77% of employees say that they would enjoy having a Halloween party at work. Even if you’re planning to skip the costume, it’s well worth your time to put together a spooky celebration for your team!
- O – Outlandish Costume Contest
- C – Creepy Office Decorations
- T – Trick-or-Treat Treasure Hunt
- O – Office Pumpkin Carving Contest
- B – Boo Bingo
- E – Eerie Eats And Drinks
- R – Riveting Movie Screening
Finding the perfect Halloween theme or inspiration for your upcoming event is essential if you want to forego the cheesy decor and treat your team to a memorable evening. And with the right emcee running the show, you’ll certainly wow your employees with some festive and spooktacular entertainment!
Keep reading, and I’ll share seven of my favorite ideas for a Halloween office party with the acronym OCTOBER that will surely impress.
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#1. O – Outlandish Costume Contest
If you want to host a great office Halloween party, sometimes the best ideas are the classics!
A great way to celebrate Halloween at work is by having a costume contest. It’s a festive and spooky way to get the whole office in on the holiday fun.
And with a dash of friendly competition, your employees are sure to have a great time.
With a dash of horror and a bit of team spirit
Plus, this timeless Halloween party idea is a fantastic way to encourage employees to explore their creative side while building camaraderie!
For your upcoming Halloween costume contest, encourage everyone to come in their most creative and outlandish Halloween outfits. Don’t forget to award prizes for the best costume, scariest costume, and any different categories you can think of.
The key to hosting a great office Halloween party
If you truly want to treat your team to a meaningful and memorable Halloween party, you can’t forget the foundation of any great function.
Your Halloween party won’t be complete without an emcee at the helm
With an experienced and hilarious master of ceremonies running the show, you can take your event from ordinary to extraordinary.
The right speaker will effortlessly guide the festivities while keeping all the attendees entertained and comfortable. There’s no better way to truly bring your favorite Halloween party ideas together!
#2. C – Creepy Office Decorations
One of the best parts of the Halloween spirit is all the spooky and thrilling decorations. There’s something so exciting and enchanting about seeing a space lit up with fun and festive decor!
Whether you want to fill your office space with fake spider webs or plastic pumpkins, the right decorations can really send a chilling message for the season. Though, it’s not as haunting as you might think.
Instead, it’ll instill a feeling of warmth, camaraderie, and fun!
Halloween decorations will single-handedly create that spooky yet cozy atmosphere
Transform the office into a haunted space with eerie decorations like spiderwebs, tombstones, jack-o-lanterns, and ghostly figures. When it comes down to it, there’s no limit to what you can do.
The starry midnight sky is the limit!
#3. T – Trick-or-Treat Treasure Hunt
The trick to a fun Halloween party in the office lies in the festive activities that have captivated us since our childhood. And who can turn down some investigative trick-or-treating?
For this idea, you’ll need to organize a Halloween-themed treasure hunt around the office. Participants can follow clues to find hidden treats or spooky surprises.
Plus, it’s incredibly nostalgic. Encourage employees to bring their kids for some family-friendly celebrations!
There’s no limit to what you can hide
Whether these treats are sweet candies or fun office coupons that your employees can use during their normal day-to-day routines, you can get creative when it comes to hiding surprises for your team.
Perhaps the grand prize (immaculately hidden, of course) could be an extra week of time off. Talk about a fantastic prize!
#4. O – Office Pumpkin Carving Contest
This is a simplistic and laid-back route to take if you want to host a simple yet relaxed office party for Halloween. After all, not everyone wants to get wild!
Instead of renting a venue and having your team dress up, you can host a relaxed get-together in the office and carve pumpkins.
Treat your team to some heart-warming nostalgia
All you need to do is get plenty of pumpkins for the entire team, as well as enough carving supplies. It’s a nostalgic way to celebrate Halloween while spending time with your employees.
Don’t forget to bring in some food and drinks (like the Halloween apple cider and candied apples), and then get carvin’!
Make things a bit more exciting if you feel up to it
Then, display the finished creations around the office for a festive atmosphere all of October.
#5. B – Boo Bingo
You can also try hosting a Halloween-themed bingo game with spooky prizes. Plus, it makes for a great holiday celebration for your remote employees!
A simple yet entertaining way to get everyone together
You can spice it up as much as you want or merely use this idea as a fun Halloween activity to incorporate into your bigger celebration.
#6. E – Eerie Eats And Drinks
Sometimes, the best way to celebrate Halloween is by indulging in some great spooky eats and drinks. After all, who can say “no” to delicious food?
Again, this can effortlessly be incorporated into a bigger event. After all, any great function needs plenty of food and beverage options to keep attendees full and fed!
Either cater in food or turn it into a potluck
You can also dress this idea down by turning it into a potluck-styled get-together. Have your employees bring their favorite Halloween recipes (or their favorite meals for other holidays) and spend some time eating a meal together.
It’s a sweet, savory, and spooky way to celebrate Halloween at work. Just don’t forget the classic candy corn and caramel apples!
#7. R – Riveting Movie Screening
Everyone loves thrilling and scary Halloween movies. It’s one of the best parts of this time of year!
Take an evening with the team and screen some classic Halloween movies or TV shows. Or, you could elevate everyone’s lunch break and have a mini screening during the day.
Horror movies are a must during the Halloween season
Be sure to provide popcorn and other cozy snacks to make your movie night truly enjoyable and relaxing.
Is your team primarily remote workers? It’s easy to make this the perfect virtual Halloween party as well! Just stream a movie or two over a video call!
Putting together the perfect office Halloween party isn’t always an easy task. You need to be sure to keep the people entertained from start to finish without getting too cheesy.
Whether you go for a flashy, festive company event or a low-key costumes contest, your employees deserve to celebrate Halloween at work in style. They’ve been working hard, and they need an exciting way to blow off that extra steam.
Just don’t forget to book the right emcee or keynote speaker, and then watch how the fun unfolds!
Adam Christing has been called “The Tom Brady of emcees.” He has hosted more than 1,000 company meetings, special events, gala celebrations, and more. He is the author of several books and founder of CleanComedians.com. For more event tips, follow Adam Christing on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube.