5 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Your Office

Pumpkin head on shirt and tie

Halloween isn’t just for kids. In fact, it’s the perfect opportunity to liven up the office and show a little appreciation for your team. Even if scary and spooky aren’t your thing, we’ve got plenty of seasonal ideas for every office and budget. So put down that bag of fun-size candy and let’s start planning.

Cubicle Decorating

Inspire some friendly competition with a cubicle decorating contest, but rather than individuals competing for a prize, pit department against department for the ultimate team building exercise. Have a client or vendor be the judge, and take the winning team out to lunch.

Pumpkin Painting & Carving

Cover the conference room table in newspaper and host an afternoon of pumpkin decorating. All you need are pumpkin paints or carving sets, and a Halloween playlist to get everyone in the spirit. Ask colleagues to sign up in advance, so you know how many pumpkins to provide.


Encourage your team to wear costumes to work, and hold a vote for the best dressed. Offer multiple award categories, such as scariest, funniest and most creative, and don’t forget the prizes. Gift cards to local lunch spots or coffee shops are a great way to reward winners.    

Halloween Party

Host a potluck monster mash or order pizzas and finger food. Just don’t forget the Halloween music, decorations and games. Try pumpkin bowling and the mummy wrap game, or simply guess how many candy corns are in the jar. Murder Mystery games are all the rage these days, too.  

Horror Movie Screening

Invite colleagues to a conference room screening of a Halloween classic, like Ghostbusters or The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and make sure you’ve got plenty of popcorn and chocolate to go around. Not a lot of time? Opt for a shorter film, such as It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

Looking for More Office Party Ideas?

Office celebrations of any kind help to boost employee morale, leaving your team feeling both valued and motivated. If you’re looking for more ways to show your appreciation, check out these 7 Fun Ways to Celebrate Office Birthdays.