How to Choose an Office Friendly Halloween Costume

Halloween is right around the corner and that means it’s time for everyone to break out their spookiest and most creative costumes. Before you get ready to scare up a good time, let’s take a look at what makes an appropriate costume. We want to make sure you’re looking your best and not scaring people off for all the wrong reasons.

Bad Halloween Costumes

Something Gory

Halloween is a time for us to indulge in all things scary. However, that doesn’t always mean the office is the most appropriate place to show off your goriest costume. Remember, people have different ideas of what is scary and certain costumes can be too much. Keep the fake blood and fake weapons at home. Instead, something like lipstick can give the same impression of a vampire’s bite marks without looking like you just walked off the set of a horror movie.

Something Outdated


The fun in dressing up is picking a costume that everyone can talk about. While you may love a cult film made over three decades ago, your coworkers probably haven’t seen it. Gravitate towards costumes where everyone can join in on the fun and talk about it. Think something relevant in pop culture like a character from the most recent blockbuster movie or you can never go wrong with a classic like a vampire or a werewolf.

Something Offensive


One person’s idea of a Halloween costume might not be another’s. Things like traditional garbs from other cultures and religious costumes are not good costume ideas. For the people in those cultures, religions, etc…, those are important markers of their heritage. By reducing them to a costume, you’re disrespecting their identity and life experiences. Even if you don’t think they’re offensive, why choose something that might be taken that way? Dressing up is meant to be fun, not to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Good Halloween Costumes

Something Fun

While you can go the route of doctor or mechanic for your Halloween costume, you might get branded as the boring one in the office. Let Halloween be an excuse to show off your wild side. Choose costumes with fun characters or bright colors. The sky’s the limit to what you can create as long as you’re creative enough. If you get all the attention and you may even win the office costume contest!

Something Classic


One thing that makes Halloween great is all the classic characters associated with it. From mummies to ghosts, some costumes will always be great for Halloween. If a classic monster isn’t your style, go for something everyone can relate to. Classic movie characters are good choices too. You can show off your love for a movie and get everyone talking about it. More so, there are tons of ways to recreate these costumes in real life. Chances are you’ll even be able to find the complete costume ready-to-go at your local costume shop.

Halloween is the perfect time to bring some fun and personality to your workplace. Keep these tips in mind when creating your Halloween costume and get inspired. Remember, a great Halloween costume is something everyone can enjoy, so keep it office-friendly. Don’t forget this Halloween, to have a scary good time!

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