Boost your employees’ spirits this Halloween

Although not an officially recognised national holiday in the UK, you only have to look out of the window on the evening of the 31st October to see that Halloween is growing in popularity year on year within the British culture.

Getting your team involved in celebrating Halloween could be a little more difficult this year due to COVID regulations. But it is still a great way to build morale, have fun and develop relationships outside their normal communications within the business. It can also help towards your employee retention – a happy worker is a productive worker after all!

Here are some ghoulish games and eerie ideas for a frighteningly fun day either at the office or working remotely.

  • If you’ve got it, haunt it.

Encourage teambuilding by hosting a costume competition where teams collaborate and execute their chosen theme or spooktacular surprise! This can be organised via a Zoom call or via Microsoft Teams if working from home or safely in a socially distanced office. Get your employees’ creative juices flowing by having multiple category awards so there are more chances to win and more chances for celebration.

  • Give them pumpkin to talk about

A pumpkin carving contest is a solid favourite but can be messy! Employees can easily do the crafting at home and send photos of their pumpkin heads once finished. Why not publish your team’s creative masterpieces and add them to your company’s social media page? You could even ask your customers to vote for their winner! This is a fantastic way to promote your company’s culture to both the outside world and to potential new hires. Bonus – why not share pumpkin recipes (soup, muffins, pie etc) so the pumpkin ingredients don’t go to waste after the competition!

  • Creepy quizzing

Get your team together with some terrifying trivia! Hosting your own gameshow is a great way to get everyone into a sociable mood and finish the week off spooktacularly . Theme your quiz to your business sector or challenge your employees with frightening fact finders!

  • Treats, not tricks

If you are lucky enough to have some budding bakers within your team, a bone chilling virtual bake bonanza could be a winning contender for your socially distanced Halloween celebrations. Employees can really get creative with their creations and the possibilities are endless for terrifying treats, creepy cakes, scary sweets and deadly desserts! Getting children involved would be a great way to involve families in the fun. Recent studies found that happiness at work leads to a 12% spike in productivity so you really can have your cake and eat it too with this one!

  • Mummy’s (and daddy’s) the word

Many of your employees will have children who they will be taking out to pumpkin pick or for a skeleton trail after dark. Letting staff finish work a little early so that they have longer to enjoy the evening with their families would be a great way to treat your workforce at Halloween. From a management perspective, it is worth noting that companies with happy employees outperform the competition by 20% – making the lost work hours a worthwhile investment.