Office parties can boost morale and lighten the mood. They can help connect people in different departments and at different levels in the organization. But Halloween office parties come with their potential frights! How can your company have fun without the scary ghouls from HR coming to spirit you away?
One of the first decisions you will need to make is whether costumes are allowed for your workplace celebration. If your company decides to allow employees to dress up for Halloween, communicate the expectations in advance to avoid the problem of the overly sexy or offensive costume.
For employees, if you think your costume might be crossing the line (or even close to it), skip it. There are plenty of fun non-offensive costumes out there.
Keeping it Workplace Friendly
Maybe your workplace will decide to skip Halloween costumes. What are some other fun ways to enjoy the day at work?
Depending on your company’s time, money and interest level, your workplace can choose one or more events. Try to bring in people from different departments to help plan. Here are some simple ideas:
Remember that with any office celebration, participation should be completely voluntary. Some might not want to participate due to religious or other beliefs—or just may not like Halloween. Don’t pressure those who aren’t interested.
With some advance planning and good communication, you can avoid potential pitfalls and have a fun day.