We’re approaching the end of Spook-tober, the leaves are changing, and the pumpkin spice is everywhere, so that means it’s a good time to finalize your office celebration plans for Halloween. If you’re not planning on celebrating, consider it! Halloween is a fun excuse to reach out and engage your employees, advocate camaraderie, and strengthen team bonds. Here are some quick ideas to make it memorable:

Costume Contest – If there is anyone out there who doesn’t love a classic costume contest, we don’t want to know them. Encourage everyone to dress up (SFW of course), allow everyone to vote, and come up with a reward through your recognition system to give the winner. You will get employees talking, laughing, and mingling with each other, and it can create memorable moments they won’t soon forget.

Charity Opportunity – Supporting charities is always a dependable method for increasing engagement and connection with the organization. This can be as simple as a “trick-or-feed” drive where you ask everyone to bring in a can of food to donate to a local food bank, or a straightforward cash donation drive for organizations like Spirit of Children, who run special programs for Halloween.

Departmental Trick-or-Treat – Why not bring the spooky spirit into the office by encouraging individual departments and teams to leave out their own bowls of goodies for visitors? This is a great equalizer, and can get people from separate departments talking and bonding with each other who normally might not. Just be sure to leave some healthy options in the bowl so nobody is left out!

Pumpkin Carving – Again, if there is anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good pumpkin-carving contest, we don’t want to know about it. Acquire pumpkins at your local supermarket for pennies on the pound, grab some basic carving kits, throw down some old newspapers, and set aside some time for your employees to have some good clean (messy) fun. Make it more exciting with an award for the winner.

Companywide Awards – You don’t even need a contest or competition to celebrate Halloween with your employees. Simply whip up a spooky award in your spare time and attach a recognition reward, or send out a special card with some candy attached. Halloween is an event with the potential to unite everyone in celebration, and sometimes a little bit of swag is all you need to spread gratitude.

Whatever you do this Halloween, make it memorable and genuine. It’s one of the biggest engagement opportunities you’ll see until Thanksgiving rolls around. Until then, enjoy the Fall weather and don’t overdo it with the pumpkin spice!