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31+ Halloween Party Ideas for Work

Halloween Party Ideas for Work

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. Moreover, 48% of Millennials admit to buying a Halloween item just to include it in a social media post! The Halloween love crosses generations: 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. Additionally, it can function as a powerful marketing tool for your company – and even a recruiting opportunity. When your team members are genuinely excited about Halloween fun, they’re more likely to immerse themselves in it. As a result, 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, or toilet paper strewn on your trees.

Read on to discover 31+ virtual Halloween party activities your employees will enjoy savoring and sharing!

A few of our favorite Work Halloween Party Ideas:

  • Enjoy spooky stories and s’mores around a virtual campfire
  • Mix up some potions with a mixology class
  • Take a virtual tour of a graveyard or the Paris Catacombs
  • Make Halloween candy with your team
  • Get creative: paint pumpkins, Halloween décor, or a Bob Ross-inspired fall scene
  • Enjoy Halloween movies, trivia, and games
  • Try a unique “Y’alloween” themed party

In this post, you’ll find:

  • Fun Halloween team building activities for hybrid work environments
  • Creative, hands-on team building activities
  • Virtual Halloween ideas for your next Zoom call or team meeting
  • Halloween games and challenges to encourage friendly competition
  • Fun Halloween activities for corporate groups
  • Halloween candy-making and mixology activities for your team

Fun Halloween Team Building Ideas

Ghost Stories Virtual Event

1. Enjoy Ghost Stories and S’mores Around a Virtual Campfire

In this Ghost Stories experience via Zoom, your team will hear spooky stories led by expert tour guides. A treat box will be shipped to each participant, allowing everyone to make their own s’mores at home. Then, enjoy your treat around the virtual campfire with your coworkers! Additionally, your team will love sharing their own ghost stories and honing their storytelling skills.

This experience also includes a live, on-location guide at a Victorian cemetery, storytelling contests, and much more paranormal fun, making it the perfect blend of fun and learning. The Ghost Stories event from Unexpected Virtual Tours & Training has so much team bonding, fun storytelling, and craft projects all combined in one incredible experience. It’s a perfect way to celebrate Halloween for remote teams.

Learn more and book your virtual team building Ghost Stories event here.

Superhero Team Building

2. Host a Superhero Party & Wine Tasting

Embrace the fun of Halloween by dressing up like your favorite superhero. Then, get everyone together for a superhero inspired virtual Halloween party! During this “marvel-ous” Unexpected Virtual Tours & Training event, your team will experience an interactive movie tour with two live-streaming guides.

Superhero Team Building Event

Get a special on-location look at iconic superhero filming sites. Then, go into breakout rooms and create your own superhero character! As a special surprise, an animator will even draw two of your teams’ superhero creations, live during your event!

Superhero Wine Tasting

As an optional add-on, your team can enjoy a special superhero themed wine tasting box. The tasting was uniquely curated for this event by Voluptuary + Lucid Wines.

Learn more and book the virtual Superhero experience with your team!

3. Mix Up Some Potions with a Virtual Mixology Class

Get your cauldrons bubbling with a virtual drink-making class! During this activity, your team can enjoy a unique happy hour crafting delicious cocktails or mocktails together.

For the best experience, find a class led by an experienced bartender or mixologist. Ask them to include fall or Halloween-themed flavors to keep with the theme of your party! 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.

4. Create a Halloween-Themed Digital Invitation

The best way to ensure your party is fun? Start hyping up the event before it happens!

Using a free service like Canva, you can design your very own Halloween party invitation graphic. In fact, they even have pre-made templates to help you! Or, you can use a service like PaperlessPost or Green Envelope to track RSVPs and manage event logistics.

Browse Halloween invitation designs to get some inspiration!

Candy Making

5. 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. This year, 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 session, so everyone can feel included.

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.

6. Hold a Pumpkin Spice Latte Taste Test

Does your team enjoy indulging in some seasonal sips? If so, host a virtual PSL taste test!

For this idea, give everyone a $5-10 electronic gift card to a favorite coffee spot. Then, encourage everyone to show up to the party with their favorite fall beverage. You can compare notes on taste, drink quality, seasonal flavor options, and more.

At the end, vote on which drink everyone wants to try next!

7. 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 ghost tours in other cities across the U.S. – yours might be included! 

Virtual Tour of the Paris Catacombs

8. Explore the Paris Catacombs

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, the catacombs 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 Paris catacombs.

9. Do a Seasonal Craft with Your Team

These days, there are plenty of fun craft kits designed for artists of all ages and abilities. During your Halloween party, bust out the paint or needles and thread and get crafting with your team!

You can all decide on a craft kit to complete together during your party. Or, encourage each person to show up with a craft of their choice. This activity is great for prompting discussions about hobbies, interests, and life outside of work. For instance, you might learn that one of your team members is secretly an expert knitter, watercolorist, or woodworker!

For a simple craft activity, try this paint-your-own Halloween figure kit to paint a keepsake bat, pumpkin, ghost, and more.

10. Paint a Happy Little Autumn Scene

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 that we always have the power to transform mistakes into happy accidents.

Browse all the videos and paint along with Bob Ross here.

Tarot Reading

11. Get Mystical with a Virtual Tarot Reading

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.

Explore virtual tarot readings with Tarot NYC. They offer corporate experiences, typically with 7-8 readings per hour.

12. Send Your Team a Festive Party Favor

At an in-real-life corporate party, you’d probably give everyone a take-home memento item to remember the occasion. Extend this idea to your party and mail each of your team members something special!

Your Halloween party favor might include a cozy fall item. For instance, a candle makes a great seasonal gift. Or, send team members a warm hoodie with your company’s logo (be sure to let them pick their preferred size and color!)

For unique handmade keepsakes, search Etsy for Halloween party favor ideas!

13. Host a Virtual Scary Movie Night

Sometimes, the best part of watching a scary movie is seeing everyone else’s reactions. 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 with your team. 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!

If your employees don’t use the same video streaming services, you can opt for a free ad-supported movie site. Some options include Crackle or IMDb TV, and Tubi.

Halloween Pumpkin Painting

14. Have a Pumpkin Painting Party

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.

Your team – and their families – will have so much fun making creative designs. Paint Jack-O-Lanterns, a pumpkin with your company’s logo, or something totally creative! For more pizazz, 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.

15. Plan a Gift Swap

Many corporate teams plan a holiday gift swap near the end of the year – but why not switch it up and try a Halloween gift swap? After all, many employees may be busy with family plans and gift-buying during the holidays, as well as working hard to close out the year. The pressure of finding a perfect gift for a coworker can be less stressful during the month of October.

For this idea, assign everyone a secret gift recipient and set a price limit. Then, everyone can create wish lists and share their favorite colors, fall flavors, and more. Allow each person to unwrap their gift during your party and guess the gift-giver! For even more fun, encourage your team to buy Halloween-inspired gifts.

Halloween Gift Swap Ideas

  • Your coworker’s favorite candy or snack, for a “trick or treat” indulgence
  • A mug for their favorite fall beverage
  • Fall-themed kitchen towels
  • Fall-scented candles or hand soap
  • A cozy scarf to keep your teammate warm

Use a service like Elfster to easily coordinate your gift swap!

16. Try a Halloween-Themed Virtual Escape Room

A virtual escape room is a fun way to help your team build their teamwork and creative problem-solving skills. During a virtual escape room, your crew will work together to decode clues and solve a puzzle. These days, there are all kinds of virtual escape rooms available to choose from.

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” spells ready and try a Hogwarts-themed virtual escape room!

Check out these virtual escape rooms recommended by Martha Stewart for Halloween.

Virtual Cemetery Tour

17. 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. During this experience, you’ll learn the art, history, and symbolism behind these historic sites.

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 the way they do. Additionally, you’ll see how grave styles and art have evolved over almost 400 years.

Watch the lecture and virtual experience on YouTube. Note: cemeteries and death can be a difficult topic for many people, especially in light of recent years. 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.

18. Play a Halloween Drawing Game

If you’ve ever played Pictionary, you probably know how laughter-inducing it can be to watch someone try to draw a suggested word or phrase. This activity will have your team laughing together as they try to guess what participants are drawing.

In this guessing game, your team members can take turns drawing Halloween-inspired clues. Use screen-sharing and a Paint app for a digital version of this popular game. Be sure to assign a prize to the winner, or the winning team!

Halloween-Inspired Pictionary Words & Phrase

  • Haunted house
  • Cemetery
  • Ghost story
  • Trick or treat
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Vampire
  • Candy apple

19. Play Scary Movie Trivia Together

Is your team filled with horror flick aficionados? If so, host a scary movie trivia session. Find out who your team’s resident horror movie expert is. As part of this experience, consider awarding trivia winners with small prizes. You could even treat them to movie tickets for their next scary movie adventure!

Alternatively, reward everyone by ending the workday early after an afternoon trivia session. You could also pair this activity with the virtual Halloween movie-watching session listed in idea #14 above!

Find more than a dozen free horror movie trivia games here. This list includes options for classic horror movie trivia, monster trivia (think Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster), and more. 

Face Painting for a Halloween party at work

20. Host a Face-Painting Activity

These days, online makeup tutorials have become a popular way to learn new skills and be entertained. For some unique Halloween party fun, try following along with a tutorial with your team!

Everyone can try their hand at painting a fun design on themselves or their kiddo. The options are endless! For instance, you could paint a beautiful butterfly or fairy design, a creepy skeleton or monster, clown face paint, and anything in between.

Whether your team shows up with high-quality makeup or a cheap face painting kit from the drugstore, this event is sure to be a fun conversation starter. Don’t forget to take photos and screenshots (with permission!) to remember everyone’s creativity.

Get inspired with these family-friendly Halloween face painting ideas from Today’s Parent on YouTube.

21. Share Halloween Memories

Want to add a more personal element to your Halloween party? Invite everyone to share a favorite Halloween memory. This might be a fun recollection from childhood trick-or-treating, a mischievous teenage prank, or a beloved current family tradition.

You can conduct this activity “popcorn-style.” That means that after each person shares their anecdote with the group, they can choose who shares next. Along the way, your team members will get to know each other better and form connections with each other.

If your Halloween party includes a larger group, you can limit the sharing to the first 10-or-so people to raise their hand. That way, you’ll have time for other activities, too. To engage everyone, encourage participants to share reactions and comments in the chat box!

22. Host a Virtual Halloween PowerPoint Party

Have you heard of a PowerPoint party? The concept is simple: each person prepares a 5-minute presentation on their topic of choice. The goal is for these presentations to be casual, fun, and even a bit silly.

Put a spooky spin on this idea by assigning each team member a different Halloween topic to research and present on. For example, you might choose the history of candy corn. Or, explore the life of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.

Everyone will get a chance to hone their slide deck skills while exploring a fun topic. Then, come together and share what you’ve learned with each other!

Get started with this guide: Why You Should Throw a PowerPoint Party.

Custom Virtual Halloween Party

23. Get a Custom Virtual Halloween Party Built Just for Your Team!

We’ve been there: you want to do something fun for your team, but there just isn’t enough time to organize and plan activities. You need someone you can delegate to, that you can trust to organize all the details of your event.

That’s where Unexpected Virtual Tours & Training comes in! Our bespoke custom events allow you to choose your preferred topic and goals. Then, we’ll handle the rest! Whether your audience is a few dozen people or a few thousand, our team is equipped to handle your event from start to finish.

Your custom Virtual Halloween Party can include:

  • Interactive storytelling and games based on your custom ideas
  • On-location guides that share unique places
  • Small group breakout rooms to connect and have fun
  • Hands-on activities and gourmet treats in your custom branded box

Learn more about Unexpected Virtual Tours & Training custom team building events.

24. Share Fun Seasonal Trivia Leading Up to Your Party

It’s a good rule of thumb to send a reminder or two before your party. After all, your team members are busy, and it’s a good idea to make sure everyone remembers this fun special event!

To keep your reminder from getting lost in inboxes, add some fun Halloween trivia or party teasers to your message! For example – did you know that trick-or-treating has been around since the medieval ages?!

By keeping your party reminders lighthearted and engaging, you’re reminding your team what a fun event this will be. As a result, people are more likely to show up to your event excited, enthusiastic, and ready to participate.

Browse this Good Housekeeping guide for ideas: 25 Fun Halloween Facts to Trick (Or Treat) Your Friends.

25. Learn the History & Meaning of Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos is a holiday that originated in Mexico, to remember and honor our loved ones who have passed on. This meaningful holiday is typically celebrated around the start of November.

Because this is such an important and even sacred holiday, it’s important to be mindful of appreciating – not appropriating – this occasion. One great way to respectfully enjoy Día de los Muertos is to learn about the history behind it with your team.

Consider hosting a PowerPoint party (see idea #16 above!) or watching an educational video to learn about this holiday together. Skip the costumes, which can be tokenizing and offensive, as well as the mass-produced décor. Instead, opt for meaningful dialogue and decorations purchased from Hispanic-owned businesses.

Learn more with this National Geographic article on Día de los Muertos history, traditions, and facts.

Virtual costume contest

26. Host a Virtual Costume Contest

If your team loves dressing up, then host a virtual Halloween costume contest! Encourage everyone to show up on a video call with their best safe-for-work costumes. You can use the voting tools built into many video call systems to choose a winner. Or, set up an online survey.

To make this activity even more fun, you can choose winners in multiple categories. For example: best overall costume, most creative costume, funniest costume, etc.

As a prize, you can send each winner a digital gift card for coffee or lunch. Or, offer a fun party favor prize to each of your employees!

Get inspired with this article: 68 Work-Appropriate Halloween Costume Ideas.

27. Hire a Magician to Dazzle Your Team

Witches, vampires, ghouls, and ghosts – Halloween is full of magic, even in adulthood! To amp up your Halloween party, hire a magician to entertain everyone! This is a fun and unique idea that your team will be talking about for years to come.

As anyone who’s watched a popular David Blaine TV special knows, on-camera magic can be just as intriguing as seeing a magician in real life. Encourage party-goers to use the chat box and videoconferencing reaction features to share their excitement during the show!

Many magicians will engage your party guests directly. For instance, they might ask for a volunteer to unmute themselves and choose a card or try their hand at a challenge. This helps shine a spotlight on your team as well as the entertainer.

Find a local magician using Magician Profiles, a U.S. database of magicians. Or, search Google for magicians and agencies that specialize in virtual entertainment.

28. Plan a Country-Themed “Y’alloween” Party!

Mix up your Halloween party with a fun, country-inspired theme! This creative idea blends spooky fall fun with farm-fresh activities, music, and more.

To start, have everyone come dressed as their favorite country music star. For instance, you might tease your hair to the sky and throw on some rhinestones and a pink outfit for a Dolly Parton-inspired look. Or, throw on a red bandana and braid your hair for an easy Willie Nelson costume.

Create a shared playlist to enjoy together, and choose a fall farm video call background to set the mood. Then, prepare a country-inspired Halloween treat together, like peanut brittle. Or, order a fun nostalgic treat like Cow Tales or [full] Moon Pies!

Browse a few of our favorite “Y’alloween” video call backgrounds: a pumpkin patch, scarecrows, and a country house with fall foliage.

Halloween Zoom background

29. Get Into the Theme with a Spooky Video Call Background

Choose a Halloween Zoom background to instantly transform your video tile into a festive corner of the party.

One easy way to do this is to search for free stock images on a site like Pexels or Unsplash. You can filter for horizontal or landscape photos that will fit your video screen. Try searching words like Halloween, cemetery, candy, and more.

Or, get creative and design a custom background. You could include your company’s logo – or design a background that matches your costume. For example, if you dress up as Batman, you might pick a Gotham City background. Or, if you dress up as Alice in Wonderland, you might create a whimsical wonderland-themed backdrop.

A few of our favorite Halloween video call backgrounds:

30. Treat Your Team to Something Sweet

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!

For a flexible option, allow everyone to pick their treats with a service like Sugarwish. Choose your preferred box size, from small to extra large. Then, send an e-card alerting your team they’ve received a treat! Everyone can select their favorite snack and candy choices.

For instance, your team can choose from 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.

31. Gather Post-Party Feedback

After your Halloween party, be sure to gather feedback from your team! What did they love? What could have been planned better? Do they have any fun ideas for future parties?

Allowing and encouraging your team members to share their input can help everyone feel more involved and connected. Additionally, as you go into the holiday season, it’s helpful to know what your team values and appreciates during gatherings.

Use your findings to plan more seamless and fun parties for your team moving forward – and be sure to thank everyone for participating!

With these Halloween party activities, you and your team will be conjuring up some fun in no time! For an easy and fun Halloween party idea, check out our Ghost Stories team building event!