Ghosts and witches and zombies, oh my! The office Halloween party is coming your way!
One of the best things about this time of year is that it’s a fantastic time to embrace the worst case scenario. It’s fun to read up on how to survive an alien invasion or zombie apocalypse while you plan your Halloween costumes. While surviving your official Halloween party shouldn’t be as hard as surviving the end of the world, there are some things you should keep in mind as the spookening approaches.
Group Costumes Mean a Built-In Party Squad
Depending on the size of your company and of the gathering itself, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd. No one wants to be the sad ghost in the corner hanging out with the punch bowl. Participating in a group costume is a fun way to make sure you have a crowd to hang out with for the duration of the party. After all, no one wants to have to explain that they’re the Scooby Do Gang but ‘without Velma because we left her in the other room.’
This is also a great way to bond with your coworkers! Doing a group costume takes planning, but it can be an exciting challenge to coordinate your looks. Whether you’re planning with people in your department or from another, it can be a unique way to practice project management.
Make Sure You Can Work
If your office party is during the middle of your workday, it’s important to make sure that whatever you end up wearing will allow you to continue to work afterward. Being a gory zombie might be fun, and might get you a win in the costume contest, but then you’re stuck dripping everywhere for the rest of the day. It’s rather hard to work when your keyboard is sticky from fake blood.
Be Respectful with Costume Selection
There’s a wide and varied number of possibilities when it comes to choosing a costume. There are monsters and superheroes and video game characters and action stars. There are so many things to choose from, in fact, that it should be easy to avoid dressing as a cultural stereotype. Remember, our offices are diverse places filled with people from all walks of life. Better to avoid these reductive caricatures than to risk hurting a friend or coworker.
No Time to Plan? No Sweat.
Being in charge of planning the party can be very alarming! We’ve all got hectic schedules, and no time at all to pull together something elaborate and memorable. Don’t worry; we got your back! We’ve got a bunch of awesome programs that can spice up your Halloween party! You can work with your coworkers to escape a Werewolf Village, or show off your Pumpkin Carving skills.
Drink Responsibly, and Don’t Drive
If your office Halloween party is an evening event which will contain alcohol, it’s important to remember to drink responsibly. No one wants to be the person who over-indulges and ends up being the subject of water-cooler gossip for the next week. It’s also important to remember to pace yourself if you have to drive home, so you’re not putting yourself or others in danger.
Be Kind and Courteous
The point of a party is, ultimately, to have fun with your coworkers. Try to make sure that everyone is having a good time, and avoid putting people in situations where they could be made to feel uncomfortable. Doing this can be as simple as refraining from voicing a negative opinion on someone’s costume or reeling in a fellow coworker who may be acting inappropriately. Remember, even if something seems funny in the moment, it may not when you have to work with people going forward.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Let’s be real, half the fun of Halloween is that it’s an excuse to eat a truly ridiculous amount of junk-food. Candy is everywhere and cheap to get, and there are a million different spooky-themed deserts to choose from at the office Halloween party. You should absolutely embrace the excuse and indulge guilt-free. After all, it only happens once a year. It might be a good idea, however, to plan a healthy breakfast and dinner on the day of your party, just to keep yourself from feeling too over-sugared. Have some eggs, or a healthy yogurt and fruit parfait, and induldge yourself later on without guilt.
How are you going to survive your office Halloween party?
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