Halloween is upon us, and over the last several years, celebrations for the holiday have grown in intensity, scope, and spookiness. The pandemic’s restrictions pushed many to let loose their inner ghouls and goblins and take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate a holiday designed to add a little more fun to life.
That newly refreshed “carpe diem” feeling, paired with increasingly available and over-the-top Halloween decorations, has put Halloween at the top of the list for many people who would otherwise have let the holiday pass by.
Whether it’s planning your own home’s spooky decorations or your office Halloween party, pitfalls and obstacles lurk around every corner. Are you sure you have the equipment to hang that 12-foot skeleton that will make your neighbor so jealous? Are your kids still complaining because they only got a few pieces of candy when they were trick-or-treating last year?
Halloween is rife with possibilities to go off-course, so you’ll want to channel your inner project manager to ensure the process goes off without a hitch. In fact, we’d go so far as to recommend using the Wrike platform to ensure that every detail is accounted for.
Here are a few classic Halloween events that will definitely be improved and perfected thanks to project management software.
- Planning and putting up Halloween decorations: Look, everyone has that neighbor who manages to go above and beyond with Halloween decorations. It’s not as easy as you think to pull off such an impressive display. You need a platform that will help you manage all of the elements to make it a success. A good project manager can manage the deliveries of any new decor, list what needs to be hung or arranged, and even note broken elements that might need repairing or replacing so you can be sure to wow the whole neighborhood.
- Plotting the best trick-or-treating route: Timing is everything when it comes to trick-or-treating. Too early, and the ambiance isn’t quite right, but too late, and your kids will be stuck with the worst treats. A skilled project manager would utilize a shared calendar to ensure all parties can log their route requests and keep everyone on the same page so trick-or-treating doesn’t get delayed.
- Organizing a haunted house: You know what’s perfect for planning the many moving parts of a haunted house? A Gantt chart. For a haunted house to run smoothly, timing is critical, so a Gantt chart that shows dependencies is exactly the right project planning tool. You need to be able to keep track of who’s going to be playing the goblin and who needs a witch’s costume — as well as the order they’ll be popping out to scare the daylights out of your guests!
- Planning a kids’ costume parade: Herding costume-clad toddlers and children is a lot like herding cats. But the process is doable with a little project management know-how. You’ll need a platform that allows you to communicate about tasks on the go, with live-editing of comments and instant updates to communicate the whereabouts of your parade participants, the status of their costumes, and even tally the points for scariest costume and best use of face paint.
Are you ready to tackle your Halloween season plans like a project management pro? Don’t worry — we’re here to back you up if you need it. Start a free Wrike trial today and launch your best Halloween season yet with Wrike’s powerful project management software.