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How to Plan the Perfect Halloween Party For Your Office
It’s nice to be able to relax at work every once in awhile, and what better way to do that than by having an office party. Winter holiday parties are great and Fourth of July is always a good time, but few holidays give people the opportunity to let loose and have fun like Halloween.
So let’s say you’ve convinced your boss to put on a Halloween party for you and your coworkers, but they’ve thrown you a curve ball you didn’t expect: you’re in charge of planning the party.
With a budget in mind and a few days to get everything in order, here are some tips on how to make sure your office Halloween party goes off without a hitch:
Put together a party planning committee. Pick a few of your coworkers and sit down to talk about how to get started.
Keep religion in mind. Remember, not everyone celebrates Halloween. Make sure you make it clear in your party invitation that participation is not required so that those who don’t celebrate Halloween don’t have to worry.
Set some rules. Since Halloween is all about dressing up, you may want to set a dress code so that your employees don’t show up in anything too inappropriate. You should also considering limiting the amount of alcohol you provide (if any) to avoid any issues with overconsumption.
Remind everyone that this is a work function. While they should have fun, they need to remember to adhere to company policies, especially those regarding harassment.
Choose your decorations. Classic options include pumpkins, witches hats, and spiderwebs, but don’t be afraid to branch out. You may even want to hand out a few decorations to each employee so they can help or add some decorations to their own desk.
Plan some games/activities to do during the party. Some of the best options include having a costume contest/fashion show, plotting a halloween-themed scavenger hunt, wrapping coworkers up like mummies, or planning a pumpkin carving contest.
Have coworkers trick or treat at each other’s desks. Encourage everyone to bring a small bowl of candy to work so that, prior to the party starting, they can trick-or-treat by visiting their coworkers desks. Not only is it fun but it’s a great way to socialize!
Plan to close early. For parties and holidays, it’s not realistic to expect people to attend a party from 2 pm 2o 4 pm and then expect them to go back to work for any hour. If your party is in the afternoon, go ahead and give everyone the rest of the day off once it’s over.
Give out party favors as everyone leaves. A small goodie bag full of candy will end your party on a good note and give everyone something to take home and share with their families.
From everyone here at Office Furniture Source, we wish you and your families the happiest of Halloweens!