Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun, In Team-Building or Parties

Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun, In Team-Building or Parties
Halloween brings out the spirit in meeting groups, but planners should save time for attendees to be with their kids

By Gretchen Kelly

Halloween, also known as All Hallows Eve--or if you're a neo-pagan, Samhain--has become increasingly popular among meeting and corporate event planners at companies that now view the once-traditional Christmas party as too controversial. With office holiday parties moved up to the 31st of October, candy corn replaces candy canes, and everybody should be happy.

Well, almost everybody. According to MeetingNews' Exclusive Research, 51 percent of all responding planners believe that Halloween is a non-
controversial holiday and a good time to hold a party. Twelve percent, on the other hand, felt that the holiday was controversial enough to make attendees uncomfortable, and 5 percent thought the H-word spelled trouble, as in "all the crazies come out." (Thirty-two percent did not categorize their perception of Halloween.)

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