H&E North gets into the spirit of Halloween to discover 8 ghoulish ways to enjoy team building.

Halloween has climbed right up the holiday charts and is now one of the most popular holiday traditions to celebrate. Celebrating Halloween at work appeals to the child in employees and helps create a motivational, team work-oriented work culture.

Halloween presents itself as a fun way to promote team building there are a number of exhilarating and entertaining options when it comes to arranging sessions for delegates. Here H&E North have selected eight of the best:

1. Nothing epitomises Halloween better than the pumpkin. We see them on sale in supermarkets and just cannot resist putting one (or two) into the trolley! Why not channel the inner child and hidden sculptor out of delegates by introducing a pumpkin carving contest? This is a simple yet great way to induce competitiveness.

2. For the ultimate thrill seekers fright experience, head to Alton Towers from 19th October 3rd November. The 2013 Scarefest promises to be a terrifying event with blockbusting attractions, live shows, and weird and wonderful costume characters.  With rides open late, your team can enjoy The Sanctuary Scare Maze as well as Carnival of Screams fancy dress is optional!

3. If you only have a small budget to work with, then how about hosting an in-office Halloween party? Encourage employees to dress up, treating the best dressed to a prize and the worse dressed to a trick! Get creative with Halloween decorations and party food, and devise a list of games. Apple bobbing works well at Halloween and is a great laughter generator for those taking part and for those spectating.

4. Use Halloween as a guise for delegates to confront their fears. While Halloween is all about scaring people, turn it on its head and use it as a means to help build self-esteem and confidence. With snakes, spiders, lizards and minibeasts in tow,Meet the Beasts conduct hands-on reptile handling for business groups and is suitably appropriate for this time of year.

5. Delve into York’s ghoulish history, by embarking on a spooky night-time walk. The ancient city’s cobbled streets act as a maze for The York Ghost Walk Experience tours. Bringing fears of the dark and poltergeists to the fore, professional story tellers bring the past back to life through re-enactments.

6. While murder mystery parties are enjoyed all-year-round, Halloween presents itself as the best time to host an event. Adding an eerie dimension, a party at this time of the year can be embellished with a ghoulish twist how about trying a zombie theme, creating a bloody banquet or playing spooky music in the background?

7. Mazes can be scary at the best of times but imagine entering one at night time and at Halloween. York Maze’s‘Hallowscream’ is a five part live horror experience, based on the gruesome history of the farm it is located on. Are you and your team brave enough to give this a go?

8. The north of England, North Wales and Scotland are scattered with haunted buildings. Mansions, prisons, pubs, farms or hospitals take your pick. Ghost Night Events can organise overnight ghost hunt or psychic workshop events for private groups or companies, so pluck up the courage and delve into the paranormal world.

 Happy Halloween from the team at H&E North!

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