The laid-back occasion of an office Halloween party can put a weird amount of pressure on you – after all, you want to turn heads without being inappropriate.
In general, workplace Halloween costumes should not be risqué, bloody, offensive, insensitive, or too over-the-top. However, you can still take home the trophy. Here are some of the best Halloween costumes for a work environment:
A great costume makes people scratch their heads for a moment before saying, “Ah!” To pull this one off, start with a T-shirt that says “BLESSING” across the chest. Then throw on a superhero cape, a pair of undercover glasses (the ones with eyebrows, nose, and mustache attached), and either a fedora or the worst wig you can find.
No one in the office can fault you for pulling off Dwight from The Office. Start with a short-sleeve button-down shirt and a horrific checkerboard tie, tied just a little too short. Then split your hair straight up the 50-yard line and don a pair of those silver wire-rimmed, I-invented-the-Internet glasses. Practice a few Dwightisms to throw in over the course of the night.
If adorably bad puns are your weakness, the breadwinner costume is for you. This costume is complete with a couple of loaves of bagged bread, some gold medals dangling around your neck, and a sweatband around your forehead.
If you have a partner in crime at work, now is your chance. Grab the classic black-and-white striped shirts, black pants and shoes, black gloves and stocking hats, and masks. Then emblazon a tote bag with a large dollar sign and plot some covert moves – including nabbing a brownie off the plate of Larry from accounting.
To pull this off, you’ll need a varsity sweatshirt with “CEILING” written across, a cheerleader’s pom-pom, and a sign reading “Ceiling #1!!!” or the like. Then get ready to show your ceiling fandom by hooting and cheering the ceiling on all night.
Pay homage to that emperor of party dips, guacamole. Don a green shirt with print-outs of avocado, tomato, and diced onions. Then put on a levitating halo and some angel wings, and voila – you are holy guacamole. Bonus points for carrying a bag of Tostitos.
Garrity, Amanda. “This Work-Appropriate Halloween Costumes Will Get HR’s Stamp Of Approval.” Good Housekeeping, 2019, https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/g28212494/work-appropriate-halloween-costumes/.