It’s that time of year where things get a little crazy – from spooktacular costumes to magic potions, it can be hard to maintain your professional persona, especially if your boss decides to throw a Halloween bash.
To make sure that you still have plenty of fun – and don’t live to regret it – we’ve devised a handy list of dos and don’ts for your Halloween office party!
1. DO bring food
If you really want to embrace the holiday spirit, get involved by baking some themed goods. Whether it’s a pumpkin pie or graveyard mousse cups, you can get creative with food. These ideas from Good Housekeeping are great for some inspiration.
2. DON’T prank your colleagues
Even if you’re best buds with John from Marketing, save the pranks for out-of-office hours. You don’t want to make a scene or cause anyone to feel scared or targeted!
3. DO participate in the costume competition
Every office Halloween party will evidently host a costume contest. Whether your costume is homemade or super expensive, be a sport and get involved!
4. DON’T be a party pooper
Following on from the previous point, you shouldn’t be a party pooper. Even if you really don’t want to dress up, you should still be present and engaged in the activities!
5. DO get creative
Move outside of the cliché this year and get creative with your costume – ditch the witch hat and the Addams Family costumes and think outside of the box! To give you some inspiration, check out these 35 awesome costume ideas. My personal favourite is Facebook – it’s simple, yet creative!
6. DON’T go overboard with your costume
Dressing up can be fun – we get it! But don’t go overboard for the office party. You need to have a practical outfit that you can change out of in case an impromptu client meeting is called. You don’t want to carry out a meeting with fake blood dripping down your face!
7. DO turn up
Even if you are a holiday Scrooge, it’s important to show your face and get involved in the festivities. If you’re not a big fan of fancy dress, invest in an accessory that can be thrown on when the party is about to kick off.
8. DON’T be offensive
Don’t wear anything too raunchy or offensive. If you wouldn’t want your grandparents to see you in your outfit, it’s probably best saved for a Halloween party that’s hosted out of your work!
9. DO stay away from political costumes
If, on the other hand, dressing up is your jam, be sure to steer clear of political costumes. They may cause offence and an awkward debate within the office. And, whatever you do, don’t dress up as Trump (however much you hate the guy!).
10. DON’T wear something that would interfere with your work
If you can’t sit down in your outfit, then it’s definitely not suitable for your work. Similarly, you wouldn’t want to be sitting at your desk with a mask over your face for the entire day! Choose a safer option and invest in Halloween-themed headgear.
11. DO keep treats allergy-free
If you’re baking treats, be sure to keep them clear of any major allergies. You wouldn’t want Jane in Accounting to be rushed to hospital because she ate a peanut butter brownie! And if you do decide to add gluten, be sure to label your box of goodies correctly.
12. DON’T use body paint or glitter
Body paint and glitter might seem like a bright idea at the time, but it’s not fun when you can’t get it off your skin, out of your hair and off your desk chair!
13. DO offer to pitch in with the planning
You may not be the designated event planner in the office, but if you love the holiday spirit, don’t be shy to pitch in and get involved with hosting the party. You could be in charge of the theme and decorations or food – or whatever your forte is!
14. DON’T be too noisy
It might be fun to play a spooky noise every time someone puts their hand in your candy jar, but after a while it’ll get annoying and interfere with your colleagues’ work.
15. DO enjoy yourself
Even though it’s a work event, you’re allowed to have fun and get a little crazy! So, get socialising with colleagues from other departments, and get stuck into the games! You don’t want to be the person standing in the corner on their own now, do you?
16. DON’T forget to take snaps
When you’re having loads of fun, you often forget to take pictures of the party. But try to take as many snaps as you can and share them with the rest of your team after the event. You can even share them on the company’s social media pages to show what the company culture is really like (with everyone’s approval, of course).
17. DO play games
Games are a great way to break the ice and get the party started. If you’re celebrating Halloween in the office, playing a number of games can be great for team building and employee morale. If you’re stuck for ideas, check out The Spruce for inspiration.
18. DON’T get drunk on office time
When there’s free booze, it’s easy to get carried away and have one too many. But hold back on the magic potion before you end up making a fool out of yourself!
Halloween office parties are a great way to bond with your teammates and celebrate all the hard work that you do. However, you need to keep a few of these dos and don’ts in the back of your mind to make sure that you don’t have too much fun!
What are your Halloween office parties like? Join on the conversation below and let us know!