Halloween isn’t just for kids! In a typical year, around 70% of adults participate in some type of Halloween activity. In fact, 31% of Millennials (who represent 35% of the U.S. labor force) spend more money on Halloween than any other holiday. And, 48% of Millennials admit to buying a Halloween item just to include it in a social media post. The Halloween love crosses generations, too: 37% of Gen Z respondents and 30% of Gen Xers have also bought a Halloween item just for the ‘gram.
That means that your Halloween virtual team building event isn’t just a fun activity for your crew. It can also function as a powerful marketing tool for your company – and even a recruiting opportunity. When your team members are genuinely excited about an experience, they’re more likely to immerse themselves in it. And, they may feel inspired to post about it on their own social media so friends can see!
But, participating in a lackluster team building event feels like getting raisins when you were hoping for a Snickers bar. Read on to discover Halloween virtual team building activities your employees will enjoy savoring and sharing.
TLDR: in this list, you’ll find:
- Halloween virtual team building activities for remote teams
- Creative, hands-on team building activities
- Halloween Zoom call ideas
- Fun Halloween activities for corporate teams
- Halloween candy-making and mixology activities
1. Enjoy Spooky Stories and S’mores Around a Virtual Campfire – One of Our Favorite Halloween Team Building Activities!
In this Ghost Stories virtual experience via Zoom, your team will hear spooky stories led by expert virtual tour guides. A treat box will be shipped to each participant, allowing everyone to make their own s’mores at home to enjoy, around the virtual campfire, plus share their own campfire stories. This experience also includes a live, on-location guide in Savannah, GA, pumpkin crafting, and much more paranormal fun, making it the perfect blend of fun and learning. The Ghost Stories virtual experience has so much team bonding, fun storytelling, and craft projects all combined in one incredible experience.
Learn more and book your virtual Ghost Stories experience here.
2. Mix Up Some Potions with a Virtual Mixology Class
Get your cauldrons bubbling with a virtual drink-making class! Your team can enjoy a unique happy hour by making delicious cocktails or mocktails together. For the best experience, find a class that’s led by an experienced bartender or mixologist. You can even create a digital Halloween invitation for free using a service like Canva. The magic happens when everyone gets to learn and bond together as they prepare their elixirs!
Check out this virtual mixology class from Confetti. You can choose to have an ingredients kit shipped directly to participants. Or, go “BYOB” and allow everyone to buy their own supplies with a stipend.
3. Make Halloween Candy Together
Trick or treat yo’self! As much as we love store-bought candy bars, there’s something special about high-quality chocolate made by hand. Try making candy virtually with your teammates!
Your employees will be actively immersed in a hands-on chocolate-making experience. Be sure to gather any dietary restrictions before booking your experience.
Try Tiny B Chocolate for a turnkey virtual corporate treat-making class. Chocolate kits, step-by-step instructions, and a chocolatier guide are all part of the experience.
4. Mail Your Team a Halloween Treat
Most people love enjoying some sweet treats around Halloween. But, it can be challenging to navigate everyone’s dietary restrictions and palates. Many candies have dairy ingredients, gluten, animal-derived gelatin, and more. Others might wish to avoid candy altogether!
Allow everyone to pick their treats with a service like Sugarwish. You can choose your box size, from small to extra large. Then, send an e-card alerting your team they’ve received a box. Everyone can select their favorite choices. Options include candies, cookies, nuts, dried fruit, trail mix, and more. Hop on a video chat while everyone unwraps their treats and shares what they picked!
Explore all of the snacks available and purchase your Sugarbox snacking kits here. Keto, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free snacks are available.
5. Take a Virtual Ghost Tour of Salem, Massachusetts
Home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, Salem is a popular destination for those interested in witchcraft and history. But, you don’t have to travel there to get the Salem experience. Instead, take a virtual tour to learn all about the town’s history.
Purchase a live or prerecorded virtual Salem ghost tour experience from Salem Ghosts, a local tour business. They’ve also hosted virtual ghost tours in other cities across the U.S. – yours might be included!
6. Explore the Paris Catacombs – One of Our Favorite Halloween Team Building Activities!
The Paris Catacombs are an eerie and reverent place to visit. Their story began in the late 1700s. Around this time, cemetery-related public health issues related to overcrowding led to the city moving remains (mostly bones) to an old underground quarry site spanning more than 200 miles. This process continued periodically until the mid-1800s. Today, they hold the remains of more than six million people.
Many of the bones in the public areas of the Catacombs were arranged in artful designs. Visitors have flocked to the site to get a glimpse since the early 1800s. But, did you know that you can explore the Paris Catacombs online? Hop on a screen-share video call and walk through the catacombs virtually.
Ready for an underground adventure? Start exploring the catacombs.
7. Paint a Happy Little Autumn Scene – One of Our Favorite Halloween Team Building Activities!
What’s the opposite of a haunted house or scary movie? Painting along with Bob Ross. You can find many of his instructional videos on YouTube. We especially love The Magic of Fall, which features a baby squirrel at the beginning. Then, Bob goes on to paint a beautiful fall scene.
To organize this virtual activity, ship a Bob Ross painting kit to each of your team members. Then, invite your team to a video call to paint along with Bob together. This experience will remind your team how they have the power to transform mistakes into happy accidents.
Browse all the videos and paint along with Bob Ross here.
8. Learn About the History of New England’s Cemeteries
If your team includes history buffs, this is the virtual Halloween team building activity for you! “Welcome to the Graveyard!” is a 90-minute long virtual video tour of New England’s cemeteries. Learn the art, history, and symbolism behind these sites.
Your team will explore the colonial burial grounds from the 1600s and 1700s, through the rural cemetery movement of the 1800s and into modern locations. Learn why we have cemeteries and gravestones and why they look like they do. Plus, see how grave styles and art have evolved over almost 400 years.
Watch the lecture and virtual experience on YouTube. Note: death can be a difficult topic for many people. Be mindful of any discomfort your team might feel around this topic. Choose a different activity if this one doesn’t feel suited for your group.
9. Get Mystical with a Virtual Tarot Reading – One of Our Favorite Halloween Team Building Activities!
Tarot can be a fun tool for self-exploration and awareness. A Tarot deck consists of 78 illustrated cards, each one with a significant meaning or message. The history of Tarot began more than 1,500 years ago. Interestingly, the study of Tarot has become popular in the last few years. Google Trends shows a consistent upward increase for searches on “tarot” over the last half-decade.
For smaller teams, consider booking a virtual tarot reader to provide each of your team members with a reading during a group call. Anxious about what to expect? Share this resource with your team: 7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Next Tarot Card Reading.
Book your team’s virtual tarot reading with Tarot NYC. They offer corporate experiences, typically with 7-8 readings per hour.
10. Host a Virtual Halloween Movie Night
Sometimes, the best part of watching a scary movie is seeing everyone else’s reaction. This is even easier during a video call, when you can take some epic reaction screenshots (with permission, of course!).
Use a free browser extension like Teleparty to enjoy a virtual Halloween movie night together. Everyone’s videos will sync with each other, and you can chat about the movie in real-time with a chat box. Be sure to offer a variety of choices, from family-friendly to spooky – and settle on something everyone will look forward to!
11. Play Scary Movie Trivia Together
Is your team filled with horror flick aficionados? If so, host a virtual scary movie trivia session. See who your team’s resident horror movie expert is. And, consider awarding trivia winners with small prizes. Or, reward everyone by ending the workday early after an afternoon trivia session. You could also pair this with the virtual movie-watching experience listed above!
Find 14 free horror movie trivia games here. Includes options for classic horror movie trivia, monster trivia (think Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster), and more.
12. Try a Halloween-Themed Virtual Escape Room
A virtual escape room is a fun way to help your team build their teamwork skills. These days, there are all kinds of virtual escape rooms. Your team can solve a murder mystery or explore into the deep dark of a spooky forest and break an evil witch’s spell. Or, get your expelliarmus ready and try a Hogwarts-themed virtual escape room!
Check out these six virtual escape rooms recommended by Martha Stewart for Halloween.
13. Have a Virtual Pumpkin Painting Party – A Family-Friendly Virtual Halloween Activity!
Create something gourd-geous with your team! Break out the paint and have a virtual pumpkin painting party. This activity is safer than pumpkin carving, making it less of a liability concern for your company. Acrylic paint works well, as it dries quickly. Even better, it can be wiped off with a wet rag if you make a mistake. You can also add glitter, googly eyes, or tie a ribbon around the stem. Be sure to keep your finished pumpkin indoors and safe from rain!
Make this a family-friendly activity by encouraging everyone to include their children, partners, roommates, or even pets. Everyone can learn a little more about each other as well as tap into their creative side together.
Get some pumpkin painting inspiration and ideas from Martha Stewart.
You and your team will be conjuring up some virtual fun in no time!