Many workplaces allow – or even outright encourage – employees to dress up for Halloween. However, ensuring your Halloween costume is office-appropriate is essential. While it’s perfectly fine to have fun, a bit of professionalism can ensure that your holiday attire makes a positive impression.
Additionally, you need to ensure that your costume doesn’t impact your ability to do your job or remain reasonably comfortable during the day. If you aren’t sure what may be a solid option, here are some office-appropriate Halloween costumes you can consider.
Pay Homage to the 1960s, 70s, or 80s
One simple and flexible option is to design a Halloween costume that pays homage to the 1960s, 70s, or 80s. A mod sheath dress that’s about knee length and some oversized sunglasses with some tall dress boots can be a great option. Similarly, a suit that’s reminiscent of the style seen in the original Miami Vice television show can be a great choice.
As long as the costume is a bit conservative, it’s usually work-appropriate. Plus, you may be able to put the outfit together with pieces from your current wardrobe or by finding attire in second-hand or thrift stores, making it affordable.
Dress Up as a Mime
Classic mime attire is both office-appropriate and reasonably easy to find. Usually, you simply need black slacks, black shoes, a horizontal black striped shirt, some white gloves, a neckerchief, black suspenders, and a neckerchief. Then, add some harlequin diamonds over your eyes and some red lipstick, and you’re set.
If your workplace is more relaxed, this costume option also allows you to be a little quirky during the day. You can mime various activities or situations, such as the classic of being trapped in a box. Just make sure that your colleagues would find this amusing, so exercise good timing if you’re going to have a little fun during the day.
Spend the Day as a Minion
For workplaces where jeans are allowed, dressing up as a minion (from the Despicable Me series) is another simple option. With some denim overalls, a yellow shirt, oversized glasses or goggles, and black shoes and gloves, you’ve essentially got it covered. However, you could also add a yellow beanie or similar cap, adding a few strands of oversized fake hair to complete the look.
Again, this option is generally best for more casual workplaces since it involves denim overalls. Otherwise, you may want to go as Gru instead, as his outfit is mainly black, aside from his black and gray striped scarf.
Go as Waldo
Waldo – of Where’s Waldo? fame – is another option that’s easy to pull off while being work appropriate. A vibrant red and white striped top, red and white pompom hat, thick glasses, jeans, and tennis shoes are all you need. Plus, you can switch out the jeans for medium-blue slacks if you need to, allowing it to work in a workplace that doesn’t allow jeans.
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Ultimately, all of the options above are solid office-appropriate costume ideas, so choose the one that feels right for your workplace. If you’d like to learn more about how you can celebrate the holidays while at work, contact A.R. Mazzotta today.