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Start talking about Halloween ideas with your event committee at the beginning or middle of September. No idea is too big or small but giving yourself enough time to execute your idea well will make it more successful.
Giving yourself this time lets you start making any preparations necessary, and it makes the actual event less stressful. At Tesani we love surprises so we like to keep our event committee small so there are more people to surprise.
Start with Decorating
Having a theme will make your planning easier and create a more memorable experience for your employees. At Tesani, we like to pick themes where we can create a scene: Graveyard, crime scene, Stranger Things, Haunted House, etc.
Decorating throughout the whole office is easy if you have one location and not many employees, but as your company grows, focus on decorating the areas where most of your company congregates. We decorate Mindy’s Café, where we eat lunch together, and our office’s two entrances.
If you can personalize the decorations to your employees, they will love it! Our crime scene had an outline of every employee’s body taped on the ground next to their desk. The next year’s graveyard had a tombstone with their name and how they hilariously died.
A Delicious Festive Lunch
Holidays are a special day and fun food always makes them more exciting for employees, but how can you make your ordered-in meal more festive? Add some homemade root beer and a caramel apple bar!
Our employees love the caramel apple bar and it is something they snack on throughout the whole day. It’s the perfect addition to a Fall Holiday meal because it’s fun and so simple to prep. Just cut up apples into slices, make a quick caramel and chocolate sauce, and get any and every topping you can think of (nuts, Oreos, marshmallows, sprinkles.) To top off your Halloween lunch, get that spooky Spotify playlist going and have everyone eat together.
Choose an MC to call up each individual or group to strut their stuff and give them a chance to show and explain their costume if necessary. Make voting ballots available for employees to vote after the runway is over to choose a winner.
We are a competitive group at Tesani so we love having prizes for our costume contest winners. There are lots of ways you can categorize winners. Two easy ones are having categories like scariest, best overall, and most original; or just choose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
We’ve liked having 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners because so many people have different opinions on what scary is to them or what they think is original or not. We reward winners with cash prizes of $100, $75, $50, but offering anything or even just a trophy gives the winners something to brag about for a full year.