Like most holidays, Halloween will once again ‘look a little different this year’.
The unpredictability of the pandemic coupled with the changing dynamic of the workplace means that many of us are still working remotely, or in a hybrid work environment.
While it may be disappointing when it comes to in-person parties and festivities (no more bobbing for apples!), we can still strive to make the best of the holidays while growing our workplace culture.
With Halloween quickly approaching, here are some excellent ways to celebrate and share in all the festivities of the season.
Hold a costume contest
It is often our very own customers that provide us with the most inspiration for creating a great workplace culture. CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, relies on their intranet to unite their 1500 employees across 45+ countries. One of the amazing things they did last year was host a virtual costume contest. Employees were encouraged to upload and share photos of themselves in a costume for Halloween.
Take advantage of intranet customizations
One of our most popular intranet customizations is our Falling Fun card. Our Falling Fun card easily allows ThoughtFarmer users to pick and choose any image—snowflakes, autumn leaves, emojis, money etc.—and configure it so that the images fall on a page(s) of your intranet. In the spirit of Halloween we recommend adding falling spiders, cobwebs, witches, ghosts. You can learn more about our Falling Fun card in this article.
In addition to falling images, there are many other ways to incorporate Halloween into your intranet. As per the example below—whipped up by Tim in our Professional Services department—you could add some cobwebs to pages on your intranet.
Share some spooky links
The pandemic forced many popular museums and tours to host online tours instead of, or in addition to in-person tours. While this is unfortunate for those of us who delight in witnessing our colleagues scream in terror, navigating an online ghost tour does provide a fun way to connect with your remote teammates during the spookiest season.This link features a list of 14 different online tours of some of the most famous haunted sites. Included in this list are the Salem Witch House, the Winchester Mystery House, and the Chernobyl site.
Add in some auditory notifications
Auditory notifications are a great way to add some flare to your intranet. MedData did this a few years ago with a thanksgiving gobbling turkey sound. For Halloween, why not try a howling coyote, a creaking door, a meowing cat, a witches cackle, or even a high pitched scream?
Share some ghost stories
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, chances are you know a good ghost story. Use a shared space on your intranet to encourage employees to share ghost stories. You could even create a contest where employees vote for the scariest story. Or, if you really want to spook your colleagues you could embed a video of yourself narrating your favourite ghost story.
Switch up your profile picture
Image apps make it super easy to drastically change your appearance with little effort and without resorting to props or makeup. Why not take advantage of this and temporarily replace a traditional corporate photo with something a little more ghoulish?
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