Halloween Costumes for the Workplace

Halloween will be here before you know it, and if your workplace celebrates the holiday, you might still need a costume. Here are a few ideas that are not only appropriate for the workplace but will also potentially have your co-workers submitting your name for the “Best Costume” award.


  1. Waldo from Where’s Waldo. When you show up with in this costume, people will certainly be asking where’s Waldo if you aren’t nearby. Wear a red and white striped long-sleeve shirt, and throw on a stocking cap, and you’ll be set. Bonus points if you add in a cane.
  2. Neo or Trinity from the Matrix. Wear all black to complete this easy costume. Get more into character by adding some black sunglasses. If you are working remotely, change your background for your virtual meetings.
  3. Rosie the Riveter. Play homage to this icon with a denim shirt and red scarf around your head. Don’t be afraid to flex your muscles when it is time for pictures.
  4. A Referee. Find black and white shirt, a whistle, and a black cap to complete this outfit. Let everyone know what sport you are a referee of by carrying around an appropriate ball such as a football.
  5. Men in Black If you have a black suit and black tie available, wear that along with dark sunglasses, and you’ll be ready to go to fight extraterrestrials.


A few tips to keep in mind when selecting your costume for Halloween at work:

  1. Be Respectful. Avoid costumes that could be considered cultural appropriation, political, or too gory.
  2. Avoid Revealing Too Much. Keep HR attire policies in mind while selecting your costume.
  3. Stay Safe. Although you might choose a costume that needs a weapon, leave violent themed accessories at home.
  4. Ensure You Can Work. When selecting your costume, make sure you can still work and do your job safely and effectively.


If you decide to dress up for Halloween, we hope you have a spooky good time. Be sure to let us know what costume you decide on in the comments.

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