Hosting an office party to celebrate Halloween? Here are our top 7 tips to make it go with a bang.
Halloween is an excellent excuse for an office party. Not only will it get everyone’s spirits up, it can also be a great way to introduce some team bonding (without your staff even noticing)!
To get things going, here are our seven deadly sins to remember at your party…
Get your office in the Halloween spirit by splashing out on some decorations that will be sure to put a smile on even the most reluctant ghoul in the office. These days, there’s more to Halloween decorations than jack-o’-lanterns (although they’re still our favourite), and you’ll be able to kit out your workspace with everything from hanging ghosts to pumpkin fairy lights.
Fiendish fancy dress
Feel like upping your Halloween game by dressing the part too? Why not organise a fancy-dress competition with your colleagues and offer out prizes for the best dressed and most original? That way, you’ll be sure to drum up some interest and you won’t be stuck with a whole castle’s worth of blood-soaked vampires.
Save your colleagues from having to go trick-or-treating for their food this Halloween by bringing in some scary snacks and naughty nibbles. And this year, think outside the coffin by providing more than just sweets and chocolate. There are some excellent Halloween snack recipes out there, with our favourites being Witches Mozzarella Fingers and Devilled Spider Eggs.
While the traditional bobbing for apples might be a little too messy for the office, there are plenty of other Halloween games you can choose from. Whether you want to keep things simple with a ‘pin the fangs on the vampire’ or create your own mini Halloween-themed office assault course, just remember to keep things simple and offer some prizes.
Electrify your Halloween gathering with some dastardly drinks, like a fruity punch heavy on the food colouring complete with shrunken heads (carved apples shaped like skulls). If you want to introduce something a little stronger into proceedings, then how about a Death in the Afternoon — the absinthe and Champagne based cocktail invented by Ernest Hemingway — or some purple Morgue-aritas?
No party is complete without music, and that goes for your Halloween bash too. Keep things easy for yourself with a handy Spotify playlist of songs that everyone loves, but remember to include some of those Halloween classics, like Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett.
If your office is the more laidback kind of workplace, then why not show a movie instead? There are a whole host of frightening films out there to keep you scared until Guy Fawkes Night, from the classic Halloween to the legendary 90s slasher flick, Scream. Just make sure your audience can handle the gore.