It is very important to have team building days for your employees. It is the ideal way to bring colleagues together and enable them to really get to know each other, particularly if during their day-to-day theywork closely but without the opportunity for any personal interaction. But, you want this to be something that your employees look forward to rather than feel forced into and dread…. So why not combine it with a Night of Horror bash? You can guarantee everyone will be having so much fun they probably won’t even realise they are team building while they’re partying! Seasonal parties are a great way to motivate your staff, celebrate their hard work and encourage them to let their hair down outside of the office environment. With colleagues already talking and bonding, throwing a few teambuilding exercises into the mix will make it a win-win for everyone.
So, first things first: you need a venue.
With Horror , the scarier the better –an old church, a haunted hotel or a converted warehouse would be perfect! Put a twist on the generic theme, such as a sophisticated ‘Gothic’ drinks party in a historic upmarket hotel or a Monster Bash in a Warehouse. When you send out the invitations, make sure you request that your guests come in fancy dress: the perfect way to complete your spooky theme. Mix n Mingle acts can certainly create that atmosphere with living statue Gargoyles or even a zombie. You could start team building early, by challenging teams to decorate their work areas, offering prizes for the best and most aptly decorated ones. These decorations could then be moved to the venue at the end of the day, if it fits with your theme.
Here are a few team building challenges to give you some inspiration:
Pumpkin Carving: This is a great team building exercise and will add to your décor when complete. Split the workforce into teams and provide them with a few pumpkins. The teams have to work together to come up with the most creative design – the best pumpkin wins a prize.
Murder Mystery: Traditional games are great fun, so why not hold a murder mystery evening? Employees have to work together to figure out “whodunit?”.
Horror Quiz Show: This game/quiz show combines staff knowledge of music, films and holloween general knowledge with an added ingredient of improtu games such as best Zombie of the day, Mummy wrap and maybe even a thriller dance off
Each individual piece - photo booth, gargoyles, magicians, bar and hall decoration etc etc, were amazing on their own, but together they created a spectacular evening. Your team were all so friendly and couldn't have done more to help (especially the lovely lady who helped me separate my earring from a hair net!) And finally the band...I had told my colleagues that I would only be able to relax once I knew the band were okay. Well, I didn't need to worry - they were fantastic! I think they played non-stop for over two hours in the end.