The upcoming fall season is a perfect time for team-building. And, these 7 virtual ghost tours are a fun addition to your Halloween happy hour or virtual Halloween party! Get everyone into the spirit of the fall and Halloween season with some spooky, interactive fun.
In this list, you’ll find:
- virtual ghost tours for remote teams
- virtual Halloween party ideas
- spooky team building activities
- Halloween happy hour ideas for virtual teams
- fall team building activities for remote teams
Why is fall a perfect time of year for virtual team-building?
We recommend doing virtual team-building events on a regular basis throughout the year. But, fall is an especially perfect time for your team to reconnect! Here’s why:
- Many people eagerly look forward to fall festivities. From ghost tours to apple-picking to watching the leaves change color, fall is sure to be a favorite season for many of your employees. As a result, fall-themed team building activities such as virtual ghost tours are likely to be well-received.
- Fall is when students typically go back to school and reconnect with their classmates, making this a natural season for your team to reconnect as well.
- Many of us are hard-wired to view fall as a time of learning since this season marked the start of each academic year. Channel the “back to school” energy with a virtual team building event that combines fun and learning.
1. Share Ghost Stories Over a Virtual Campfire
This virtual 90-minute campout hosted on Zoom includes spooky stories and fun campfire challenges. Additionally, each member of your team will receive a special treat box to enjoy together! Inside the box is everything your crew needs to create decadent gourmet s’mores with a mini candlelight “campfire.” The box will also include a custom corporate card with your company’s logo and information. This experience includes 3 live, interactive guides and 3 thematic breakout rooms to deepen your connections.
In this ghost story tour, your team will delve into the science and art of storytelling. You’ll participate in seamless and fun story competitions – perfect for marketing, business development, and executive teams. Additionally, this experience is a great option for large virtual or hybrid conferences with rapid networking integrated into the experience.
Learn more and book your virtual Ghost Story experience here.
2. Uncover the Haunted History of Chicago
In this virtual ghost tour, you’ll visit some of Chicago’s most notorious haunted locations. For example, explore Death Alley, where hundreds perished in the great Iroquois Theater fire more than 100 years ago. Your team will also virtually walk along the Chicago River, one of the most haunted river banks in existence. Learn about the Congress Hotel and its infamous Room 441, the inspiration for Stephen King’s film “Room 1408.” Finally, hear frightening stories about ghosts and villainous characters in this spine-tingling experience.
Turn this experience into a full-on virtual Halloween party! In true Chicago spirit, you can allow each team member to expense a deep-dish pizza (or whatever treat they prefer) delivered to their home. Enjoy dinner together on your video call!
Book your Haunted History of Chicago tour by clicking here.
3. Follow a Plague Doctor through Prague
In this Airbnb Online experience, your team can step back into time to learn about the Black Death and plagues of the 17th and 18th centuries. Virtually explore the empty streets of Prague with Dr. Alexander Schamsky, an unknown Czech hero who fought the plague in 1713. Learn about the “personal protective equipment” of the time as well as seeing deserted landmarks of the city. Immerse yourself in the forgotten history of the pneumonic and bubonic plagues.
The recorded video in this program has no audio because the hosts offer narration and stories in real-time. The movie was shot with a professional camera during quarantine times, and it shows the abandoned old town.
Visit the famous Charles Bridge, explore the Old Town Square, and go into the Jewish Quarter. Stop by the old St. Francis hospital and conclude the tour at the convent of St. Agnes. This experience is sure to feel timely and enlightening for your team. It combines a fascinating history lesson and can lead to a reflection of your company’s values, progress, and milestones during the pandemic.
Click here to learn more and begin your journey through Prague.
4. Explore the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose
This bizarre mansion in San Jose, CA is filled with design curiosities and rumors of paranormal activity. The Winchester Mystery House has been named a top haunted destination by Time Magazine, Travel Channel, and USA Today. This sprawling 24,000-square-foot home has 10,000 windows, 2,000 doors, 17 chimneys, 13 bathrooms, 6 kitchens, and much more.
The home was originally an 8-room farmhouse purchased by a wealthy widow, Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester. She inherited the fortune of her late husband, William Winchester, heir to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Sarah began overseeing an enormous renovation and expansion of her home which spanned more than 35 years – from 1886 until her death in 1922. No one knows why Sarah chose to expand her home in such an enormous and unconventional way.
In 1924, legendary magician Harry Houdini visited the mansion on Halloween night in an attempt to debunk the paranormal legends. He left with more questions than answers, and he famously referred to it as “The Mystery House.”
Explore the home on this virtual tour and see if your team can unlock the mystery!
5. Wander the Halls of the Pittoch Mansion in Portland, OR
This mansion near Portland, Oregon was once the home of newspaper publishers Henry and Georgiana Pittock. Henry transformed The Oregonianinto a successful daily newspaper that remains in print. He was an avid outdoorsman and investor, while Georgiana was a skilled and impactful community leader. The two had nine children and were both actively involved in the community.
While Henry and Georgiana lived a happy life, their mansion is rumored to be haunted by their ghosts. They were only able to live in their beautiful home for a few years before they passed. As a result, many people think their spirits have lingered on. Visitors have reported hearing phantom footsteps and seeing windows shutting and latching on their own. Some visitors have even reported the smell of roses, a nod to Georgiana’s role as founder of the Portland Rose Society and Portland’s Rose Festival.
Take a self-guided 3D tour of the mansion here.
6. Take a Virtual Tour of Salem, MA – Home of the Salem Witch Trials
Salem, Massachusetts is known for its gruesome witch trials in 1692. In this year, hysteria and paranoia spread throughout colonial Massachusetts. There were more than 150 accusations of witchcraft and 20 tragic killings.
In this virtual site tour, your team can explore historically significant sites in and around the area. This virtual experience includes an interactive map with photos and text of historic sites. Some areas of the tour also feature historic documents and interactive satellite map images, perfect for the history buffs on your team.
Salem, MA is rumored to be haunted by the spirits of those killed during the Salem Witch Trials. The town has become a destination for people interested in witchcraft, Paganism, mysticism, and history.
Explore the Salem Witch Trials online sites tour.
7. Check out a Variety of Ghost Tours with GhostFlix
GhostFlix allows your team to view past live-streamed virtual ghost tours at any time! Schedule your ghost tour session around your team’s convenience. Plus, you can choose from nearly two dozen cities across the United States. From Boston to San Francisco and Chicago to Seattle, you’re sure to find a city your team wants to explore.
In this experience, a charismatic guide takes the audience through haunted sites, sharing spooky stories. Each participant will need to purchase their own viewing experience. To make this a shared team building event, you can hang out on a group chat and discuss the tour while you watch. Craving a more participatory experience? GhostFlix also offers live virtual ghost tours on Saturday nights!
Check out all of GhostFlix’s recorded and live virtual ghost tours.
Add Some Fun to Your Virtual Halloween Party or Ghost Tour
Here are a few of our favorite ways to add an extra special something to your Halloween happy hour or ghostly get-together.
- Set a fun Halloween vibe for your virtual experience with this playlist: Spotify’s Top Halloween Tracks
- Choose an on-theme haunted video background! Royalty-free stock photo sites like Pexels and Unsplash offer a variety of options you can download for free. A few of our favorites include this spooky forest, a ghoulish friend, and fall pumpkins.
- Send your employees a sweet surprise with Sugarwish. You choose the size, and they can choose their favorite treats!
- Make it a costume party! Check out this list of easy video call costume ideas and backgrounds.
- Start your session with some icebreaker questions. For example – what’s your favorite Halloween candy? What was your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever worn? What do you look forward to most about fall?
With these virtual ghost tours, your team is sure to get into the fall spirit! Show your employees a frightfully good time while boosting morale and collaboration skills. Craving more fall team building ideas? Check out our post: 13+ Halloween Virtual Team Building Activities for 2021.