Halloween can be scarier than you think if you trick or treat at the EEOC.  Things can go sideways real fast. 

While employers want to make the workplace fun, we need to be cognoscente of our employees’ personal beliefs and feelings.  By many,  Halloween represents and celebrates death and the occult.  Others just feel Halloween is for the kids and  celebration in the workplace is inappropriate and frivolous.

If you are planning a Halloween celebration, consider the following:

It should be totally voluntary.  Do not encourage others or “twist their arm” to participate.  Co-workers  should not be made to feel they are not part of the team or left out of the group by not participating.

Make sure employees understand costumes need to be appropriate for the office.  Costumes should not be sexually suggestive, be demeaning to a particular group of people, or have inappropriate props.

Safety should be a concern as well.  Props and accessories such as guns, swords, and knives should not be allowed.

If you are planning games, make sure they do not provoke inappropriate behavior or acting out.

We are in no way saying you should not make Halloween a fun day in the office, but you need to know your employees and how they conduct themselves at company events