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If you’re worried about how to tackle a Halloween celebration in which employees actually WANT to participate and won’t make HR cringe; consider these easy to implement ideas – none of which include possibilities for scary images of employees in costumes that are far from work appropriate, and aren’t easily forgotten!

College (or Pro) Team Day

Ask employees to dress in their alumni or favorite college team gear and make it a competition to see which school has the most supporters. Winners earn bragging rights or other rewards. Make it a jeans day too, or ask employees to follow the rest of the dress code as your company culture dictates.

Employee Family Trick or Treat

Allow employees to pick up costumed kids, grandkids, or other young family members, after school is out to do a trick or treat event during the last hour of the workday. Ask employees to bring in their own candy or provide company contributions, as your organization is able.

Workspace Decorations

Provide decorations, or ask employees to bring their own, if you have some who are interested in decorating their space for the holiday. A couple guidelines to remember – no candles or open flames, and make a suggestion of when decorations should be taken down.

Company Gear Day

If dressing up and celebrating Halloween is really NOT part of your culture, consider having a casual day for employees and ask them to wear their company logo apparel.

Catherine Schmidt
Catherine Schmidt
Catherine Schmidt is Purple Ink’s Director of Client Services and is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Catherine has a special interest in career coaching and recruiting and finds joy when she can connect the right person to the right opportunity.

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