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Halloween is one of the most fun holidays to celebrate, but some occasions don’t call for overly-spooky or scary elements. Work is one place where you may still have to look professional enough to complete your tasks, but you can still dress up in a costume that turns heads. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, participation in Halloween activities has been growing, with over half of all Americans celebrating. You’ll be in good hands if you start a group for work Halloween costumes. Try out these costumes, which will be a hit with people of all ages.
1. Clark Kent (And Other Superheroes)
This costume may be the most office-appropriate one on the list because you’ll be wearing what you usually do, with the potential addition of glasses and a superhero shirt under your work clothes. You may have to fight your coworkers over which one of you gets to be Clark Kent (aka Superman), but the rest of the people in your group can choose from plenty of other DC superheroes — or even Marvel, if you don’t mind being from different universes.
2. Pac-Man and the Ghosts
These costumes are super simple, as you can make them out of t-shirts. If you’re Pac-Man, you only need to paint the face on a yellow shirt. If you’re one of the ghosts, you can get a bit more creative with colors and how you tear the shirt to make it look more accurate to the pixel characters.
To achieve a very ghostly look, you can spray paint some cheesecloth with glow-in-the-dark paint and attach them to your ghost costume. While it might look ridiculous while the lights are on, your Pac-Man ghosts can stand out that much more by having a glowing element that adds a little spookiness to their whimsy.
3. The Scooby-Doo Gang
Scooby-Doo is one of the most-loved cartoons among adults, making it an excellent and easy-to-make option for your group of coworkers. You only need five people for this group — four, if you want to bring a Scooby stuffed animal instead of having someone dress in a dog onesie. The costumes are easy to pull together, and if anyone in your group doesn’t have something, much of it can be found online or at a party store.
4. The Wizard of Oz
If you have older coworkers, they’re bound to enjoy dressing up as the characters from The Wizard of Oz. While this group might be a little smaller, it definitely employs some creativity and might be one of the harder groups to replicate on this list. Consider taking the most challenging costume and making something unique out of it. Your group will wow others in your workplace.
5. Food Item
Because food doesn’t have a designated humanoid appearance, you can get creative with how you want to portray your favorite snack. Consider working with your friends to create an array of ideas. You might all be pieces of a sandwich, for example.
If your group chooses to come as a bunch of pieces of popcorn, consider bringing in snacks for your workplace. You can make creepy hand-shaped bags of popcorn that function as individual servings. It’s a fun way to get everyone in the office involved in your costume and fun.
6. Microsoft Office Programs
Over one million workplaces use Microsoft Office products globally, meaning this group will be a hit in just about any office. You can get super creative with these costumes or make it super simple by putting the logos on shirts in each program’s respective color. Plus, it’s an excellent option for larger groups. Microsoft Office features Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and so much more, meaning that you’ll be able to make this group as large or small as you like. It’s the pinnacle of all work Halloween costumes.
7. Starbucks Baristas
If you don’t already work at Starbucks, dressing up as baristas with your best friends is a great, simple option. You can decorate the aprons yourselves and even theme them around your actual workplace if you want something a bit more custom and fun. Your other coworkers will be delighted to see several baristas running around the office during the day — it might even make them feel like they’re in the wrong place!
8. A Framed Photo
This costume is pretty straightforward. All you need is an oversized frame that you and your group can fit inside. You can choose the theme of the photo, which can involve creating a backstory for your group’s “characters.” For example, maybe everyone in the photo is part of the same family and would wear matching shirts for a vacation or family reunion.
You can all coordinate colors and matching outfits to make it seem like you belong to the same family or group, or you might choose to dress from a bygone decade to offer your coworkers a sense of nostalgia. Whether you make up a photo of the past or present, this kind of costume can be comfortable for your whole group and allow your group members some independence, too.
9. A Disney Character
While you may not show up in a Disney princess costume, going to work as your favorite Disney characters or characters from all one movie can be a real hit with people. Work together to pick a group of Disney characters or a movie you want to represent, then create a casual version of that character, so you don’t have to wear something too outlandish in the office.
You can also choose to personify one of the animals. Want to go to work as Tramp from “Lady and the Tramp”? Imagine what he would look like as a human, then design a costume using clothes in your closet around your vision. You may picture him wearing a gray t-shirt, while someone dressed as Lady might wear a fashionable dress for the time period. When you’re dressing as animals, you can truly get creative.
Work Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Enjoy
Whether you work with people around the same age or in a multi-generational workplace, you can make work Halloween costumes that will delight everyone around you. When in doubt, you can opt for something easy that requires minimal effort from everyone involved. Dig a little into the interests of the rest of the members of your group. Find something that works well for everyone involved, and you’ll have a great time celebrating a creative holiday with your coworkers.