Form teams with your office colleagues to decorate your chairs and have a parade, with prizes awarded liberally, to create a sense of play that reduces workplace stress and helps build friendships. According to a 2009 Gallup poll, workers completing an activity like this gain a sense of engagement that increases the company's overall success. Let the parade begin, but for safety's sake, stress the decorating and parade aspect of the event to minimize accidents from speeding chairs.
Before turning employees loose to decorate, the parade committee needs to establish rules about what material to use and how to attach decorations. Provide washable paint, and ask employees to use it only on the plastic parts of the chair. Provide safety pins for attaching fabric to the chairs along with masking tape and sticky, adhesive clay to attach decorations and small toys. Allow participants to bring in cushions and pre-made fabric decorations from home, such as chair skirts.
All the typical Halloween decorations can be re-purposed to decorate office chairs. Stretch cotton webbing for spider webs in the space between the arms and the seat or the chair and allow it to fall over the sides of the chair. Perch a witch, a black bat or raven on one side of the chair back and a spider on the other side. Cover the entire chair in fabric featuring jack-o'-lanterns, and paint the legs of the chair with orange and black paint. Alternatively, wrap them with Halloween fabric.
Using a red, white and blue color scheme, attach as many balloons, pinwheels and flags as you can to the arms and back of the chair and attach bunting around the seat. Position a paper or stuffed Uncle Sam to the top of the backrest. Prop him up with a wooden dowel that you've attached with wire to the chair and let his legs dangle over the top of the chair. Wrap sparkling, wire garlands of stars around the chair's legs, and drape American flag fabric over the back of the chair. Finally, use clay to attach toys to the arms of the chair, such as toy rockets and artificial sparklers.
Opt for a character chair for the holidays if you can sew a chair cover in the shape or a snowman, Santa, an elf or Rudolph; decorate your figure with as much brightly colored fabric and paint as you can. Or, go with a natural theme and cover the chair with fir branches attached with wire. Strategically nestle holly berries, ornaments, pine cones and red bows into the branches. Finish the chair with gingerbread men dangling from the front of the chair's arms.