designed. This color combination resembles candy corn, don’t you think? (And the cup sleeves collapse to fit in the treat bag.)
Make the mood light-hearted and fun! Encourage employees to dress up and show up! Holiday theme parties are excellent ways to improve relationships with employees and boost morale.