What to Wear to an Office Halloween Party: Do’s and Don’ts for Your Office Party


With Halloween just around the corner, many of us have the day already booked and have received their Halloween party invitations so it’s about time to start thinking about what to wear to the party. In many companies it’s a tradition to throw a Halloween party at the office as a means of networking and taking off some stress.

In some ways though, office Halloween party is even more stressful than daily work environment. You can bet that your costume and drinking choices will be monitored closely! Therefore, it’s no secret that you might be a little nervous about what to wear to your office Halloween party.

Most office parties have some costume guidelines already laid out: no sexually explicit costumes, nothing offensive nor stereotypical. That narrows the selection down quite a bit but there are still some basic rules you should keep in mind when you want to nail your outfit for the evening. Here are some of the basic guidelines to help you out and ease the stress – by following these styling tips you’ll be the star of the party!

  1. Choose a costume that you would feel comfortable with in front of your 3-year-old daughter or 75-year-old grandmother.Whatever costume gets your top spot, keep in mind it should be appropriate and not too scary. You won’t be too happy if you’ll be known as the “scary zombie girl” for the rest of your career. Try like a friendly witch (leaves you with a choice of styling a little black dress!) or a cute scarecrow!
  2. The costume should be self-explanatory. Remember Ross and his Sputnik outfit? Enough said. Keep the outfit simple but recognizabe so you wouldn’t have to explain your outfit to every person at the party. The reaction you’ll want is the “ohhhh, that’s a cool idea!”. So, forget Sputniks and aim for something like a Minion (nice idea for assistants), Snow White or why not even Minnie Mouse.
  3. Don’t go overly sexy. It might be oh so tempting to dress up as a (slightly) slutty nurse, but even though it’s a party, your boss and co-workers are there and your outfit will speak a great deal about you. Keep in mind again the first rule and don’t go for the sexy factor.
  4. Religion and politics are off limits. Though it might seem politics and religion are very “mature” themes and don’t usually mean anything sexy or scary, costumes of these niches can be extremely offensive. If you want to avoid drama and political debates, stay away from the costumes like this.
  5. Make an effort. Even if you are having crazy busy days and it seems like there’s no way you can find an appropriate costume, don’t settle for just a dress or a quirky wig. If you don’t put in any effort and think you can just dress as a “hipster”  and therefore explain the lack of creativity, you’d might as well put a big red sign on your forehead: “don’t care about my job”. The thing is, the company’s management has put in dedication to throw the Halloween party and by not dressing for the occasion you are showing disrespect. If you are not a Halloween fan and don’t like to dress up usually, try a simple yet self-explanatory costume and you’ll show your co-workers you still have the motivation to participate on company events and you respect the company.

There’s not much else to it – just keep in mind the first rule, don’t go overly sexy and dress up even if you don’t feel like it. Most importantly – have fun!


Post Author: Sarah Russell

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