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Party Tips for an Office Halloween Party

Being a grown-up, entering the real world, and getting a job doesn't necessarily mean you have to sacrifice all the fun of being a kid.  Just because you're an adult doesn't mean you can't enjoy some good old fashioned Halloween fun with your co-workers at an office Halloween party.  Halloween falls on a weekday this year, check with the boss and see if you can plan some Halloween festivities that will make the day a little more exciting and help everyone reconnect with their youth despite the fact they're earning a paycheck! 

First on your to-do list for an office Halloween party is to get the boss's approval.  If you're planning your party during office hours, keep it low-key so that employees can still get their work done and customers won't be disturbed.  There are plenty of fun activities that won't interfere with day-to-day operations!  Or, if you're planning a more involved event, see if you can host a party for an hour or two after work ends in the break room, cafeteria, or common area. 

Encourage everyone to come in costume for the office Halloween party!  To ensure maximum participation, turn it into a contest and see if Human Resources is willing to donate a half day of vacation time to use as the prize for best costume.  To keep things fair, have the entire staff vote for the Best Costume winner.    Another option for your costume contest if you have a large staff is to have a costume scavenger hunt.  Ask everyone to email you what they are going to be dressed as a week before the party.  Create a master list of clues related to various costumes.  For instance, if someone is going to be dressed as Batman, one of the clues can be "This superhero has an early bird sidekick."  Contestants will have to complete the list with the employee's name next to the clue that corresponds to their costume.   Whoever completes the list first wins! 

Let your coworkers do the decorating for your office Halloween party by having a cubicle decorating contest!  Encourage everyone to bring in their own Halloween decorations to transform their cubicles into a spooky haunted house, a witch's den, or a harvest festival.  And as the party planner, you'll need to bring your A game and show everyone how it's done!  Whether you want to go with classic decorations like a giant black spider web, want to use spooky Halloween lanterns for a more sinister theme, or are thinking classic and fun with bright metallic swirls and spider garlands, with the right decorations, your cubicle can be transformed from drab to dramatic in no time!  Once all the cubicles have been decorated, the employees can start Trick-or-Treating from cubicle to cubicle to admire the decorations, check out their fellow employees' costumes, and collect some Halloween candy! 

You'll also want to stock up on some Halloween party supplies to transform the break room or cafeteria for the party.  Some black and orange streamers are an easy and inexpensive decoration, add a few Jack O Lantern cutouts and you'll have a festive party space for your festivities.  You'll also need some Halloween paper goods to serve up your tasty treats!   If the company won't contribute any money for the party, take up a collection among the employees so that you're not shouldering all the expense.  You can also spread around the party expense and party responsibilities by asking everyone to bring a dish to pass at the party.   Finger foods and appetizers are easy to transport from home and also easy to eat while mingling with your coworkers.

While spending the day at work can't compare to the Halloweens of your childhood, having an office Halloween party can make the day a little more fun and a little less ho-hum, so with a little planning, and the all clear from the higher-ups, you can plan some Halloween festivities that everyone will enjoy!

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