Did you know that in the English spoken world Halloween is the fourth most celebrated holiday, coming after Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter? This period sees a shopping frenzy among customers, revealing massive marketing potential and sales opportunities for companies. It's also a time when people compete to host the most extravagant events. And, surprise surprise, some of them are hosted online.
Virtual Halloween parties (or any other virtual party) are a fantastic way to get the team together for some fun and fellowship. With the rise in remote work, especially when you have an international team located in different countries, which is a common case, virtual parties keep your team connected and engaged while sharing a few laughs — or frights!
So, here we have some ideas for virtual Halloween parties:
Virtual Game Shows
Virtual game shows are always a hit, and can add excitement to your online Halloween party. Invite your team to participate in a spirited contest, hosted on @LiveWebinar, featuring five rounds of various fun games that require no specialized skills or complex rules. Engage in puzzles, code-breaking, brain teasers, and surprise challenges that will surely make your party unforgettable!
Fancy Dress Competition
What's a Halloween celebration without a fancy dress competition? Motivate your team to let their imaginations soar and come dressed up for the online event. Make it more enticing by offering rewards!
Consider the following categories for the costume awards: Best in Show, Most Terrifying, Incredible DIY, Minimum Effort, Maximum Impact.
Online Pumpkin Decorating Game
Pumpkins are a big deal at Halloween. You might not be able to give everyone real pumpkins to decorate, but there's an online site where you can do it digitally! Give everyone 10 minutes to decorate their own pumpkin. Then, let everyone show their pumpkins by sharing their screen. Everyone can vote for the best one. It's a fun and easy way to start the party as everyone joins the call.
Transform the classic game of charades into a Halloween spectacle with themed prompts. Divide your team members into groups using Breakout room function and have them take turns miming spooky tasks. Maintain a scoreboard and reward the team with the highest score, and also hand out funky awards such as "Most Frightening Performance.”
Here are some prompts for Halloween charades:
• Personifying a Mummy
• Demonstrating Trick or treating
• Enacting a Witch flying on her broomstick
• Displaying the feeling of being scared
• Acting like a Spider
• Pretending to carve a pumpkin
Guess Who Game (Halloween Special)
Does anyone in your team love Halloween since their childhood? This game is perfect for them! Before your virtual get-together, ask your team members to send over a childhood picture of them dressed up for Halloween. When everyone's gathered, show these pictures in a slide presentation and let everyone guess their identities. It's a fun game that's bound to bring out laughter and reminiscing. To make it even more enjoyable, let the person in each photo share a story related to that particular costume, if they want to!
Solve a Mystery Together
Halloween isn't just about the spooky stuff. At your online Halloween office party, have some fun trying to solve a mystery crime. Just like in a detective movie, you'll look for clues, check out evidence, and see if you can figure it out as a team. You can pick different themes too - from chasing an art thief to finding a mad scientist. It's up to you to decide!
Create a Collective Horror Story
This is a team effort game where everyone gets involved! Teams take turns building stories one-by-one. As the organizer, you start by setting up a spooky scene, ending it with "and suddenly" or "when suddenly…” Then, the next member continues the story from where you left off. Each player ends their lines with "...and suddenly" prompting the next player to continue.
Continue this way until every team member has had a turn or whenever your team is too spooked to go on!
How to prepare a Virtual Halloween Office Party?
1. Choose the best virtual event platform
LiveWebinar is a great online communication platform for those seeking to organize an online Halloween party with ease. Known for its user-friendly interface and engaging features, LiveWebinar allows hosts to create a festive and interactive atmosphere that encourages participation from all attendees. Customization options can be used to create a spooky Halloween ambiance which adds to the overall party spirit. Plus, with reliable audio and video quality and uncomplicated access from various devices, it's never been easier to throw a memorable virtual Halloween party. Choose LiveWebinar for a stress-free and enjoyable event planning experience.
2. Design the Program of the party
The concepts and activities mentioned previously will aid you in filling up the time, but make sure to properly plan things like the dress code and exact timeline. For the dress code, encourage something entertaining but ensure it is optional. It is fine if not everyone wishes to dress up for Halloween!
3. Prepare the atmosphere: Invitations, Virtual Backgrounds, and Music
After all, it's a Halloween party! Your team would appreciate the added effort to make it feel unique. Prepare creepy Invitations, adjust virtual backgrounds or encourage team members to create or select their own for the event. Go the extra mile and award a prize to the team members with the best virtual background!
Arranging virtual events can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. Keep these strategies in mind to simplify the process. If you're seeking a more comprehensive guide to organizing a virtual event, this resource will guide you through the process and provide nine essential questions to consider when planning your virtual gathering.