As the spooky season gathers steam, it’s the perfect time to infuse your in-office and virtual teams with a dose of creativity, fun, and togetherness. Have you thought about how you can use this seasonal celebration to transform employee engagement?
We aren’t just talking about fun office decor and costume contests. With everything from ghostly gatherings to hauntingly delicious dishes, we’ve got some exciting and unconventional employee engagement ideas to spark the imagination, inspire teamwork, and create unforgettable memories that go beyond the ordinary.
Understand the office vibe
Before we dive into the spooky and the unconventional, it’s important to make sure that these activities will be a hit in your office. So, here’s what you need to do:
Take a quick survey
Are your employees excited for Halloween? If your aim is to increase engagement, you need to first understand what your employees love. Costume contests are always a fun way to get started, but they might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
So, instead ask your employees a little about their hobbies and what they love about Halloween. For some it may be the costumes, for others the treats, horror stories, or something else altogether! Use your regular employee pulse survey to get the conversation started (and the answers rolling in!). Alternately, if you already have some ideas in mind, consider sending out a quick poll to see which activities get the most votes.
Identify top hobbies
Are you noticing a trend? Are many people interested in cooking? Or perhaps there is a partiality towards crafting and arts.
In either case, understanding your employees’ hobbies is a good start, especially if you notice trends and overlaps that will help you plan activities that gets your teams excited!
Act on it
You’ve got the hobbies, you’ve got the ideas, now it’s time to act! Curate engagement activities that are perfect for your office. Include the various elements your employees just chipped in and get started!
8 exciting employee engagement activities to kick-start your brainstorming
Still scratching your head about which activities would be the most fun? We’ve got a list of 8 exciting Halloween team building activities!
Before you begin, understand that mandatory fun is no fun at all. Instead of limiting yourself to a few activities that your employees simply must join in on, plan a few activities and open up the floor f0r your employees to join. This allows your employees to choose their Halloween experience, making it all the more exciting!
Here are 8 fun activities to plan for Halloween:
The spooky cook-off
If you’re noticing a higher preference for cooking amongst your employees, you can arrange a spooky cook-off. Ask your employees to create Halloween themed dishes and bring them in to the office to try!
Alternatively, you can arrange a recipe-swap where employees share recipes. They can then try making these at home to see how they turn out, making Halloween both fun and delicious!
Halloween history trivia
Have some history buffs in the audience?
A chilling Halloween trivia might just be the thing. With eerie questions and histories to uncover, have your employees pair up or enter the trivia contest individually and try their hand at winning!
Witch’s brew mixology
Are your employees curious about mixing the perfect drink? You can organize a mixology class with Halloween themes, filled with an array of recipes – from cocktails to mocktails – for them to learn. End the class with a round of cheers, and you’ll see the Halloween excitement bubble up!
Eerie music playlist challenge
What better way to get in the mood than with the creepiest music you can think of? Have your employees submit playlists they love, and you can even play the most popular ones in office on the days leading up to Halloween!
Zombie apocalypse survival
How would your employees survive a zombie apocalypse? Transform your office into an escape room with clues to help your employees get out. With all your employees teaming together to take on the challenge, it’s a fun mix of teamwork and Halloween excitement!
Spooky art workshop
Stir up a mess with some crafty fun! Hold workshops or crafting sessions with a theme, create teams (or make it an individual activity), and get started on fun art projects – anything from pumpkin carving to making little polymer clay desk pals to haunt the office ambiance.
Office scavenger hunt
Create teams and get everyone started on a scavenger hunt that takes people all over the office. With eerie clues that lead everyone to ghostly corners, the first team to win gets the prize!
Candy corn tasting challenge
Who will be the candy corn king? Present candy corns from various brands and have contestants guess exactly which ones these are!
Halloween is a great opportunity to get your teams together and celebrate. By diving into the seasonal experience and creating immersive, relevant engagement activities for your employees, you can stir up a perfect batch of holiday fun as you kick off the festive season!
Ready to get started? Ask your employees about their favorite activities, make a note of their hobbies, and curate a list of fun ideas for Halloween at work!
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