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10 Halloween Team Building Activities for the Workplace

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With the spookiest day of the year right around the corner, now’s the time to start looking for Halloween team building activities for the workplace. We’ve compiled a list of virtual and in-person Halloween team building games your colleagues will love. 

After a challenging year, your team probably needs every possible opportunity to have some fun and lighten their spirits. And with October quickly approaching, Halloween team building activities for the workplace are another great chance to have some fun with your team. 

Whether your team is working remotely or in the office, here are ten fun and engaging ideas for how to celebrate the spookiest day of the year together. 

Virtual Halloween Team Building Games for Remote Teams 

For many teams, getting together in person simply isn’t a possibility. But that doesn’t have to stop you from having some Halloween fun together.  

Here are four virtual Halloween team building activities that your team will love: 

1. Virtual Clue Murder Mystery 

Nothing screams “Halloween” like a murder mystery. And in the virtual version of our Clue Murder Mystery activity, your team will need to solve the murder of a man named Neil Davidson by figuring out who had the means, motive, and opportunity to commit the crime. If you really want to get in the Halloween spirit, you and your team can even get Halloween costumes and dress up as detectives! 

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2. Video Pumpkin Carving 

Don’t let physical distance keep you and your team from getting into the Halloween spirit with a classic activity: carving pumpkins. Consider supplying your employees with a few dollars each to go out and buy a pumpkin. Then, you can all hop on a video conferencing platform like Zoom to chat, socialize, and carve pumpkins together.  

If you want to make things even more interesting, you can transform this into a contest where employees vote on their favorite pumpkins. You can even give out a spooky prize for the winner.  

3. Virtual Halloween Happy Hour 

You can’t go wrong with a virtual happy hour. And for Halloween, we recommend tasking your team with creating the best costume they can possibly think of and turning this happy hour into a costume contest. 

And if you or your team are looking for some delicious inspiration, check out this comprehensive list of Halloween-inspired cocktails from Delish. Some of the highlights include: 

  • Boozy Screamsicle Shakes – Ice cream? Good. Vanilla vodka? Good. Boozy, spooky, creamsicle-inspired cocktails? Very, very good.  
  • Jekyll & Gin – This twist on a Gin Daisy looks coral-colored in the daylight and glows white under a black light.  
  • Black Magic Margaritas – Give that classic margarita an eerie upgrade with some black sanding sugar and some dark-colored food coloring.  

Just remember, if you’re having drinks, do so responsibly and always ensure everyone has a safe way to get home. 

4. Halloween Trivia Party 

Hop on Zoom for a Halloween trivia party with your team. If you’re looking for the best way to do this, this article from Medium offers in-depth, step-by-step instructions, which include: 

  • Pick a moderator because it’s easier to have one person coordinating all the details  
  • Choose your tools, such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams 
  • Select your questions, including: 
  • Which country did Jack-o-Lanterns originally belong to? 
  • How many pounds of candy corn are produced annually? 
  • Who was the first actor to play Wolfman?  
  • For more, you might want to check out this list of 100+ Halloween trivia questions  
  • Break the group into teams 
  • Have each team create their own private video conference 
  • Set the ground rules, such as not using Google, only one answer per team, and the amount of time that teams will have to discuss before submitting their response 
  • Tally the scores and announce the winner 

The amount of time you’ll want to dedicate to this will depend on how many questions you have. We’d recommend allocating a minimum of one hour for 25 to 30 questions.  

Being physically distant doesn’t mean your team can’t have fun together this Halloween. You just need to get creative with your Halloween team building activities for the workplace.  

In-Person Halloween Team Building Activities for the Workplace 

If your team works in the office together, or if you’re able to get together in-person, then you’ve got a ton of great Halloween team building activity ideas available to you. 

Remember, with the COVID-19 pandemic still very present, always remember to follow government recommended best practices and abide by all necessary social distancing guidelines! 

Here are six Halloween team building activities.  

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1. Haunted House Visits 

If you and your team are feeling brave, there aren’t many activities more fun than visiting a spooky haunted house! Your group can share a few screams, a lot of laughs, and a great time by testing your nerves together. If you’re looking for the spookiest haunted houses out there, check out this list from Thrillist of the best ones in all 50 states. 

2. CI: The Crime Investigators 

With this team building activity, you and your group will need to put your detective hats on to solve a deadly crime by gathering evidence, analyzing clues, and cracking the case before time runs out. But it won’t be easy! You’ll need to think creatively and work collaboratively in order to identify the perpetrator. 

3. Decorate Your Office and Desks

As individual departments or as a full team, get together to decorate your office in classic Halloween fashion. We’d recommend setting a budget per department and sending your team out in small groups to go buy decorations.  

If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out these awesome ideas from Homedit

You can also encourage individual employees to decorate their desks and do a tour of the office to check out how everyone did it.  

4. The Mummy Wrap 

Want to have a laugh with your team? Play this game you probably haven’t thought about since elementary school!  

Break out into teams and elect one person from each team to be transformed into a mummy – by being wrapped from head to toe in toilet paper. The first team that can successfully wrap the mummy wins.  

You can also add an extra element of challenge by having your team customize their mummy costumes in a way that fits your brand or company theme.  

5. Corporate Escape Rooms 

If your team loves a challenging cerebral activity, then a Corporate Escape Room is for you. And in the Halloween spirit, you can’t go wrong with our Mummy’s Curse theme. 

We’ll transform your office or meeting space into your very own Corporate Escape Room so that you don’t have to worry about paying outrageous prices or shuttling your team back and forth to an off-site location. 

And in The Mummy’s Curse, you and your group will need to uncover the secrets of Ancient Egypt to retrieve the talisman and lift the mummy’s curse. Using mysterious items provide, you’ll be challenged to strategize, problem-solve, and communicate as you work through a series of puzzles before time runs out.  

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6. Halloween Potluck 

You can’t go wrong with a good potluck. We recommend that you set a modest budget for each member of your team to purchase groceries and let them get creative with their recipes.  

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out this massive list of 72 Halloween potluck recipe ideas from Taste of Home. It includes things like:  

  • So-Easy-It’s-Spooky Bat Cake – Made with a boxed cake mix, this can easily be transformed into a Halloween-themed cake by creating a bat silhouette using cocoa.  
  • Witches’ Fingers – These sweet-and-salty treats are delicious and easy to make.  
  • Roasted Pumpkin Nachos – Using delicious fresh fall ingredients, you can make nachos and replace corn with roasted pumpkin or butternut squash for a tasty Halloween treat.  
  • Mad Scientist Punch – Using kitchen staples like juice concentrate, soft drink mix, soda, and sherbet, you can make this delicious beverage in a boozy or non-boozy version.  
  • Halloween Party Cutout Cookies – What’s better than sugar cookies? Using an easy recipe and a few colors of icing, you can bake fun and tasty Halloween cookies your colleagues will love.  

As October 31st approaches, it’s a great opportunity to start thinking about fun and engaging Halloween team building activities for the workplace. Your colleagues will thank you for it!

Do you have any other Halloween team building ideas that we might’ve missed? If so, let us know what they are in the comments section below!  



Learn More About Virtual and In-Person Halloween Team Building Activities for the Workplace     

For more information about how your team can celebrate Halloween with a fun team building activity, reach out to our Employee Engagement Consultants.   

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