10 Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Work on a Budget

Halloween is the most exciting part of the year. After all, who doesn’t enjoy candy and dressing up in fun or horrifying costumes?

A Halloween party at the office can also be a great way to bring everyone together and have a fun time. Celebrating holidays as a team also helps to build team relationships and increase communication between employees. It doesn’t have to be expensive, though. You can give your team a frightfully fun day on a small budget.

Ready To Be Spooked?

Halloween isn’t complete without the costumes, the candy, or some pumpkin carving. Fortunately, a Halloween party on a budget can have all this and more.

These activities and ideas are the perfect way of letting loose and socializing while staying in theme and under budget. Some of these activities can even work for a Virtual Halloween party!

Check out these ten budget-friendly ideas to celebrate Halloween in style:

1. One Minute Story: Ghost Edition

Everyone loves a good story, but storytelling is a skill very few have. Put your coworkers to the test in this exciting TeamPlayground activity.

The rules of the game are simple- each player has one minute to tell the best story using a given scenario and three terms. This virtual game is the perfect way to bring your remote team together during the Halloween season.

May the best story win!


2. Office Decorating as a Team

Decorating is one of the most fun parts of Halloween. To build excitement ahead of your office Halloween party, take a short break the day before to decorate the office together. Make it a communal event and have people bring in Halloween decorations that they already have.

This will set the tone for the Halloween celebration and let employees reuse their Halloween décor, making office decoration a cost-effective yet fun team building activity.


3. Spooky Trivia

This TeamPlayground Halloween activity brings fun and laughter together with a healthy dose of competition. Whether you answer individually or as a team, there is only one goal – Win.

Okay, okay, maybe not just one goal. You also want to have a good time. Luckily, with spooky trivia, you can do both.

That’s not all; you can also create an online trivia event in any category you can think of with our Almost Anything Goes trivia game. Whether you want the theme to be Halloween, Scary Movies, or Spooky Characters, we can fully customize your team trivia experience.


4. DIY Costume Contest

Ah yes, the Halloween costume – Possibly the most polarizing thing you will wear all year. Every Halloween, people spend extravagantly on their outfits to stand out. You can change that.

Encourage your team to make a costume out of items they already have at home. Without the pressure to splurge, your team will thank you for it. What’s more, the resulting costumes are sure to be unique, and it will be a great show of creativity. Win-Win!


5. Forbidden Words

Add an element of friendly competition to your Halloween party and spark your team’s creativity with TeamPlayground’s Forbidden Words activity. The aim of the game is simple. Guess and score the most points without being buzzed for a banned or, dare we say, forbidden word.


6. Trick-or-Treat

It’s hardly Halloween without the tricks or the treats. Fortunately, you can bring both to the office.

Have each person’s desk be a stop for all the trick-or-treaters at the office. Or, if you are a part of a virtual work environment, you can have everyone mail out treat bags to another employee that they pick at random. Whichever direction you take, it can be the perfect way to eat some candy and get to chat with everyone.


7. Guess The Movie: Halloween Edition

Who doesn’t love a good movie? From action-filled Sci-Fi to romantic comedies, there is a movie for everyone. This Halloween, bring out the movie aficionado in everyone with this TeamPlayground activity. Have the team figure out the name of a movie based on a graphic description as your colleagues race against the clock.


8. Pumpkin Carving Contest

A pumpkin carving contest is a fun event that will bring your employees together for a round of face-to-face engagement, connection, and conversation.

You can also supercharge creativity by handing out awards for the best pumpkin in many categories, such as the spookiest or most creative.

After the pumpkin has been carved, don’t let those pumpkin seeds go to waste! Provide each employee with a recipe card for roasted pumpkin seeds so they can make a tasty, festive treat in the office or at home.

Carve a Pumpkin


9. Online Halloween Scavenger Hunt

The Halloween Scavenger Hunt is a fun and virtual TeamPlayground activity that can help members of your team connect with one other.

Your team will work collaboratively against the competition to solve a series of missions to complete the online scavenger hunt.

You’ll get an adrenaline rush solving the hunt together in this exciting team activity!


10. Pie-eating Contest

There are two guarantees in life. First, pie makes everybody happy. Second, the only thing better than pie is lots of it.

This Halloween, make your office celebration special and set up a pie-eating competition. Whether you buy the pies and bring them to the office or send your team pie-making kits so they can do the competition at home, this budget-friendly activity is sure to be a laugh!


Get Into The Spirit!

Halloween activities can be customized and tweaked to fit every need. No matter your budget, if your team is remote, in-person, or somewhere in between, you can still celebrate and enjoy the holidays.

If you are looking for some additional Halloween team building activities, check out TeamBonding’s most popular Halloween events in 2022!

Anna Webber

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