Work it! Halloween costume ideas for the workplace
Want to show some Halloween spirit at work?
Oct. 31 falls on a Saturday this year, but we’re guessing lots of workplaces will hold festive gatherings during the workweek — whether that’s a break room potluck, costume contest or a little trick-or-treating at office candy dishes.
Of course, where you work dictates what you’re able to wear. Creative-office types, we’re counting on you to come up with some elaborate DIY costumes. Doctors, um, maybe a witch’s hat is a poor choice because the whole “witch doctor” thing, eh?
The No. 1 thing to keep in mind when selecting a work costume: Can you still perform your job duties in said costume? (I.e. are you able to type in those Minnie Mouse paws? Can you see your computer screen through that superhero mask?)
Here’s how to look boo-tiful at work, without, you know, getting called into the human resource office for a dress-code violation.
Many pre-packaged Halloween costumes are a bit too short or a tad too sexy for the work world. D’oh! That’s why we’re loving the Marge Simpson costume, complete with her iconic blue beehive and beaded red necklace. The dress hits at the knees, and has fun details — like a green shimmer on the dress. Gather up a few others in the workplace for a cartoon theme or Simpson family theme. The Simpsons: Marge Deluxe Adult Costume, $44.99 (plus Cash Back), Target.com
For those who work in conservative offices, dressing up for Halloween might not be an option. But, you can still look festive in orange — one of autumn’s best hues — and classic black. This Tracy Reece pencil skirt with orange-and-black geometric design details is the perfect nod to Halloween. Wear it with a black turtleneck, blazer and pumps for a perfectly put-together and festive look. Stratiform Skirt, $148 (plus Cash Back), Anthropologie.com
Or, Where’s Wenda we should say. Wenda is the companion of Waldo, also with an affinity for red-and-white stripes and black-rimmed glasses. Go ahead and DIY this costume yourself with a striped turtleneck, tee or sweater. For an easier option? Buy a Where’s Wenda costume kit that comes with a hat, glasses and shirt and is super-cutesy. Adult Where’s Wenda Costume, $28.99 (plus Cash Back), Halloweencostumes.com
Totally tubular, dude! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have made a major resurgence in the past couple of years. Dress as your fave turtle (we found a costume under $20!) and play out the theme by ordering pizza at lunch time for your co-workers. This costume is so comfy it’ll be like your wearing your jammies to work. Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume, $18 (plus Cash Back), Walmart.com