Do’s and Dont’s for Your Office Halloween Costume

With Halloween fast approaching, no doubt many of us will be dressing up on Friday for the office Halloween party and costume competition; or simply because it’s a great excuse to display our creativity, self-expression and even ghoulishly goofy side. But, just because your company may encourage you to get your ghost on, doesn’t mean you can let it all hang out.

Here are some simple do’s and don’ts to help you celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, while retaining some semblance of office decorum.

Do dress up. With a little planning and some imagination, it’s easy to DIY a dilly of a Halloween costume. There are literally hundreds of people, places (that’s right places), and things (Remember “Thing” from the Addams Family?) you can be.

Get in character. Become someone famous or infamous. Your favorite movie and TV stars are always good options, as are comic book and cartoon characters. Bring your favorite historical figure or fictional character to life, or reach into the wide world of sports and go as your favorite professional athlete. And don’t forget; it’s Halloween, after all. So, Jack O’ Lanterns, bats, scarecrows, spiders, skeletons, ghosts and all manner of otherworldly phantoms are most welcome.

Try the group thing on. If you are shy or just can’t seem to get motivated on your own, a group costume is a great idea. Go as the cast of a TV show or movie. Travel in your mind and go as a destination or a monument made up of several visual elements. Come in packs, bunches, herds and flocks or are anything else that can naturally and easily be grouped together. For all you disco ball spinnin’, 80s hair band dreamin’, punk rock slammin’ classic rock jammin’, music lovin’ souls out there, recreating the lineup of your favorite band is an awesome opportunity to get nostalgic and creative. We’re not saying KISS or the Village People are on your iPod right now … or maybe they are. But, hey, we don’t judge; actually we do, but only the costume, not the person who wears it.

Whoever (or whatever) you pick, make it recognizable so you don’t have to spend time explaining your costume and or being googled all day by co-workers.

If you are at all worried about the costume you have planned, remember these simple rules:

  1. Keep it G-rated (OK … maybe PG), as in what you see on prime time network TV or in a family-suitable movie.
  2. If an idea makes you cringe, it’s probably going to make your office cringe too, so skip it.
  3. Don’t bring your sexy to the party, leave it at home.
  4. Remember, you are at work; do your best to keep whatever you wear professional.
  5. If you wouldn’t put it on a child, don’t wear it yourself.
  6. Avoid dressing as a polarizing political or religious figure or symbol as there is always the chance you might offend or alienate a co-worker without even realizing it.
  7. Also, it’s probably not a good idea to dress as your boss or even as a co-worker. While you might see it as a form of flattery, they may not.

Other than that, have at it! Donning a great, homemade custom-crafted costume complete with an award-worthy FX makeup job is sure to garner extra contest votes and possibly even viral social media fame.

So, whether you transform yourself into a magician with a bottomless hat, cast a spell as a witch on a broom, maybe paint on the whiskers of a sleek black cat, or even come as the man in the moon, dress as fun and goofy as you like and your costume is sure to thrill and delight!

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