The Definitive Guide to Halloween Costumes at Work

Halloween is quickly approaching and if you’re like many of us, you love the idea of a good costume. Dressing up at work can be a tricky road to navigate but luckily, we’ve got some tips to make you the star of your office!

The first thing you need to consider is if you should dress up in the first place. You may be a die-hard Halloween fan, but your workplace may not be the right environment to show off your creativity. Take a cue from your own company culture and history and if you’re not sure ask your HR representative. That being said, dressing up should be based on your comfort level – if you’re not a fan don’t feel the need to dress up if it’s not your thing.

Now that you’ve determined it’s appropriate to dress up the next thing to consider is what to wear! Always keep in mind your job title/duties and what’s on your calendar. If you’ve got an important meeting it’s probably best to keep the costume at home.

Some things to avoid!

  • Anything revealing, or that begin with the words ‘Sexy’ or ‘Naughty’. You’re still at work after all and all applicable dress codes still apply.
  • Anything racially themed including any kind of racial stereotypes or painting your face to appropriate another culture.
  • Avoid extreme social or political stances. You don’t want to end up getting reprimanded for crossing the line.

Consider your audience and level of comfort when choosing a costume. You’re going to have it on all day, so a full face of make-up or an elaborate body suit may not be the best choice. If you’re thinking of makeup, consider doing a trial-run to ensure that it’s not too irritating.

Need some ideas that are quick and easy? Consider these:

  • Rosie The Riveter
  • Dominos
  • Emojis
  • ‘The Office’ characters like Michael Scott or Dwight Schrute
  • ‘Disney-Bound’ style Disney characters

Want some more ideas for office appropriate costumes? PopSugar has a great list of 35 Work-Appropriate Costumes That Keep It Classy, or here are some of our favorites from years past!