It’s finally cold outside, the leaves are changing colors, and as Halloween approaches, it’s not just the kids that get excited. Halloween is a chance to celebrate a favorite childhood holiday in the office.
It’s important to remember that not everyone in the office likes or celebrates Halloween. You should be sensitive to other people’s take on the holiday and the fact that you’re working in a professional setting. Keep these two things in mind when you’re thinking of your costume. Plus, if your office is diverse then there are going to be many people that celebrate many different holidays. Never make someone feel bad or wrong for not celebrating a certain holiday.
On that note, if you are going to the company Halloween party, you don’t want to wear anything too revealing, political or have it offend people’s religion or race. Yahoo suggests you steer clear of these controversial costumes and avoid a visit to Human Resources. Managers or the head of the department can have a Halloween costume contest to get everyone excited about the holiday and hand out prizes to the best costumes. If you don’t feel comfortable or don’t like wearing a costume, you can still add a bit of Halloween spirit into your wardrobe by wearing Halloween-themed accessories like earrings, necklaces or ties.
You may not be able to decorate the entire office for Halloween, but you can decorate your own office space. There are a lot of little Halloween-themed office supplies out there that you can put in your own office to keep the Halloween spirit up. Add small pumpkins, spooky cobwebs, a string of jack-o-lantern lights and toy spiders. Your desk will cheer up or spook anyone who passes by. Don’t forget to have candy at your desk- everyone loves candy.
When it comes to celebrating any holiday in the office, food is always of the utmost importance. You can do a Halloween-themed breakfast by serving cider with delicious seasonal treats like maple doughnuts, pumpkin bread or apple cinnamon bagels. You can always save money by baking your own treats to bring into the office. There are a ton of recipes out there for Halloween-themed treats like caramel dipped apples.
Speaking of apples, when it comes to classic Halloween games, bobbing for apples is a stand out. Not everyone will like the idea of dunking their head into water, but for those that do decide to play, it’ll bring a lot of laughs. Another good office game idea is to do a Halloween hunt. Hide images of Halloween characters like pumpkins, ghosts, and bats throughout the office and whoever finds the most by the end of the day wins a prize.
You can also go the classic route by playing the candy guessing game. Pour candy into a jar and have everyone guess exactly how many pieces of candy are in the jar. Whoever gets it right, or closest, wins a prize- perhaps the prize is money or a gift card. It’s all about prizes and fun when it comes to having the best holiday games in the office. They encourage everyone to participate and have a good time.
These games may sound a bit childish, but they are all in good fun and can work to bring that Halloween spirit to your workers and coworkers in the office.
What are some things your office does to bring in the Halloween spirit? Do you have a Halloween part? Tell us about it in the comments section below!
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