Dressing up for Halloween can be a fun break during the work week, but some are left scratching their heads figuring out what to wear. A balance between festive costumes and work-appropriate attire can be difficult to achieve, but not impossible.
To avoid looking unprofessional, we’ve compiled some tips for dressing up at work below.
Discuss it with your managers.
Talk to your managers about what is deemed appropriate, especially if this is your first Halloween spent at your job. Make sure to ask supervisors about what is expected of employees. Your office might have strict rules — or could be completely lenient — but you don’t want to be the last one to know, either way.
Similarly, make sure to ask your coworkers what the culture of your job is like on Halloween. Fellow employees are probably the only ones who will warn you if people tend to opt out. Your best bet is to ask them what they’re wearing and try to follow suit.
Make sure that your costume doesn’t interfere with your job.
If you can’t sit down, walk comfortably, or perform any of the basic functions needed to do your job, you should pick a new look. The same goes for costumes that may be considered distracting.
Avoid wearing costumes that include excess body paint, fake blood, or any other transferable coloring. Make sure that whatever you choose to wear looks smart, polished, and well constructed.
Bring a change of clothes.
Once you know what’s acceptable to wear, take a look at your calendar. You might not have any appointments scheduled on Halloween, but that doesn’t mean that something won’t come up. Bring a change of clothes with you in case the need to be serious comes up.
Remain sensitive to other employees.
Costumes that are controversial or political, or that make fun of someone in your office, are absolutely off-limits. The same goes for costumes that are sexy or provocative.
Most importantly, you should remain sensitive to all cultures, even if you don’t think they’re represented in your office. If you’re questioning whether or not your costume portrays a cultural stereotype, you’re better off not wearing it at all.
Do not bring replica weapons to work.
In today’s society, workplace violence is all too real, and makes carrying realistic props into work a bad idea. People should be able to figure out what your costume is without a fake weapon. If they can’t, it’s worth picking a new costume entirely.
Don’t force anyone to dress up.
Though it’s not wrong to encourage team participation, dressing up for Halloween isn’t a required work task. Keep in mind that many people don’t celebrate the holiday for both religious and personal reasons, so costumes and other festive activities shouldn’t be forced upon any employee. Celebrating the holidays in the office is a great time, but be aware of others.
At our RI staffing agency, our recruiters choose to dress up as a group, so there’s no question of appropriate attire and everyone feels included! Whatever you choose to do, have fun and eat lots of candy!