30 Fall Team Building Ideas for Your Corporate Group
Since October and November have been shown to be the most productive months of the year for employees, you may want to give some thought to fall team building ideas as a reward for their hard work this season.
Updated on August 18, 2021
It’s that time of year again! We’re getting ready to wave goodbye to another summer. Autumn is about to begin, bringing with it crisp weather, colorful foliage, and shorter days.
But here’s the upside: this is a welcome change for many people. Research from YouGov found 35- to 54-year-olds say that fall is their favorite season, and the second favorite (right behind summer!) for 18- to 34-year-olds. And for businesses, this spells good news, too. According to a study by Redbooth, October is the most productive month of the year for employees, with November close behind in second place.
So, if you’re looking for a way to reward your employees for their hard work as this new season gets underway, we’ve compiled a list of virtual and in-person autumn-themed team building activities we think your employees will fall for.
- 10 Virtual Fall-Themed Team Building Activities
- Virtual Halloween Howler
- Virtual Clue Murder Mystery
- Virtual Pumpkin Carving
- Virtual Scream Pursuit
- Host a Tiny Bonfire Event
- Virtual Escape Room: Jewel Heist
- Virtual Oktoberfest Trivia
- Virtual Treasure Hunt
- Virtual Beach Staycation
- Virtual Happy Hour Trivia
- 16 In-Person Fall Team Building Activities
- Wild Goose Chase
- Carve Pumpkins
- Charity Bike Buildathon
- Make Scarecrows
- Random Acts of Kindness
- Decorate the office
- Corporate Escape Rooms
- Celebrate Oktoberfest
- CI: The Crime Investigators
- Host a Thanksgiving Potluck
- Clue Murder Mystery
- Run Through a Corn Maze
- Game Show Extravaganza
- Throw a Halloween Costume Party
- Spook Yourselves with a Haunted House
- Go Apple Picking
- 4 Virtual Team Building Activities for Office Holiday Parties
10 Virtual Fall-Themed Team Building Activities
If your team works remotely or can’t get together in person, don’t worry. There are tons of fall-themed virtual team building activities you can do together.
Here are a few we think you’ll love.
Get ready to visit some of the scariest places imaginable, including a creepy castle, a graveyard at midnight, a haunted house, and… a gameshow set. With Virtual Halloween Howler, you and your colleagues will need to put on your bravest faces as you compete through four rounds of terrifying trivia challenges.
And in case you’re interested in even more spooky ideas, we’ve got a list of Halloween team building activities you might like.
With Halloween on the horizon, there’s no better time to immerse yourself and your team in a mysterious crime drama. With Clue Murder Mystery, 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. The perfect virtual game for folks who love problem-solving team building activities.
Virtual Pumpkin Carving
Just because you can’t be together in person doesn’t mean you can’t still carve pumpkins together! Consider supplying each team member with a few bucks to buy a pumpkin and some carving necessities. Then, jump on a Zoom meeting and carve pumpkins together. When everyone’s done, everyone can share their creations, and you can even turn it into a competition.
We hope your team isn’t afraid of a challenge! With this eerie Halloween-themed team building activity, they’ll test their nerves and their wits as they work through a series of mental, physical, skill, and mystery challenges, earning points for each completed correctly—all while having some fun, sharing some laughs, and celebrating the spookiest season of the year.
Host a Tiny Bonfire Event
Well, maybe a bonfire is the wrong word. But you can send your team some candles as well as some fun fall-themed snacks and get together for a fun social hour. You can chat, share stories, or chat through some hilarious icebreaker questions to help people get to know each other. Keep it informal, keep it light, and have fun! If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out our comprehensive list of 300 icebreaker questions you can use.
There’s been a robbery! Someone has masterminded a heist to steal a priceless collection of precious jewels, and it’s up to you and your team to recover them before time runs out.
Together, you’ll need to uncover hidden clues and solve a series of brain-boggling challenges that require collaboration, creative problem-solving, and outside-the-box thinking. But be quick! The clock is ticking before the stolen score is gone forever.
Does your team love getting together for virtual trivia games? With Virtual Oktoberfest Trivia, you and your team will be virtually transported to Munich, Germany, to attend the world-famous Oktoberfest: the world’s biggest celebration of beer. You’ll work closely with your teammates to compete through four exciting team challenges as you revolve through themed bierzeltes (also known as giant beer tents!) with topics ranging from travel to music, trivia, and more.
Virtual Treasure Hunt
Looking for an easy virtual activity that everyone can do? Then you’ll love this. Create a list of fall-themed items that your remote colleagues will find at home. Then, give them two minutes to find a pre-determined number of them and bring them back to their computer.
Your list could include things like:
- Fall jackets
- Plaid clothing
- An apple
- Warm socks
The person with the least number of items found after two minutes is up is eliminated! Go through as many rounds as it takes to get down to a winner.
After more than a year of lockdowns, we’re all in desperate need of a vacation. Luckily, Captain Furling has room for you and your colleagues on his virtually chartered yacht. Come aboard and channel your “inner Cancun” for a tropical online team building adventure.
Captain Furling’s chartered yacht welcomes online guests aboard his luxury vessel and quickly takes them out of their homes to a gorgeous beach in Cancun.
With ocean soundscapes and delightful vacation destination footage, your travel companions will compete with their knowledge ofc travel destinations, vacation-themed movies, summer pop hits and even a cabana-wear contest. Your yacht captain gives guests a playfully immersive experience for a virtual team vacation from your workday that your colleagues truly deserve.
Fall weather calls for cocktails and spirits that warm your soul! And if you’re planning an autumn-themed virtual happy hour event for your workgroup, you might want to consider adding a touch of trivia fun to it with Virtual Happy Hour Trivia. But this is no ordinary happy hour trivia game. In this activity, you and your team will take a trip to Hamish McDuff’s virtual pub. This hilarious Scottish pub owner is the legendary host of a trivia game with more than 20 category options to choose from, including sports, food and drink, and even celebrity real estate. This virtual pub trivia game is guaranteed to produce plenty of laughs and lift team “spirits.” It might even include a few special surprises.
16 In-Person Fall Team Building Activities
If you’re looking for fun in-person team building activities that you and your colleagues can enjoy in-person, you might want to try one (or a bunch!) of these.
Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year, with leaves changing color and those distinct fall aromas filling the air. So, before winter hits, take one last opportunity to get out into the great outdoors with a scavenger hunt team building activity like a Wild Goose Chase. With this app-based, outdoor team building activity, your team will head out into the city to explore, bond, and tackle fun photo and video challenges.
Each year, a total of 1.5 billion pounds worth of pumpkins are produced in the United States alone, with over 800 million of them ripe for picking in one single month: October.
This is no surprise when you consider the fact that 45% of Americans are expected to carve pumpkins for Halloween. This goes to show just how popular of a pastime it is – and why it makes for such a fun team building activity for you and your colleagues.
For an added element of fun, get your team together, grab some hot drinks, and head to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins to carve (if you’re looking for a great pumpkin patch near you, this article from Reader’s Digest). You can even turn pumpkin carving into a fun office competition!
According to research from the United Health Group, 78% of American adults said that volunteering lowers their stress levels. So, try out a Charity Bike Buildathon philanthropic team building activity. Together, your group will build and decorate kids’ bikes before creating an advertising campaign for their bicycles and presenting them to the group. Finally, all bikes will be donated to a local children’s charity of your choice.
Get crafty with your colleagues and build scarecrows together! This can be done easily and inexpensively, even in your own office. All you’ll need is a hammer, some nails, a pair of scissors, old clothes, boots, and twine. For step-by-step instructions on how to do it, check out this article from DIY Network.
Feel like getting out and spreading some kindness? We recommend it! Doing good in the world is good for you. In fact, it actually builds team morale. Random Acts of Kindness fuses the scavenger hunt concept with a philanthropic twist. This fall team building activity gets teams racing against one another to try and complete as many good deeds as possible before time runs out.
Decorate the office
Who doesn’t love putting up Halloween decorations? Get your team together and decorate your office as a group. Or, you could let each department decorate their respective area of the office and turn it into a competition for whose decorating is the best.
If you’re in search of an indoor team building activity for a chilly autumn day, an escape room is a great option! And if you’re concerned about transportation, logistics, finding an escape room that can accommodate your entire group, or having to split your group up into different escape rooms, don’t worry. Outback Team Building & Training offers two different Corporate Escape Rooms–Jewel Heist and The Mummy’s Curse–which we can bring right to your workplace.
We can transform any part of your office into your very own escape room, so you don’t even need to leave the building. With our Corporate Escape Rooms, your team will need to work together to decipher clues, solve riddles, and tackle challenges in order to find their way out before time expires.
Traditionally, Oktoberfest is a 16- to 18-day German festival that runs from mid-September through to the first Sunday in October.
What started as a wedding celebration more than 200 years ago, when Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, has evolved into a modern-day international festival focused on delicious food and great beer.
A seasonal classic, it’s a great way to get your team out of the office for a fun day together. To find an Oktoberfest celebration near you, try a quick search on a platform like Eventbrite.
With the spookiest holiday of the year happening in the fall, you and your team can put your detective hats on to solve a deadly crime with one of our two mystery team building activities. In CI: The Crime Investigators, your team will need to gather evidence, analyze clues, and crack the case before time runs out.
Host a Thanksgiving Potluck
The fall brings with it one of the most delicious holidays of the year: Thanksgiving! So, what better way to celebrate the season than with a Thanksgiving-themed office potluck?
From pumpkin pie to green beans, sweet potatoes, biscuits, apple cider, and turkey and cranberry sauce, there’s no shortage of amazing options available.
To make sure you get a great variety of food, simply send around a potluck sign-up sheet to your office asking everyone to indicate what they intend to bring. There are tons of great templates available for this – like these ones from TemplateLab.
With this spooky team building activity, you and your team will need to channel your inner detectives in order to examine case files, solve clues, and use your instincts, intuition, and collaboration to catch a cold-blooded killer. If you really want to get in the Halloween spirit, you and your team can even get Halloween costumes and dress up as detectives!
Run Through a Corn Maze
If you’re feeling energetic, head out to a corn maze with your team! This can be a great activity for team building because it will require your group to communicate, collaborate, and put your heads together as you try to find your way out. And if you’re in search of corn mazes near you, you can check out this directory of Corn Mazes America that will show you where to find the best ones across the United States.
When it’s chilly outside and your team doesn’t feel like venturing into the cold, bring the party to your own office by hosting a game show night. With Game Show Extravaganza, you’ll have your team feeling like they’re on their very own trivia show as they compete to answer questions and complete challenges covering everything from pop culture to politics, geography, sports, movies, music, history, and much more!
Throw a Halloween Costume Party
Cut work early on a Friday afternoon and host a Halloween costume party at the office. Bring some fun and festive music (we recommend The Monster Mash!), some snacks, and encourage everyone to dress up with a costume contest. For an extra dose of fun, you might even want to consider making your Halloween party pet-friendly – including costumes! Just check with your staff to ensure there are no allergy concerns or discomfort with animals first.
Spook Yourselves with a Haunted House
If you and your team are feeling brave, there are few 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 their nerves together. If you’re looking for the spookiest haunted houses out there, check out this list from Thrillist of the est ones in all 50 states.
Go Apple Picking
What’s more beautiful in brisk fall weather than a quaint apple orchard? Take your team out apple picking so that they can leave with some delicious and healthy treats. You can even turn this into a team competition by seeing who can pick the most apples in a preset timeframe.
Or, if you really want to have a good laugh, take your apples back to the office and have an apple-bobbing contest! If you’re not sure where to find a great apple orchard, you can start with this article from U.S. News showcasing the top 25 places to go apple picking across America.
4 Virtual Team Building Activities for Office Holiday Parties
While the holidays don’t technically take place during the fall, there’s a good chance that your office holiday party will. So, if you’re looking for fun and engaging virtual team building activities to incorporate into your workplace holiday shindigs, we’ve got you covered.
Here are four options you’ll love.
If you and your team love a high-energy group activity, then Holiday Hijinks is perfect for you.
Celebrate the holidays with this festive holiday-themed team building activity that’s all about working collaboratively to tackle a variety of holiday-themed physical, cerebral, and skills-based challenges.
In this activity, your group will split into teams. Each team will race against the clock and try to outpace the competition as they earn points for completing challenges, such as:
- Cookie Conundrum – Luke made 42 holiday cookies. He brought half of them to his office. He ate one third of the cookies that were left. Then he gave 8 cookies to his neighbor. He left the rest of the cookies out for Santa. How many cookies did Santa get?
- Elf Yourself – Each team member needs to create the most unique gift you can using only the items available to you. Snap a photo of everyone showcasing their gifts.
- Junk Yard Jingle – Record a 5-second video of a teammate creating the beat to a holiday song using objects found around your house or office. Be sure to practice getting your notes right as the instrumental version has to be in tune!
You’ll need to be mindful, though. Each challenge is worth a different number of points based on its level of difficulty, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on the leaderboard and tackle challenges strategically if your team wants to be crowned Holiday Hijinks Champions!
Looking for a way to ring in the holiday season with your team while exercising communication and collaboration skills, having a lot of laughs, and creating bonds with your colleagues?
Then Yuletide Showdown is the perfect activity for you.
In this fast-paced and high-energy virtual team building activity, you and your colleagues will race the clock, competing to unlock six different challenge categories: Sounds of Christmas, Holiday Trivia, Holiday Characters, Holiday Pictionary, Festive Scavenger Hunt, and Holiday-Style Who-Dun-It.
Then, you’ll need to strategically complete challenges, keeping a close eye on the real-time leaderboard and staying one step ahead of the competition.
As the holidays get underway, sometimes all you and your colleagues want to do is celebrate the season and spend quality time together. And with Elf’s Virtual Merry Mingler, that’s exactly what you’ll do.
Set in a venue in Santa’s North Pole village, this virtual holiday team building activity is made up of a series of social mixer activities that are all about sharing a laugh, creating some positive festive energy, and letting teammates enjoy each other’s company—regardless of the geographical distance between them.
The holiday season is all about coming together and celebrating! So, in Frost’s Virtual Holiday Trivia, you and your team will be invited to join the Frosts in the lounge of their brand-new ice hotel.
While you’re there, you’ll compete through three rounds of holiday and winter-themed trivia questions, earning points for each one answered correctly. But the fun doesn’t stop there! You’ll also become better acquainted with your colleagues as you take part in a round of Frost’s Icebreaker Questions.
Whether you’re able to gather in person or you work remotely, there are a ton of fun fall team building activities available to you as the fall gets underway.
Do you have any favorite fall team building activities? If so, let us know what they are in the comments section below!