If your office has a Halloween party, you are likely Googling costume ideas while you are at work.
For the record, I am not a fan of office Halloween parties. In my experience, people use the holiday as an opportunity to show something off. It could be large biceps or ginormous breasts; if you’ve ever been to an office Halloween party, you know what I’m talking about.
In general, it is best to keep your costume simple and generic. I know that doesn’t sound like much fun, but we are talking about your livelihood, and in these troubled economic times, now is not the time to risk your job to get a laugh.
Here are several of the worst costume ideas you can wear to Halloween party at work.
Nun/Priest/Crucified Jesus: Bringing religion into your place of work is never a bright idea, no matter how innocent or funny the idea may seem.
Don’t Bring Sexy Back: Turning Snow White or Cinderella into a tramp, or showing off your Pimp cane during the 9-to-5 is a loser idea.
No Twins: Never dress as someone you work with. Not the janitor. Not the boss. Not the intern. Dressing as someone else might get a few cheap giggles, but you will end up hurting someone’s feelings and looking foolish in the process.
Easy on the Make Up: Since work is still work, you never know when business will come calling. Be sure that you choose a costume that is relatively simple to change out of (and always have a back up outfit ready to go!).
Choose Celebs Wisely: Showing up as your favorite drugged-up rocker or a recently-deceased pop star might end up offending someone. Yes, these are hyper-sensitive times, friends.
The HR department will be walking around the office with their camera, marking the event for “prosperity’s sake.” This means that the Halloween office party will live much longer than just a few hours.
Do I sound like a party pooper? Maybe. But I’m a fan of saving the good times for friends and family during my off-the-clock Halloween gatherings. There are plenty of other ways companies can foster team work and promote community. Before you dress in that costume and head to work, make sure that you are playing it safe.
Oh, and Happy Halloween!