Of all the trappings that come with globalisation, perhaps the rise of Halloween is the most fun. Yes, it’s always been there as an echo of celtic British history, but traditionally we’ve been terribly stiff-upper-lipped about it. Elsewhere in the world, recognition of this festival tends to be more exuberant. Just look to the Mexican Day of the Dead or the spectacle of Trick or Treating in the US. So, for businesses all over London and beyond this is a great time to get the whole team together and have a bit of fun with your office decor.
A few pumpkins from the supermarket are a great place to start for Halloween office decoration. If you want to keep things a bit subtle, try a tumbledown display of different sized, coloured and shaped squash in your reception area. Or get the pumpkins painted in branded colours to tie in with your office scheme while still getting into the Autumn spirit. These displays are a great nod to the season and will make an impression on visiting associates and clients.
If you’re an organisation that likes to get stuck in, why not turn pumpkins into an office team building exercise? Just provide the tools and pumpkins and work individually or as teams to cut different Jack O’lantern designs. Once the winner is decided and announced, all of your colleagues’ handiwork can decorate your office for the days around Halloween.
Skeletons at work
For office managers that like a bit of tongue in cheek humour, invest in a few life-size model or cut-out skeletons. Place them around the office taking on day to day tasks. One could be trying to work out the photocopier, another getting a cappuccino at the coffee machine. Maybe even a few having very serious confab in the meeting room. These fellows can come out year on year so as long as you have a few members of staff who have a sense of fun, a bit of imagination and are willing to come in a bit early, then it’s fun all round!
Crime Scene Cubicle
Turn an office or partitioned area into a crime scene! Masking tape on the carpet tiles can trace out a body outline, while crime scene tape and ‘blood’ splattered paper sheets or fabric scraps add to the sense of horror! Just be careful not to get too carried away so that your office needs an entirely fresh paint job to recover!
Haunted Recycling Bin
This is a funny and easily constructed nod to the the world of the undead for an office. Your paper recycling bins need to be fed! Tape on some haunting eyes and sharp teeth around the recycling bin lid and add some red drips of blood down the sides. Just a FEED ME sign needed and your halloween decoration also acts as a reminder to colleagues to stay eco and remember their recycling!
Some businesses may have larger budgets for festivities than others. So if your workplace allows, wall decals make decoration sleek and professional. Perhaps the silhouette of a flying witch, or passing bats and ghosts. You can even transform your entire social area or reception into an eerie and terrifying graveyard! Just make sure there’s enough cash left in the budget for the requisite sweeties for all!
Halloween this year falls on a Wednesday, so this is a great opportunity to celebrate hump day in the office by downing tools for an afternoon social. Get some terrifying baked goods in and drop the lighting! We always knew that there was a good reason for investing in LED lighting with variable colours and brightness… In addition to energy and cost savings of course!
Halloween may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But with so many ways to work within your office decoration scheme to celebrate the coming of Autumn or indulge in a bit of team bonding, it’s certainly an opportune excuse for some fun.