Celebrate Halloween While Working From Home
Halloween is easily one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love? There’s free candy and you get to be whatever you want to be for one day a year. And the decorations—look, I love Christmas, but I think I enjoy decorating for Halloween even more. Plus, we won’t have to worry about people not wearing masks for once! Did I mention there’s free candy?
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That’s why I’m so sad that Halloween is kind of cancelled this year. We *might* have trick-or-treating. Nobody’s really sure if it’s going to happen or not or if it’s actually safe. Even if there is trick-or-treating, it definitely won’t be the same as normal years. And if there are parties, I know I won’t be going to them. (I’d rather stay home and be safe, thank you very much.)
Office Halloween celebrations
Oddly, one of my favorite parts of Halloween as an adult is how we celebrate at work. We really get into the holiday spirit in my office. Every year we have a big party for associates’ kids. Everyone brings their kiddos dressed in costume, and they go trick-or-treating around the office. We go all out with a department decorating contest so the kids can have an almost haunted house-like experience. Two years ago, my department won with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme. My desk was part of Christmas Town, so I kept my decorations up until December. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun at work.
Here are some (bad!) pictures of our decorations. Unfortunately, all my photos were deleted when I got a new work phone earlier this year, so I had to use some screenshots from a video that luckily survived. You can’t *quite* see how detailed our decorations were, but trust me, it was amazing.
One half of the department was decorated as Halloween Town from The Nightmare Before Christmas. As you can see, there were A LOT of details from the movie, plus a bunch of other touches that truly transformed our office space. Ok, we *may* have gone a little overboard and all spent a little too much of our own money to win the trophy.
The other half (where my desk was located) was decorated as Christmas Town. To be honest, some of the kids were a bit confused as to why we had Christmas decorations up for Halloween. But the parents loved it! And we kept as many decorations as we could get away with displayed all the way through Christmas. It definitely brightened up the office that year.
This was my desk. I kept the decorations up until December! BTW, that’s my amazing standing desk underneath the wrapping paper. It’s the one thing I really miss from my desk at the office. I think I’m going to order another one for my home office because my back is not happy that I’ve been sitting so much since March. You can get the same one here. Trust me, your back will thank you.
Alas, there will be no work party this year. Our office is still closed, and the threat of COVID is scarier than any ghoul or goblin. But I’m not letting the holiday go by unnoticed! I’m decorating my house, and especially my home office, to get in the Halloween spirit. I’m also planning on hosting a Virtual Halloween Happy Hour with my coworkers so we can all dress up in our costumes and at least pretend it’s as fun as our yearly office party.
Here are some tips for decorating your home office or cubicle for Halloween:
Pick a Theme.
An easy way to decorate is to pick a theme and stick with it. Love Harry Potter? Go with a witch and wizard theme. Prefer Dracula? Fangs and fake blood all the way. Luckily, there are countless movies and books about Halloween, so you have no shortage of choices to pick from. You can even stick with Halloween classics like ghosts or creepy cobwebs if you want to keep it simple.
Details Make a Difference.
If you’re back at work and can’t go all out decorating your cubicle, add little details to your desk to brighten (darken?) the mood. Swap out your pencil holder for a skull and place a mini pumpkin or a gourd next to your mug collection. Some pointed Halloween prints can get the point across to you coworkers when you’re trying to focus.
Remember, it’s still an office.
Even though you’re getting into the holiday spirit, you still have to work. Keep unwanted ghosts and goblins out with a haunted door sign that’s sure to get the point across. But place a bowl of Halloween candy nearby so you can get that mid-afternoon sugar burst when you need it. I wouldn’t typically recommend keeping a container of chocolate at arm’s length in such a high-stress environment, but it’s a holiday! And hey, if we can’t trick-or-treat, we need to get our candy somehow.
Like everything else, Halloween will look a little different this year. But you can make it look just the way you want with a few decorations! It won’t make up for missed parties and holiday traditions, but if you’re having fun, that’s all that matters.